Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. Transfers
  • 2. Food & Beverages
  • 3. Rules on Board
  • 4. Technical
  • 5. Itinerary / Destinations / Ports
  • 6. Health & Safety
  • 7. Weather
  • 8. Equipment
  • 9. Crew
  • 10. Passengers
  • 11. Chartering & Services
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  • 1. Do You Arrange Airport Transfers?
     

    Yes. We work in cooperation with in cooperation with a certified transfer company that offers private airport transfer services. Airport transfer fees are not included in the rental price of the yachts. However we include the airport transfer fees in Luxury, Deluxe, High or Ultra Deluxe and VIP private gulet and motor yacht rentals.

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  • 2. Which Airports Serve Which Harbors : Transfers In Turkey And Greece
     

    Airports that serve Southern Turkey for Blue Cruise Holiday Transfers are as follows:

    • Bodrum harbor is accessed from Bodrum-Milas International Airport (transfer time 30 minutes)
    • Marmaris harbor is accessed from Dalaman International Airport (transfer time 1.5 hours)
    • Gocek harbor is accessed from Dalaman International Airport (transfer time 20 minutes)
    • Fethiye harbor is accessed from Dalaman International Airport (transfer time 45 minutes)
    • Antalya harbor is accessed from Antalya International Airport (transfer time 30 minutes)

    For guests who have decided to embark or disembark from a Greek Island harbor, Rhodes and Kos Islands are the closest to Turkish ports to delivery or re-deliver a gulet.

    • Rhodes harbor is accessed from Rhodes International Airport (transfer time 20 minutes)
    • Kos harbor is accessed from Kos International Airport (transfer time 20 minutes)

    When you have decided to start or finish your blue cruise from either Greece island, please keep in mind that the transit log, harbor fees in Greek waters and the agency service fees are an extra cost.

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  • 1. Can We Bring Our Own Drinks On Board?
     

    For private yacht charters your are permitted to bring your own drinks on board if you wish for gulet charters in Turkey or from Turkey in Greek waters charters.  However with nearly all boats in Croatia, guests must purchase from the bar on the boat at the bar list prices; and if you do bring on board your own drinks, there is a corkage fee.

    For yacht cabin charter holidays you are not allowed to bring drinks on board. However you are more than welcome to purchase beverages from the bar aboard the yacht.

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  • 2. How Does Ordering Drinks Work (Turkey)?
     

    In preparation for your boat charter holidays in Turkey; there are a few options to consider for provisioning your boat. One set of options relates to boat charters with soft drinks, alcohol or both included, while the other set is that these items are extras.  Generally Turkish boat charters are at most times offered without these included in the charter price.

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  • 3. Can You Cater To Special Diets?
     

    We can cater to all kinds of special menus for Private Yacht Rental.  In cabin charter cruises we can serve an alternative menu for vegetarians as well.  Please let you charter agent know in advance what your special requirements for food and food preparation are so that we can organize your blue cruise meals accordingly.

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  • 4. Is It Mandatory To Choose A Blue Cruise Menu Or Can I Have My Own Grocery List?
     

    Private Charters allow you the freedom to choose either from our Blue Cruise menus or you can send us a grocery list with all the items you wish to have on board prior to your departure.  Normally most global brand names can be found in Turkey. If they can't be found, an equivalent item will be chosen instead.  When sending your list, please include your soft drinks, alcohol and mixers.

    Yacht Cabin Charters provide a set menu for the guests on board. However if you do have any particular allergies, please notify us so that we can inform the chef to prepare accordingly.

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  • 5. If We Want To Have Our Own Grocery List, When Does This Have To Be Paid?
     

    When you send us your list of groceries for your Private Yacht Charter, we will tally up what it will cost you and send you the amount. This amount must be paid along with your first payment or before you embark on the gulet. Once it is paid in full, the items will be purchased on your behalf by our staff and loaded on to the boat prior to your arrival or on the first day.

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  • 1. What Are The Rules On Board A Charter Yacht Or Gulet?
     
    • Please do not wear shoes on board.
    • Please use the water sparingly.
    • Please switch off the lights when not in use.
    • Please do not use your cabin towels on deck or on the shore.
    • Please do not smoke in the cabins.
    • Please do not throw anything overboard.
    • Please do not swim before the engine stops or under the influence of alcohol.
    • Only flush natural waste down the toilet, please put toilet papers in the bin.
    • Life jackets are in cabins only for emergency use.
    • Please show consideration to others by keeping the noise level down at night.
    • Please be careful with the deck is wet.
    • Above all, enjoy the beautiful scenery, clear blue waters and fantastic weather to make this your most memorable holiday!
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  • 2. Is Smoking Permitted On Board?
     

    Smoking is not permitted inside the yachts for safety reasons, as well as for the comfort of present and future guests. If you are a smoker, you are welcome to smoke on deck.

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  • 3. Am I Allowed To Bring My Pet On Board?
     

    Yachts do not permit guests to bring pets on board for several reasons. The crew is required to maintain rigid cleanliness standards for all their guests. There is a potential of allergens from animals remaining aboard. Animals are typically not accustomed to the strict confinement of a ship and an active cruising itinerary can be quite uncomfortable for pets. Just like humans, animals can also be sensitive to the effects of motion and may become disoriented and lethargic.

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  • 4. Are You Required To Have Sailing Qualifications?
     

    For skippered, crewed yacht rentals, both private and cabin; no qualifications are required. For skippered charter holidays, you can assist in handling the yacht according to the skipper's instructions or simply sit back and relax.

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  • 1. How Much Air Conditioning Are We Allowed?
     

    Considering that there are literally over a thousand gulets for charter, each and every one is equipped with different equipment and machinery. As such when it comes to air conditioning, some gulets will provide 4 hours while others may provide nearly 24 hour air conditioning capability.

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  • 2. Is There Internet On Board Gulets?
     

    Nowadays most luxury and higher standard gulets will have wi-fi internet on board during your gulet holidays. This service is obtained from different mobile providers in the respective country.

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  • 3. What Is The Voltage Available On Board?
     

    All yachts offer 220 volts. Should you require 110 volts, please inform us in advance in order to add an adapter so that you may charge your devices.

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  • 1. How Long Is Customs Formalities In Turkey To Enter Greek Waters?
     

    This depends on the time of year, and cannot be exactly predictable. The time in which it takes to complete customs formalities in Turkey to enter Greece can range from 30 minutes to 2 or 2.5 hours. Generally during high season, such as the month of August, it may take up to 2 hours. Please ask your captain for an estimated time.

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  • 2. Why Do We Arrive In The Harbor The Night Before Disembarkation?
     

    During the high season in Southern Turkey, the harbors are filled up most of the time from the night before you disembark. There is just not enough room for all boats to moor in the municipal ports. Therefore, boats will prefer to arrive to the harbor where you will be disembarking - the night before you leave the boat in order to secure a spot so that your departure is done in a timely manner.

    Also, the boats need time to get the boat prepared and provisioned for the following tour (as they did for your trip). Hence leaving the arrival to the port to the next morning may cause a delay for your disembarkation and preparation of the boat. This has been known to delay 2 - 4 hours. However if you choose to arrive to the harbor during the early morning hours of day of disembarkation, the service tender can be provided to bring you and your guests to shore as well so that you do not have to wait and also allows the boat to begin cleaning up for their next group of guests.

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  • 3. What Limitations Are There In Itineraries?
     

    There are always limitations to how much area you can cover in a holiday. However you can still satisfy your travel requirements by how you evaluate the route and itinerary – and still see all or most, or some of the places you intend on visiting. Contact us for a custom planning.

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  • 4. What Sort Of Things Can You Do On A Yacht Charter Vacation?
     

    There are many things that you can do on a private yacht or cabin charter holiday. Sunbathe, shop, surf, use the water toys available or hire them at any one of the bays that offer them. You can take in plenty of fresh air, enjoy the scenery, eat, explore on land, visit night clubs or restaurants, fish, read, drink, dance, swim, relax, visit ancient cities and architectural sites and museums, bays, harbors, private coves, sing, take plenty of photos and videos, make new friends or just be on your own.

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  • 5. Do You Arrange Land Excursions?
     

    For private yacht rentals, please let us know in advance, your interest in land excursions and which one(s) so that we can incorporate it into your itinerary or make it available. Some excursions may require a fee.  In cabin charter tours there are additional tour organizations which are subject to extra rates, other than your cabin charter fee.

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  • 1. Will I Experience Seasickness?
     

    This is a situation that is difficult to know, as each guest is different than the other. However if you are concerned about seasickness, please check with your local pharmacist or physician for advice and medication.  Please let the crew know as well if you are aware of that you do experience seasickness.  They will do their best to try and make the cruise as comfortable as possible for you.

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  • 1. Is A/C Needed In September Or October?
     

    If you are planning on a gulet charter holiday in Turkey during the months of September and October, or even April, May and first half of June, you may not really need the air conditioning. The temperatures are a bit lower than the summer months, humidity levels drop if not altogether gone.  There is a nice breeze, and after the sun goes down, some travelers choose to where long sleeved shirts when outside on deck.

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  • 2. What Is The Weather Like?
     

    In April, May and October you will find that it is the most comfortable time of the year. The temperatures range from 20° to 26° celcius, and slightly cooler in the evenings or late at night.

    Temperatures during June, July and August are quite high. They range from 30° to 40° + celcius. The highest degree is in mid July.

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  • 1. Can We Bring Along Our Own Snorkeling And Scuba Equipment?
     

    You are welcome to bring your own personal snorkeling equipment if you choose to. There are usually masks and flippers on board. However there is a chance that they may not be the right size. If you require certain sizes, please check with us.

    Scuba diving equipment is not advisable unless you have booked a scuba diving holiday with us.  Not all regions in the Mediterranean and Aegean are suitable for diving and therefore may be prohibited.

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  • 1. Do The Crews Speak English On Board?
     

    When it comes to gulets in Turkey, there can be limitations. These limitations can be an issue in communication, depending on the degree of English that is required to be spoken on board the  boats, between the crew and the guests.  Travelers can get by with the simplest of communication with the crews of gulets – many do. However anything further requires better knowledge of English from the crew member(s); and this is only possible based on request or the class of gulet.  To employ a very good English speaking crew member or members, means for the boat owner, much higher costs in wages. As such this is reflected in the value of a gulet charter.

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  • 2. Crew Gratuity
     

    Crew gratuity is both customary and discretionary. 5% - 10% of the base charter fee is usually the norm; however it is totally left to your discretion.  Gratuity is not mandatory. It is usually given to the captain at the end of the charter and  then divided equally among the crew members.  However you may wish to distribute the gratuity personally to each crew member instead of handing it over to the captain.

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  • 1. What Is This 12 Person Limitation For Greece From Turkey?
     

    There is a limitation with many of the high capacity gulets for travelling in Greek waters. Even if a gulet provides a legal capacity of 12, 14, 16, 18, and higher; some of these boats cannot carry more than 12 passengers in Greece.

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  • 2. Are Children Under The Age Of 2 Permitted On Board Yacht Rentals?
     

    Children under the age of 2 are permitted to be on board private yacht rentals. However, children under the age of 2 are not permitted on board for yacht cabin charters.

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  • 1. Complaints
     

    During your cruise, if you or your guests encounter unexpected issues, then is the time to confront them and NOT after your cruise is over. Have a complaint? Let your agent and / or your captain know about it right away so that the issue has the chance to be resolved and you can continue to enjoy your holidays.

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