Frequently asked Questions
How do I select a yacht that is right for me?
The more you can tell us about your interests, period and duration of travel, number of people participating, budget, and even about your dreams, the better we will be able to guide you to the perfect selection. We personally inspect all the yachts we offer, know the crew and itineraries well, and try to find the perfect match.
How do I book a Gulet Yacht?
Take some time to view the different choices available for yachts and itineraries. Before finally making your decision, it is often helpful to discuss your charter plans with us. Once you have decided which yacht is the most suitable, ports you wish to embark and disembark, and the dates of your cruise, and we negotiate the scheduling with the yacht owner, we will draw up the appropriate contract for you to sign. This is a legal contract and stipulates the responsibilities of the Owner to the Charterer and vice - versa. The conditions concerning the yacht's readiness for sea and the financial agreements are itemized so that both parties understand their commitment. Typically, a fifty percent deposit is payable to our Client Account to confirm the booking with the balance fee due prior to embarkation. In certain cases, i.e. motor-yacht charters, your agreement will also include an advance provisioning allowance to the yacht, and this is usually sent to us at the same time as the charter balance. The conditions are standard yacht charter practice throughout the world.
What does the charter cost ? What are the different terms ?
The charter rates will vary depending on the type, size of the vessel, its amenities and location in which you charter. Motor yachts generally quote their rates as a yacht charter fee "plus all expenses" known as Western Mediterranean Terms, WMT (i.e. fuel, dock-age, food and beverages, taxes, customs fees and telephone charges, water-sports expenses are extra). Most motor-sailor and gulet chartering agreements are on "Gulet Terms" which not only includes the hire of the yacht but also the yacht's insurance, crew wages, fuel and lubricants for an average of four hours cruising per day, ship's laundry and general use of water. Excluded from the charter fee is food and beverages and Turkish VAT where applicable. Some yachts offer "all inclusive" pricing - which only excludes cost of alcoholic beverages. Eastern Mediterranean Terms (EMT) stipulate that apart from dinners, beverages and local taxes all other expenses are included in the charter fee.
Do I need insurance ?
Travel insurance is always recommended while traveling in case of unforeseen circumstances. Your charter agreement will detail insurance provisions on board: the yacht remains insured by the owner during your charter, however it is recommend that you purchase additional liability coverage to protect you and your guests from any unforeseen mishap.
What should I pack ?
This depends on which part of the world you are traveling. For the Eastern Mediterranean, you can bring bathing suit, shorts, non slip foot wear, T-shirts and comfortable sweaters for evenings. You might also like to have the option of more formal attire for elegant dining and evening wear. The crew appreciates soft luggage since on-board storage may be limited.
Can I bring children under 12 ?
Yes, most yachts are child-friendly, however, the crew are busy with their assigned duties and usually are not at liberty to offer childcare service, hence a nanny might be appropriate in certain cases.
Can I bring pets ?
Most yachts will not permit guests to bring pets on board in order to maintain rigid cleanliness standards. Please check with us prior to your arrival.
Starting Your Cruise
When you arrive at the nearest airport to your yacht, our staff can arrange for you to be met on arrival and escorted to your yacht. Before you arrive, your captain will have received an information sheet giving the names and the approximate ages of your party, when, where and which flights you arrive on and also the details of any food, drink or special dietary requirements you may have, so that your yacht is fully stocked and you can commence your cruise with the minimum of fuss.
What cuisine is served ?
Prior to embarkation, we will send you a food preference sheet for use in letting us know your favorite foods and beverages. Also, it is critical that we know about any allergies or serious aversions to certain substances in advance. Your personal chef will prepare the menu to meet your requests, and will usually provide a sample menu of the yacht's cuisine. Chefs take great pride in their dishes and try to use the freshest ingredients available. One particular note : Turkish cuisine is said to be one of the three great cuisines of the world !
Who plans my itinerary ?
Once your captain has received your "Preference Sheets", he will be very happy to suggest an itinerary that suits your interests. However, you are free to change this route at any time, weather permitting, and provided that the charter contract is not violated.
Is smoking permitted on board ?
Smoking is rarely permitted inside the yachts due to fabric damage and lingering odors, however, most allow you to smoke on the outside deck areas. Substances that are illegal on land are also illegal on the yacht.
Will my family and office be able to reach me on charter ?
Most charter yachts are equipped with some of the latest communications equipment including cellular phones, global satellite communications and radio telephones.
Will my privacy be respected ?
Charter yachts are accustomed to entertaining prominent guests and celebrities on board. The professional crew are discreet and will maintain a low profile waiting on you from the moment you board appearing when needed, disappearing when you want privacy. Confidentiality is an important part of the service we offer.
How much do I tip the crew ?
A crew gratuity is both customary and discretionary. 5% - 10% of the base charter fee is usually the norm depending totally on your discretion. It is usually given to the captain at the end of the charter and divided equally among the crew members.
What is special about Gulets ?
The singular design of the gulets, Turkeys indigenous sea-going vessel, blends practicality and tradition in a relaxed style that embodies a "Blue Voyage". A gulet is a traditional Turkish style motor sailing yacht built for cruising ashore in the calm warm waters of the Mediterranean. These yachts are built to center life on deck during the charter. Spacious decks and housing a large aft for dining and lounging area are their main features. Over the years gulets have evolved from traditional crafts for fishing and transport into their present profile with a broad beam and wide deck. Constructed mainly in shipyards in Bodrum, Bozburun, Marmaris and Istanbul, and along the Black Sea Coast, the boats are equipped with motors as well as fully functional rigging. The number of passengers a gulet carries depends on the boat's size, although most of them accommodate between eight and twelve people. These vessels offer their passengers separate accommodations with en suite facilities. Modern gulets are comfortably equipped with all of the amenities of home and encourage an environment in which you are expected to do nothing but enjoy yourself. Gulets used for cabin cruises give you the chance, unlike cruises on large ocean liners, to explore the secluded and often deserted bays and coves of the coastline. The small harbors and settlements offer an intimate view of coastal life which large ships cannot replicate authentically.