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After Your Charter is Booked

The leader of every yacht crew (from megayacht to dinghy) is the captain. He is responsible, first and foremost, for the safety of the mega yacht and everyone onboard. His next most-important concern is ensuring that your luxury yacht vacation is an outstanding experience. Because the captain is always thinking about safety, there are times when it is important to leave him to his job. A good example is when he is at the helm and docking the yacht in a marina. 

How to Communicate Your Needs to Your Crew

The chief stewardess is the crew member with whom you are likely to interact the most. Her job is to ensure that you have everything you need or want, be it an extra pillow at night or a second serving of wine. Aboard a megayacht, you will also interact with additional interior staff known as the second and third stewardesses. When the chief stewardess is unavailable, these stewardesses are at your disposal. For use of the yacht’s tender and water-sports toys, the first mate, bosun, and deckhands are at the ready. While the stewardesses are usually inside the yacht, these members of the deck crew are outside. You can often find them near the yacht’s swim platform, preparing everything from snorkeling gear to kayaks so that they are ready immediately upon your request.

There is a natural rhythm aboard every charter yacht that will allow you to interact with the crew regularly. You will know, within the first day, where to ask for most things that you want. As the charter progresses, the crew will get to know you better and will be able to anticipate your needs, such as what time in the morning you’d like your coffee to be ready and what time in the afternoon you generally like to go ashore for a walk. At the end of your charter, if you want to leave a cash gratuity, the appropriate way to do it is by handing it directly to the captain. While you may wish to single out a stewardess or deckhand who showed you particular kindness, it is the captain’s job to ensure that all crew are rewarded fairly—including crew members such as engineers whom you rarely see, but who are also key to your luxury yacht charter experience.

How Do Yacht Charter Expenses Work

When a luxury mega yacht is advertised with a weekly base rate, it means that all additional expenses are charged separately. Generally speaking, those expenses include things like fuel, food, drinks, and gratuity. Expenses usually amount to an additional 25 to 35 percent above the luxury charter yacht’s advertised base rate. The funds—with the exception of gratuity—are collected from you prior to the charter starting. This is known as the Advance Provisioning Allowance, or APA. The captain, chef, and crew use your APA to stock the yacht with fuel, food, and everything else that you have requested. Spending records are kept for your review both during and after the charter, and any unused APA funds are returned to you at the charter’s conclusion.

Fuel usage is typically the largest additional expense that you can expect as part of your APA. Our brokers at Regency Yacht Charters will help you estimate the amount of fuel usage for any mega yacht charter based on the type of yacht you select and the itinerary that you anticipate cruising. A super yacht will almost always burn more fuel than a sailing yacht, while a go-fast megayacht can burn several times the amount of fuel as a slower-paced cruising megayacht. You are also responsible for fuel that is used to propel the yacht’s tenders and equipment, including Wave Runners and generators.

Fine Dining

Food and drinks can also be a substantial expense depending on what you select. If your luxury yacht charter is scheduled for a destination like the Western Mediterranean, for instance, then French wines will be far less costly for the crew to provision than if your charter is in the remote islands of the Southern Caribbean. Our experts at Regency Yacht Charters can work with you to ensure that you have everything you desire onboard your mega yacht, while at the same time helping you to stay within your desired budget.

It is customary to offer a crew gratuity at the end of a luxury yacht charter. The gratuity is based solely on your satisfaction and the level of service that you received. Industry standards suggest that a gratuity of 5 percent to 15 percent is standard, with gratuities of 20 percent or more for crew that provide truly exceptional service. Generally speaking, luxury yacht charter expenses can be anticipated and managed to fit within any given budget. Our brokers at Regency Yacht Charters can help you understand what to expect based on our years of experience booking yacht charters for clients worldwide.