Nothing says luxury like hiring a spacious yacht for a long summer’s voyage, replete with a full crew to make sure everything’s smooth sailing. If it’s your first time chartering a yacht, there’s plenty of excitement waiting for you in the journey ahead. However, to make sure you get the absolute best out of your yacht experience, there are a few things you should take into account before stepping aboard your vessel. From finding the best team of onboard professionals via Crewed Yacht Charters to learning the proper onboard etiquette, here are a few things to know before you head off on your yachting adventure.
Expect a Daily Itinerary
As trained hospitality professionals, crew members will be tasked with taking care of your every need while you’re onboard. That means they’ll be cooking your meals, cleaning your cabins, looking out for your safety, and working to create a hassle-free, fun-filled trip for you and your party. Create an atmosphere of luxurious fun means, for many yacht crews, coming up with a daily itinerary for guests. If you’re a newbie and feel ready to try anything, this can be a great way to introduce you to the yachting experience. However, if you have a more specific set of activities in mind, don’t be shy about telling your crew about it. There’s no need to go along with every activity your crew has planned for you: After all, this trip is about you, not appeasing the desires of the crew. Feel free to give input about what you like to see more of (or less of) in the daily itineraries, and don’t hold back when communicating your needs with your crew. They’re here to help you have a great time.
Don’t Be Shy About Stating Your Preferences
At the beginning of your trip, you’ll be given a ‘preference sheet,’ where you’ll be asked to jot down the specifics of your ideal cruise when it comes to food, drink, and entertainment. This is also a chance for you to communicate important health-related information to the crew, such as food allergies or health constraints that might bar you from participating in certain activities. Although you can (and should) be as thorough as you like on your preference sheet, know that you can amend it at any time simply by talking to your crew. For instance, if you’re finding that your meals or eating schedule isn’t up to your expectations, speak to the chef and see if you can work out something that makes more sense for you. If you’re finding that all the activities are wearing you out, request a bit of solo leisure time. Again, making the most out of your vacation is up to you.
Pay Attention to Safety Announcements
In addition to creating the mood and designing the itinerary for your journey, your crew will be in charge of basic safety precautions and announcements. Like on a commercial boat or airline, your crew will be trained in safety measures and will constantly be looking out for your safety during the trip. Because of this, it’s always a good idea to pay close attention during safety announcements. When a crew member speaks, do them the courtesy of stopping what you’re doing and giving them your full attention.
Request Extra Privacy if Desired
While onboard, you may find that a crew member is always on hand to satisfy your every request and make sure you have a fully wonderful, pampered experience onboard. However, if you’re someone who needs a bit more alone time to unwind, or simply would prefer a bit of privacy, let a crew member know, and your crew will gladly go to their quarters for as long as you’d like. If you’re worried about constantly being surrounded by crew members and staff, don’t be. It’s no trouble for your crew to spend a bit of time to themselves, and you’ll be able to relax and unwind without feeling overcrowded.
Encourage a Professional Relationship Between Your Crew and Your Party
Your crew members are trained to treat you with deference and respect throughout your voyage. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a more casual environment with your crew while onboard. As long as you maintain a professional relationship with your crew members, you don’t have to feel like you have to act stiff and formal around everyone. Treat your crew with respect, and always ask them if they’re comfortable with tasks like childcare or extra cleanings, and your journey will be an enjoyable occasion for everyone onboard.