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FAQ

Antarctica voyages

  • When do bookings for the next Antarctica season open?
    We will soon anounce the date of opening for the voyages for Antarctica 2023/2024. Please subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated. 

  • Will there be a Cape to Cape voyage in 2023?
    Yes. After the Antarctica season 2022/2023 we will sail our Cape to Cape voyage from Ushuaia, Argentina to Cape Town, South Africa

  • How much does one of the Antarctic voyages cost?
    The prices of the Antarctica voyages change per season. The prices for the 2022/2023 season can be found on our sailing schedule.

Bookings

  • Can I book for next season?
    If a voyage has not been announced via the newsletter, it is not possible to make a booking or a down payment to secure a spot. We only accept bookings from the moment which we specified in our newsletter announcing the voyages.

  • A voyage is labelled FULLY BOOKED in the sailing schedule, what does that mean?
    This means that there are not spots available on this voyage. If you are very keen on joining, please send us a message to state you would like to be on the reserve list for this specific voyage. If a spot opens up we will contact you.

  • What does an optional reservation entail?
    If you are not 100% certain you will join on a voyage, but you would like to request a spot, you can fill in the optional reservation form. We will reserve a berth for you on the voyage you requested, which will be in the system for two weeks to give you time to look into your other travel details. 

  • Are there age restrictions aboard Bark EUROPA?
    The minimum age to travel alone on board Bark EUROPA is 15 years old. 
    All those under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact the shipping office to discuss the possibilities. Are you 65 years old or over? We kindly ask you to fill in the additional health statement that needs to be signed by your physician. This statement will be discussed with our team of ships doctors before we can make a final decision. Sailors of the age of 73 or over (at time of sailing), can unfortunately not join us on ocean crossings and Antarctica expeditions. They are welcome to sail a coastal voyage on board Bark EUROPA, when healthy and fit.

Bark EUROPA COVID-19 terms & conditions

The current world-wide situation makes that we have to adjust our voyage plans to COVID rules and regulations and minimalize the risk of getting COVID-19 on board. Our embarkation policy will therefore be stricter than usual to create a safe and responsible environment on board. 

  • All trainees are required to be fully vaccinated. You will be considered fully vaccinated when you have received 2 doses + a booster of the vaccine Pfizer, Moderna or Astra Zenica or have had one shot of Janssen + a boostershot. With the last vaccination being taken at least two weeks before departure of the trip.
  • We kindly ask you to send us proof of your vaccination (Digital EU Corona Certificate - EU DCC) a couple of weeks prior to embarkation.
  • We might ask our trainees to present a negative PCR or rapid test result before embarkation. 
  • We advise all trainees to be at the port of departure 3 days before embarkation, to minimize the risk of COVID contamination. Getting COVID prior to the trip means that the trainee in question cannot sail with us.
  • Depending on the current situatiom, we might have to ask our trainees to go into local quarantine in the port/city of embarkation for 3-5 days.
  • We ask our trainees to limit their contacts for the week before departure, to limit the risk of contamination before departure.
  • We may ask the trainees to show a health certificate stating that you have no COVID-19 related symptoms, have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has any COVID-symptoms.

The start of your voyage

  • Can I bring my luggage on board before the embarkation time?
    Sometimes it is possible to bring your luggage to the ship before the embarkation moment. After dropping it of we kindly ask you to leave to give the crew time to prepare the ship for your official arrival at the embarkation time. When the ship is at anchor in the bay it is not possible to drop of your luggage before the embarkation moment. 

  • Where can I find the ship?
    If you have booked a voyage you will receive the log in information for your community page. Here we will post several documents with information about your trip. We will also share information about the location of the ship in the port where you will embark. 
    • Have a look at the ships GPS for the exact locations.

  • How much money should I bring?
    It is entirely up to you how much money you want to bring on your voyage, but we suggest taking about € 10,- per day. This of course depends on you as a person and on the voyage you are on. When you are on a voyage with a lot of sailing, we can imagine you spend less time in the bar! The bar bill amounts over the duration of the voyage and has to be paid at the end of the voyage. This can be done in Euro's and Dollars.

  • What kind of bag should I bring?
    Storage room in the cabins is limited, so we advise to bring a duffel bag you can completely fold away.

  • What to pack? 
    For a general packing list please look here.
    For the Antarctic Kitlist, please click here.

Diets on board Bark EUROPA

  • Which diets can EUROPA cater to on board
    We offer a vegetarian or non-vegetarian option, we ask you to make a choice at the moment of booking. As we have a small galley we cannot cater to all diets, please contact our shipping office at info@barkeuropa.com if you have any food allergies or intolerances.

The end of your voyage

  • When do I fly back home after my voyage?
    Disembarkation from EUROPA is in the morning, and although we will do our best to be in the harbour at the disembarkation time we set, EUROPA is still a sailing vessel, and thus wind and weather dependent. Therefore we advise to fly late in the afternoon or in the evening of the disembarkation day. Or stay another day in port and check out your new surroundings.