Crew consists of the captain, the cook and one / two sailors, depending on the size of the boat. They are usually of Turkish nationality on gulet cruises that depart from Bodrum, Fethiye, Kemer and Marmaris, and of Greek nationality for the cruises from Mykonos, Rhodes, Sporades and the Ionian islands. Turkish crew usually speaks basic English, but it is always possible to find ways to communicate and be understood. Greek crew speaks better English. The crew can give you useful information about life on board and places to visit.
Itinerary/Routes useful information
Indicative gulet routes are described on our website, but pls note that are always subject to weather conditions, maritime traffic and authorities’ decisions. Our captains try to respect the route as much as possible, but they have the authority to change itinerary at any time and plan an alternative route when the weather conditions (strong wind or rough sea) do not allow navigation. Decisions of the captain and of the port authorities are final, are unquestionable and are not subject to reimbursements.
Boarding is the first day after 3pm until late. Gulet stays in the port of embarkation the first evening and night and starts the navigation the next morning. Gulets are moored at the ports of tourist towns; not in private marinas. They do not have a fixed place, so the final boarding position can usually only be communicated on the day of boarding or the night before. It is important to communicate useful information during the booking process such as the mobile number active during the trip.
Gulets returns to base port in the afternoon of the day before disenbarcation. It is therefore possible to disembark early in the morning. On the last day the cabins must be vacated by 10 am; we can store our luggage on the boat until you leave.
Cleaning on board
Crew takes care of daily cleaning as well as the final cleaning of the boats. The common areas are cleaned several times a day, while in the cabins the basket bins are emptied and the bathroom is cleaned every day. The beds are not redone.
Useful information about smoking on board
On board smoking is allowed in the external areas of the boat and in respect of the other guests. Smoking is strictly prohibited in the cabins. Remember that the boats are made entirely of wood! We also remind you that both in Turkey and in Greece, the anti-smoking law prohibiting smoking in public places is in force.
Electricity and WI-FI
On board there is always electricity from 12 to 24 volts; 220 volts are guaranteed from generator which will be switched on for a few hours a day in the harbor / port or during navigation. Your captain will warn you about the generator switch-on times during which you can recharge mobile phone batteries and more. Low current is always guaranteed (light), however it is not always possible to use hair dryers, electric razors, etc. Power outlets are adapted to European standards. Some gulets have the inverter; in this case the 220 volt current is guaranteed all day long.
WI-FI connection in the gulets is not guaranteed. Almost every day, however, it is possible to connect to the network of various marinas / ports. In the case of navigation in Greece you can use your data as at home if you are from EU country.
Insurance for damage and collisions is included; passengers are advised to take out a private insurance policy for any accidents or illnesses.
In the cabin-charter formula drinks are generally not included (except where indicated in a different way) and can be purchased at the gulet bar at normal prices. Bar prices are displayed in the Gulet Lounge. Payment for drinks consumed on board is made in cash before disembarking.
Useful information about Indicative prices of the bar on board the gulet:
water € 0.50 – € 1; coffee € 1.50; soft drinks and fruit juices € 2.00 – € 2.50; beer € 3.50 cocktails and aperitifs from € 4.50; bottled wine starting at € 8. Some gulets can also offer wine by the glass.
It is not allowed to bring externally purchased drinks on board.
* coffee and tea are included for breakfast and in the afternoon during tea time, while during the day they are charged.
Useful information on tips for the crew
Tips are a very important practice both in Turkey and in Greece, such as to be considered “mandatory” although the amount is at your discretion. They are delivered to the captain at the end of the cruise and are divided among all crew members. A tip of 5-10% of the cruise cost per person is suggested.
Menu on board
Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea) is included in the cabin gulet cruise, while drinks are not included. For some cruises, only half-board is offered (itinerary Mykonos, Ionian islands and Sporades).
Meals are cooked on board and served at the table set up on the outside aft side.
Cuisine on board is based on dishes of Greek and Turkish cuisine generally very appreciated by our guests. On board menu, in the cabin charter formula, cannot be changed; in the case of special diets, food allergies or food intolerances it is important to notify us at the time of booking. Find below useful information about a sample standard menu on cabin gulet cruise,
Sample gulet menu
Different types of jam, honey, butter, olives, feta (fresh cheese), sweet caciotta, eggs cooked in different ways, tomatoes, cucumbers, fruit, bread, milk, tea and American coffee.
Chicken with vegetables, aubergines or stuffed peppers (of meat or rice), baked pasta, beef stew with green beans, cooked or fried vegetables, pilaf or couscous rice as a side dish, mixed salad, fruit.
Tea time – Unlimited American tea and coffee with biscuits or fruit.
Grilled or fried fish, squid or octopus, grilled beef or chicken, grilled turkey, chicken or beef with sauce and vegetables, pilaf or couscous rice, boiled or fried potatoes as a side dish, mixed salad or cooked vegetables, sweet or fruit.
(*) – Meats used are: veal, beef, lamb, chicken, turkey (no rabbit, no pork, no horse)
(**) Indicative menu
(***) There are 2 fish-based dinners on board for cabin cruises