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Please see details for each destination under "how to get here”. Transferring by yourself to the marina from the airport or ferry dock is usually easy and trouble free. Airport transfers are not included in your charter fee, except in French Polynesia.
If you wish to bring aboard a sleep apnea machine, our fleet is equipped with inverters and sufficient battery banks and can supply enough energy for your sleeping device. Please note that most of our boats have 110v and/or 220v in the cabins, however the traditional boats in Croatia have only 12v.
There is an age limit of 16 years old on shared charters. Children under the age of 16 are welcome, but only if you book the entire yacht, or sign up on one of our "Family Charters", which allow for a family to share the yacht with another family. Please contact our Reservations team for more details.
We have electrical outlets onboard where you can charge your electrical devices.
We have a fishing rod on each yacht and often catch fish as we sail between each small Island. When possible you may bring the fish up and your Captain will assist you. Your catch may become that night's dinner, fresh off the yacht's barbecue. Fishing is not permitted in British Virgin Islands due to local restrictions in the marine regulations, in order to help safeguard the fish population, but we promise to bring you places to enjoy the fishes through the lens of your snorkel mask.
Yes we can. Nowadays we see more and more guests with special needs such as lactose free, gluten free, vegan, no fish, no red meat etc requests - and we can cater to all these needs as long as you let us know in detail at the time of your booking.
Gratuities are at your own discretion and if you feel that your crew have done a wonderful job then a gratuity would be most welcome! The suggested guidelines from the industry standard is 15% to 18% of the all inclusive rate.
Don’t worry about footwear, you will spend most week onboard barefoot! It’s a good idea to bring a pair of TEVA style sandals that sit good on your foot if you want to hike and sightsee the Islands. Flip flops for shore excursions are also suggested. For those members cruising with us in French Polynesia, please make sure that you have footwear that is suitable to enable you to walk over the rocky areas which often reach right to the edge of the shoreline.
We can provide a hairdryer onboard. Please request this prior to arriving at the base.
All yacht Captains carry cell phones and each yacht has a VHF radio onboard. Contact numbers are listed under each destination.
This is a common question or thought. We have found, after more than a decade of providing charters, that people who are drawn to this kind of quality adventure are usually outgoing and friendly people, who may have traveled extensively already, and are keen to experience a different kind of vacation. Surprisingly, many of our guests have never sailed on a boat before, and find they love it. Our shared charters are very popular and most enjoyable, and our guests meet and make new friends each week.
Internet is not available except at certain Internet cafes along certain routes. Allow yourself to ‘unplug’ from the grid during your sailing week, and enjoy a true vacation. Your Captain has a cell phone for emergency use so you are not totally disconnected.
Smoking is not permitted inside the yacht. Smoking is only allowed on the back steps, where the smoke drifts away and will not disturb the other guests.
AIR CONDITIONING Most of our guests want air conditioning. Whilst this is understandable, we also cruise in some of the most precious unpoluted waters in the world and, as a company, we have an onus on us to try to protect this for both our guests and the next generation. We believe we have found a good balance whereby we minimise environmental impact, yet give you a level of comfort aboard. We encourage you to open hatches and feel the breeze. It's that very breeze that allows us to sail in the first place! ABOARD OUR CRUISING CLASS (CLASSICS) Air conditioning is limited due to generator positioning and its proximity to the cabins. Air conditioning is run on the dock when on charter. Cabins are cooled down in the evening whilst the generator is running (charging the batteries). Generator will be switched off by 10pm. Please note that the Generator runs in the morning to charge the batteries. No Air conditioning is offered at this time. ABOARD OUR CRUISING CLASS (NEW) Air conditioning is run on the dock when on charter. Cabins can be cooled down in the evening whilst guests prepare for dinner (around 5pm - 7pm). Note that the generator is shut off during dinner. Air conditioning can be run after dinner 8.30pm to 10pm to cool the cabins down. In Summer months after dinner the air conditioning can be run until 7am at the Captains discretion. ABOARD OUR LUXURY CLASS Air conditioning is run on the dock when on charter. Running of air conditioning will depend on the size of the generator and usage of the battery charger and water maker. Air conditioning can be run in the evening whilst guests prepare for dinner (around 5pm - 7pm). If necessary air conditioning can be run through the night until 7am from when the first guest goes to bed. ABOARD OUR FLAGSHIP CLASS As required but as close to Luxury Class as possible. * Please note that sometimes air conditioning breaks. Our crew make every effort to fix things at sea, but air conditioning often requires a specialist technician. We cannot offer any compensation for air conditioning failure.
We have our own land resorts and there are many other hotels and resorts which we can recommend in the area of your cruise. You can find more information in our website, or you can ask the Reservations consultant who is helping you.
Divers must hold a complete certification (PADI Open Water or equivalent). Partial certifications are not sufficient. TradeWinds does not offer instructional scuba dives, however, we have teamed up with Reef CI in Belize where you can arrive 5 days prior to your cruise for an intensive PADI scuba course in order to get your certification. Find more details at www.reefci.com or from the reservations consultant who is assisting you.
Due to enhancements in place for local government regulations and COVID-19 protocols, TradeWinds will NOT be providing snorkels, masks and SCUBA diving regulators for guests. If you are interested in snorkeling or SCUBA diving while on vacation, please bring this equipment with you. Fins, BCDs and weight belts will be available.
TradeWinds offers free scuba diving to Members who have valid accreditation and certification in any permitted diving location where one of our TradeWinds' Dive Masters can legally lead the dive (for full details please see "diving restrictions" on the Scuba Diving section of our website).
Guests of the club: Any diver with valid accreditation and certification can dive with us where diving is available for one of our Dive Masters can legally lead the dive at the cost of $100 USD per person per dive for non-TradeWinds' Members. This is not a dedicated dive charter and there will be around 3 opportunities to dive during your cruise.
In French waters, French St Martin, French Polynesia and St Barts) diving is prohibited unless it is undertaken and led by a local dive center. Diving here can be arranged with a permitted dive center. In Greece, the Greek Government only permits local registered Greek dive charters to offer scuba. We therefore cannot dive there, however we can arrange for a dive charter to dive with you before the charter, or whilst out sailing with us. Dives are approximately 60 Euro per person per tank. For our Caribbean Summer Adventures Dominica's dive sites are mostly national parks, and therefore only local operators are allowed to dive there. St Kitts and Nevis also has dive restrictions.
Dive restrictions often apply also to destinations on our Circumnavigation cruise.
We strongly recommend you purchase a fully comprehensive travel insurance, as the relatively small cost of this will cover eventualities from loss of luggage to accommodation due to flight delays etc. Please click travel insurance details. Alternatively contact your local travel agent.
Water skiing/Jetski is not available, as many Caribbean governments do not allow motorised high speed sports near the beaches, in order to preserve them and keep noise pollution down. Some destinations have outside vendors offering jet skiing possibilities.
All our yachts are catamarans (with two hulls) making them so much more stable than a monohull boat. The waters are generally calm, and our guests rarely suffer from sea sickness. If you are concerned, please bring some form of prevention. These days you can get tablets like ‘Dramamine’. Alternatively, schedule a visit to your local GP can prescribe a seasickness patch containing ‘Scopolamine’ which you place behind your ear. These seem to work very well and are recommended by the users.
You can still join us later on the same day of boarding, but we highly recommend that you arrive in time to board for 5 pm. It's too much fun to miss out on!
The best thing with an all inclusive TradeWinds vacation is that once you have booked and paid your charter there are no hidden fees or added surprises.
A double cabin with a full or queen size bed with a private ensuite bathroom with WC and shower, the provision of a professional Captain and a First Mate/Chef, all meals and beverages served onboard (breakfast, lunch and dinner) fresh fruit is available to snack on between meals, an open bar with good quality brand names, soft drinks, juices, beers, wines and liquors. All bed linens and towels, including beach towels. All taxes, cruising permits, snorkel equipment and kayak. Provided no local government restrictions are in place, diving is included free of charge to the majority of our members (please check with your reservations consultant as to whether you qualify or not).
Not included are; two evening meals taken ashore, for which each guest is responsible for the cost thereof. Scuba diving for certified divers is charged at $75 per person per dive for Members and at $100 per person per dive for Non Members.
Crew gratuities are not included.
A stateroom with an Island-style queen size bed with a private ensuite bathroom with WC and separate shower, the provision of a professional Captain, a Chef and a First Mate, all meals and beverages served onboard (breakfast, lunch and dinner) fresh fruit is available to snack on between meals, an open bar with good quality brand names, soft drinks, juices, beers, wines and liquors. All bed linens and towels including beach towels. All taxes, cruising permits, snorkel equipment and kayak. Provided no local government restrictions are in place, diving is included free of charge to the majority of our members (please check with your reservations consultant as to whether you qualify or not).
Not included are; two evening meals taken ashore, for which each guest is responsible for the cost thereof. Scuba diving for certified divers is charged at $75 per person per dive for Members and at $100 per person per dive for Non Members
Crew gratuities are not included.
All yachts have CD players with i-pod connectors, so feel free to share your favourite music onboard. A limited selection of books and board games is available.
Please pack as lightly as you can. Most of our guests wear only a fraction of what they bring! All you really need are shorts, tee shirts and beachwear - and possibly a light wrap or sweater for the evening. In addition to this, perhaps something a little more dressy for the two evenings you will be dining ashore - such as a shirt with a collar (to go with the shorts) for the gentlemen and a sun-dress for the ladies. A casual, enjoyable evening out!
Reef friendly sunscreen, a good hat and sunglasses are a MUST to bring.
Soft luggage is preferable if you have it. We have some limited storage onshore for your empty bags, but please bring as little as you are comfortable with.
Between meals, fresh fruit is available. If you like to eat more between meals then please feel free to bring snacks with you.
All sailing charters start on Saturday at 5 pm and end on Saturday at 9 am (except for our Lefkas, Greece, destination which begins on Sunday at 5 pm and ends on Sunday at 9 am). At all our sailing destinations you are welcome to check in during the day, drop off your luggage and then relax at a nearby café/bar or go and sightsee in the local area. Boarding is at 5 pm on Saturday evening (at 5 pm on Sunday evening in Lefkas, Greece). The following Saturday morning, after a delicious breakfast you are invited to disembark at 9 am. If you have an early flight out then this can be accommodated, as your yacht will be back in port on Friday night.
For land-only destinations, please check the individual resorts for check-in/check-out times.
Please contact your provider to find out if you need to make upgrades for the region where you are sailing in order to be connected. We recommend that you ‘unplug’ for your week's sailing experience.
Unfortunately, bugs are around - even in paradise! We have bug spray onboard, but you may prefer to bring along your own (environmentally friendly spray please).