When you charter your
Turkish gulet or yacht for a Mediterranean
cruise, here are some important things
to keep in mind:
A gulet or yacht cruise is very
a cruise-ship cruise!
1. Optimal Packing
Yacht dress is informal,
so pack for comfort rather than style.
T-shirts, bathing suits of course,
but also some warmer clothing (trousers,
a windbreaker) for windy cruising and
cool nights of lying on deck and star-gazing.
Street shoes must be removed on board,
so have clean sneakers, sandals or
flip-flops for on-board wear...or go
It's best to have soft-sided
as luggage storage spaces may be small
and oddly-shaped. A bag that folds
or scrunches is great.
Don't forget sunblock, hat
On board, the glare from the sun overhead
and the reflection off the water give
you a double-whammy of sun exposure.
2. You Provide the Entertainment
The yacht's captain and staff
are there for your safety and comfort,
to direct and maintain the
to prepare meals and to keep everything
ship-shape, but they do not
provide entertainment, shore excursions,
or guide services.
The captain and crew provide the yacht.
It's up to you to provide the entertainment.
If you want guided excursions, you
must hire a guide or arrange for shore
recommended travel agencies can
usually make all arrangements for
both the yacht charter
and any shore excursions, but these
are separate programs. The yacht
cruise does not normally include
or shore excursions.
3. Your Fellow Voyagers May
If you charter the full
yacht and choose all of the people who will
you, you'll know what to expect. But
if you arrange a cabin
charter (just renting one
cabin on the yacht), you will be sailing
with others whom you have not met. They
your language, and they may have come
aboard to enjoy the cruise in a different
You may want to be active, going ashore
to explore at every opportunity. They
may prefer rest, relaxation, sunning,
sipping, reading and napping. Or vice-versa!
You may enjoy conversation, they may
enjoy silent contemplation of the natural
beauties of the Turquoise coast.
Yachts are small vessels. Everyone
lives together in close quarters, which
calls for a positive outlook, friendly
attitude, and willingness to contribute
to accommodate others' preferences
as well as your own. In the right spirit,
this means you may make valuable new
friends, and learn new ways of looking
at the world.
4. The Yacht May Change Itinerary
If you charter the yacht, the captain
may be able to accommodate your wishes
as to itinerary, starts and stops, and
ports of call, weather and laws permitting.
If you are part of a cabin
on a group voyage, however, the sailing
itinerary is set in advance, and the
captain may not be able to deviate
from it to meet individual voyagers'
Check the itinerary description of
charter yacht carefully before
you reserve your cabin, and ask questions
about specific itinerary stops and
if you're not sure of what is offered.
Keeping these points in mind, you're
ready for the yacht voyage vacation
of a lifetime!