Book The Right Gulet Holiday?
To realize whether or not you have decided on the right gulet boat is determinded by asking the right questions and getting the right answers about gulet holidays in Turkey. Therefore, you won’t know unless you ask. On the other hand, if you are not familar with gulet charters then you probably won’t know what to ask or where to begin asking. This is where your yacht agent should be able to provide all the information that you need to know right from the start – in order to help you make a wise choice in hiring a gulet. The worst feeling is to find things out that aren’t for you, during your vacation, and try to make the best of it, without spoiling not only your mood but also those who are on board with you.
There are six major points that make up the ingredients of a gulet boat vacation; the gulet, the crew, the food, the cabins, the itinerary, and the price (not in any particular order).
Price is very important. If the agent knows how much you can allocate for your gulet charter, the rest falls into place by choice. The aim of the agent is to make offers that are related to your expectations if your price range allows for it. You can’t expect a jet skii to be included in the price if your gulet rental is 1,500€ a day. This added water sport activity is usually included in some of the High Deluxe gulets or VIP class gulets. Otherwise it is an extra cost to your base gulet boat rental. The whole objective is to make the plans you have, become real, with the price you can afford. So the more you can express to the agent, the better he/she can shortlist the appropriate gulets to offer you. There are times some agents may not “listen” and offer gulets that are nowhere near what you are expecting. So do make sure that your agent is paying attention to your questions and not just shooting off gulets the he/she wants to charter. If there is a request from your side that cannot be done, the agent should at least explain the reason why.
The crew can either spoil your gulet vacation or make it the best ever. You don’t really have a choice in crew as they are selected by either the captain or the owner of the gulet. But it is the agent’s responsibility to offer you a boat that has a crew who will keep you happy and if not, more than satisfied during your blue cruise holiday – afterall, they are on board to serve their guests.
Among the crew, the key role after the captain is the chef. His/her cooking must be enjoyable, tasty and prepared to your satisfaction. However, if you have any allegeries, or a vegetarian, or prefer certain foods, this information must also be given to the agent in advance as each gulet has their own chef that specializes in certain menus. Many of them are good chefs in Turkish cuisine. But if you are looking for a menu outside of the Turkish kitchen, let your agent know, so that they can source the gulet that will have a chef who is capable of cooking these foods or have the gulet owner find the right chef to accommodate your menu choice.
The cabins are a flexible choice. If you are all couples only in your group, than a gulet that offers all double cabins would be ideal, or at least one master cabin and the rest double cabins. However if you are a family, you might like a gulet that offers at least one or two master or double cabins and the others twin or triple cabins. So when you are advising your yacht charter agent the number of guests that will be coming on board, let he/she know if there are any children (maybe even their ages) so that they again can source the best choice of gulets ideal for family gulet cruise holidays.
Yacht charter itineraries are probably the most flexible of features in a blue cruise holiday. The sea is open to everyone. Therefore this subject is quite broad. You may start out with a Bodrum – Marmaris – Bodrum itinerary but end up with a slightly different route. Should your plans to just do a one way itinerary, this fact must be known in advance so that the agent can know where to book the gulet for a following tour – from the last embarkation point of the gulet.
Other items to think about when you book a gulet, is packing for your trip. It is suggested that you pack light with soft luggage so that they can easily be put away in the cabins without taking up any free space. It can also make it stuffy in the cabins if you have too much with you. This is a holiday at sea. It’s usually hot outside, so unless you are going on a biking or hiking trip where you need extra gear, the best way is a lighter load. Please also keep in mind that you can purchase items along the route at major harbors that you can dispose of later if need be.
This is a basic overview to book a gulet vacation. For more details, it is advisable to discuss your needs and requirements with a knowledgeable yacht charter agent.