FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Singles & solo travellers, berth charter
Very common and not a problem at all, because on board everyone can connect quickly. Especially the theme cruises, with an extra tour guide on board, are also suitable for solo travellers. Single travellers can either only book a berth/bed and then accept that a second (same-sex) person will be added. (The variable cabins of the CHRONOS or RHEA are suitable for this). Or book a single occupancy cabin with 50% or 80% extra charge during peak season.
I'm a sailor and want to actively participate on board...
Absolutely, most of our guests are sailors and you can – after instruction and under the supervision of the crew – help with the steering and trimming, setting and stowage.
We already had many invigorated regatta or blue water sailors on board, who had their initial slight skepticism about the great sailing qualities of the RHEA and CHRONOS but also the KAIRÓS and at the end of the trip some already wanted to hire...
I am not a sailor
I have never been on a sailing ship? Is that a problem?
Not at all!
If you like to be by or on the water, enjoy sitting on the teak deck with your bare feet and letting the wind blow over your nose, even if you like the ever-changing play of light on the waves and look at the slowly passing coast, then our type of sailing experience is just right for you.
Once experienced, many people do it again and again. It can be addicting.
Just try it out, for example, during an introductory cruise...
Peer pressure? Do I have to do what everyone else is doing?
We offer cruises for people who do not like the big cruises.
CHRONOS and RHEA are about 20-times the size of a 44 ft/13 m charter yacht sailed normally by 6-8 people. Therefore each guest has about the volume of space of such a yacht alone for themselves!
So tight and clammy is elsewhere, and the large open teak deck offers plenty of room to retreat, read a book or just dream...
In addition, we normally sail only 4-6 hours daily and then you can swim, snorkel or go to the beach... So everyone can do his thing with us on board – within a certain framework.
On the other hand, one is not alone on board and at least when dining together, a degree of group compatibility is required.
However, it is this "detachment" from everyday life that opens up the people on board and, as experience has shown, the guests fit together very easily, so that they often have a hard time separating from one another and making real friendships. Stress and problems stay on land. And please believe us, sailing ships and the sea can change people...
Even mega-sailing yachts tilt and sway, more than a large cruise ship, but on the other hand, much less than usual charter yachts.
But, for most people, it only takes a few hours for the inner ear – please do not stay down in the ship – to get used to the ship's movement. Only in about 0.5% of people, this acclimation takes several days and, only in these cases are called seasickness. Even Lord Horatio Nelson, the greatest admiral in history, became seasick, and so there's no hindrance and no shame.
In addition, a sailing ship is supported, on the one hand, by the sails and, the other, by the ballast keel, so that the type of movements are incomparably much more pleasant than a motorboat or ferry.
It is important to have normal diets which are not too heavy or contain histamine, have a lot of vitamin C and, above all, spend the first hours on deck and look at the – stable – horizon.
If you are worried about getting seasick, why not book a try-out or choose a "introductory spot" in the Mediterranean like Sardinia-Corsica or Croatia/Corfu?
Our crew are happy to advise you. For all cases we recommend to take light medication for motion sickness.
Additional costs & payment on board
Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, water sports with motor drive and trips organized by us (no tips or hints) are chargeable. However, we try to offer this at moderate prices and are well below the prices of other cruises.
An average of 10% of the travel price as on-board consumption may serve as a guide, even if the individual consumer behaviour is very different and also varies with the scope/cost of excursions depending on the area.
The on-board currency is the Euro. We will open an on-board account for you on the day of arrival, from which you can pay all personal expenses. The day before departure, we allow ourselves to bring a preliminary bill to your cabin for inspection. We ask you to pay in cash, if that is possible. Payment with credit cards (VISA, MASTERCARD; AMERICAN EXPRESS und DINERS) is possible, however.
Tipping is a voluntary act, to which, of course, our crew looks forward. The day before your departure a "tip box” is available for tipping. The captain shares the amount with all the crew members present. Please refrain from tipping individual crew members.
Your satisfaction – our success
Of course, your satisfaction is very important to us. Please report any complaints to the crew and the captain immediately. Only then will we have the chance to correct possible deficiencies while still on board during your stay.
In serious cases we ask you to send us an e-mail to the office: info(at)sailing-classics.com.
In order to improve ourselves, we rely on your opinion and your feedback. Together with the provisional invoice we will provide a form in your cabin the day before your departure for guest feedback. You can put it in an envelope filled out, and give it to the captain. Alternatively, we will send you the same questionnaire again in digital version in an email following your trip.
We thank you in advance for your feedback.