While on board the boat, we request that you do not flush anything ‘inorganic’ down the toilet other than paper. It only takes one small unflushable item to block the system and create an unpleasant environment for everyone on board!
Unflushable items include, but are not limited to, the following: paper towels, baby wipes/wet wipes, cotton balls and feminine products. Long story short: if it’s not toilet paper, then it shouldn't go down the toilet!
Every boat has hot water available, so you can rest assured that you’ll be able to freshen up with a nice hot shower after spending your day swimming in the Aegean Sea. Hot water supplies on board are limited, so please use it sparingly when washing and showering to ensure there’s plenty to go around for everyone.
In Greece, standard European two-prong plugs are used (CEE7/16).
Please note: There will be electricity when the engine is running so this is the best time to charge your electronic devices! A generator may be available overnight but this is not guaranteed.
The currency in Greece is the Euro.
ATMs/cash points are available all over Greece. All major credit cards are accepted in Greece, however some smaller shops and restaurants may only accept cash so be sure to have some handy.
Please note: The optional activities and bar tabs can only be paid in cash.
One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the water with us, be sure to familiarise yourself with the following safety information.
When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a registered taxi where possible, and keep a note of where your boat is docked so you can find your way back to your fellow Topdeckers if you become separated. It’s also a good idea to get your Topdeck trip mates’ mobile numbers in case you need to get hold of them while out and about.
In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to the boat. Never leave your drink unattended.
It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but stay savvy – you don’t want to find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.
Respecting fellow passengers
Here at Topdeck, we’re all about inclusivity. We want to make sure that everyone has a great time on our trips, and that everyone feels like they’re part of one happy Topdeck family.
What we’re not about is excluding people or making them feel like they don’t belong – that’s just not what families do. That’s why we always encourage Topdeckers to be kind and courteous to their fellow passengers. The golden rules? Always remember to respect each other’s space, be mindful of causing excessive noise in shared accommodation and treat others how you’d wish to be treated yourself. Easy!
Topdeck has a strict zero tolerance drug policy. Passengers should not bring any illegal substances onto the Topdeck boat or into any of the accommodation we stay in on our trips. All instances of drug possession will be reported to Topdeck Head Office, who may consider alerting the relevant authorities.
Mental health and wellbeing
Culture shock, homesickness, random periods of feeling down – these things happen and are totally normal. You can rest assured that if you’re feeling low, your Topdeck crew will do their utmost to cheer you up again.
Measures you can take to look after your mental health and wellbeing while on the road with us are:
Call home. Sometimes it’s nice to hear a familiar voice and have a good old-fashioned catch up with your loved ones
Eat well. Never underestimate the power of a good, wholesome meal. Nobody feels at their best when they’re hungry!
Drink responsibly. Not only will you swerve the dreaded hangover, but by keeping an eye on what you drink, you could also avoid getting into any potentially uncomfortable situations
Talk to your Trip Leader. Don’t forget, they’re probably far from home, too – so they’re sure to know of some tried-and-tested ways to beat the blues
Integrate with your fellow Topdeckers. This one is key! The more fun you’re having on your trip, the less likely you are to feel homesick (trust us).
How to be a responsible travelle
Responsible travel isn’t difficult to achieve. With a little conscious thought and preparation, you can have an awesome holiday AND have a positive impact on the places you visit. Sweet!
Here are five things you can do to ensure you’re travelling responsibly:
Conserve water. You know the drill – reuse your towels, take short showers and remember to turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth!
Reduce your waste. Ditch the plastic bag, refuse unnecessary packaging, dispose of your waste responsibly and recycle as much as possible.
Go local. Hunt down locally owned and operated restaurants and bars, shop in local markets and book tours and activities run by local guides.
Consider the wildlife. Avoid any attractions that involve performing animals, animal rides or closely engaging with wild animals.
Respect local people and culture. Obeying local laws is a given – but also remember to dress and behave in a manner appropriate to the community. Be polite and keep an open mind!
What to Bring
The golden rule is to travel as light as you can, only bring what you really need and leave plenty of space for things you might want to buy. Your cabin will be far more pleasant without large suitcases taking up precious space!
The following is a suggested clothing list only:
1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
1 pair of smart casual shoes
1 pair of thongs/jandals/flip-flops
2 pairs jeans/trousers
2 pairs shorts/skirts
Smart casual evening wear
1 rainproof jacket
Underwear and socks
Towel (you will be provided with a towel for showering, but not for swimming)
Hat and sunscreen
Basic medical kit (including plasters, aspirin, sea sickness tablets etc)
Please note: some religious sites (such as cathedrals and mosques) require clothing that covers the knees, chest and shoulders.
Before your trip departs, it’s compulsory for all passengers to take out comprehensive travel insurance covering cancellation, medical expenses (including repatriation), loss or damage to baggage and personal belongings, money and personal liability.
World Nomads provides comprehensive travel insurance for people from over 140 countries. For more information, visit www.topdeck.travel/travel-insurance.
You must show your insurance policy to your Topdeck rep at check-in so that they can make a record of your details. Key details are the name of the insurance company, the 24hr emergency telephone number and your policy number. You cannot board the boat without these details.
Passports and Visas
Please make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the last day of your trip. Some countries will refuse entry if you do not have at least six months validity remaining on your passport after your departure date. Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to enter certain countries.
It is your responsibility to obtain visas prior to your trip departure. To determine which visas you’ll need, you can consult either your own government’s website or the government websites of the countries in which you will be travelling. We also have a chart on our website listing the visas required for some nationalities travelling on our trips. To check it, visit www.topdeck.travel/visas.
Please note: some visas can take up to six weeks to acquire, so don’t leave it until the last minute. Also, bear in mind that the validity of a visa often runs from its date of issue rather than the date of entry into the country. Please check with the appropriate embassy/embassies prior to departure, as requirements do change periodically.
Health and Safety
We want to make sure you’re having the time of your life while travelling with us. Therefore, if you suffer from any medical conditions or allergies, you will need to let us know – either at the time of booking your trip, or at least six weeks prior to your trip departure date.
If you require regular medication, you must ensure that you have a sufficient supply before your trip departs, as it may be difficult to obtain it while travelling. Topdeck reps are unable to administer any medication, and there are no guarantees that there will be anyone with first aid training on board – so you will also need to ensure that you can administer your own medication.
There are currently no compulsory vaccinations required for any of the countries this trip visits. However, please confirm this with your GP or health professional before you leave as conditions can change.
Passport (with visas if required!)
Airline tickets (where applicable)
Insurance policy (you must bring these details with you)
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