MDL offer unparalleled cruising opportunities for our Berth Holders. “Passeport Escales” is a completely unique package allowing customers to gain access to free visitor nights at over 140 European marinas – either by redeeming Otium points or within the berthing fee.
This allows our members the opportunity to visit a total of 160 marinas in the UK, France, Spain and Portugal, opening up the largest cruising network offered by any European marina operator and reaffirming our clear market leader position.
Members are able to take advantage of the scheme which is an easy-to-use, fully automated online system. It works as a reciprocal programme where berth holders check out of their marinas and choose another marina to stay at from the network. The only condition of the scheme is boaters must check out on leaving.
Berth Holders are entitled to up to 5 free visitor nights at each of the participating marinas. Only two consecutive free nights can be claimed, although you can stay longer at the normal overnight visitor rate. Members may return to the same marina following a night away to continue their free entitlement.
Following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, owners of recreational pleasure craft (non-commercial) who sail their craft to and from the United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands) must notify the UK border authorities upon their first arrival into a UK port. For full information, please follow this link.
Passeport Escales is a free visitor berthing scheme in France which is run by private French marina operator, Sagemor, who started the programme over 20 years ago. Other French, Spanish and Portuguese marina operators have now joined the scheme to increase the network even further.
The scheme is available to MDL Berth Holders up until 31 March 2023 (the end of the berthing season).
There are currently 160 Marinas in the scheme and it’s continually growing - please refer to www.passeportescales.com for the current list of participating marinas.
The French, Spanish (with the exception of Sant Carles Marina) and Portuguese marinas in the scheme are not operated by MDL and therefore different entitlements apply.
MDL berth holders are entitled to up to 5 free visitor nights at each of the participating marinas. Only two consecutive free nights can be claimed, although you can stay longer at the normal overnight visitor rate. Members may return to the same marina following a night away to continue their free entitlement.
Based on a 10m boat at April 2021 exchange rate, the average cost is £28 excluding taxes.
The only condition of the scheme is members must ‘check out' on leaving their home marina or other MDL marina if visiting another site.
The entitlement is activated when members ‘check out’ of their home or MDL visitor berth. Upon arrival, the marina is aware of the entitlement via a sophisticated system and is committed to finding a berth for visitors.
A brochure of all the 2021 participating marinas, including information on how to activate your account and use the scheme, is available for MDL berth holders at their home marina.