We are all acutely concerned about the spread of the coronavirus. Its impact on tourism, particularly in terms of the prevailing climate of anxiety and uncertainty, is very worrying. In this article, we would like to inform our clients about the known coronavirus risks and the measures that
We are all acutely concerned about the spread of the coronavirus. Its impact on tourism, particularly in terms of the prevailing climate of anxiety and uncertainty, is very worrying. In this article, we would like to inform our clients about the known coronavirus risks and the measures that Barcando.it has taken to ensure you set sail in the safest of conditions.
Even in countries or regions where the virus is actively spreading, the risk of contagion remains statistically low. Even lower in the case of holidays at sea, which are naturally far away from major cities and potential sources of contamination.
This coronavirus, or COVID-19, is known to cause influenza, which is no less severe than seasonal influenza. Just like the common flu, it is mild in the vast majority of cases, but this may not apply to elderly persons and to those with pre-existing pulmonary or cardiac illnesses or suppressed immune systems. Nevertheless, during transit and your sailing holiday itself, we advise that you limit close contact with people who cough or have a fever and to respect good hygiene practices. Fortunately, the air is not contaminated on board a boat, and contact is limited!
GlobeSailor is in contact daily with its partners, ship-owners and rental companies to keep up to date on the public health status in all sailing zones. Barcando has negotiated much more flexible cancellation and postponement conditions in all these destinations. For all bookings confirmed after March 1st, 2020 in a destination where coronavirus cases have been detected, here are the possibilities for modifying your reservation, to be approved on a case-by-case basis by your advisor and in accordance with our rental partners:
- Postponement of your cruise free of charge according to booking availability.
- Reduction of the deposit fee to 10% instead of 30% or 50%
- Free cancellation up to 15 days before departure in the event of official government restrictions announced in the host or originating country (to be approved by the boat owner)
These exceptional terms are fully in line with the Tourism Code and the recommendations of professional tourism bodies (such as ABTA, SETO, APST, etc.) which advise us on best practice in the event of cancellation.
The cost of travel (flights, accommodation, etc.) has significantly dropped in recent times, especially across transatlantic air routes. Therefore, it is perhaps the best time to book in order to capitalise on these reduced rates.
A number of air carriers have implemented contingency measures. Air France and Aegean Airlines, for example, are offering free rebooking on all flights until May 31, 2020 and October 20, 2020 respectively. Many other air carriers are expected to adopt similar measures. On this note, we advise that you purchase direct flight tickets to avoid stopovers in destinations that could be contaminated. As mentioned before, we have cancellation and postponement mechanisms in place to ensure you’re not left out of pocket.
Barcando.it is committed to keeping you informed daily to ensure that your cruise runs smoothly and to dealing with your requests for postponement or cancellation in the most satisfactory manner.
Thank you for your understanding.