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It has been a long time since you promised to yourself, the next summer holiday would be aboard a Greece Boat Charter. Greek island hopping was your dream for long and now you are thinking the time has come to materialize this wish. There is no better way to explore the Greek islands unless you are on a boat charter in Greece. You are convinced the time has come, you have picked your Yacht Charter Broker, you have picked your private yacht charter vessel and now you are wondering how long you should use your boat for. Should you do a weekly yacht charter in Greece or should you use your private yacht charter for more than a week?

The decision is not complicated. First it depends on your budget, then on your boat’s cruising speed and of course on the itinerary you wish to follow. The budget and the speed of your boat is well known to you.

Do you know the distances to be covered among the islands you wish to visit? A Yacht Charter Broker that knows Greece can give you some important guidelines about this topic.

1) If you have decided to charter a sailing yacht or a crewed catamaran in Greece, out of Athens then the choices you have in terms of the itinerary are three. You are going to sail either around the Saronic Gulf or along the Peloponnese East Coast or you are going to visit some of the Cyclades group of islands. Your boat has not a high speed, so if you choose the Saronic you are going to enjoy it to the fullest. Because the Saronic Islands are close to Athens and they are all close together. Following this itinerary, you are not going to have to cover endless distances every day, you will be in great protected waters and you are going to see some interesting beautiful islands such Hydra, Spetses, Poros, Aegina etc. They all have nice fishing villages, history, and sightseeing areas. Interesting nightlife too!  Also, the East coast of Peloponnese could be very interesting for

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you as you could visit some interesting areas such Epidaurus, Nauplion, Monemvasia, go to some Saronic islands and back to Athens. A laid back holiday as well, without having to cover long distances every day!

If you absolutely wish to do the Cyclades on your sailing yacht charter in Greece or aboard your crewed catamaran in Greece, is possible to do so. But in order to avoid extremely long sailing hours… choose to do the upper side islands of the Cyclades. Choose a nice itinerary including Kea, Siros, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Serifos, Kythnos and back. A week on a sailing yacht doing some of the Cyclades, and not ALL the Cyclades will allow you to relax, to see many places, to meet with locals, to explore ashore and enjoy! Blend with the Greeks, eat ashore, stay at the beach, do some snorkeling and swimming. No rushing.

If you wish to see more islands and include also Santorini on the itinerary, please add a few extra days on your stay aboard. Having no speed and wanting to visit the most possible islands could add stress to your holidays, could make you tired… So you either do fewer islands or you add some days to allow you time for an enjoyable holiday, not rushing in any way.  

If you decide to cruise another area aboard a sailing yacht in Greece or aboard a crewed catamaran in Greece  like   the Ionian islands, the Sporades islands or the Dodecanese group of islands, it is suggested you have more time available or to hire a yacht locally, not from Athens. You can hire yachts out of Lefkas in the Ionian Sea, or you can hire a boat in Kos in the Dodecanese. For the Sporades group of islands, there is no base nearby, so you need to have absolutely 12-14 days available for your charter in order to enjoy your time aboard and avoid extremely long legs to cover.

Luxury Motor Yacht Charter

2) If you have decided to do a Greece Boat Charter aboard a Private Motor Yacht, choose one that has some speed. A motor yacht of appx 18-25 knots per hour is just perfect! It burns a bit more fuel than a sailing yacht or a crewed catamaran in Greece, but it gets you where you wish to go fast! There are also some motor yachts in Greece with speed over 30 knots per hour worth viewing before you book your charter! Ask your Yacht Charter Broker and explain to her/him what you intend to do in terms of your Greek sailing itinerary. If you have one week on a fast motor boat like this, you have time to go to the Cyclades, visit most of the islands, including Mykonos and Santorini.You can also choose to go the other side, to the Ionian Sea for one week. With a high-speed Motor Yacht in Greece, you can do a lot of Greek island hopping! If you add a few extra days to your week…  and you have 12-14 days charter, you can also include Crete in your Greek sailing itinerary, based to weather conditions! Your Yacht Charter Broker will help you understand what is feasible and what not and what is best to cover in one week or suggest to add some extra time if needed to cover more.

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Parents with young children and babies are often concerned and reluctant about bringing them aboard a chartering yacht. Some parents decide to wait until their children grow up in order to realize such type of holiday and some decide to pursue it.

As a Professional Yacht Charter Broker, I would say that the YACHTING EXPERIENCE is for all ages! During my long time career in the yachting industry, I have had the opportunity to nicely work with families consisted of young children and babies. I never experienced any minor or large injuries during any of my charters in my entire career or I never experienced any small incidents that showed me that kids or babies should be excluded from this amazing holiday experience!

The crews of chartering vessels are always happy to have children on board. The supervision of the kids though is always the responsibility of the parents or of an adult from the charter party. Crews can always be supportive but having to do so many other tasks on board   in order to accommodate the needs of numerous passengers, they cannot possibly dedicate their time to babysitting. The parents should have both the rule of watching the baby or children at all times. If any of the parents needs a break should always verbalize this to the other so the baby or children are watched after, at all the time. Nothing is assumed and this golden rule is great to have, on any type of floating vessel.

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The kids if more than one often shares a cabin or even a bed. Infants usually are put to sleep in the parents’ cabin, in a baby cot provided by the boat. The boat also provides some other important items for the baby such: a special high chair for meals around the table, a life jacket for the baby of child and for all passengers of course.

It is important to mention to your Charter Broker how many pounds or kilos the baby and the children weigh so they can have the appropriate sizes of life vests aboard. Children and babies must wear their life vests at all times, it is suggested. The high chair also has to be asked for, as sometimes due to the shortage of space, the crew has to bring it from ashore, somewhere.

Additionally, it is important to inform the chef about the eating and drinking habits of the children and those of babies. Sometimes the infant is eating special organic formulas hard to find in the local market. In this case, the parent should inform the Charter Broker in advance so a research in the market is made on time, way before the charter begins. If same formula is not found locally, the parents themselves bring or ship the appropriate portion of food needed for a week for their baby.

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Special sunscreen for children and babies and for sensitive skin passengers is not provided by the boat. The boat has some good products on board for sun protection, but if we have children with sensitive skin or passengers with sensitive skin, it is recommended they bring along their own products. Hats for babies and children are also necessary to be worn at all times.

It is recommended to bring some necessary medication along for your children or baby, for fever, aches… like you have at home, just in case.

If parents think they will need to wash some cloths for the children and for the babies on board, it is recommended they advise before the charter. Usually, laundry is not done onboard for any of the passengers. The crew always brings out the laundry to be done professionally if needed. But just in case, there is a need to wash something for the baby, let us know what detergent is needed for washing to have it aboard while cruising. No other laundry is being done though on the boat.

If parents feel more secure and safe with a net placed around the railing, it is suggested they mention this to their Charter Broker as well. The boat can provide this, if necessary, depending on the construction and type of yacht.

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Generally speaking, kids, children, and crews they are all happy when they are on a charter. Crew members pay special attention to children, to their food and entertainment. Many chefs make special, adorable plates for children, they teach them how to make a cake or dough, and crews organize nice theme parties for them and spend hours watching them while they do water sports.

Boats have special snorkeling equipment and inflatable toys for children… for endless happy hours in the water!.

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Tipping the crew is customary and it is usually done the day before disembarkation or upon disembarkation of your yacht charter. The crews are hard working professionals, being on duty at all times while on a boat charter, they are away from their families during the whole summer or during the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays in the Caribbean and in the Bahamas. The crews need to be tipped for their work, but the amount of the tip is entirely at the Charterer’s discretion. Despite this fact, us the Brokers, receive many times the requirement to assist on this matter and give some guidelines to charterers about tipping their crews.

Generally speaking the crew tips in the USA, the Caribbean and the Bahamas are higher than in other regions, such in Greece (East) and in West Mediterranean. The MYBA (Mediterranean Yacht Brokers’ Association) has issued a tip policy that seems to have the form of an accepted norm regarding the tipping of yacht crew members. According to this, the suggested tip for the crew varies from 5-15% of the total charter fee, excluding the running expenses of the charter. (Food, fuel, beverages, port fees etc). This percentage can be higher in the States where the tip can go up to 20% of the total charter fee. If you think this tip is high, please kindly take into consideration that crews work every day for 16-18 hours, from dawn to midnight. They really work hard to deliver excellence and to take care of the passengers’ needs.

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If you plan to tip your crew, there are a few ways to do it. In cash before the disembarkation and in individual envelope for each member or in case you do not choose to carry so much money around, you can send the crew tips to your yacht broker along with your final instalment of the yacht reservation. Before the charter finishes the Broker will have the cash on board so you can distribute it to your crew personally. The distribution is usually equal to all members. If you wish to tip a crew member more than others for his/hard work is possible but not recommended as the crew works as an equal team.

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A healthy, tasty diet is undoubtedly an important element for a successful Greece Boat Charter. All crewed yacht charters in Greece have high professional cooks or chefs aboard, who work hard from day until night in order to please their guests’ nutrition needs.

Motor yacht charter vessels, catamarans in Greece, sailing yachts and motor sailers they all offer amazing culinary experiences to the passengers! While you do a Greek island hopping, your chef prepares all your meals, from an amazing buffet breakfast, to delicious lunches and to superb suppers.

Greek Island Hopping

Greek cuisine, especially the Cretan diet is popular aboard the Greece Boat Charter vessels. But if passengers prefer something different, the chef can easily accommodate different needs.

More specifically the chefs on board a mega yacht charter in Greece can prepare Greek cuisine, Thai cuisine, French, Italian and many more.

The Greek Olive oil, the fresh vegetables, the lean meat, the fresh fish, the red and white Greek wines… are some of the base ingredients for the chefs’ incredibly delicious creations!

 How do you choose your menu and how much you can intervene in order to have the best menu for your family and guests, aboard your Greece Boat Charter?


Yacht Charter Questionnaire

Once you book your Greek yacht charter, the broker sends you a document to fill in, which is called charter questionnaire. This document has many questions about your food and beverage preferences. Once you complete the charter questionnaire the yacht broker sends it to your chef aboard your chosen boat. The chef follows your preferences and creates a custom made menu for your weekly Greek charter. It is important you mention on the charter questionnaire about your food allergies, if any.

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The same procedure is followed for your beverages. Your yacht charter broker sends you a list of the available Greek or imported wines and champagne lists, along with prices. You can choose the quality and quantity of alcoholic beverages you would need for the duration of your charter. The imported wines and champagne are more expensive than local Greek products.

Once your chef has your preferences on the questionnaire, he orders the goods from his preferred local store and he has everything delivered to the boat. As a result when your embarkation day comes, everything you need for your weekly menu is aboard the vessel. Your chef makes a custom made menu for you. Some fresh products such fish, bread and vegetables are also bought on the Greek islands and everything else along with some items that are hard to find in the small villages are purchased in Athens.

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