Hi Members. Here’s a list of things you may find handy:
A short list to help you prepare for your upcoming trip to Discovery:
- As always, check our What to Bring page a couple months before you head out to the boat. NOTE the 4 X passport photos and 2 X passport copies, which is very important. It also covers all the other basics and will remind you of important items like VISAS, which many of you will need to arrange well in advance of your trip. PLEASE remember to bring your Cabrinha Quest water bottles! They are great on board and will save you buying plastic bottles during your transit to the boat:)
- It is YOUR responsibility to visit your doctor before your trip and carry whatever broad-based antibiotics he or she recommends for the areas you are traveling. We carry antibiotics on board, but these should not be relied upon. It is YOUR responsibility to carry adrenaline (i.e. EPI pen) or other measures if you have any known allergies that cannot be treated in remote areas.
- If you have not done so PLEASE fill out our online Medical Form. This is Mandatory before boarding.
- We have a member/guest group medical / travel insurance policy. Everyone who comes on board MUST be signed up. Sorry for the inconvenience, but the coverage is only a few dollars a day and is WELL worth it. Covers limited baggage, flights, hotels, medical (and ALL high risk sports that you might be doing while with us!)- basically everything but trip cancellation. A glance at the details of the coverage can be found on our Member Insurance Benefits & Rates.
And the full details of the policy itself can be found on our Members Travel Insurance.
Again, this is mandatory before you board. Please take just a couple minutes to fill in the application online – it’s quick and easy.
Takes less than 3 minutes to complete. Please get coverage for ALL the days of your trip- including transit days NOT just the days on board. Will help you sleep if say good ole Zimbabwe airlines does a runner with your $20K worth of kite kit!
- Please remember to bring your provisioning fee in cash.
- We HIGHLY recommend trip cancellation insurance in addition to the member travel insurance. We can arrange this for you in some cases, please let us know.
- Please remember that if you are planning on scuba diving we utilize the local operators- no need to bring gear as it can be rented.
- CELESTIAL members have “unlimited” (some restrictions are necessary as it is provided by satellite) wireless internet on board. OCEAN members- wireless can be purchased in 100mb blocks for $300 USD.
- If you or your family need to reach the boat by satellite phone (please use for urgent or emergency communications only), the number is +870773201319. OR- you can reach the boat via a US number (WAY cheaper for you most likely): +1 425-880-2657.
- Be conscious of power and waste- leave the plastic at home, turn off lights
- Clean your gear before you board- sand is the enemy
- We kite when it’s kiteable. If there’s not enough wind- please enjoy a good book, snorkeling, paragliding, hiking, freediving, surfing or anything else instead of wearing our crew thin on downwind rescues. If you would like to break this rule, a rescue tip of $50 USD will gladly be accepted, or just be very, very nice to your First Mate, who is being burnt to a crisp in the dinghy while smiling at your errant ways. Please do not ask us to do other funky light-wind things like kiting on a SUP, or being towed by the dinghy. The answer is NO. Apologies in advance.
- We are not a school, and do not pretend to be. YOU AND YOUR GUESTS MUST BE ABLE TO STAY UPWIND. We have a teaching pro on board for most trips, but they are not there to teach you what you should already know.
- Our gear on board is provided to us by our sponsors. Feel free to use it- that’s what it’s there for. However, if you break or damage any boat gear you must cover the cost of replacement or repair (and getting it to the boat, if necessary). This includes snapping a board leash, losing a kite leash, dinging a surf board, etc.
- ABSOLUTELY NO PERSONAL BELONGINGS can be left on the boat in your absence because you don’t want to cart stuff back and forth. No, we do not need any of your kite gear, no you cannot leave your custom shaped surf board, no you cannot leave your twin tip, NO- we do not need it for extra! We’ve got too little space, too many members and we’ve got plenty of headaches to deal with as it is. And we’re too nice to say no in person, so I’m saying it here.
- No freaky eating habits! Our chefs are insanely good- they can handle vegetarians, they can handle allergies, etc (actually they can handle anything, but we love our chefs and want to keep them around so…). Picky eaters simply cannot not be tolerated. It’s just too hard in a small galley to prepare several different meals and we don’t usually have access to markets like you are used to where you live. We hope you understand. We take food seriously- you can expect to be blown away, but please understand our limits.
- Unless you are a Celestial member and have the boat privately, any business must be conducted in your cabin. Blackberries, Iphones, computers, internet, etc. are a major distraction for folks on board who are trying to get away from the “real” world. We have 24 hour wireless internet throughout the boat. If you must conduct business do your co-adventurers a courtesy and do your work in private. We strongly encourage you to leave this stuff at home if you can- it will greatly enhance your trip.
- If you bring your skipper the latest Economist, Monocle, National Geographic and/or Harpers Magazine you will receive much adulation.
We have arranged for a group plan for all members and guests of the expedition through Seven Corners Insurance. You will not be able to board unless you are signed on with this insurance in advance. Please take a moment to apply online. It takes just a few minutes and costs only a few dollars a day and WELL worth it. It includes an “extreme” sports rider for kitesurfing and all the activities we do on board of $250,000 as well as $250,000 for emergency evacuation. Ocean Odyssey Member Insurance
All the details of our customized Ocean Odyssey Travel Insurance for members and guests can be found on our Members Travel Insurance document.
For any guests who reside in the US, we can also offer trip cancellation insurance. Please explore this link for details or feel free to contact our agent, Kimberly Wilkens.
The Round Trip or Round Trip Elite are the two plans that we recommend. You can also include coverage for lost or delayed luggage.
We are pleased to offer CELESTIAL members Travel /Concierge Services through our partner Aspen Travel Inc., which has been providing customized travel solutions out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming since 1983. CELESTIAL members also have a personal concierge, Audrey Sorensen to handle all your travel needs to and from Discovery, a very good friend of ours and someone who is intimately familiar with our operations. Audrey also lives in Jackson Hole.
Your first point of contact for all travel needs should be Audrey. She can be reached by cell at +1 307 690 8513 (please be considerate of time, she is on mountain time -6 GMT) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aspen Travel Inc. standard business hours are 7:30am – 7:00pm (MST), Monday – Friday; 9:30am – 2:00pm, Saturday.
Phone: 307-733-7893 Toll Free: 800-223-4059
You can also email them through their website: https://www.aspentravel.com/contact/email.asp