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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

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In line with UK Government advice as well as that of the authorities in our host countries, we have suspended all overseas holidays and cruises up to 30th April. We are contacting all those guests affected individually to discuss the various alternatives on offer. In most cases, we are encouraging our guests to rebook at a later date either this year or if required, also 2021, all with no cancelation penalties or change fees.

At present, whilst restrictions may subsequently be extended, all holidays operating from May 1st onwards are still scheduled to go ahead as normal. For those affected in some way, who are unable or unwilling to travel, we are allowing changes to travel dates at no cancelation penalty (subject to the airline policy where applicable) and this can include dates in 2021, or the date can be left open if required, to allow more time to decide.

If you wish to discuss your arrangements, please contact us, but given that we are currently busy with those scheduled to travel in April, please bear with us if we are slow responding.

The Seafarer office is open as usual, though the majority of staff are working from home and still able to answer calls thanks to our IT and telephone system set up.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

In the meantime, we wish all of you the best and look forward to better times soon.

The Seafarer team

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Holidays departing during summer 2020

  • Currently, there are no travel restrictions after the first of May, so all holidays are presently planned to operate as normal. We are monitoring the situation closely through all available channels and will inform our guests as soon as possible if there are any changes in our host countries or to FCO advice. If there is a major change we will inform those guests who are traveling earlier first.

What if my holiday is affected?

  • Our commitment to a personal service doesn’t end with your booking – we will do our best to offer you the maximum flexibility possible – this will vary from booking to booking, and our team will work to offer you the best option for your holiday and circumstances.

Deferring booked holidays

  • We work with many suppliers, hotels, airlines and agencies – talk to us about your booking and we will do our utmost to confirm new arrangements that meet your requirments.

Flight Cancellations

  • If your flight is booked through us and is canceled or changed we will get in touch. If you have booked your own flight and this is canceled or changed please get in touch and we will do our utmost to work out alternative arrangements.

You are ill or self-isolating and can’t travel

  • If you can’t travel due to illness or restrictions please get in touch and we’ll look at possible amendments to your holiday. You should be able to claim on your travel insurance if this is the case.

What Additional Precautions are in place for holidays that do go ahead

  • Once we restart operations and whilst precautionary measures remain in place, guests and crew will be asked to complete a health questionnaire prior to travel. Additionally, our cruise operator partners have implemented an enhanced cleaning and santisation regime on all vessels. The safety of guests and crew is a top priority for us and any holidays and cruises that do operate, will be in line with the advice of the FCO and the authorities in our host countries and we will not restart operations until the official advice is that it is safe to do so. 

The situation is changing by the day and this information will be regularly updated, though we will contact you directly if your holiday plans are disrupted.

 

Variety Cruises 2020 – 2021 Preview Brochure Now Available

2020 New Brochure

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Variety Cruises 2020 – 2021 Preview Brochure Now Available

It’s that time of year again – the month we wrap up all of our cruises for the forthcoming 15 months or so with departure right up until March 2021.
We are featuring our biggest ever range of destinations, from the Greek isles, Croatia & Montenegro, plus Spain & Portugal in the Med, to far away places like Costa Rica & Panama, The Seychelles, Thailand & Malaysia, The Cape Verde Isles, The Rivers of West Africa plus in the Far East, Bali & The Indonesian Islands, plus the islands of French Polynesia.

As ever, Variety Cruises award winning formula of destination focussed cruises on their unique mega yachts is winning new friends. Indeed with their informal friendly atmosphere, open seating dining and typically just 30-50 guests on board, you will be cruising amongst friends.

We look forward to welcoming you on board

If you would like a hard copy to grace your coffee table simply request one here and we’ll pop it in the post. You can even ask us to send one to a friend.

Cruise Ship Captain takes plastic problem personally

Cruise Ship Captain takes plastic problem personally

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Bali beach Clean up story

Cruise Ship Captain takes plastic problem personally – and is joined by his passengers on beach clean-up in Indonesia.

Captain Leontios examining detritus on the beach at Flores Island, Indonesia

Captain Leontios examining detritus on the beach at Flores Island, Indonesia

Seeing the problems caused to oceans and beaches by plastic bottles and other flotsam and jetsam prompted Captain Antoniou Leontios, Master of the Variety Cruises vessel Panorama II, to take the issue of cleaning-up beaches into his own hands. Currently cruising the waters of the Flores and Bali Seas in Indonesia, he decided to dedicate a few hours every week to dropping anchor in a bay, venturing ashore with some crew members and filling as many bin bags as possible with rubbish which he then stowed on board and disposed of properly at his next port of call.

Cruise Ship Captain takes plastic problem personally

Captain Leontios and passengers with their haul of rubbish from one beach on Flores Island

According to Variety Cruises UK’s MD, Chris Lorenzo, environmental responsibility is part of the cruise line’s ethos:

‘We have already started eliminating single-use plastic from our fleet,’ he explained. ‘As for the beach clean-up program, our vessels are uniquely placed to do something practical – we only have small ships of 50-70 passengers so we can get close up to beaches and moor anywhere. Overall our philosophy is ‘small is beautiful’ and that’s not just about the size of our ships but about doing the small things that can add up to a big difference.’

 WHERE SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL FOR 2020

Captain Leonntios’ actions have  inspired similar initiatives from other captain’s within the Variety Cruises fleet, so our thanks and applause        to the Captain and all the crew and guests who volunteered their assistance.

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M/Y Pegasos The Flying Horse Renovation

M/Y Pegasos The Flying Horse Renovation

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WHERE SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL FOR 2020

If you want to get closer to the sun for summer 2020 then a cruise on a vessel called Pegasos (the Greek spelling) must be a good starting point. The fact she cruises the Seychelles year-round is another hint that you’re in for the most clement of weather – the temperature in this island paradise, often known as The Garden of Eden, ranges between 24°c and 32°c. It’s altogether lovely.

Pegasos is typical of the Variety cruises fleet – only 21 cabins and a maximum guest complement of 44 passengers. She is specially designed to handle these shallow island waters in the Indian Ocean (hence her shape) and we have just finished extensive renovations.

The 21 Pegasos cabins, and guest hallways, have been completely transformed to feature new bedding, soft fabrics, wallpaper, wood floors and carpet design. Ensuite facilities have undergone complete modernisation featuring marble and stone flooring. Overall there is a brand-new look with turquoise, blue and soft grey tones reflecting the Indian Ocean.

When it comes to public areas the Indoor Bar & Lounge and Dining area on the Upper Deck were completely renovated with new furnishings, re-upholstered furniture, soft fabrics, a new carpet design, flooring, and wooden blinds. On the sundeck we have totally transformed the bar area with new lounge furniture and a wooden bar reading “Seychelles”.

To find out more about cruising the Seychelles on our flying horse of a vessel click the button.

Seychelles Cruises in the Garden of Eden
the perfect destination to experience a unique island-hopping voyage

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Small Ship & Mega Yacht Cruises

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BALI & THE ISLANDS OF PARADISE

BALI & THE ISLANDS OF PARADISE

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INDONESIAN ISLANDS CRUISE & STAY OFFER

13 Nights from £2995 departing July 27 & August 12

It’s all in the name with this trip which will certainly live up to your expectations. Our 13 night package starts with a 5 night stay at the stunningly located Hilton Bali. On the Saturday, we transfer you to our sleek and comfortable 25 cabin sail cruiser Panorama II for an unforgettable 7 night island hopping cruise exploring a selection of the Indonesian islands. Our great value package includes flights from London and all transfers.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Benoa Bali - Vihara Satya Dharma Temple

Benoa Harbour

Transfer to Bali’s Benoa harbour for an afternoon embarkation of Panorama II sailing at 8PM for Karamat

Keramat Island

Keramat Island

Late morning arrival. Ample time to relax, enjoy the beach or go snorkelling. Open air BBQ, Overnight at anchor

Satonda Island

Satonda Island

We sail early in the morning for Satonda, a volcanic island with a salt lake caldera. Join the walking excursion and explore the volcanic  salt lake.

Rinca Island

Banta Island and Rinca Island

First we stop at Banta for time to swim and snorkel followed by a beach BBQ, then onwards to Rinca island in the Komodo National Park for late afternoon arrival. Overnight at anchor.

Komodo Dragon Komodo National Park

Rinca Island and Komodo Island

In the morning take the optional excursion in search of the famous Komodo Dragons. Sail at noon for Pink Beach on nearby Komodo Island. Far from the crowds, this remote and beautiful beach gets its name and colour from a trick of the light, interacting between the red coral and yellow sand. Time for swimming and snorkelling – overnight at sea.

Mojo Island

Moyo Island

Off the beaten track and un-commercialised, take an optional trip around the island and see spectacular waterfalls. We end the day with a beach BBQ

Lombok

Our visit to Lombok  should whet your appetite to return and spend much more time here. Blessed with wonderful beaches and a lush interior as well as a live volcano and the second highest peak in Indonesia, the optional day trip is well worth the effort. Evening farewell dinner on board.

Lombok

Benoa, Bali

We dock early in the morning, disembarkation after breakfast between 7 and 9:30. If extending your stay, transfer to your chosen resort.

Benoa Bali

Ports of call: Benoa - Keramat Island - Satonda Island - Banta Island - Rinca Island - Komodo Island - Moyo Island - Lombok - Benoa

Your vessel: The M/S Panorama II

Panorama II was first launched in 2004 and like her sister ship the Panorama is one of very few cruise vessels capable of sailing under wind power alone when conditions permit. The vessel was fully refurbished in 2012, and further upgraded in 2015. With her sleek lines, spacious accommodation and aft swimming platform, Panorama II is the perfect vessel in which to enjoy exploring these stunning waters.

Panorama II

Home at Sea

  • Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge – Bar
  • Indoor & Outodoor Restaurant
  • Audiovisual in Lounge
  • Mini library
  • Beach Towels
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayak
  • Board Games
  • Swimming Platform
  • Wi-Fi

Comfort Zone

  • Windows: Upper & Main deck cabins
  • Portholes: lower deck cabins
  • Triple Occupancy cabins: Category B
  • Flat-Screen TV
  • Mini Safe
  • Mini Fridge
  • Individually controlled A/C
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryers
  • Telephone for internal use
  • Central music
Panorama II Category c

Category C:

Lower Deck – (Double Bed)

The category C cabins are located on the lower deck featuring portholes and bathrooms with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).

Panorama II Category B

Category B:

Lower Deck – (Twin Beds or Triple Beds)

The category B cabins are located on the lower deck featuring portholes  and bathroom with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).
Panorama II Category A

Category A:

Main or Upper Deck – (Twin or Double Bed)

Category A cabins are located on the main or upper deck offering windows and bathroom with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).

Panorama II Category P

Category P:

Upper Deck – (Double Bed)

Category P cabin is located on the upper deck offering a large window and bathroom with showers. The cabin is equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).

Panorama II Lounge Area

Lounge Area

The public areas include a main lounge with deep pile carpet and comfortable sofas.
Panorama II Dining Area

Dining Area

The bar and restaurant area at the Lower deck is the perfect setting for your meals or drinks, with generous buffet space and seating. Special meal programmes (e.g. vegetarian meals) are available on request.
Panorama II Sun Deck

Sundeck

The aft area at the Upper deck provides generous semi covered or sun exposed areas with loungers & chairs.
Panorama II Upper Deck Outside Bar and Lounge

Upper Deck Outdoor Bar & Lounge area

The Upper Deck provides generous semi covered or sun exposed areas where passengers can enjoy meals “al fresco” with magnificent views of each destination visited.
Panorama II Swim Platform

Swimming Platform

The swimming platform on Panorama II stern enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.

Prices

  • Category C: £2995pp
  • Category B: £3195pp
  • Category A: £3375pp
  • Category P: £3495pp

    Single Supplement (any category cabin): £100Departs 27th July | 12th August

What is included:

Flight | Five-night Hotel Stay @ Hilton Bali | Transfers | Cruise

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Seafarer now ABTA bonded

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As a tour operator of long-standing Seafarer has always held an ATOL licence. However, we are delighted to inform you that Seafarer has also recently become a member of ABTA and that henceforth all Seafarer holidays will be ABTA bonded.

Managing Director Chris Lorenzo commented

Announcing the arrangement today Seafarer Managing Director Chris Lorenzo commented:‘In these slightly uncertain and unusual times, and in light of recent airline news, we want our customers to be able to book their holidays in complete confidence that they are totally protected and that, in the unlikely event something untoward happens, they will be safe, secure and looked after.’Financial protection under the ABTA scheme covers all holidays booked with Seafarer offered on www.seafarercruises.com and www.seafarersailing.co.uk

Seychelles Cruises

Seychelles cruise

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we say: at prices like this you’d be coconuts to miss it

We’ve just made a cruise in the Seychelles a whole lot easier to afford. Basically we’ve taken our seven night Seychelles cruises, added a two night land stay, and included the flights, transfers, port taxes, all meals and three excursions in one single deeply discounted price for two people. We’ve also got a great deal if you’re travelling alone – see below

Fly me to the sun

The good ship M/V Pegasus is one of those slightly quirky vessels. We admit that she doesn’t exactly look like the mythical winged horse, but that’s because she has been designed with two hulls to draw less water and be able to cruise through these shallow island seas. We do however promise you that she won’t take you too close to the sun! In fact, the weather in the islands is pretty stable with temperatures that hover between 28°C and 32°C year-round.

Fly me there in June

For those who don’t like it too hot June is the ideal month to visit. It’s also the best month for prices based on a 40% cruise discount for two sharing a cabin. Hotel-wise we offer a range of properties at varying prices. Our all-inclusive price is based on a two-night stay pre or post cruise, but we can organise longer if you like.

The hottest deals

Our best prices for two travelling and sharing a cabin and hotel room on this all-inclusive* basis are:

  • MAY from £5,199
  • JUNE from £4,994

If you’re travelling alone the deals are:

  • MAY from £3,099
  • JUNE from £2,978

Price includes flight, transfers, cruise and hotel.
Cruise is full-board, hotel is bed and breakfast, prices subject to availability at time of booking.

Anchors aweigh,
Suzie Seaworthy

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Recognising the importance of eliminating single-use plastic – the Attenborough effect

Making the sea greener – by eliminating single use plastic

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Recognising the importance of eliminating single-use plastic – the Attenborough effect

The world’s oceans may be our playground but, as seafaring folk, we always treat them with respect. There has been much in the news over the last 12 months about the dangers of plastics finding their way into the seas and Sir David Attenborough has made enormous impact in getting people to reduce single-use plastic from the environment. We not only welcome this, we have been looking at our own use of plastics to investigate ways we can respond and help ameliorate the problem.

Variety named best cruise line for sustainable tourism

As such we are extremely proud to announce that we have been recognised as the best cruise line for Responsible & Sustainable Tourism at the Tourism Awards 2019 ceremony, held in Athens. The awards are held under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO), aiming to promote excellence and innovation in the Travel, Hospitality and Leisure industries.

As such we are extremely proud to announce that we have been recognised as the best cruise line for Responsible & Sustainable Tourism at the Tourism Awards 2019 ceremony, held in Athens. The awards are held under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO), aiming to promote excellence and innovation in the Travel, Hospitality and Leisure industries.

We will completely eliminate single-use plastic on our vessels by the end of 2019

Panorama: already single-use plastic free

Next year you could be cruising in much greener waters!

In general Variety Cruises put great effort into enhancing our environmental initiatives and running a responsible and sustainable cruising fleet by adhering as much as possible to environmentally-friendly business practices. We are currently focused on eliminating single-use plastic – with items including straws, stirrers, cups, lids, bottled water and items wrapped in plastic – across the fleet. Variety’s first ship to have become completely single-use plastic was the M/S Panorama II since it began operating in Indonesia early this year.

The goal is to completely eliminate single-use plastics on board all vessels in phases within 2019. For more information on Variety Cruises’ Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives,

If sustainability matters to you why not choose to cruise with a small-ship specialist that puts the environment at the heart of its culture, call  or e-mail  to book or for more information.

Anchors aweigh,

Suzie Seaworthy

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How seaworthy is Brexit – Cast your vote

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SUZIE SEAWORTHY’S CRUISING PEOPLE’S VOTE

One of the first things you learn as a sailor is that you don’t get far with no wind in your sails trying to run head-on into a spring tide. Seems like that’s the last thing you learn as a Prime Minister. My cat Mrs. Nelson’s got more chance of purring into the ear of that Michel Barnstormer and talking him into doing the Hokey Cokey, turning around and changing course.

WE NEED CAPTAIN SENSIBLE STEERING THE SHIP

The fact is that our nation has a great nautical heritage and time and again it has been seafaring folk that have pulled her out of the doo-doo when it all seemed to be going down the heads. So my heads-up on the situation is this – let cruising folk, those most level headed of Brits, decide!’ A sensible idea I’m sure you’ll agree and what could be fairer?

YOUR VOTE COUNTS

So here’s my plan. Those good folk at Seafarer World HQ (strange that it’s just off the North Circular, but needs must I suppose) have agreed to put together a completely anonymous online poll. All you have to do is cast your vote, they’ll give me the results and I’ll pop down to Chequers and tell the PM what to do about it all over an elderflower G&T or two.

IN, OUT, OR SHAKE IT ALL ABOUT

IN – if you voted today you’d vote to remain.

OUT – if you voted today you’d vote for a hard and fast Brexit, let’s stop fannying around, bite the bullet, stop talking, cut to the chase, make no bones about it and get the deed done.

SHAKE IT ALL ABOUT – this is a fluffy sort of middle category for those who think we should get out but want the feeling that they’re still in. A sort of ‘Marie Antoinette vote’ of keep your hands off our Bath Buns but let us eat your cake too. Personally, I’m very partial to a nice slice of Battenburg.

There’s one more question and that’s asking you if, knowing what you know now about the mythical tales told from the NHS Battle Bus, or for any other reason, you have changed your mind since the original plebiscite. Hokey Cokey?

YOU’LL BE SECOND TO KNOW

Rest assured, once I’ve put the PM straight about your views, you’ll be next to know the result.

Anchors aweigh,

Suzie Seaworthy

Holiday Brexit Advice

Holiday Brexit Advice

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Will Brexit Affect My Holiday?

Many of our customers have already booked their yacht cruise  holiday with Seafarer for 2019, but whether you have booked or are considering booking with us, we know that many of you  have questions or concerns about the implications of Brexit for your travel plans from  March 29th 2019 when the UK is scheduled to leave the EU.

As we all know only too well from the daily bombardment with news on this topic  from the media, negotiations and the parliamentary process are still on-going and the final outcome remains unclear.

However, there have been some very clear reassurances from both the European Commission and the UK government on crucial questions around whether flights will operate, whether visas will be required and a number of other issues of concern to holidaymakers.

This short guide aims to answer these questions for you.

Questions & Answers

What happens if flights have to be cancelled in a ‘no deal’ scenario ?

The European Commission and the UK government have made clear statements that flying will continue as normal even in a ‘no deal’ scenario, with current reciprocal rights simply being extended until a replacement deal is in place.

If you feel in any way insecure about this, we strongly recommend you book the full package with us, to enjoy ATOL protection for the full flight inclusive holiday package in the event of any disruption.

What happens if my Holiday has to be cancelled ?

The situation after the  29th March will be no different to what applies today, if your holiday has to be cancelled by us for whatever reason.

In the very rare instance that we have to cancel your holiday, you will have the choice of either accepting a comparable holiday from us or accepting the cancellation and receiving a full refund plus compensation as specified in our terms and conditions of booking.

Will I need a visa to travel to EU countries after 29th March ?

The information  announced by both the EU and UK authorities is that no visas will be required at least up to the end of the planned transition period up to the end of 2020 for British citizens travelling to  EU and Schengen area counties. This includes popular Seafarer destinations like Greece, Croatia, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Will I need a new passport to Travel to the EU after 29th March ?

For British citizens, you will need at least 6 months validity on your passport on the day your holiday ends. You can check passport validity requirements and additional information on the following government website link: EU Travel passport  info.

Will the cost of my holiday increase if Sterling devalues against the Euro ?

For early bookers (before 29th March), thanks to Seafarer’s price guarantee, we will not impose any surcharges and we guarantee to honour the price confirmed to you at the time of booking. This guarantee is in addition to our best price guarantee, since on a like for like comparison, should you find the holiday cheaper elsewhere, we will beat that price. This guarantee applies to flotilla, beach club, cabin charter and learn to sail holidays operated by Seafarer. The no surcharge guarantee applies to the full package, whilst The price-match guarantee applies to the cruise only element of your booking excluding any flights or land arrangements.

Will my European Health Insurance Card still be valid in the EU after Brexit?

European Health Cards issued by the UK will no longer be valid in the event of a no-, deal Brexit and you may be refused treatment in public hospitals within the EU. However it has been specified that your card will be valid during the transition period should an agreement be ratified in time. Furthermore, it is most likely that countries like Greece, Croatia, France and Spain, will revert to the reciprocal arrangements with the UK that used to apply before EU membership.

Given this uncertainty and in line with ABTA advise, it is a requirement that you take out travel insurance at the time of booking. For more info on our recommended travel insurance click on the following link: TopSail Travel Insurance  
If you already have an annual travel insurance policy, this is usually adequate though it is worth checking your cover once you have booked.

Will roaming charges increase once we leave the EU?

At present, mobile telephone call and messaging cost, as well as data usage costs whilst travelling in the EU are the same as the UK. In a ‘no deal’ scenario, these rules will no longer apply, though it will be at the discretion of your phone service provider to decide whether to continue to honour these tariffs.  Your service provider is obliged to advise you of any tariff changes in advance.

For more information on the above and other topics like driving and car hire in the EU, you may also wish to consult the advice provided by ABTA on this link:
ABTA Brexit travel advice

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