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How to Book

One of the most unique ways to enjoy the Mediterranean, Aegean and the Adriatic seas is on board a wooden boat called a gulet. They come in all shapes, sizes and prices. The crews are generally local, so the local atmosphere and cuisine make the voyage all the more interesting.

The process from start to finish in booking a gulet is quite straightforward. It involves a bit of search and find; while taking into consideration the requirements and interests of everyone else in your group.

Putting together a group of family and friends for a private yacht charter is not easy. Everyone’s holiday schedule requires synchronizing with the rest of the group’s holiday plans. The following is a brief outline in the steps that may be involved in how to book a private blue cruise holiday.

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Although there are many variations in gulet cruise holidays, the information below may help guide you in making the most appropriate choices for an enjoyable and memorable blue cruise vacation.

Search and Filter

Before you begin your search for the boat that is right for you and your group, first consider the total number of people that will be coming. Then find out how much each person can allocate for their one week trip. If you are not sure about budget, then just start with the number of guests. Look at all the boats that have the capacity for that many people.

Each boat will offer different options and prices. However sometimes the right capacity may not be the right price for you. For instance if you are a group of 10, gulets which can accommodation up to 12, may be cheaper than a gulet that has a capacity of 10. It’s all dependent on your expectations in the level of standards you wish to have from your charter gulet boat.

Gulet Charter Terms

Once you have shortlisted, offers will be sent by your agent.  Depending on your quotation request, the following general gulet terms will be given to you. This information is also located on each of the gulet specification pages on bluecruises.net

Included in Yacht Charter Price :

  • Yacht insurance • Cruising fuel • Cooking gas • Use of air conditioners • Turkish transit log, mooring expenses, harbour taxes in Turkish Waters • Accommodation on Board (days agreed on) • Daily cabin and bathroom cleaning • Bed linen and towels • Laundry • Welcome cocktail & Afternoon tea break • Use of equipment on board • Crew service • Airport transfer is included with some offers and not included with other offers.

Not Included in Yacht Charter Price:

  • Harbor taxes and mooring fees in Greek waters • The meals, soft drinks, drinking water, alcoholic beverages • Land excursions • Insurance does not cover your own personal travel and cancellation insurance.
  • Greek waters entrance fees, Greece VAT and Greek islands harbour fees will be paid to the captain on board if cruising around Greek islands.
  • Crew Gratuity is extra and usually 10 % of the Charter Fee – and left up to the discretion of the clients.

Booking
Option is placed on explicit e-mail request, and is active until agreed date. Booking needs to be confirmed while option is active. Option expires after agreed date without special warning. Please take care of your option expiration. Booking is confirmed when agreement is signed by both parties and deposit paid.

Water Sports: Please note that water toys such as jet skis and water skis may not be found in all yacht and gulet rentals. Please inquire about these particular features when writing to us. Sometimes the yachts will include them without the fuel (fuel is extra), and other times not. Alternatively these items can be rented from water sport providers when anchored in certain bays during your travels.

Yacht Rental Periods: Yacht and gulet rentals run from Saturdays to Saturdays; with a one week minimum rental. Should you require a longer or shorter rental period, or start on a different day, please let us know so that we may advise availability and/or suitability accordingly.

Then when a boat is agreed on, it’s time to start the booking process. Once you have decided to book a gulet, a Client Preferences List and a Yacht Charter Agreement as agreed upon, will be sent to you by email. The charter agreement is usually signed within 3 days from the date on the contract and the Client Preferences List is required by the agent about two weeks before embarking.

Itineraries are usually the last part of booking your yacht charter vacation and can be discussed with your agent, followed by your captain when you have boarded your gulet.

What is APA

When you charter a motor yacht or a yacht which is booked under MYBA terms, it is required that a deposit is paid in advance of the charter. This amount is separate from the actual charter rate of the yacht or booking.  This deposit is what is called an APA; Advance Provisioning Allowance. The title of this terms clarifies the meaning behind the deposit.

The APA amount – ranging from 25% to 30%, and in some instances higher, is used to cover the expenses incurred during the charter period. This includes services and items such as fuel, food, beverages, mooring fees, private marina fees, visa fees if applicable, harbor fees, park fees, taxes, and other expenses not included in the charter rate.

The Captain of the yacht is responsible for keeping track of these expenses during your trip. He/she maintains the accounting for all APA expenses during the charter. At the end of your private yacht charter, the Captain provides a breakdown and presents it to you for payment.

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In the even the costs incurred during the time of the charter, are less than the paid APA, then the difference will be refunded to you, the charterer, at the end of the charter. The same applies if the costs incurred during the time of the yacht charter, exceed the paid APA, then the difference is payable by the charterer at the end of the charter period. Fuel costs vary per country; as well the yacht consumption varies for each yacht chartered.

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