Frequently Asked Questions
We have answered some of the most commonly asked questions below. However, if you have a query that is not covered here, please contact us and we will be delighted to respond.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Beachwear or swimwear is fine, and sunglasses are recommended.
Q: What should I bring?
A: “Hawnalea” covers the catering, but be sure to bring sunscreen, a towel, and a camera to record the "Highlight of your Holiday"!
Q: What if I feel seasick?
A: If you are concerned about Travel Sickness, we recommend you ask your pharmacy for advice. There are many proprietary brand remedies that are very effective – especially inquire about ‘non-drowsy’ treatments. We will do all we can to make sure everyone on board feels comfortable, and the waters off our West coast are generally very calm.
Q: Can we sail "Round the Island" in a day?
A: A "Round Antigua" day sail is not achievable in the time available and would not suit many people due to the rougher Atlantic conditions experienced on the East Coast.
Q: Can I be collected from my hotel beach?
A: For safety reasons, with the tendency for rough conditions on some hotel beaches, we prefer that our guests join "Hawnalea" at our dock in Jolly Harbour, or at the Cruise Ship dock in St. John's.
Q: Where do I find "Hawnalea"?
A: Full meeting point instructions will be given when your booking is confirmed. Captain Kevin will be there to greet you.
Q: What about insurance?
A: We are a licensed Antiguan Charter business and are fully insured to operate the cruise you are booking with US$ 500,000 Personal Liability for "ON yacht" incidents. All incidents that occur "OFF yacht", such as water activities and excursions ashore are not covered and you are recommended to take out Personal Travel Insurance to ensure your party is covered for these activities.
Q: How do I book?
A: Check “Hawnalea’s” availability here. To secure your booking a 50% deposit is required. Payment can be made by Visa, or Mastercard. We do not charge transaction fees. Once payment is cleared we will confirm your booking by e-mail. Balances are paid on the day of your cruise, before we set sail, and can be by cash or card. Prepayment is required in full for all Open Day Cruises.
Q: What happens if we cancel?
A: A full refund of your deposit is given if cancellation is confirmed by e-mail or telephone not less than 14 days prior to booked date.
Q: What happens if Miramar Sailing cancels my booking?
A: If, due to circumstances beyond our control, we find it necessary to cancel your booking, a full refund of your deposit will be made to the card originally debited. Please be sure we have contact details for your hotel, or a cell phone number, in the event we need to contact you.
Q: What happens if the weather is bad?
A: All sailing decisions will be made by the yacht's Skipper and will be final. If Captain Kevin decides the weather is untenable a full refund of your deposit will be made. If you decide you do not wish to sail then your deposit is forfeited.