- All meals while on board
- Tea, coffee, squash and snacks
- Accommodation onboard if not a Day Sail
- Safety equipment
- Waterproofs as required
- Sail training
- Boat transfers ashore as required
- Travel insurance (exclusions apply)
What’s not included?
- Transfers to and from the vessel at the beginning and end of your voyage
- Port and fuel surcharges and any local departure tax
- Onshore excursions and entertainment, for example guided tours, restaurant meals, drinks
- Sleeping bag, pillow case and towel
Are there any extra costs?
Yes – Port and Fuel Surcharges. Port Surcharges Due to changes in port security legislation, certain ports and port agents have increased their charges to us substantially. Whilst we will try to negotiate these charges down, it may be necessary to pass on to our Voyage Crew a port surcharge to help us cover some of these extra costs. This surcharge will only be implemented if needed. The amount of the surcharge is stated when booking your voyage online through our website or is available by calling the Reservations Team on 02392 832055. Fuel Surcharges Although we operate sailing vessels and we will always maximise the amount of sailing on your voyage, we still have to operate our engines in order to run our vessels. Everything from meeting schedule dates, entering port, running auxiliary services onboard such as generators and water making plants need fuel. Unfortunately we are still seeing a dramatic increase in the cost of fuel. We hope that this may not be permanent and therefore rather than passing on this increase to the customer on your voyage fee we have decided to implement a surcharge to cover this increase. This means that it will only be implemented if our fuel costs do not go down. The amount of the surcharge is stated when booking your voyage online through our website or is available by calling the Reservations Team on 02392 832055.
Can I reserve a space?
To reserve a space on one of our voyages you will need to complete a booking form and pay the appropriate deposit.
Will everybody else on the voyage know each other?
No. The majority of people will not have met each other before unless they happen to have travelled to the vessel together.
Do I need any sailing experience?
No. You don't need any experience or sailing qualifications. Full training will be given on board. Have a look at the Voyage Grading guide to find out which voyage is most suitable for you.
How many crew do the Brig, Challenger Yachts and Tall Ships Cat take?
See our Crew pages to find out how many people each of the Vessels take to sea.
Where will I go on my voyage?
You will find the start and end ports in the programme, but it's not possible to guarantee where you will go during the voyage as this is dependant on the weather and the Voyage Crew’s ability. Your Captain/Skipper will keep you up to date with where you are likely to travel during your voyage and we’ll always aim to get in as much sailing as possible. Some overnight voyages may plan to visit a foreign port too, so you’ll need your passport (see individual voyage information for whether you need a passport or not). Your joining and leaving ports will only change if absolutely necessary and you will be informed of any change as soon as possible.
Do I need a passport?
Check the voyage information listed under each voyage to find out whether you require a passport.
Where can I book flights? Are they included?
Flights are NOT included in the voyage price. Our recommended travel partner is STA Travel and we normally have a limited number of pre-booked spaces on certain flights. If you wish to find out more about flights please call or email our Reservations Team on 02392 832055 or [email protected] . It is recommended that you book these flights as soon as possible as places are limited.
The benefits are:
- Secured/preferential prices
- Flights are coordinated so you join and depart the vessel at the right time
- Early booking secures a guaranteed price
- Prevents last minute booking which can often mean higher flight prices
Are flight transfers included?
Unless otherwise stated, prices exclude the cost of getting to and from the vessel (flight/ferry/train costs and transfers between the airport/ferry terminal/station and the ship). Information on how to get to the vessel and what time you should be onboard will be sent to you with your joining instructions. Transfers for Youth Voyages abroad: Transfers between the local airport/ferry terminal/station and the vessel are normally included on youth voyages when flights/ferries are booked through STA Travel.
Why is Travel Insurance automatically included?
Tall Ships Adventures are pleased to announce that we now automatically include travel insurance within your booking costs. This is to ensure that everyone sailing with us is insured with a suitable policy. We have arranged this specialist travel insurance for all crew members taking part on all Voyages aboard any vessel owned or managed by Tall Ships Ltd. Please read through this documentation carefully to ensure it meets with your requirements. A brief Summary of this cover is set out below. Main Sections of Cover: Cancellation or Curtailment Up to £5,000
Replacement & Re-joining Expenses Up to £3,000
Medical, Repatriation and Additional Expenses Up to £1,000,000
Personal Baggage & Money Up to £1,500
Personal Accident £25,000
Journey Continuation Up to £500
Travel Delay Up to £500
Hospital Benefit £50 per day up to a maximum £2,500
Personal Liability Up to £2,000,000 (excluding whilst involved in sailing activities)
Legal Expenses Up to £25,000
Delayed Baggage Up to £250
Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation Expenses Up to £15,000An Excess of £50 applies to some Sections - see Policy for details. General Exclusions that apply to all Sections It is important to be aware that Trips booked or commenced contrary to Medical Advice, contrary to health and safety regulations of airlines, to obtain medical treatment or after a terminal prognosis has been made are excluded. This insurance also excludes certain types of claim arising from any of the following conditions in respect of an insured person (a) who is waiting for an operation or post operative check-up, any investigation or results, or any other hospital treatment or consultation (other than regular hospital check-ups for a stable condition where the medication and dosage has not changed in the last 12 months.) (b) who has received treatment for any of the following during the 24 months prior to date of booking a trip: a stroke, any form of cancer; leukaemia or tumour; a transplant; any heart problem; hypertension; dialysis; diabetes (not including diabetes II); any blood disorder; any breathing or respiratory problem (not including asthma, unless requiring inpatient treatment); any psychiatric illness or dementia; any gastro intestinal condition e.g. colitis, stomach ulcer; any neurological system related condition (c) who has been seen by a specialist in the last three months (other than regular hospital check-ups for a stable condition where the medication and dosage remains unchanged). Please note an approval to travel by Tall Ships &/or their appointed medical professional does not automatically deem the Crew Member eligible for full policy coverage under the Travel Insurance section of any policy issued. You should refer to the (Travel Insurance) policy conditions and exclusions to determine what covers you are eligible for and what exclusions apply to your specific circumstances and medical conditions, both current or historical. If you are in any doubt as to whether you will be provided cover under this policy, we urge you to seek clarification before you travel, from Tall Ships or their insurance representatives”. You are advised to read the full policy terms and conditions (www.tallships.org or on request) which set out the full details of all exclusions and limitations Maximum age 80 at date of travel Please note an approval to travel by Tall Ships &/or their appointed medical professional does not automatically deem the Crew Member eligible for full policy coverage under the Travel Insurance section of any policy issued. You should refer to the (Travel Insurance) policy conditions and exclusions to determine what covers you are eligible for and what exclusions apply to your specific circumstances and medical conditions, both current or historical. If you are in any doubt as to whether you will be provided cover under this policy, we urge you to seek clarification before you travel, from Tall Ships or their insurance representatives. Underwritten by AmTrust at Lloyd’s Limited, Syndicate 1206 at Lloyd’s, whose registered office is at 1 Great Tower Street, London, EC3R 5AA and which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. The Policy is administered by AmTrust Underwriting Limited in accordance with the authority granted under binding authority agreements. Unique Market Reference: B0046SULPA14. Key Facts are available by clicking - Tall Ships Key Facts Full Policy wording (including how to claim) is available by clicking – Tall Ships Wording Policy Schedule - Tall Ships Policy Schedule
What are the Payment Options?
You must pay a 30% deposit & travel insurance premium when booking your voyage and 70% 8 weeks before voyage start date. Any voyage priced at £349 or below, Special Offers and any voyages booked within 8 weeks of the start date require full payment (including travel insurance premium)with booking. Contact the Reservations Team on 023 9283 2055 for more information. See our Conditions of Booking
What do I need to take on my voyage?
Download our Crew Handbooks for a suggested kit list. There is a chance that your feet will get wet whilst sailing so we recommend you bring a spare pair of trainers that you don’t mind getting wet. You can invest in a pair of special sailing boots but these can be expensive so we would only advise this if you are doing a long offshore passage or sailing during the winter months. If you do wish to buy some sailing boots, try your local yacht chandlery or visit an online marine store.
Do I need sailing boots? Where can I buy them from?
There is a chance that your feet will get wet whilst sailing so we recommend you bring a spare pair of trainers that you don’t mind getting wet. You can invest in a pair of special sailing boots but these can be expensive so we would only advise this if you are doing a long offshore passage or sailing during the winter months. If you do wish to buy some sailing boots, try your local yacht chandlery or visit an online marine store.
Are there plug sockets on board for mobile/camera chargers?
Tall Ship – there are 240v three pin sockets in each watch cabin which are shared with other members of your watch. Challenger Yachts,Catamaran & Ketch– there are no sockets onboard that can be used for electrical equipment.
What time will I need to arrive on my first day?
You will be sent joining instructions approximately 8 weeks before your voyage with details of where your vessel will be berthed and at what time to arrive.
Do you have any salaried or volunteer crew vacancies?
Have a look at our Vacancies page to find out more.
How do I become a supporter of the Tall Ships Youth Trust
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Can I volunteer?
Volunteering for the Tall Ships Youth Trust can be a very rewarding experience; passing on your knowledge and skills to others, onboard any of our vessels. Find out more.