So it’s your first time to go on a yachting trip. No need to be nervous. By following a few cardinal rules on board, you can help make your trip the best—or worst—on record. Here’s a look at what deserves an aye and nay from the Tatler:
- Aye:Be courteous to the crew. A cheerful crew can add to the fun, spontaneity and richness of the experience, enough to make your trip one for the books.
- Aye: Be mindful of the crew’s sleeping hours. You can sleep or party as late and as much as you want but if it’s already midnight, consider taking the party in your cabin and toning down the volume to let the crew have a good night’s sleep. They need it.
- Aye: Bring along your own nanny. Don’t expect the crew to shepherd your progeny around. They’ve got a ton of work to get to. Some crewed yacht charters touring the USVI, though, offer to provide you with nanny services. Make sure to ask about those services if you’re planning to bring along your kids.
- Aye:Pay attention to the safety briefings. Knowing where the emergency exits are, along with the safety gear, the floats, life jackets, and others, will be a big help if something happens at sea and emergency measures have to be taken.
- Nay: Intruding in the crew’s private spaces. If you must hangout, do it in the main living room or communal spaces around the yacht.
- Nay:Packing too much. It’s better to go with a small luggage especially if living quarters are a bit tight. Also, go with a soft luggage instead of a hard-sided one. Collapsible bags will come in handy because of the cramped storage space.
- Nay:Bringing heels. Heels damage the teak deck of the yacht and shoes leave unsightly scuff marks. So most charters have a ‘no shoes’ policy on board. Follow it.
- Nay:Smoking just anywhere. Ask where the smoking areas are first before you light up your first stick.
- Nay:Treating the galley like it’s your personal storage. It’s not. Remember that the cook would have stocked the food there for a purpose, most likely as an ingredient for your meals. Don’t be a sneaky snacker. Ask for permission if you want something. Better yet, get food from your own stash.
These rules will serve you well when you finally step on board the boat. So live it up, take a lot of pictures, swim like a dolphin and, best of all, have fun!
On the lookout for crewed yacht charters touring the USVI? Contact us today at Blue Mystic Charters and we’ll help you find the right yachting package for you.