January 7, 2021
Happy New Year to all! Like everyone else in this world, we are so ready to put 2020 behind us. We don’t know exactly what’s in store for 2021, but we DO know that we WILL be sailing Angelique once again, and we know our guests are as excited as we are!
With optimism in our hearts, we are encouraged by the progress being made in beating this virus. Heading into last summer, we were only just beginning to understand how this virus was transmitted and how helpful wearing a mask could be. Testing was slow and not offered to everyone. We made the decision to not sail.
Heading into this summer, we know so much more, and wearing a mask has become a regular part of life. We can also test more easily and readily, with quicker turnaround times for results. And, of course, the vaccines are approved and starting to be implemented. The big question heading into this coming sailing season is when will the masses be vaccinated and when can we go back to normal?
As we move ahead with sailing in 2021, we are optimistic that some of our guests will have received the vaccine by the time we sail, but some may not. Therefore, we must continue to abide by CDC guidelines and the guidelines set forth by the state of Maine for windjammers. You can read the full Maine Covid-19 checklist for charter boats here.
Much can, and probably will, change between now and May when we start sailing. We expect to have updated protocols from the State of Maine based on the most current information, and when we do, we will relay that information to you. This season, as with last season, our priority is the safety of guests, crew, and our community. We are committed to keeping abreast of the latest protocols. We want you to feel comfortable and safe with our procedures while aboard.
All guests will have to test negative prior to boarding and/or have been vaccinated. Maine now has rapid testing at the Portland airport, and many Walgreens drug stores throughout the state offer rapid testing. The Angelique crew will also be tested regularly.
We are limiting capacity on our cruises. What that capacity is on any given cruise will depend on how the cruise fills. As of now, we are not assigning berths in the same cabin to people who do not know each other.
Masks will not be required on deck or during meals, per our current state of Maine guidelines; however, wearing masks in certain situations, e.g. below decks, will still be required, until the time the state changes our operational guidelines.
We have modified our cancellation policy to be more forgiving of last minute changes of circumstance due to COVID-19. It now reads:
“When you book a cruise on Angelique, you are agreeing to our cancellation policy. All cancellations need to be in writing. Cancellations outside of 6 weeks from the cruise date will be given a refund minus a 3% handling fee. Cancellations made within 6 weeks of the cruise date will be issued a refund only if the berths can be filled. If your berth can be filled, a refund will be issued minus a $50 administrative fee and a 3% handling fee. For the 2021 season only, if the cancellation is within 6 weeks and is necessary due to COVID-19, we will issue a full credit to be used toward a cruise later in 2021 or in 2022.”
We welcome any questions or concerns via email, our website, FB messenger, or a phone call (contacts here). We are looking forward to welcoming guests on board again and getting back to sailing on the bay, cooking up lobster bakes on pristine Maine islands, and making memories to last a lifetime!
Be well and continue to be safe,
Captain Dennis and Candace
July 2, 2020
Dear Angelique family,
This spring has been tremendously difficult for us and the entire Windjammer fleet. Angelique is still under her winter cover, all dressed up with no place to go, waiting for the time when it is safe to sail. Sadly, after postponing the start of the season twice already, we feel that no point in the 2020 season will be that time. We have decided to cancel the entire 2020 sailing season.
Many of you have sailed with us before, and you share our love and passion for sailing on Angelique. She’s never missed a season, and all of your passion combined with our passion made the decision that much more difficult.
We did not take this decision lightly. We weighed many factors, agonizing over whether or not to run. Ultimately, it always came back to the safety of our guests, crew, and our community.
We helped craft the state guidelines for operating this season, but even with those guidelines in place, we feel we can’t ensure 100% safety for everyone. In recent weeks, we have watched states and businesses reopen around the country and the ensuing spike in Covid19 cases that has followed. We feel the biggest contribution we can make to halt the spread of this disease is to not sail. It is out of love and caring for our crew and guests that we cannot in good conscious do what we love to do this year. We were looking forward to introducing new guests to Angelique this year too, but we can wait until next year. Not now does not mean not ever.
Please understand how heartbreaking this is for us. We are disappointed that we will not see our Angelique family and we will not visit those magical, watery places this summer. The decision not to sail puts a burden on our lives personally, but we understand that this is bigger than us. We must do the responsible thing, first and foremost, and then have patience to wait until next year.
If you currently have reservations for 2020, first of all, thank you for holding out hope with us that we could sail this season. Second, we are extending full credit for two years to anyone who wishes to take it, or a refund will be given if that is what you prefer. Furthermore, the credit is transferable to friends and family if you cannot use it yourself within two years. We realize not everyone is in a position to take credit; but if you can, we are a small mom and pop business, and taking a credit for a future trip instead of a refund would really help the boat and our family get through this very tough year. We are standing by via email or phone to answer questions, issue credits or refunds, and take new reservations for 2021.
Our 2021 sailing schedule is online – https://www.sailangelique.com/schedule-rates/. You will see that we have held the line on rates for next year. If you have not booked this season due to the pandemic, please consider signing up now for a cruise in 2021. Rest assured, Angelique will be ready to sail next summer. We know you will be ready to go too. Thanks for your patience and understanding right now.
All our best to you and yours,
Captain Dennis and Candace