Mid October and a fine warm blue sky day with barely enough breeze to flutter the flags on the yachts in the Vieux Port. We came over to the booking office after breakfast to enquire about trips to the Calamques. We were interested in the 3pm basic trip at about €22 per adult. There were obviously a large number of other bookings but we decided to come back early to pay before boarding. Although the website warned that weather and navigation conditions, we were given no indication whatever that there were any problems on this day. We had seen at least two of the big boats from the company fleet coming and going on the previous days in similar or more blowy weather. When we arrived at the ticket office on the quay we were surrounded by a lot of unhappy looking customers most with their prebought tickets in their hands. The polite young man behind the counter simply said that the sailing was cancelled. I asked him if the three of four earlier trips on the day had gone and he admitted that none had. He tried to suggest that the problem was 'the wind' but became awkward and apparently embarrassed when asked by several French families whether it was because the bookings were not full. A lot of foreign couples, older folk and families of all nationalities and ages were disappointed and had to wait in a forlorn queue for repayment. This company should make its booking and trading policy clear and be realistic about the prospects of sailing. We wasted some time but others had travelled some distance. It cannot be beyond the wit of a modern and plainly busy and prosperous business to give more detailed I formation and alert passengers by text email or recorded telephone message if their tour has been cancelled. There are other Calamques boat operators. I suggest that you look at the choices before selecting one.
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