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Prices are based on daily charter rates for a group of up to 6 or 8 passengers with full comfort, and cannot be adjusted per person. For shorter and coastal journeys 10 persons might exceptionally be admitted. Charter fees include food and accommodation on board, fuel and sundry port costs, exclusively.

Golden Fleece Prices, 6 to 8 persons:
All prices are set according to the specifications, needs, risks and duration of the trips and therefore can only serve as an indication: For trips in the Falkland Islands and Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia, prices run from £1000 to £1250 per day. For voyages to Antarctica, South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands and other subantarctic places: £1250 to £1750 per day.

Hans Hansson Prices, 12 persons plus 2 guides:
Please contact us for up to date charter prices. Prices will be dependant on the destination and nature of the voyage.

N.B. All charter rates are dependant on current fuel prices and a fuel surcharge may be payable.

All charters start and end in Stanley (Falklands), but provided it suits the Golden Fleece or Hans Hansson program before and after it can start from another place agreed upon, like Puerto williams or Punta Arenas.
Any deposit or full payment for a cruise shall constitute consent to all the provisions contained in the chartering contract (available by fax, post or e-mail upon demand).
NB: Golden Fleece Expedition Cruises is not an agency and cannot be expected to gather individuals willing to share the charter cost. Try to form a group of friends or people willing to share the experience with you. However, it happens that one or more bunks are free, in which case it is possible to join as a single person if it is agree to respect the principal client objectives.
NB also: For the final cost of your trip it is important that you realise the short time spent in the crossing with Golden Fleece or Hans Hansson. You will have more days at your destination's location - or less days altogether - than if you use a slower boat.
The difference can be as much as one week spent at sea for a South Georgia trip.

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Chartering "Golden Fleece" or “Hans Hansson” means booking the vessel at exclusive dates for a determined purpose and price.
  • A Hire Agreement between Golden Fleece Expeditions and a company or an individual for the Charter of the Vessel "Golden Fleece"/”Hans Hansson” is available by fax or post.
  • Any deposit or full payment for a cruise shall constitute consent to all the provisions contained in it.

The Charterers' responsibilities (i.e. yours):
  • To provide all suitable clothing and personal equipment for each member of the Charterers' party embarking on the vessel.
  • To provide personal accident insurance including evacuation cover for each member of the Charterers' party embarking on the vessel and any liability or costs incurred originating from any accident to the chartering party.
  • To ensure that each member of the Charterers' party has been deemed medically fit for the voyage.
  • To procure all permits necessary for restricted areas.
NB: Golden Fleece and “Hans Hansson” have the UK Foreign Office Permit under Antarctic Act renewed every year.

The Owner's responsibilities:
  • To provide the vessel fully and properly equipped including necessary navigational charts, and crewed and ready for the sea service at the dates and places set out and to maintain the vessel in a seaworthy condition throughout the charter period.
  • To provide for the vessel all fuel, lubricants and consumable stores and safety equipment necessary to satisfactorily complete the charter.
  • To provide accommodation and food on board for the Charterers' party throughout the charter period (all hotel expenses and meals ashore are not included). Shore expeditions shall provide and bring their own food and equipment.
  • To provide full cover hull and equipment insurance for the vessel.
  • To cover sundry port costs for the vessel.

Reservation and Cancellation:
  • The vessel is considered booked for when and only when 30% of the total price of the charter is paid for.
  • A second payment of another 30% has to be done 4 months prior to departure and the balance is due one month prior to departure.
  • Notification of cancellation must be received in writing and acknowledged by the owner of the vessel. On receipt of the written cancellation, the following penalties will apply: earlier than 2 months prior to departure, 30% of the charter fee; between 1 and 3 months prior to departure, 60%; and 100% when less than one month prior to departure.

Itinerary changes and trip delay:
  • The owner reserves the right to change a charter's date or itineraries, as conditions warrant. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers. If a trip is delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, transportation delays, government intervention, sickness or other contingency for which the owner cannot make provision, the cost of delays or changes is not included and shall not alter the charter fee.
  • Itinerary cancellation: The owner reserves the right to cancel an itinerary before departure for any reason whatsoever, including logistical problems such as strikes, wars, Acts of God Government restrictions or regulations, and other circumstances which may make the operation of the trip inadvisable. All trip payments will be promptly refunded, and this refund will be the limit of the owner's liability.

NB: We strongly advise to take out a multi-risk insurance (for cancellation, theft, injury, voyage interruption, etc.)

Limitations of liability:
  • The owner assumes no responsibility for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from: Acts of God, detentions, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control.
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This list is not comprehensive but aimed at giving you an idea of what could be needed. It concerns a normal charter with no specific aim. NB: bring soft travel bags, not rigid suitcases, if possible.
  • Weatherproof or Sailing gear (boots, trousers and jacket)
  • Warm gloves and hat/balaclava
  • Warm clothes (fibre pile jackets and pants) - several
  • Thermal underwear - several
  • Warm socks (fibre pile or wool) - several
  • Hiking shoes/boots (suited for moraines and scree)
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Warm slippers
  • Personal toiletries and towels (incl. personal medicine)
  • Seasick pills or ear patches
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Small rucksack for shore parties
  • Personal photographic equipment with enough film rolls (incl. some fast films) and batteries
  • Electrical adapters for English standard sockets.
  • All gear and equipment for special shore expeditions (incl. food)

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Golden Fleece Expedition Cruises
 Beaver Island
PO Stanley
Falkland Islands FIQQ 1ZZ
Via UK
Fax/Tel: +500 / 42316

Email golden.fleece@horizon.co.fk        dponcet@smsg-falklands.org

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