This advice will be updated daily, or on demand as the need arises
What extraordinary times!
Portland Roads – Sailing the Whitsundays
advises all guests to exercise maximum caution during this global story of our lifetime. A story that we hope has reached its peak.
OUR BORDERS ARE NOW OPEN
The Federal Government and the Queensland Government have agreed to open our Queensland State Border to all States and Territories (excluding Victoria) effective Friday July 10th 2020 and excluding Greater Sydney from 1st August 2020.
This decision remains all about Our HEALTH Before Our WEALTH.
Australian’s and Queenslanders’ traveling back home from overseas are still required to self isolate and
quarantine for 14 days before intrastate travel. If locally acquired transmission of COVID-19 recommences in Queensland after the borders have re-opened, the Government have the right to again take formal action against all travel.
Flights in and out of the Whitsundays Coast Airport (Proserpine) are now cranking up to full schedule (with bonus extra flights)
Jetstar has resumed normal services, Virgin (under the administrator) has resumed services, and we are proud to announce that Alliance have commenced flights from Sydney and Brisbane to the region from 22nd June 2020 (Sydney flights may close from 1st August)
All guests of Portland Roads – Sailing the Whitsundays, regardless of the original terms of purchase, are now permitted to reschedule their holiday away from the governments prescribed domestic travel shut down period. If the borders are closed at the time of your confirmed charter – You are permitted to change your booking. Despite your original terms and conditions, there will now be ZERO Fees and Charges to make such changes.
If you have paid our normal charter pricing for your holiday (website RRP), and if the borders are closed at the time of your booking and you’d prefer not to reschedule your holiday charter, then full refunds are available. If however you have purchased your charter through a third party discount booking agency (Luxury Escapes, Travel Zoo, Whitsundays Yacht Charters) or directly through us at discounted pricing, then rescheduling only is permitted (if borders are closed during your holiday charter)
INTERNATIONAL & VICTORIAN GUESTS
At this time, if you are a Victorian resident, or if any of your intended crew are Victorians, we cannot secure your booking for any holiday period before 1st February 2021.
If any of your crew reside outside of Australia,
We cannot secure your booking for any holiday period
before 1st January 2022.
We have an active COVID-SAFE Plan in place
Our business is COVID-Clean certified!
All of our team; From our extraordinary turn-around teams to our briefers – Have downloaded the COVID-SAFE App and have sat the TAFE course in line with our COVID-SAFE Plan.
We are blessed with the simple fact that the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays, Proserpine and Airlie Beach have not been affected by the pandemic.
In line with the Australian Department of Health Guidelines
Our vessels have always been cleaned and disinfected during strict turn-arounds. Our turn-arounds have always exceeded even the new strict COVID-SAFE practices being enforced. We also supply each vessel with hand sanitiser / disinfectant in the galley and at the helm. We also provide appropriate cleaning solutions for all high touch surface areas. Standard personal hand cleaning units have also been installed in the galley (kitchen) and in each head (bathroom). Our vessels are surveyed to a maximum of 8 guests in 4 private cabins / bunk rooms – Social distancing at meal times can be considered on a case by case basis.
We urge anyone with FLU or COLD like symptoms (or simply a cough) to self-isolate and get tested for the health and well being of not only yourself, but of others around you. Our staff will not present at work if showing any signs, or a raised body temperature.
If you present at Portland Roads – Sailing the Whitsundays with symptoms, you will be asked to self isolate and we will not allow you to board our beautiful vessels.
During this enforced global shut down, our team at Portland Roads – Sailing the Whitsundays have continued to support local Reef Restoration projects; and have continued to support the magnificent Master Reef Guide program, and all opportunities to work with the team at the Proserpine Indigenous Reference Group and our local Black Coffee movement:
We have missed you all.
We look forward to your return
And to hosting you again on the Ngaro Waters
and throughout the Ngaro Islands of the Whitsundays.
Our Great Barrier Reef Marine Park home.