January 23, 2014

How to Tip the Captain and Crew of a Yacht Charter

If you are going to a yacht charter vacation, it's best that you understand how the captain and crew of the boat are supposed to be tipped. Keep in mind that they will be there the entire time to ensure that you enjoy every minute of the trip. It's just right that you provide a tip in return for their good work and services. However, it can become confusing with regards to the amount that you should give. How much you give will of course depend on the quality of services but the general rule is that it should be between 10% to 20% of the tab.

It doesn't matter what kind of charter you booked. Whether you're going fishing, sailing, water skiing, diving, or simply sightseeing, it's still but appropriate that you tip the captain and the crew. Keep in mind that just like a restaurant server, some of the members of the crew make their living from tips. Now, you may be confused whether you should tip the captain separately from his crew. The norm is that most captains leave the tips for their crew. They don't usually keep the amount to themselves. With that said, giving the captain a tip may be enough. But if you are still in doubt, it's best that you ask the captain discreetly what you should do. You may think it's awkward to ask the captain such a question but they'll more likely appreciate it if you do.

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As to the amount of the tip, there are certain factors that you need to consider. As was mentioned earlier, the rule of thumb is that the amount should be 10% to 20% of the total tab. If the quality of services provided was topnotch, then it's highly recommended that you go for the full 20%. Quality service means you were appropriately welcomed aboard the yacht charter, you were assisted whenever you needed help, the boat has all the necessary amenities, and your safety has always been a priority during the duration of the trip.

There's the chance that your companions will give the captain and the crew tips without you knowing. Thus, it's important that before you board the yacht charter, you should decide who among you should give them tips. This is to avoid the overlapping of tips.

The bottom line is that you should really tip the captain and the crew. If they provided you with everything during the trip, they deserve something as a reward.

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