What are the accommodations like on Flotillas?
Each boat is fully equipped with all of the necessary items to make your vacation a wonderful and enjoyable experience. Cabins come with two double beds and most have ensuite heads with hot and cold water and a shower. Bring a friend and secure a private cabin, or join other sailors and share a cabin.
We charter large, spacious boats with plenty of room on board for everyone to have their personal space.
Each boat has a salon (dining room) where we gather for meals and meetings. There is open deck space where you can sit and relax and enjoy the fresh breeze and warm sunshine.
Boats have refrigeration and freezers where we store food and beverages.
How is provisioning and food handled? Do we eat on board or on land?
Global Destinations works with you and other crew members to plan and organize the meals. We typically advance order the essentials to reduce the challenges of provisioning in foreign ports.
During the trip all members share the galley responsibilities for cooking and cleaning. For evening meals, most crew members enjoy getting off the boat and exploring the local culture and cuisine. Groups have also opted to stay on board for evening meals, dining to the gentle sway of the boat in a protected bay or harbor.
What is the schedule of a typical trip?
We plan our trips to maximize our time without feeling rushed. We have found that usually a week to ten days allows most people to unwind and relax without feeling too fatigued from travel.
When you arrive at your destination, Global Destinations arranges for transportation from the airport to the base. We allow plenty of time to get on board, and the first night we spend dockside to get unpacked and settled in. Dinner on the first night is a relaxed encounter with options provided by the trip leader. The next morning we set sail.
Each day we plan on getting underway by 10:00am. This allows for everyone to get up and get breakfast and prepare the boat to sail. Each day the captain/trip leader provides a detailed sailing plan.
Lunches along the way are fairly unstructured. On some days we may pop in to a small cove to go exploring, or snorkeling at a special place.
We will be anchored and settled in at our final destination for the day By 4:00 in the afternoon. You will have the option to dinghy ashore and explore the beach or town, swim, relax or paddle board until dinner.
Evening meals are usually a celebration of local cuisine and culture, from a five star restaurant to a beach BBQ.
Most crews opt to go ashore and explore the restaurants and night life. Global Destinations will provide suggestions for each port of call. Some nights it is just nice to relax on the boat and some crews have their evening meals on board, shopping in local markets and sharing the galley responsibilities.
The last night is spent on board at the base. This allows plenty of time to pack and prepare to get off the boat. Global Destinations arranges for travel options from the base back to the airport to help you return safely with fabulous memories of the experience of a life time.
Does Global Destinations provide Travel Insurance?
We do not provide travel insurance. However, we will insure you are aware of the options for travel insurance for each of our trips.
What do I bring with me? Do you have a list of suggested items to bring?
We suggest traveling light. Your gear should fit in a medium duffel bag and small carryon bag (backpack). Both bags should be collapsible for easy storage on the boat. Bags with hard frames or rolling wheels are difficult to stow.
Because each trip is unique and takes place in different climates, a list of suggested items to bring is included in the trip specific information, downloadable from our website. You can also email us to get trip specific information.
What should I not bring with me?
In general (and it probably goes without saying), you should not bring illegal drugs, weapons, hair dryers, expensive jewelry, pets, surf boards (it has happened), fireworks, dive tanks.
There may be country-specific rules and considerations. If in doubt, ask us!
Linens, towels and pillows are provided on boats.