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Compared to a passenger-for-hire vessel, there are no accommodations of convenience aboard Polaris. She is after all an exact replica of a 1000 year old ship sailed by Vikings!
This is a rowing and sailing excursion that requires hands-on participation and occasional physical effort.
We operate rain or shine. You will be outside, on the water, in summer. Please remember to arrive well hydrated and bring your own water with you. You might feel cooler on the water than on land but the sun will be just as strong. Wear appropriate clothing (layers are good) and apply sunscreen.
There are convenient bathrooms at Maritime Gloucester. We recommend you use them before embarking.
Due to concerns for passenger safety, the Captain has the right to refuse service to any individual that the Captain believes may negatively impact passenger safety.
Our standard cancellation policy is as follows:
Cancellations made up to 14 days of the tour will receive a full refund.
Cancellations made more than 7 days in advance of the departure date, but less than 14 days in advance will receive a voucher for a future excursion.
No shows, or cancellations made less than 7 days prior to a scheduled excursion will not be entitled to a refund.
In the case of extreme weather (if thunder, lightning or heavy winds are present) the captain reserves the right to cancel or shorten the excursion.
In the event that forecasted or actual extreme weather conditions force the captain to cancel an excursion from any time between the time of booking and up to the point of departure, each passenger booked on that excursion will be provided a rain check for future use.
The Captain may shorten a trip if, while the vessel is under way, the behavior of any passenger, in the Captain's judgement, presents a risk to passenger or crew safety.
Unless expressly stated in the excursion details, there is no alcohol consumption allowed during any of our excursions.
Please refrain from smoking. This is after all a wooden boat!
Please leave your stash at home. Despite several states' recent legalization of marijuana,
it remains a controlled substance and possession or use is considered a federal offense under the controlled substances act (21 USC 801).
Coast Guard crews (as a federal law enforcement agency) will continue to enforce all federal laws including those relating to the transport, use and possession of marijuana within navigable U.S. waters, regardless of location or intended use.
The Coast Guard may conduct boardings while on patrol to ensure the safety and security of the boating community.
Thanks for your understanding.