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★★★★★

“Fun, Relaxed, Blue Seas, Cold Beer, Nice Boat, Amazing...”

Written on: 10/01/2015 by barnerz (1 review written)

We have had two holidays with SailingHolidays.com and have booked our third, on one of their brand new 38' boats! 1 x north Ionian 1 x South Ionion and returning to the South again this year! This type of holiday suits our family to a T! The crew entertain the Children of an evening, making up water games and races etc. (Adults get involved too) of a day we are let loose with their boats and able to stop in any bay/port we want to, to enjoy lunch with nothing but fishes for company! water is… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Please don't be misled by the bad reviews!”

Written on: 02/09/2014 by ElektraAmstelaward (1 review written)

Best holiday ever!!! Great UK booking staff, we were offered a boat upgrade free of charge, they didn't apply the £40 charge when we had to make an alteration to our booking either. Fantastic economy flights albeit we had to fly from Manchester rather than Gatwick. We were welcomed at the airport with free bottles of water and smiles all round from the staff. Very good coach journey, we were told it would take an hour more like 30-45min. Great base at the Iris hotel in Nidri, the… Read Full Review

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“Best Holiday 2013 . Two novices learning every day.”

Written on: 02/05/2014 by Gandalf115 (1 review written)

This was the best Holiday we have ever had.We had carried out level 1 Dinghy course prior to the Holiday and could not believe how we were able to sail a Jag. This was all down to the lead crew who were laid back and very supportive.This year we have booked to do the whole Ionian can't wait.We are also doing a further Dinghy course as we have caught the Sailing bug. No hesitation in telling everyone to do it and enjoy. Richard and Catherine… Read Full Review

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“just about competent”

Written on: 14/10/2013

I just returned from a one week Competent Crew Sailing course arranged by Sailing Holidays in the Ionian. As someone who has been intending to start sailing for a very long time and has high ambitions to achieve good sailing abilities, experience and certification, I'm happy that I did only one week Comp Crew course instead of two weeks and Day Skipper as originally intended. Unfortunately I cannot recommend this company for a sailing course in Greece as the value for money, the quality of… Read Full Review

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“Good UK support, appalling Greek boat and support”

Written on: 08/10/2013

Booked through bareboatsailingholidays.com (a subsidary site of sailingholidays.com)_ Good service from the UK branch, quick response and easy booking. However, the story when we arrived in Greece wasn't so good. The handover of the boat was handled exceptionally badly. We arrived at 1.30pm (and were well aware that handover was not formally due until 5pm). No signposts or signs to indicate where the Kiriacoulis (the Greek partner supplying the boat) base is, it took a good half an hour… Read Full Review

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“Sailingholidays.com August 2013 Holiday”

Written on: 28/09/2013

We spent 2 weeks with Sailingholidays.com in August in the Saronic Gulf. Very good holiday but the boats are tired and need better maintenance. Company booking procedure and arrangements were flawless and all contact with them was efficient and helpful. We booked a Benetau 361 for a family of 2 adults and 2 teenagers (14 & 16). We had checked Sunsail, Neilsen etc for price comparison but they all seemed to be about the same price. However, given the price, this is an expensive holiday albeit… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Amazing flotilla holiday in South Ionian”

Written on: 06/08/2013 by Brboomer_123 (1 review written)

We had an amazing week with Sailing Holidays in the South Ionian Sea last week. Five of us travelled on a 36ft Beneteau yaught in good condition and although we had some sailing experience it was great to have the support of the lovely lead crew: Skipper , Engineer and Hostie. They set our route for the week and were there to help moorning up each afternoon and with any small issues that needed attention. There were 9 boats in our flotilla and we quickly got to know each other at the group… Read Full Review

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“Great company, poorly maintained boats”

Written on: 27/06/2013

We have sailed with Sailingholidays Ltd for 12 years and like them a lot, very relaxed, nice sailing areas, nice people to meet, the crews work really hard and they are flexible. We had been with them 12 years running, had recommended and bought friends and really supported them. They are also reasonably priced espacially out of July/August when we would not go anyway, too hot, too crowded, not enough wind. Last year we thought the state of the boats was slipping, we have just come back and… Read Full Review

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“Poorly maintained boats”

Written on: 25/02/2013 by DDi69 (2 reviews written)

We have been on two holidays with this company and although we had a great time, our boat was in poor condition and extremely unreliable. My husband is the sailor and was horrified at how dangerous the boat was in August 2012. The winch jammed constantly and the lead crew were aware of the problem but were told by Management apparently that it couldnt be repaired until end of season. Also, the ignition fell apart and we had to hotwire our boat. We ordered a huge genoa which did not come in a… Read Full Review

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“very disappointing bareboat charter”

Written on: 25/07/2012

In May 2012 we booked a bareboat holiday with Bareboat Sailing holidays which is a sub-company of sailing holidays. Without exaggeration I can say that it was the worst boat we have ever had. Already before the holiday we started to get a really bad feeling as there was absolutely nothing included not even a toilet role for the first evening, let alone maybe a starter pack of washing up liquid, kitchen role or pegs. When we arrived we were told that the boat has 2 holding tanks but they are not… Read Full Review

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“The route advertised looked great, pity we never saw it!”

Written on: 01/02/2012 by LarryPlane (3 reviews written)

Below is the questionnaire I filled out after my holiday in 2009. I understand they were keen to change some of the problems, from the reviews I have read on here, that doesn't seem to be the case. 1. Have you previously sailed with us? No 2. Please tick your flotilla route: SHORE TO SAIL - Lefkas 1. YOUR YACHT: How would you grade the following elements of your flotilla holiday? Cleanliness - Fair (boat was okay but nothing more. Bad for the money we paid) Maintenance… Read Full Review

Barnerz's Response to LarryPlane's Review

Written on: 10/01/2015

You seem obsessed that your crew abandoned you for the regatta. 7 of the 15 boats did not want to enjoy the regatta, that's less than half of flotilla, so I would expect the crew to go with the majority. by the way, you missed out on some great fun in the flotilla! in our holiday, all but one boats in our flotilla joined in the regatta. it was amazing, a day of great sailing, there was never any chance of us winning, but we had great fun with the other members of our flot. the "party" afterwards was great too, they had a live band, a choice of bars and we and some other members of our flotilla all sat together and enjoyed a nice meal had a little dance to the band and enjoyed ourselves. after all that is what you are meant to do on holiday... no? You make out that you only had half a holiday, the regatta only takes one day, and you mention you went to Kastos instead, so you never missed out on anything, you went to mainland, Kefalonia. Meganissi and kastos... maybe other ports you have not mentioned?!
As to your other complaints, non alcoholic punch... ask for some, we did in the morning and got it!
I have never been charged any more than 3 euros for a shower, the 12 euros you state seems highly unlikely! and not at all SH's fault!
If asking to read your phone number out to your hostie is a reason to complain, I suspect you are a professional complainer.
It's a shame your depth sounder stopped working occasionally. If a quick swim with a broom fixed it for you, again... why complain, after all, your in Greece, the sea is warm... any excuse to go for a swim! :)
All boats are now fitted with GPS according to their website, ours certainly was, we never used it though, as it was always very easy to navigate!

so please ignore this review, to me it seems someone who is trying to find reasons to complain and be unhappy! Sailing Holidays.com have always been 5* to us, they are fun, lighthearted, sociable, relaxed sailing days! The crews will sit and have a beer with you, not serve you pretentiously labled wine, if you want to be called "sir" by your crew instead of "mate" or "Bro" I suggest this is not the company for you! the crews have always been professional when needed, fun when required but have ALWAYS been compassionate, hard working and VERY friendly!

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Larryplane's reply to Barnerz's Comment

Written on: 13/01/2015

Thank you for popping by three years after I wrote this review to complain about my being a professional complainer. Looking at some of the other reviews on here I clearly lack in my professionalism as I gave 3 stars where as 6 people gave only 1 star. One of these complaining about the boat taking on water when the bilge pumps stopped working.

Tisk Tisk Tisk.

Weren't these people wearing flip flops? Or aware that a boat taking on water lowers the waterline and as such allows the captain and crew an easier access for that refreshing evening swim, one that I had to do every evening when before I entered the harbor so I could scrub my depth sensor clean!

Still, looking at the website today, it does appear as though the boat I was using has now been retired from service, which considering it's lack of reliability is probably a good thing. So there's that!

But from reading the other reviews of people complaining about nonworking equipment (like the UHF radio) and getting just a shrug back, it does appear as though the company does still rely on very young people to act as support staff. These people do tend to want to get the work out of the way asap so they can get to the evening party, and at their age, who can blame them, but they haven't yet learnt customer handling skills, and the lack of a mentor doesn't help. So the youngsters cannot really be blamed for lacking something they have not yet be taught.

Still, as I said at the start, my review was some time ago, had it not been for this comment, I probably would have forgotten about it, although I haven't forgotten the holiday experience enough to want to use the company again.

How am I doing on my professional complaining? Do I get a gold star? And where do you think I should stick it?

Hugs and love

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★☆☆☆☆

“They didn't float my boat - Quite literally!”

Written on: 13/12/2011 by Wavy-Dave (1 review written)

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this company at all, having had a terrible experience with them a couple of years ago. They seemed to offer good value, they seemed very friendly, and the boats looked lovely in the pictures ... but alas. We originally booked a Jaguar 27, and were later offered an 'upgrade', since the boat originally booked was unservicable. We (foolishly!) paid another £200 for the 'upgraded' Feeling 31, which sounded like a much nicer boat. Which it would have been, had it… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“We had a great holiday! We sailed a Sailing Holidays...”

Written on: 06/01/2011

We had a great holiday! We sailed a Sailing Holidays boat doing a delivery from the North Ionian to the South and had a fabulous time. The lead crew were great bunch, the boat was in good order and the area is beautiful. It was actually the start of the season last year, and despite them having 150 yachts in the marina the service was still really personable. We're going back this year!… Read Full Review

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“The boat we were on was not fit for purpose. The...”

Written on: 28/08/2010

The boat we were on was not fit for purpose. The toilet was leaking into the bilge for 5 days out of 7 and stank to high heaven. The duvet was filthy and had to be changed. Would not recommend this company at all.


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Sailingholidays's Comment

Written on: 27/01/2011

Hi there,
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<br/>We're really disappointed to see your review and apologise for the problems experienced had while on our flotilla holiday. We spend a lot of time and money on keeping our yachts to a high standard but unfortunately with 180 boats on charter week in, week out, there will sometimes be an exception.
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<br/>We contact all of our clients after their holiday to gain their feedback, hopefully you have been in touch and we have sought to 'make things right'. If you haven't been in touch, please give us a call and we'll do all we can to help you out for this year.
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<br/>Best regards,
<br/>The Sailing Holidays Team.

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★★★☆☆

“We have had two flotilla holidays with Sailing...”

Written on: 22/08/2010 by dmailer (1 review written)

We have had two flotilla holidays with Sailing Holidays (2007 and 2008). Our experiences were very different. The first holiday was fantastic in every way. However the second was dissapointing (and concerning).

A flotilla holiday is made (or ruined) by the lead boat crew. On our first trip our lead boat crew was fantastic, worked well together and had a great feeling for what we, the punters, wanted. However, on the second holiday we had a much less experience lead crew who didn't really… Read Full Review

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“We have just come back from a week's south Ionian...”

Written on: 09/07/2010

We have just come back from a week's south Ionian cruise (June 26-July 3 where we sailed a Beneteau 331 (Misios). The lead team of Nic, Bex and Sam were excellent in every way. They were always cheerful and helpful and went out of their way to make sure that our sailing experience was second to none. We cannot wait to repeat the experience. The cost was very reasonable for the content of the holiday and the fact that we needed only basic sailing skills and no qualifications was a bonus… Read Full Review

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“Sailing Holidays deliver exactly what it says 'on the...”

Written on: 22/01/2010 by R Benson (1 review written)

Sailing Holidays deliver exactly what it says 'on the tin' They are a great outfit very competatively priced and my wife and I cant wait for our next holiday with them later this year.
Everything is so well organised and stress free that the sailing experience is fully enjoyed… Read Full Review

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“We have been sailing for over a year in small boats...”

Written on: 08/11/2009

We have been sailing for over a year in small boats and decided to book a sailing holiday,when looking around the internet we came across Sailing Holidays.com, because they required no qaulifications we booked a week on a 32 foot boat. We were upgraded to a 36 footer at no extra charge and had the best holiday ever all for less than £600 per person,the lead crew were fantastic,if you are thinking of booking with this company you will not be disappointed go for it… Read Full Review

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“Having done a bit of sailing before we had always...”

Written on: 14/10/2009

Having done a bit of sailing before we had always feared that flotilla holidays were a bit 'caravan club'.We booked a two week Whole Ioanian Flotilla. The journies to and from were no better or worse than any charter flight now days. The boat was in good condition and fully equiped.We were very pleasantly suprised with the quality of support and independence given us by the lead crew. They worked very hard to accomadate the various crews.We found that Sailing Hoidays delivered exactly what they… Read Full Review

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“I thought that the sailing holiday team lacked...”

Written on: 18/06/2009

I thought that the sailing holiday team lacked organization. When you book a holiday the last thing you should have to do is organize the "package trip" you bought into!… Read Full Review

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