Ferry disruption and compensation

What if my ferry is delayed or cancelled?

Wightlink works hard to run a reliable service. When problems do occur, we do our best to minimise the impact on our customers. If you have a booking with us and your sailing is cancelled or delayed by more than 90 minutes you can choose one of the following options.

  • Re-book for travel within the next seven days

  • Wait for next available sailing

  • Decide not to travel and have a full refund.

Compensation for delayed arrivals

If the arrival of your sailing is delayed by…

  • Less than 60 minutes, no compensation is payable.
  • Between 60 and 120 minutes, you can claim 25% of the price paid for that crossing.
  • Over 120 minutes, you can claim 50% of the price paid for that crossing.

Compensation claims must be made using our compensation form. Wightlink will pay compensation within 30 days of receipt.


If your sailing is delayed by…

  • More than 90 minutes we will offer you a drink.
  • More than four hours, a light snack.
  • More than eight hours, a hot meal.

There may be times when we are unable to offer refreshments and we may give you a voucher instead.

Compensation exemptions

To qualify for compensation, you must be booked on a particular sailing, or have a season ticket, and must have checked in at least 30 minutes before your booked sailing (15 minutes for foot passengers).

Compensation is not payable when…

  • Weather and/or sea conditions endanger the safe operation of the ferry.
  • Other circumstances beyond Wightlink’s control cause the delay or cancellation. These include restrictions placed by the Queen’s Harbour Master.

Other exemptions apply, and are detailed in the EU Regulation [EC] no 1177/2010 ‘the rights of passengers when travelling by sea and inland waterways’ detailed in our Terms & Conditions.

Download our leaflet for more information.

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Compensation form

Please complete the compensation form on our Contact Us page to apply for compensation.

Please note that if you booked your tickets through a holiday provider, you should make your request directly to them.