Information on the safety protocol applied by Emerald Cruises Freedom on boat excursions during the Summer 2022 holidays in Sardinia.
In order to ensure correct Prevention and to help limit the spread of the virus in this boat, a careful sanitization of all surfaces will be carried out, complying with all the provisions of the law for their correct application. Our staff is vaccinated with all the recalls against Covid-19 and our company is authorized to operate in the waters of the La Maddalena Archipelago.
Your and our safety is important to us
Before arriving in Sardinia, consult Covid-19 updates on Sardinia Region official website. Moreover, we suggest to follow the generic prevention and containment rules to prevent infection imposed by WHO and the Italian State.
For further information consult Italian Ministry of Transport guidelines about bathing and maritime transport and people’s health protection from Coronavirus.
Frequently asked questions about our boat tours to La Maddalena Archipelago and Costa Smeralda: all you need to know
To give answer to the most frequently asked questions about our tours we have drawn up a usefull back-and-forth. Please, have a look and search the answers to your questions here below. For any other information we’re at your disposal!
What kind of services does EcF offers?
We offer private cruises in maxi RIB with skipper across La Maddalena Archipelago or shared cruises with other guests. Each tour is personalized and the rental is for exclusive use. EcF proposes:
- Daily boat tour to La Maddalena Archipelago (8 h 9:00 – 17:00. Departure time to be agreed);
- Half day boat tour to La Maddalena Archipelago (4 h 9: 00-13: 00 – 14:00 18:00)
- Boat Aperitif at Sunset (3 h 18:30 – 21:30)
- Boat rental service for private event or party such as: marriage proposals on boat and tours for newlyweds on honeymoon; honeymoon cruise gift; candlelit dinner based on sushi; bachelor & hen-bachelorette parties; birthday party; company/business party or team building meeting.
During our tours we stop at sheltered beaches and coves for snorkeling, sunbathing and swimming. Our trips are private so as to guarantee to a single group of people the opportunity to enjoy every aspect of the cruise, without having problems deciding on the program with other people who are not part of your group or departed from different ports.
Tour plan: which islands will we visit?
The plan is customized according to your preferences, together with our skipper and based on the rental hours of the requested service. We will guarantee the best tour experience.
You can visit: La Maddalena; Spargi island; Budelli island; the pink beach the natural Pools – Madonna Harbour; Razzoli island; Santa Maria island; Santo Stefano island; Caprera island internal part; Caprera island external part where the famous Cala Coticcio is located, known as the small Tahiti, (* this can be reached depending on the weather conditions and on the basis of a careful distribution of the stop times. 180 km of coasts, and only with careful planning and experience can the cruise be optimized, consumption and bathroom stop times, thus leaving an unforgettable travel memory).
What kind of boat “Freedom” is?
Our fleet is expanding and at the moment we have a brand new and comfortable RIB BWA 34 ‘(semi-rigid inflatable boat) of 10 meters, 3.62 meters wide, with two new Suzuki 300 HP engines with very high performance, excellent and low consumption, designed to reduce the environmental impact.
The boat, designed for 24 people, offers ample space for movement, because the maximum capacity currently allowed is Max.12 people. Emerald Cruises Freedom RIB offers high safety standards thanks to modern equipment, as well as maximum comfort thanks to the noteworthy presence of an internal cabin and a bathroom.
Outside, thanks to the admirable refitting work carried out in 2021, it features a non-slip natural teak flooring; cushions in anti-heating design eco-leather (* born from the advanced nanotechnology studies of the Italvipla company), comfortable and easy to sanitize, characterized by large seating areas that guarantee maximum relaxation: a ladder for scent and an awning for shade, indispensable on the hottest days. On board there is also a bar service with drinks and snacks and a Bluetooth audio system to listen to your favorite music.
The inflatable tubes make the RIB the safest boat ever. This is also the reason why special forces, coast guard and military forces use this type of boat. We remind you that BWA is one of the best Italian shipyards of international fame for the quality and sturdiness of its vehicles, excellent for performance, comfort and safety. Last but not least, its draft which guarantees you can reach almost anywhere with only 0.61 meters.
I have a boating license. can we rent the boat and drive it alone?
No. Our skipper Daniele is included in the price. He is the only one authorized to conduct the boat, this is to guarantee you maximum safety and pleasure from the tour experience without thinking about driving the boat. He has over 25 years of experience in boat excursions sector and he knows the depths of La Maddalena Archipelago and its dangers. He is a professional one, does his job with passion and will make your cruise unique. Obviously, together with him you will choose the stages of the tour, customizing it to your liking. And you will certainly hold the helm as well.
What are the departure and return times?
Being for exclusive use, our services are also completely customizable. To keep the right timing allows us to guarantee a wonderful cruise. We recommend leaving no later than 9: 00/9: 30 in the morning, while the return is scheduled based on the service requested, therefore around 17; 18 pm; 21.30 pm or 22.30pm Our tour is designed to avoid crowds.
We will keep adequate distance from the crowds of tourists who disembark en masse from big boats; we will give priority to less crowded and more intimate places as much as possible according to the chosen period.
Do Emerald Cruises tours also depart from other turistic ports than La Maddalena and Palau?
Yes. Our main ports of departure are La Maddalena or Palau, which are convenient for its proximity to the islands and for containing consumption. If you prefer we can also come and pick you up in the ports of Porto Cervo; Cannigione; Porto Rafael: Poltu Quatu and from the docks of authorized structures suitable for safe boarding. However, remember that fuel consumption increases from other places as we are far from the islands. It is easier to meet us up in Palau at the boarding point which will be provided once you book.
I’m pregnant. Can i get on the boat?
It is highly not recommended. Attention should be paid to the sea: even if it is a calm day, sometimes we can meet big waves that can be raised from other boats. While this may make the experience fun, it may create problems for the child being carried.
Is the tour suitable for children?
Younger children can get on board, but they must be well behaved and follow the rules, those of the parents and those of the captain, especially for safety issues. The side walkways of the boat are safe and higher than average for other smaller boat. We have thought of children and families who need to live a day without too much stress, but always with a pinch of attention. On board we also have a cabin with bed and bathroom.
Is a dog friendly tour?
As much as we love dogs, we cannot have them on board because, unfortunately, the type of excursion does not include areas to let them get off and keep them sacrificed all day would not be right.
Is the boat equipped with a bathroom?
Yes, it is an organized boat, and it is among the few to have a separate bathroom in the cabin. Everything aboard EcF is designed to make every aspect of your cruise enjoyable.
Is the lunch included in the price?
No. For lunch, we recommend some very exclusive restaurants on the mother island, La Maddalena, or nearby, where you can savor the best of local cuisine. On request EcF can organize a tasty aperitif based on typical Sardinian products: a mix of finger food based on sausage; cheese; carasau-guttiau bread; excellent vegetables; fresh seasonal fruit and Vermentino or Cannonau wine: all in separate containers.
It’s not a full meal because we’re not a restaurant, but it’s a nice way to offer extra great service to our guests. It is of course allowed to bring a packed lunch and eat it on board. We will take care of bringing you to a sheltered bay to enjoy your picnic overlooking the sea.
Should i bring something in particular with me during the boat tour?
It is always recommended to bring sunscreen, a hat and, if necessary, a pair of rock shoes. Clean and sanitized beach towels in the laundry and snorkeling masks are available on board.
Do you provide drinking water on board?
Yes, you don’t need to carry unnecessary weights. On board you will also find beer; Coca Cola; Fanta and Sprite as soft drinks. If you like special bottles such as champagne or fine wines, it is essential to send us a specific request in advance of at least 24 hours prior to departure. We offer a welcome DRINK with prosecco. Ice is included and is drinkable.
Is there loud music on board?
No. It is our concern to ensure a totally enjoyable travel experience. We have a radio and speakers but whether or not to listen to music is up to your personal choice. The Staff is at your disposal to turn on some music at your preference: for this purpose we have a Wi-Fi Hotspot connection and a Spotify subscription to choose the songs you prefer. Ask, don’t be shy: it’s your dream cruise!
Do i have to book in advance?
Yes, especially for the months of July and August. At booking, your identity documents will be required to complete the rental procedures.
How do i contact and/or find you?
In order to better organize every aspect of your cruise, the booking and any other communication relating to it must be sent via email, by writing to the email address email@example.com; by phone at the mobile number +393286442195 or through our website www.emeraldcruises.it by filling out the form available in the Contact section.
It is important to indicate where you will be staying in order to study the travel program in all its aspects. We will then take care of guiding you step by step with precise directions to the boarding point. On board you will find the rental contract already filled out (this is why it is important to provide your identity documents when booking, so as not to waste time once on board .. less bureaucracy, more fun!).
Do you accept credit card payments?
Yes, we do. To pay ONLY the RENTAL we also have POS and the main accepted circuits are Visa; MasterCard; ATM and American Express. Payment can also be made by bank transfer.
Do you provide life jakets?
As they are required by law, EcF has life jackets for everyone on board and any other safety equipment necessary to guarantee you the highest standard. It is important to carefully choose which company to contact to book a boat tour. Not everyone follows the rules, and an authorized company like ours must provide all the safety equipment.
How do i trace back on board?
The boat is equipped with a comfortable staircase on the aft side to get back on board. This ensures you to get back on board easily and safely.
Does the tour take place only in italian language?
No. Our skipper speaks english and italian.
Does the boat reach beaches?
IT IS FORBIDDEN TO STAY ON THE BEACHES WITH THE BOAT. All beaches with swimming areas are protected by buoys, so once we approach the boat we must anchor outside that area. SURELY, our vehicle can easily get close the beaches, better than large boats, thus reaching wonderful corners and for this reason even less crowded. There are ZONING maps where La Maddalena National Park Authority clearly indicates where you cannot go.
How do you calculate fuel costs?
In order to ensure maximum transparency on fuel consumption, after our recent refitting we have added two new Suzuki engines that reduce both fuel consumption and pollution compared to previous models.
On board, the new instrumentation connected to the engines will indicate the exact consumption of liters at all times, so as to understand the real consumption and not a flat rate estimate. This is essential in deciding which direction and for how long to continue the cruise. It is a fundamental aspect to really know the cost of fuel in real time immediately, in order not to have a good day, bad surprises. It will be our skipper’s responsibility to update you and decide together the continuation of the cruise according to your needs.
Are fuel costs included in the cruise price?
NO. The fuel is calculated with the on-board flow meter or at the distributor, and only at the end of the cruise will it be paid separately from the boat rental. The fuel payment must be in cash. If you decide to pay the skipper for long queues and gatherings at the distributor, it will be necessary to provide an email in order to send the relative fuel payment receipt, which will be issued by the distributor after refueling.
Do you practise any discount?
In some booking periods there may be coupons with timed offers. Ask for more info with a free and non-binding expression of interest through our contact form on the website www.emeraldcruises.it
Is the boat shaded?
Yes, we have invested heavily in this aspect. EcF has added an extra canvas, so as to create more shade when needed. During the stop, in the absence of wind, you can get all the shade you need: ask the skipper. One of our priorities is to ensure maximum comfort for our guests.