Frequently Asked Questions
What time does my cruise start and finish?
What do I need to bring?Warm clothes including a hat, some people like to bring thermal underwear. Several thin layers are warmer than two thick layers. If this is the first time sailing there is no need to spend huge amounts of money on expensive clothing. Even a cheap set of thermal long johns and vest will keep you warm and don't forget we can supply you with wet weather gear. For those considering doing a lot of sailing it would be worth thinking about purchasing a dedicated breathable layer system. This normally consists of a thermal base layer, a mid layer fleece with breathable wet weather gear as an outer layer. Don't forget sunglasses, sun cream, your wash kit, boats can be noisy places sometimes so bring some earplugs. Please bring some deck shoes or non-marking trainers.
Soft holdalls only please.
What happens if the weather is stormy?One of the most important jobs the skipper has is to plan the week around the weather conditions. We will keep you safe whatever. If the weather is very poor then the itinerary will be changed to fit in with conditions.
Do I need to bring my passport?If you are coming on an Irish Sea Cruise or a Coastal Skipper Course please don't forget your passport. We also recommend you bring an EH1C (formerly E111) available form your local Post Office or online at www.dh.gov.uk. Passports are not required on any other cruises.
Whats included in my fee?All of our cruises are fully inclusive of accommodation onboard, mooring fees, all meals onboard except for one evening meal, the usually the last evening, when we may eat ashore. If you want to hire wet weather gear this is available, but this is for sailing and is not really suitable for walking. All your bed linen is provided as are towels.
How many other guests will there be on my boat?We can take a maximum of 6 guests on Celtic Star, for RYA Courses there is a maximum number of 5 students..
Is there parking available?There is a large, free car park here in the marina where you can leave you car for the duration of your cruise. Whilst there is 24hr security and CCTV in the car park, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to cars or their contents.
Do I need insurance?Celtic Cruising carries full public liability insurance for its guests, however personal travel / cancellation / accident insurance is strongly recommended. Bishop Skinner are specialist insurers who offer insurance for this activity.
Will I have to share a cabin?It may be necessary for you to share a cabin. Couples and friends will normally share. If you are coming on a cruise on your own there is a possibility you will have to share a cabin but this would only be with someone of the same gender.
Will I be able plug in my electrical appliances such as my phone charger or hairdryer?Celtic Star has both 12 volt sockets and standard 3 pin plug sockets. You are more than welcome to use these sockets when you are in a marina and the boat is connected to shore power.There is also a USB socket in each cabin for phone and camera charging.
Can I bring my mobile phone?You can indeed bring your mobile phone. During briefing times we would ask that phones are turned off to avoid distraction unless of course you are expecting an urgent call. Mobile phone coverage is only up to approximately 10 miles from land which will generally give you coverage on all cruises except distance sails and Irish Sea crossings. In an emergency the yacht can also be contacted by radio.
Are all meals provided?On all of our cruises we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard except for one evening meal, the usually the last evening, when we may eat ashore. We also supply plenty of snacks to keep you going during the day. We have a well deserved reputation for good food, due to the high quality (and quantity!) of the food we provide.
Can you cater for my special dietary requirements?When you book your cruise just let us know if you require any special diets. As we are not able to "pop out to the shops" if you don't let us know we will not be able to cater for specific needs.
Who does the cooking onboard?Most of the cooking will be done by your Skipper / Chef. He will always appreciate some help in the galley particularly with the washing up!!
Will we be in a marina every night?Although you will spend some nights in marinas, in order to explore some of the more beautiful locations and to get the most out of the cruise you will also spend some nights on a mooring buoy or in a secluded anchorage. After all, the sail cruising is about adventure!
Do you take under 18's on cruises?We do allow under 18's on cruises when accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 18.
Does your boat meet safety requirements?Celtic Star fully complies with the code of practice for small commercial vessels and meets all requirements as set down by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The vessel is before and after each cruise or course and all safety equipment is serviced on a regular basis. Your Crew are hugely experienced sailors and will keep you safe whatever the weather. If the weather is inappropriate the cruise itinerary will be altered to suit.
Are there washing facilities onboard the yacht?There are heads (toilets) and showers onboard Celtic Star. When you are in a marina you can also use the shoreside facilities available.
Can I smoke onboard?Smoking is not permitted onboard.
Will I get sea sick?Even Nelson suffered from sea sickness, however it is less common in the Menai Straits due to its sheltered location. If you know you are concerned, then it is worth buying some motion sickness tablets such as Stugeron from the chemist and bringing them with you.
If you have any other questions just give us a call. You can get the Skipper directly on 07976 604297 or our shore base on 01492 583956.