Tall Ship Avatar and the coronavirus

We follow the instructions of the Dutch and local authorities. If there are no restrictions or travel bans, we will perform the journey as planned.
We will of course keep a close eye on developments and will respond if necessary and inform the guests involved.

Measures on board

Safety has always been very important on board the Avatar and now even more with the Coronavirus. In collaboration with our branch organization, we have drawn up protocols to minimize the risk of infection with the Coronavirus. These protocols include amongst others the following measures:

We ask all persons who:

  • have been in risk areas in the 7 days before departure (regions with more than 50 new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 7 days);
  • have had direct contact with an infected person, or themselves are suspected of being infected with the Corona virus;
  • show the symptoms fever, cough, shortness of breath and/or breathing problems;

not to participate in the trip.

In order to protect guests and the crew on board, we have taken a number of measures in line with the generally recommended measures:

  • wash hands regularly with soap (min. 20 sec.) by everyone on board
  • coughing and sneezing in the bend of the elbow
  • using paper handkerchiefs and throwing them directly in the trash after use
  • wash hands with soap (min. 20 sec.) when returning on board (after a walk) and before and after meals
  • avoid physical contact (such as shaking hands, etc.)
  • on board we keep 1.5m distance from each other. This does not apply to people who form a household together*
  • in situations where there is not enough space to keep distance, we will make way for each other or wear mouth-nose-masks 
  • avoid crowded places when visiting land and keep at least 1.5m away from others
  • extra cleaning of surfaces such as door handles and handrails
  • in the Netherlands: all meals are served (no buffets). In Germany buffets are allowed
  • interior spaces are supplied with fresh air 6x per hour using mechanical ventilation

* In case in our sailing area persons from two households are allowed to meet without keeping distance, we will place two people from different households together in a cabin. If your booking confirmation states that you share a cabin with someone else and you object to this, please contact us to discuss the possibilities.

During the 2020 season, it appeared that our anti-corona measures on board are feasible and we fortunately did not have any corona cases on board.

What happens if your trip cannot go ahead due to corona (measures)?

That depends on the situation, with two options:

Situation 1: Due to (local) anti-corona measures, we cannot carry out the sailing trip you have booked.
Think for example of the closure of borders, a ban on overnight stays for tourist purposes, quarantine obligations for travelers.
If it concerns a certain (part of our) sailing area, we will offer you a comparable trip in an alternative area. If this is not possible, we will offer you three options:

  • rebooking to another sailing trip of the Avatar
  • a voucher for the amount you paid, which you can use as payment on a new booking on the Avatar within one year of the voucher being issued
  • you will receive your payment back

Please keep in mind that this corona crisis could turn into a failure for tourism companies. Everyone benefits if you try to change your booking to a different departure date or accept a voucher instead of a refund of the travel sum.

Situation 2: You cannot participate in the sailing trip due to a corona infection, quarantine or anti-corona measures that apply to you.
If you or a housemate has corona and you are therefore in quarantine or if, for example, you live in a risk area and you are therefore not allowed to travel to the area where we sail, you will not be able to participate in the trip. In the latter case, you are usually allowed to enter if you can submit a negative corona test not older than 48 hours (the exact rules may vary per area).

If the sailing trip you have booked can go ahead, but you cannot join us due to personal corona circumstances, our normal cancellation conditions apply. In that case, check with your insurance company whether your travel / cancellation insurance covers your cancellation costs.

For bookings a few weeks/months in the future, you will have to wait and see how the situation develops. Reliable tips cannot yet be given. Only if the trip is not possible for you (regardless of prohibitions/restrictions), you should cancel in time to keep the cancellation costs lower for you and to give us the opportunity to find another participant.

Current situation 25-03-2021

Unfortunately we have to cancel all our sailing trips up to and including April 30, 2021.
The reason for this is that the lockdown in Germany has been extended until April 18, 2021. If there will be relaxation of rules after that period, they will likely be minor relaxations. We do not expect that tourism in Northern Germany and Denmark will be possible again in the second half of April.

For a long time we have held out hope that we will be able to carry out all sailing trips - possibly in adapted form - this season, but unfortunately have to postpone the start of the season. The affected participants have been informed about this.