What is included in the rental price?
Rental prices of the ships include 6% VAT, port / bridge / lock fees, tourist tax and fuel costs for a maximum of 1 hours of motoring per day. If you really want to reach a certain distant destination, and the skipper has to start the engine for that, he / she charges extra fuel costs for that.
How luxurious are the ships?
The charter ships of today are equipped with many conveniences. The cozy day room with galley (kitchen) forms the center of the ship. The cabins with bunk beds, a sink and (limited) storage space can be found in the front and / or back of the ship. Common toilets and showers are common on most ships. Almost all ships have central heating.
The ships can differ from each other to a small degree of comfort. That is why ZeilendeSchepen.nl works with a qualification system: the more stars, the more luxurious.
Food and drink
If you have rented a ship, you basically take care zelf for eating and drinking. The galley is equipped as standard with a stove and refrigerator. There are enough pots & pans, cutlery, crockery, etc. available. Bring herbs and the like yourself. Also think of tea towels, dish cloths, cleaning / washing up liquid, toilet paper and waste bags.
In some departure ports there is a supermarket with a shopping service. You can complete a special order list in advance. Groceries are brought on board on the day of arrival. Along the way there are opportunities for further shopping in various port locations.
You can also choose to use the catering taken care of on board. Ask about the many possibilities.
Keep in mind that if a ship's cook sails, a cabin is reserved for him or her on most ships.
On ships that are equipped for a day trip, it is mandatory to purchase catering from the ship.
What do we do when the wind blows?
In principle, the skipper decides when the ship has to stay in the harbor due to too much wind or if an alternative plan is made. It mainly depends on the size of the ship, the wind direction and from which port you sail. However, it is rare that there is no danger at all.
It is also possible to take out charter shipping insurance with a storm insurance policy. This is possible via this link: charter insurance
Is catering possible during a sailing trip?
It is possible on virtually all ships to have the catering provided by a chef. It is then agreed in advance what will be provided. It is also possible to order the drinks. Catering can vary from a simple meal to a luxurious multi-course dinner.
Often you can also choose to do a catering that is not completely taken care of. Then you help the cook with the preparations and the dishes, this is the cheapest option. For longer trips this is a nice option, you do not have the responsibility, you have to help a bit and yet there is a nice meal on the table.
Keep in mind that on some ships a cabin is kept free for the catering staff. In that case the number of sleeping places is reduced.
The menu and the corresponding prices differ per ship. Feel free to ask about the possibilities and we will gladly make a suitable offer.
Does the cook take dietary requirements and allergies into account?
If you have dietary needs or allergies, you can best submit this for booking. Often it is not a problem and the cook knows how to prepare an alternative meal with some adjustments. In practice, the chefs increasingly have to deal with special requests and that can not always be taken into account. Sometimes, therefore, the customer will also be expected to cooperate if special products have to be purchased, which will then have to be taken care of by the customer himself, for example.
What is the cash box for?
With some sailing trips in the Baltic Sea among others, it is common for you to pay separately for the cash box, this money is used for groceries, port dues and tourist tax. On average this is between the 20 and 25 euros per day.
Can we help with sailing?
Bringing a historic ship under sail together with the skipper and the mate is one of the enjoyable group activities on board. The crew expects help from a few passengers in hoisting and ironing the sails and in carrying out maneuvers. And in consultation with the skipper you can probably send it if you like. While sailing you can decide how actively you participate, there is enough time and space to relax on deck for example.
What is present in the kitchen?
The kitchens on the charter ships are fairly fully equipped. You can prepare excellent, extensive meals.
You can cook on a professional stove. You will find a usual inventory: fridge, crockery, cutlery, pots & pans, a kettle, a coffee maker or thermos with filter holders. Filters with different sizes are ready for use. Do bring: kitchen linen, washing-up brush and detergent and possibly cleaning products.
Some ships have a shopping service: you will receive an order list from a supermarket before departure. Everything you have entered will be on board when you check in.
You can order catering on all ships if desired. Contact our office for more information.
Does the crew eat?
In general the skipper and sailor like to have a bite to eat. Agreements about this are often made on board.
Are there towels on board?
There are no towels on board as standard. So bring your own.
You can rent towels. Prices vary per ship. Please specify in advance.
Is bed linen on board?
The beds on the ships are equipped as standard with a bottom sheet and a pillow with a pillowcase. So you only have to bring a sleeping bag or comforter.
You can rent duvets with covers. Prices vary per ship. Please specify in advance.
More and more often a ship is rented as standard including duvets. This is clearly stated in the specifications.
What do I bring in personal luggage?
On the water you can encounter different weather conditions. So bring clothes for hot and cold temperatures. In the summer it can cool down quite well in the evening. Rain or sailing clothing and boots are also handy. Comfortable shoes with profile soles are practical for on deck.
Tip: put your things in a foldable bag. You can hardly store your suitcases in the cabins.
Who takes care of the final cleaning?
When you step on board, you will find a clean ship. The intention is that you leave it clean again. You can take care of the final cleaning yourself or buy it off. The costs vary per ship. You can pay the amount in cash on board. The final cleaning on a number of ships is inclusive or compulsory.
There are no cleaning costs for individual sailing trips.
Is there 220 volt while sailing?
In principle there is no 220 volt during sailing. Unless the skipper has the unit on. This differs per skipper and ship if this is possible. So assume that there is no 220 volt while sailing.
Information about the corona virus
Due to the new measures taken by the government on March 31, 2020, it has become uncertain whether the existing reservations can and may go through until April 28, 2020.
We are currently in consultation with the authorities and industry organizations to assess how we should and can deal with this special situation.
We hope for your understanding in these uncertain times and will provide more information as soon as possible.
Why the guarantee fund?
The Guarantee Fund has been mandatory since 2018 for package holiday providers. It gives the booker the guarantee that he / she will get the full amount back in case of bankruptcy or suspension of payment from the provider.
This Guarantee Fund does not apply to journeys shorter than 24 hours. So for a day trip no amount has to be paid for the Guarantee Fund.
For the payment of a booked ship The following payment terms apply:
1e part (50%): within 2 weeks after booking
2 part (50%): no later than 5 weeks before departure
For a individually arrangement applies:
100% within 5 days after booking. This can be done via iDEAL or via the account number below.
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