Frequently Asked Questions

THE ARGOSY CONCEPT

A prime selection of the finest traditional wooden yachts in Greece under one source managed and run directly by their owners.

WHAT TYPE OF YACHTS ARGOSY OFFERS?

Only traditional wooden sailing yachts that are located in all the popular ports of Greece and the Greek islands.

WHICH PORTS DO ARGOSY YACHTS SAIL FROM

Look at the interactive map of Greece on the home page of our website where all ports in our network are shown indicating the yachts that are available at each port.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF CRUISES OFFERED BY ARGOSY YACHTS?

> Day Sails
> 3 Day Cruises
> 5 Day Cruises
> 8 Day Cruises
> Dinner Cruises
> Thematic Cruises, for example, Sail & Cycle, or a Wine Cruise

The cruises can be active or leisure or a combination of both.

YACHT SPECIFICATIONS

All yachts in the Argosy network are certified by the Hellenic Port Authorities and comply will the latest requirements for safety at sea and communications electronics. See each yacht’s own page for its own detailed specifications.

HOW DO INDIVIDUALS JOIN A DAY SAIL?

Contact us by phone or email the soonest possible up to 24 hours prior to the Day Sail departure date to make a reservation.

HOW DO INDIVIDUALS JOIN A MULTI-DAY SAILING CRUISE?

Cruises prices are based on double occupancy in a private cabin with en suite bath. A single traveler pays the full cost of a tour with their own private cabin.

Alternatively, solo travelers of the same sex can share a cabin if they wish. Note that the double cabins have a double bed on bottom and a single berth on top. Roommates can switch on and off between the double and the single.

Cruises with or without set dates. Contact us by phone or email and we’ll let you know if a cabin is available and if enough people have signed up for the trip. Minimum ten persons for a cruise to be a “go.” No need to put down a deposit unless we tell you the cruise is a go.

HOW DO GROUPS CHARTER A YACHT?

If you are an already assembled group and want to charter a yacht for a private cruise, contact us by email or phone specifying your desired dates and we will inform you how to proceed to book your cruise. Our yachts hold 6-18 guests for Multi-Day Cruises and 12- 49 passengers for Day Sails.

HOW DO I PACK?

Although our yachts are spacious, ship cabins are still smaller than hotel rooms. Best to pack clothes in a foldable duffle bag that can be stored in the cabin’s half-closet. Otherwise luggage can be placed on the single berth above your double bed.

The truth is, you don’t need a grand wardrobe for a casual sailing trip, so there is no need to lug a huge suitcase. If you are staying longer in Greece before or after the cruise, we can store your bigger luggage at our Athens warehouse.

Prior to departure you will receive tips on what to wear or gear to bring based on the date and type of tour you book.

On Multi-Day Cruises, beach towels are given to passengers.

ARE CHILDREN INCLUDED ON CRUISES?

Children 12 years and older are only allowed on dedicated family cruises and Day Sails

Children must be accompanied by their parents or an adult.  The activities on a dedicated family cruise are kid friendly.  Meals are made to their liking due to consultations with parents in advance about the menus.

DOES THE YACHT HAVE HOT WATER?

Yes, hot water is available at all times.

IS THERE AIR CONDITIONING ON BOARD?

Air conditioning is available on most of our yachts during the night to ensure a comfortable sleep for our passengers but it is not necessary during the day time when the alfresco prevails.

HOW OFTEN ARE CABIN LINENS CHANGED?

Cabin linens are changed every two days.

WHAT ARE THE MEAL OPTIONS ON BOARD?

Private yacht charter by a group already assembled can choose among these three meal options.

(1) Guests may prepare their own meals in the yacht’s full galley – this entails shopping for your own food.

(2) Guests may hire our company chef to prepare and shop for all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner plus snacks and beverages) Menus are decided upon between the chef and guests.

(3) All meals included (breakfast, lunch, dinner plus snacks and beverages). Chef prepares all meals and shops for groceries.

WHAT IF I MISS THE YACHT’S DEPARTURE?

The yacht and all its guests cannot wait for you if you are not present when the boat is scheduled to depart from a port. It is up to you to arrange your travel to the next destination at your expense. With the islands, there are ferries to make this possible.

HOW DO I PAY FOR A MULTI-DAY CRUISE?

To book a cruise you must make a 30% deposit per person of the cruise cost six months prior to departure, another 30% payment 90 days prior to departure and full balance due 30 days prior to departure.

For bookings made within six months prior to departure a 50% deposit per person is required and the balance 30 days prior to departure.

We send you a booking form to fill out with your credit card details which you return by email attachment. We charge your credit card via PayPal or through our credit card merchant’s account. Alternatively, we can take your credit card information by phone.

Charges to your credit card are made in euros, unless you are from the U.S., in which case the euro cost of the tour is converted to U.S. dollars and your credit card is charged in U.S. dollars at an exchange rate in effect on the day the card is charged (see www.xe.com).

Alternatively, you may make a wire transfer payment to our New York or Greece Bank in which case we will send you our banking details. The cost of a wire transfer (even an international wire transfer) is usually less expense than a credit card transaction fee.

BOOKING DETAILS FOR DAY SAILS

We offer Day Sails for individuals and groups at all Argosy ports throughout Greece, as listed in each port.

To book space on a boat with others (a/k/a “a party boat”), contact us at least a week in advance.

For a private boat trip you need to contact us 30 days in advance.

You can also book multiple Day Sails at different ports throughout Greece for a discount.

WHAT ARE YOUR CANCELLATION POLICIES?

If you must cancel your cruise, call us or email info@argosy.gr immediately. Upon our receipt of your notice, we will email you an acknowledgement within 48 hours of your cancellation notice. The date of your cancellation notice is the date your notice is received by us. Refund policies are as follows:

  • 90 days or more before cruise departure: 80% return of deposit.
  • Between 90 and 60 days before cruise departure: 50% of total payment.
  • Less than 60 days before cruise departure: no refund.
  • Voluntary leave at any time after the first day: no refund.
  • Involuntary leaving the cruise upon our demand for inappropriate behavior: it is in our discretion to refund or not, and in what amount.
  • No refunds for any accommodations, gear usage, transfers, transport, meals, entry fees or services paid for as part of the cruise but not patronized.

In the event we cancel all or part of a cruise, scheduled or otherwise, due to weather, Acts of God, labor strikes or any events which make it impossible or infeasible for us to continue any or all of our obligations within the tour, we will provide land-based activities for the guests who will overnight on the yacht. Feasible inclusions will still prevail. We will ensure the guest’s transfer to the end destination of the cruise.

We are not responsible for expenses incurred by participants in preparation for a trip such as nonrefundable air tickets, equipment, etc. We urge guests to procure travel insurance to cover such unforeseen events (e.g., “cancel for any reason” insurance).

WHEN I BOOK DO I SIGN ANYTHING?

When booking a cruise the payee must sign a booking agreement. All guests must sign a waiver/ release. Parents or guardians sign the waiver / release on behalf of minors.

CAN I TRANSFER MY BOOKING TO SOMEONE ELSE?

Yes, you may transfer booking to another person within one year plus a discretionary 100 euro handling fee charged per person per change.

ARE TRANSFERS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE CRUISE?

Airport/port transfers to/from the yacht are complimentary for groups arriving at the same time.  Transfers for individuals are provided for a fee.

WHAT HAPPENS IN ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS OR DELAYS?

It is the captain’s discretion to decide at all times whether to adhere to the schedule. Although rare, there could be some delays due to the weather conditions. Weather is always a factor in a sailing tour with fixed dates. Thus, we reserve the right to change the itinerary of any cruise.

WHAT IF I GET SICK DURING A CRUISE?

If you fall ill during the cruise, we have first aid aboard and our crew is fully familiar with CPR and first aid. Otherwise you must wait until we reach land – sailing between islands is maximum 2-3 hours. We know where all clinics and hospitals are located on land during each cruise and will assist you to reach these medical centers as fast as possible which are available in all ports of call. We strongly urge all travelers to invest in travel insurance. F

CAN YOU HELP ME WITH MY FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS?

Yes, our colleagues can book your international flights and domestic travel in Greece. However, for international flights, you can most likely get better deals booking from your home country or using your frequent flyer mileage.

CAN YOU TAKE CARE OF MY ADDITIONAL TRAVEL NEEDS IN GREECE?

Yes, as long time tour operators, we can take care of all pre and post tour travel arrangements, including mini vacation packages, hotel accommodations and rental cars. We know Greece inside out and can make the best vacation recommendations for you based on your desires.

DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?

Travel insurance is highly recommended, however we do not require it except for family tours with minor children.

We are official agents of Travel Guard and can assist you with booking travel insurance or getting a policy quote.

Be aware that during any kind of travel, domestic or foreign, unforeseen circumstances, such as the weather, can alter even the most meticulously planned vacation. Travel insurance can compensate you in the event of trip cancellations, trip interruptions, trip delays, baggage delay or loss, or unexpected medical emergencies. Always read the fine print of insurance policies.

DO I NEED A VISA FOR GREECE?

Greece is a member-state of the European Union. Nationals within EU states do not need a visa to visit Greece.

Visas are not required by holders of valid passports from the following non-E.U. countries to enter and remain in Greece for up to 3 months (90 days) within a chronological period of 6 months, so long as the passport does not expire within three months of entry date:

Andorra
Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Brunei
Canada
Chile
Costa Rica
Croatia
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
Israel
Japan
Malaysia
Mexico
Monaco
New Zealand
Vatican
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Saint Marino
Singapore
South Korea
USA
Uruguay
Venezuela

Nationals not on the list, such as South Africans, need a visa. For an updated list of these nationalities, contact your nearest Greek embassy.

Click here for all Embassies/Consulates located in Greece. Click here for all Greece Embassies/Consulates located abroad.

DO I NEED ANY VACCINATION SHOTS?

No shots are required for entry to Greece. The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, USA maintains an up-to-date website for each region of the world. Click here to review the page regarding Greece.

WHAT GEAR IS ON BOARD?

Bikes, kayaks, fishing gear, snorkeling gear, tenders. Optional with third party providers is sea sports, such as, scuba diving and windsurfing.

IS THERE WiFi ON BOARD?

Yes, there is free WiFi on board. The more users, the slower the reception. The reception improves closer to ports than out at sea.

HANDICAPPED CLIENTS

We regret that we cannot accommodate passengers with limited capabilities for their own safety and comfort.

SAFETY AT SEA

We ensure that our passengers are safe and in comfort during their cruise and our crews are particularly on the watch for your safety.

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