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How to book

Whether you need some time to decide before you book your voyage or if you wish to book straight away the voyage you have always dreamt about, both options are possible. With an optional reservation we can block a berth for you for two weeks without any obligations. Click on the orange buttons to make an optional reservation or to make a firm booking.

Optional reservation

If you are interested in a specific voyage and you cannot decide immediately or if you have to make any necessary arrangements we can block a bunk for you for two weeks. That way you will have some time to decide without the risk of losing your berth. Please let us know in which voyage you are interested and how many bunks (male or female) you would like to block and if you prefer a 2-person cabin (can only be booked by couples or duo’s) or a bunk in a 4/6-person cabin. We will contact you as soon as possible to confirm your optional reservation.

Make an optional reservation

Make a firm booking

When you have decided on the voyage you wish to book, you can make a firm booking by completing the booking form on our website or by downloading the form and returning it to our office via email.

Make a firm booking or download the booking form

On the booking form we ask you for your personal details, like a passport number, date and place of birth. We need these details to make the necessary crew lists for immigration purposes. Additionally, we need a fully completed health statement with details about medicine dosages and medicine names. This information will be used to get a first insight in your overall fitness and health and determine any possible risks of sailing in a remote area. Of course, all details will be treated confidentially.

After receipt of our booking form, we will process your booking as soon as possible. Your booking is confirmed after receiving a booking confirmation and a corresponding invoice from the Ships office. Our payment conditions and bank details to make a bank transfer are mentioned on the invoice. We unfortunately don’t accept credit card.

Health statement

A voyage is enjoyed fully when you feel strong, fit and comfortable on board! Therefore, medical health and fitness is really important when sailing. Strength in your legs and arms are needed to be able to make your way on the ship. When we are several days of sailing away from the inhabited world, it is important to realize that extensive medical care is not available. 

Are you 65 years old or over at the time of sailing? We kindly ask you to fill in the additional health statement that needs to be signed by your physician/general practioner. While booking a voyage, you can email the document to: info@barkeuropa.com. This statement will be discussed by our ships doctors to make a final decision, based on safety, fitness and health, together with our captains and shipping office.

Sailors over the age of 70 that want to sail an ocean crossing or an Antarctica voyage with us, we ask to book a shorter coastal voyage first. Our captains and ships doctor will on this coastal voyage decide if the sailor can sail an ocean crossing or Antarctica voyage in remote areas. After all, a voyage is fully enjoyed when you feel strong, fit and comfortable on board! 

Confirmation and invoice

After receipt of your booking form, positieve assessment of your health statement and check on availability we will process your booking. Note! This is done by hand and with great care. It therefore might take a few days before you receive your confirmation and invoice. 

On the invoice all necessary details for payment are mentioned. Good to know beforehand: we cannot accept credit cards and cheques. Next to the invoice and confirmation we send a suggested packing list. This way preparations can start right away!


General payment conditions as found on the invoice:

First installment:  30% within 7 days
Second installment: 50% five months before the voyage starts
Third installment: 20% two months before the voyage starts  

Of course other conditions may apply when booking closer to the embarkation date.

Final voyage information

A few weeks before embarkation you will receive the final voyage information with more details on where to find the ship and contact details for your loved one at home. Next to that we will unveil a few details of the group of trainees and crew you can expect to meet on board!

We look forward meeting you on board!