Frequently Asked Questions:
Here are some frequently asked questions about crewed yacht charter holidays. If you do not find what you are looking for. Please contact us at Deep Blue Yachting.
What is included in the charter fee?
See here for the following expenses, included and not included.
Do I need to obtain travel insurance for a yacht charter holiday?
We strongly recommend that you purchase appropriate travel insurance in advance of your holiday. Including holiday cancellation insurance to protect your charter payments as well as other possible liabilities.
What if I need to cancel my yacht charter holiday?
You should be able to recoup any payments through your holiday cancellation insurance. Cancellation policy is governed by the terms of the charter contract. It might be possible to waive cancellation costs altogether. If the cancelled yacht is re-chartered for the same duration, under the same conditions.
Once I book a yacht charter, what are my payment options?
The most common means of paying is by bank transfer. Prior to payment, your contract will clearly detail the amounts. Also the dates of payments due, in the local currency of your charter.
Are children welcome on-board Glaros?
Of course, we love children and they love boats. See my blog, for more about Children on boats.
Will I be able to order special diet menus or request favourite beverages?
Yes, once you have completed your booking. A preference sheet will be supplied, for you to complete . The preference sheets are a great chance to let the crew know about your likes and dislikes. Eating and drinking will be a very enjoyable part of your charter vacation. The more the crew know about you the better. Any beverages you request will be stowed on-board, ready for your charter. Alcohol is not included in the charter price. Your menus will be created around your individual food preferences. Your stewardess will be able to prepare food for most appetites, tastes and dietary need. With prior warning of your requirements.
What is APA?
At Deep Blue Yachting, we do not ask for an APA. However APA is one of our frequently asked questions. (Advance Provisioning Allowance) is the standard arrangement for paying any extra expenses on a luxury yacht charter. The APA essentially creates a bank account for the Captain of the yacht to provision on your behalf. A percentage is added on to the base charter fee, generally 25% to 30%, depending on the itinerary. The fee will be included with your final charter payment. The Captain will make all payments out of this account. Also he is obligated to keep all receipts and balance the account for you. You can review the expenditure level at any time with the Captain. Furthermore he will let you know if it’s getting low and needs to be replenished.
Any amounts not used will be refunded to you at the end of the charter. Moreover this may be conveniently allocated for the tip. There are no mark ups on the APA. All of the expenses go to buying extra fuel, Alcohol, etc. Furthermore you can review every receipt if you wish.
How often do you use the sails?
Glaros is a large and heavy motor sailing yacht (making her very stable), she weighs in at over 60 tonnes. Unlike light fiberglass boats, she does not sail very well. We don’t sail in strong winds, as this would be uncomfortable for guests and would require a much larger crew. We usually cruise for about three hours a day. Generally by motor so we can visit and explore many bays and harbours around the many islands. Weather and wind direction permitting however. We hope you’ll have the opportunity to sail a couple of times in a one week trip.
Are there electrical outlets on-board “Glaros”, and what adapters do we need?
There is mains electricity aboard 24 hours of the day. When docked in a harbour we get electricity directly by cable from the shore mains power supply. The on-board generator provides electricity, when there is no shore power. Also an inverter can supply a small amount of electric, from the yachts battery banks. There is a plug in each cabin, and adapters, so you can use hair driers, charge up phones/camera batteries etc. In the bathrooms there are also shaving sockets.
Does the yacht “Glaros” have air-conditioning?
One of our most frequently asked questions. Due to it getting so hot in July and August. Glaros has air conditioning, but it requires power from the on-board generator . However, because of noise restrictions. When in harbour, it is not possible to use the generator. In hot temperatures when moored out of a harbour. The Captain usually runs the air con in the evening to cool cabins before guests retire. Yet many guests make a virtue of the heat and sleep outside on the deck under the stars. Usually, when at anchor there is a nice sea breeze to cool things down. We have wind scoops fitted to the hatches, to catch any breezes.
I am concerned about the possibility of feeling sea sick while on-board the yacht. Does it get rough, and what can I do to prevent sea sickness?
Gentle afternoon breezes make the Ionian Islands one of the safest areas in the world. We keep the distances we cruise each day short, stopping in sheltered bays and harbours. The Mediterranean, being non-tidal, is a very different proposition to the great seas and oceans. But of course the weather can blow up at times. If this happens your captain will take you to the nearest sheltered waters until things calm down again.
The symptoms of Seasickness arise from the inner ear (labyrinth). This is due to changes in a person’s sense of balance and equilibrium. So I wouldn’t worry about it. as just being on deck in the sunny fresh air. Gazing at the ever changing horizon is more than enough to ward off any feelings of nausea. If you want to, you can try sea sickness pills, or patches. These drugs block the signals at some of the areas in the brain that control nausea and vomiting. If you don’t like taking drugs you can try a herbal supplement like Ginger. Or the Sea-Band motion-sickness wristband (sea-band.com). This has a small bead attached to the wristband. Which exerts continuous gentle pressure on the acupressure point of your wrist.
How do we get to the where the yacht is berthed ?
Some of the crew will meet you at the local airport closest to the starting point of the charter. An air-conditioned mini-bus will be waiting for you. It will also take you back to the local airport at the end of your holiday. The charter price includes airport transfers.
Is Wi-Fi available on-board and will there be good cell phone/mobile reception during the trip?
Yes, we have a Wi-Fi router on-board which provides web access to any internet-enabled devices. Should you wish to bring any with you on your holiday. Internet access relies on land-based 3G networks; signal quality can vary, occasionally there is none. We have found that we can usually get a good phone signal around most of the islands. If you plan to use your own mobile/cellphone, be sure to ask your provider about roaming rates.
Are towels and bed linen provided on board?
All bed linen is provided on the yacht. Depending on the temperature and individual preference. There is a choice of sheets and duvets to keep you warm or cool at night. Each guest is provided with two towels to use in the bathroom. Laundry is done once a week, but more can be supplied if needed. It is a good idea to bring beach towels with you.
I will be happy to answer any questions, or comments that you may have. So please feel free to leave them. If you do not find the answers you are looking for in this frequently asked questions. Then contact me, I answer all emails personally.
© Clifford Blaylock, Deep Blue Yachting, 2017