Terms & Conditions

Standard Terms and Conditions for Essential Sailing

Effective Date: 09 May 2023

These terms and conditions (“Agreement”) constitute a legal agreement between you (“Customer” or “you”) and Essential Sailing (“Company” or “we”), governing your use of our boutique crewed sailing, culture, and cuisine holidays (“Services”). By using our Services, you agree to be bound by this Agreement.

1. Booking and Payment

1.1. To book our Services, you must pay a deposit of 50% per person.
1.2. The balance of the trip cost must be paid no later than 30 days before the trip start date. If the balance is not paid on time, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and retain the deposit.
1.3. Payments can be made by bank transfer.

2. Cancellation and Refunds

2.1. If you cancel your booking more than 30 days before the trip start date, we will refund your deposit, less an administration fee of 10% per person.
2.2. If you cancel your booking less than 30 days before the trip start date, we will retain the full amount of the trip cost.
2.3. If we cancel your booking due to unforeseen circumstances, we will offer you a full refund of the trip cost or a rescheduled trip at no additional cost.

3. Changes to Itinerary

3.1. We reserve the right to change the itinerary or the mode of transportation if circumstances require, including but not limited to adverse weather conditions or mechanical problems.
3.2. We will make reasonable efforts to ensure that any changes to the itinerary do not substantially affect the quality of the Services provided.

4. Limitation of Liability

4.1. We shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages arising out of or in connection with the provision of our Services.
4.2. Our liability for any claim arising out of or in connection with the provision of our Services shall be limited to the amount paid by you for the Services.

5. Insurance

5.1. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate travel insurance, including coverage for medical expenses, trip cancellation, and personal liability.
5.2. You are responsible for ensuring that you have the necessary insurance coverage for the Services provided.

6. Governing Law

6.1. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United Kingdom.
6.2. Any dispute arising out of or in connection with this Agreement shall be resolved by arbitration in accordance with the rules of the Arbitration Association UK, and judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.

7. Miscellaneous

7.1. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and us regarding the provision of the Services, and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings, whether written or oral.
7.2. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect.
7.3. No waiver of any term of this Agreement shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term.