Booking Terms

Blyth Tall Ship

Booking Terms and Conditions

‘Customer’ will refer to the person who is booked for the sailing voyage.

‘The Vessel’ will refer to the Williams II

Our Promise to You

  • Ensure that the vessel will be under the command of a suitably qualified individual, supported by the required crew.
  • Ensure that all fire-fighting, lifesaving and safety equipment onboard the Williams II conforms to statutory requirements.
  • Ensure that all risk assessments and policies are up-to-date and reviewed regularly.
  • Wherever possible the date, time and place for embarking and disembarking the Williams II will be sent to the passengers 2 weeks before commencement of the voyage. However, this is not always possible. In these circumstances, passengers will receive initial embarkation details which may be updated nearer the time.
  • Blyth Tall Ship reserves the right to cancel or amend a voyage for any reason beyond its control, including, but not limited to severe weather, which may endanger the safety of the vessel and the crew. Blyth Tall Ship will issue a voucher that can be applied to other voyages but otherwise, accept no liability whatsoever.
  • Blyth Tall Ship reserves the right to make necessary amendments to any voyage with regards to start/end destinations or planned itinerary. In the unlikely event of any changes, we will endeavour to contact you at the earliest opportunity. All decisions of any amendments will be made by the skipper and no refunds will be made or liability accepted by Blyth Tall Ship.
  • Ensure that all the voyage crew / trainees are properly briefed and trained as required before departure. This can take a varying amount of time depending on the group and the proposed sail. The captain will not depart until he / she is satisfied that everyone is fully briefed and ready. This again is for your personal welfare and safety.

Booking and Payment:

  • Access to sailing on the Williams II is by way of direct booking or gift voucher. 
  • By purchasing a voucher or directly booking you agree to adhere to these terms and conditions
  • Trips must be paid in full at time of booking. 
  • Payments are taken via Square on our checkout screen. Blyth Tall Ship does not hold your payment details.
  • To enquire about a payment plan on our longer voyages please email adventure@williams-sailing.co.uk

Cancellation:

  • If you cancel a voyage 8 weeks or more before the start of the voyage then you will be liable for 50% of the full voyage fee
  • If you cancel a voyage less than 8 weeks before the start of, or after the commencement of your voyage then you will be liable for the full cost of the voyage. In all cases if we are able to resell your cancelled berth we will reimburse you the full cost less the booking fee. 
  • If you cancel within 14 days of booking and at least 8 weeks prior to departure a full refund will be made less a booking fee of £50
  • You are recommended to take out travel insurance to cover yourself should you need to cancel a voyage.
  • We appreciate that things change in life and if you need to change a voyage, please contact us at the earliest opportunity. All changes of voyages or crew are subject to availability and at our discretion. 
  • In the unlikely event that Blyth Tall Ship are forced to cancel a voyage due unusual and unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we will endeavour to offer an alternative voyage at a mutually agreeable date. If we have to cancel a voyage due to any other reasons, e.g. mechanical failure, then a full refund or an alternative voyage will be offered. In all cases our liability is limited to offering a refund only up to the amount paid and we will have no further liability to you in respect of consequential economic loss such as travel to and from ports.

Coronavirus

  • Under the present uncertain circumstances, Blyth Tall Ship reserves the right to cancel the voyage for reasons relating to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic situation, local regulations and any other reasons the skipper or Blyth Tall Ship feel it would not be safe or satisfactory to sail. This of course, is in the interest of everyone’s safety and welfare.
  • Covid 19 Flexibility Guarantee: In case government restrictions prevent sailing we will agree to hold any payment you have made as credit, transfer to another voyage for the future, or give a full refund if necessary (less £50 booking fee).
  • All voyage crew will sign an additional document to the medical questionnaire stating that they are healthy and have not come in contact with anyone who has Coronavirus COVID-19 or with anyone who has been in contact with someone with the virus. 
  • It is the duty of all passengers prior to embarkation to declare if they have had Coronavirus COVID-19 (or have had close exposure within their household) within the last 30 days. Further, any passengers who exhibit any of the known symptoms during a voyage, must declare this immediately to the skipper.
  • Due to the quick changing nature of the coronavirus situation we may request you take part in extra safety measures such as Lateral Flow Tests. This will be discussed with you before the departure and is in the safety interests of everyone on board.
  • If you need to cancel your voyage due to contracting Covid or having to isolate, credit can be transferred to any equivalent 2022 voyage

Participation and Health and Medical form

  • All customers will have to fill out a health declaration form upon booking a specific voyage

Safety

  • All customers will be given a safety briefing
  • All customers shall abide by the rules set out by the skipper on the voyage

Under 18

  • We regret that we cannot let people under the age of 12 sail with us
  • 12-15 can attend a daysail with a parent or guardian. 16+ can attend an overnight voyage with a parent or guardian.

Behaviour

  • All customers will show respect to their fellow passengers, crew, and skipper
  • All customers will agree to follow any instruction given by professional crew
  • The Williams II has a Zero Tolerance Bullying Policy

Accommodation and Food

  • There are a variety of bunks available on the Williams II. They shall be assigned on a per voyage basis closer to the time. If you have any special needs please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
  • All food is prepared fresh in our Galley by the Cook. There will be a food questionnaire when you book your space. While we try our best to accommodate food allergies but it is not always possible in our tiny kitchen. Please email adventure@williams-sailing.co.uk if you have any concern or questions.

Access

Media Release

  • All customers will sign a media release allowing use of your image and likeness in photos and video for promotional use on our website and social media. We will never sell images of your likeness to third parties. You can opt out of this media release when the form is sent to you before sailing.

Insurance

Blyth Tall Ship is covered by professional insurance that includes third party liability. This does not cover you for any loss or damage to your property not attributable to our negligence or defects in the vessel. We recommend you take out your own travel insurance to cover as a minimum, medical and personal accident expenses, loss and damage to personal effects, covers sailing over 12 nautical miles offshore and voyage cancellation. 

Liability

Sailing can be a particularly dangerous activity in rough weather which may be encountered at any time during the voyage. Blyth Tall Ship shall not be liable for any damage, loss or injury consequential, direct, economic or indirect, arising out of, or in connection with the specified voyage. The Skipper and permanent crew of sailing vessel Williams II shall have no responsibility for the failure of the vessel to complete the voyage or scheduled programme, due to severe weather, mechanical breakdown whilst at sea or for any other reason beyond the control of Blyth Tall Ship or any other person for whom Blyth Tall Ship is legally responsible.

Updates

We may update this privacy policy from time to time. The updated version will be indicated by an updated “Revised” date and the updated version will be effective as soon as it is accessible. If we make material changes to this privacy policy, we may notify you either by prominently posting a notice of such changes or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to review this privacy policy frequently to be informed of how we are protecting your information. 

This Policy Updated March 2021