FAQ

IS YACHT CHARTER RIGHT FOR ME?

If you seek breath-taking surroundings, total freedom, complete privacy and incomparable luxury – then yacht charter is likely right for you. Chartering a yacht allows you to relax at your own pace in a destination of your choice, whilst enjoying fine dining, seven-star service and luxury accommodation - all entirely personal to you.

No other holiday allows you to experience so many unique and exclusive destinations, enabling you to wake up to a different view every day from the comfort of your own private hotel. With your own dedicated charter consultant, you can leave all the details to us - all you need to do is relax and enjoy.


WHY SHOULD I USE A BROKER WHEN CHARTERING A YACHT?

As the ultimate blue holiday, a yacht charter should be tailored uniquely to your needs and preferences. Our experienced brokers will be able to understand what kind of charter experience you want and use their local network of 80 yachts for charter to find all available yachts that match your requirements. Using their extensive local knowledge, your broker can then work with the Captain to advise a charter itinerary that is totally unique to you. Should you have questions at any stage of the charter process, your broker will be available to assist

IS THERE A CONTRACT INVOLVED?

Once you have decided you wish to proceed with booking the charter, we will issue you with a private boat charter contract. This is likely one of 2 standard contracts depending on the cruising region. The most common is the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA) charter agreement, endorsed by a leading London maritime lawyer. This contract has evolved over the last 20 years and is now regarded as the reliable industry standard. The 2-part American Yacht Charter Association (AYCA) agreement is primarily used in the U.S. and with U.S. flagged vessels, also adopting terms from the MYBA agreement.


WHAT ADDITIONAL COSTS WILL I PAY ON TOP OF THE CHARTER RATE?

What is and is not included in your charter rate varies from yacht to yacht and you may be expected to pay the following in addition to the set charter rate:

  • APA (Advance Provisioning Allowance) is the standard system to pay your expenses on a luxury yacht charter. The APA represents the operating expenses that you will incur during your stay on board, including but not limited to: fuel, berthing fees, customs charges and food and beverages.

Your broker will be able to advise on all additional charges during the process of selecting your charter yacht.

First embarkment and final disembarkment port fees/taxes are included in the charter rate. Any other additional mooring or port fees/taxes will charged.


WHEN DO I TRANSFER FUNDS?

In most cases you will be required to pay (by wire transfer) a deposit of 50% of the total charter fee upon signing the Charter Agreement. The remaining 50% of the charter fee plus the APA and any applicable taxes, delivery fees and security deposits are due to one month before the beginning of your charter.


HOW DOES THE CHEF KNOW OUR LIKES AND DISLIKES?

Culinary excellence is often the highlight of any charter and your yacht’s chef will customize it. Prior to your charter we will ask you to complete an information sheet noting your culinary preferences or any special dietary requirements, beverages, newspapers, flowers or other special requests. Details on any medical issues, allergies and special occasions can be noted. We encourage you to divulge as much information as possible to give the crew a detailed understanding before you step on board.


WILL THE STEWARD/STEWARDESS DEAL WITH MY PERSONAL LAUNDRY?

It is common practice on most yachts for small quantities of personal laundry to be carried out by the yacht’s crew as a service. Please note that these terms also allow the crew to refuse politely to do excessive quantities of laundry on board or to handle particularly delicate items. It may be possible to have certain laundry done ashore professionally if time allows, the cost of which will be deducted from the APA.


DO I PAY A GRATUITY?

If your charter has been everything you hoped it would be, you can show your appreciation with a gratuity. However, please note that although crew gratuities are customary, they are left at your sole discretion. As a guideline, we would suggest between 5% and 10% of the charter fee to be split equally between the crew depending on the level of service.


CAN I SMOKE ON BOARD?

In most cases, smoking is not permitted inside the yacht for safety reasons. Many yachts operate a policy of smoking permitted on deck only, however, please check the policy as each yacht varies in their approach to smoking on board.


ARE THERE ANY SHARK ATTACKS IN TURKEY?

NO, There is no reported case of a shark attack in the entire history of the country. Warm turquoise waters are 100% safe for swimming.


DO YOU PROVIDE ONBOARD CONCIERGE SERVICES?

We offer an onboard concierge service. We can reserve tables at the hottest restaurants in town, book tickets to top events or help you with any onshore experience.


HAVE YOU BEEN ONBOARD THE YACTHS YOU SELECTED FOR US?

Your consultant has been on board all yachts they offer. He/she inspects them firsthand in order to be able to give you as much information as possible. Furthermore, our consultants know the captain and the crew personally to ensure the best communication between you and the crew.


HOW MUCH CASH SHOULD I HAVE?

After you do your payment for your charter, you do not need to carry much cash on you. We suggest you have some cash for visiting ancient sites, museums and souvenir shops. Most of the shops and restaurants accept credit cards and foreign currency.


WHAT ABOUT SEA-SICKNESS

Our guests rarely get seasick. If you are prone to seasickness, although it is not our expertise, we can recommend you to get “Dramamine” from a pharmacy. It relaxes stomach muscles and helps you deal with seasickness. Please consult your doctor before using.


Does the captaın and crew speak Englısh?

All our captains and crew have enough knowledge of English to understand your needs to serve accordingly.


Thıs ıs my fırst tıme CHARTERING a YACHT and I am not famılıar wıth the regıon. Who wıll advıse me on where to vısıt?

With years of experience and a wealth of local knowledge, we are more than happy to share itinerary suggestions, including our favorite spots for watersports, dining and relaxing on this magical coastline. Let us know what you want to get from your blue cruise, and we will be more than happy to help you


What tIme can we EMBARK?

It is possible to embark from around 15:00. In case you arrive earlier, it may be possible for you to leave your luggage on the yacht while the preparations are completed.


Can we cruIse for more or less than 7 days?

We can sometimes offer 3-4 days of charters but only in early or late season. 8, 10 or 14-day cruises are also possible, please contact us about options.


What type of electrIcIty supply do the boats have?

The electricity on most of the boats run over 12 or 24 Volt. Please consider this if you want to take battery-run or electric shavers, videos etc. And be sure to leave your hair dryer back home, as it is better to dry your hair under the sun

On most of the traditional yachts (and on all luxury boats) are generators for 220 V which runs a few hours during the daytime and on the evening for charging the batteries, refrigerators, deep freezers, and also for air-condition


Is a boat charter holIday In Turkey suItable for small chIldren?

Accompanied by adults, children of any age are welcome and will positively thrive in the warm waters of the Turkish Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Please note that the crew cannot be held responsible for the security of infants or children. Duties of the crew donot invlolve baby-sitting.


IS IT A PROBLEM IF I CANNOT SWİM?

We welcome all passengers, from strong swimmers to non-swimmers. You can choose to skip taking a dip or dive in with one of our life jackets on board.


CAN I REQUEST AN ITINERARY OTHER THAN LISTED ON YOUR SITE?

If you don't seen the itinerary you are looking for on our site, you can request a custom itinerary created just for you.


CAN WE CHANGE OUR ITINERARY ON THE DAY WE DEPART?

Sometimes last-minute itinerary changes can be accomodated, but you must contact your charter consultant to confirm the possibility and pay any price difference.