Who to Talk To
On an inclusive charter you usually have 2 crew members: the Captain and the Chef/Host(ess). 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. Except for these times, however, the advantage of a smaller crew size is that you have the unique opportunity to spend time with both the Captain and Host. On some inclusive charters the captain has dive master certification and can take you scuba diving on your trip! If this is of interest to you, we at Regency can help you find one of these crews.
What to Talk About
The advantage of a inclusive yacht charter is that almost everything is already taken care of for you. Because all of your expenses are prepaid, the primary subjects to communicate to your host are simply your preferences. This can include when you like to get up, do you want a full breakfast in the morning, does one of your party members dislike shellfish, etc. In regards to dining it is important to communicate preferences or allergies before the trip as options for alternative menu choices may be limited based on location.
A Natural Rhythm
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.
It is customary to offer a crew gratuity at the end of a 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. 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.