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The Yacht Week

By The Yacht Week

Posted on 16th March 2023

Cabin Bookings, Turkey

Jackpot baby! You've booked yourself the ultimate week on the water with The Yacht Week. It’s a big event and to make sure it's nothing but smooth sailing for you we need you to read this Pre Departure Info… trust us, you wont regret it. 

Let’s get prepared: 🎉

Just like a flight we need you and your mates to check in online before you arrive. To do this you need to login to your Booking Profile and fill out all of your details including your passport. Don't forget you will need to have at least 6 months validity on your passport to travel so don't forget to check its expiry!

If you have not filled out your details it can cause you delays on the day of check in but it also means you will miss out on our epic emails that help you get prepared in the lead up to your trip! 

Security Deposit: 💳

There are two options with the Security Deposit on all cabin bookings. To pre-pay the yacht security deposit online, simply go to the ‘Extras’ section of your booking profile and select the non refundable €100 per cabin security deposit option. Take the hassle out of your check-in and have a stress free time on board by prepaying this beforehand!

If you prefer to pay a fully refundable amount, you have the option to pay a €500 security deposit at the marina. This will be returned to you at the end of your rental period provided that no damages have occurred. Any damages made will be deducted from your deposit based on an even split of your crew. 

*Please note that the only thing not covered by the yacht security deposit is any blocked toilets. However, don’t worry - your skipper will make sure you know how to use the toilets properly to avoid any issues.

Visas & Passports: 🤞

All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 6 months following your departure date from Greece. Make sure your passport has blank Visa pages. Check www.visahq.com for Visa requirements for all nationalities.

Get Covered! Travel Insurance: 📧

Do you know how many phones are lost to the Poseidon?! In accordance with our bookings terms and conditions, we strongly recommend that you get travel insurance. Travel Insurance can provide valuable protection and peace of mind when you’re traveling. It can cover unexpected events such as; trip cancellation, trip interruption, or medical emergencies while you’re away from home. With travel insurance, you may be reimbursed for non-refundable expenses if you have to cancel your trip due to unforeseen circumstances, such as a sudden illness or a natural disaster. Travel Insurance can also cover emergency medical expenses, including hospitalization, medical evacuation, and repatriation. Additionally, some policies may provide coverage for lost or stolen baggage, travel delays, or accidental death and dismemberment. Having Travel Insurance can help you avoid financial losses and protect you from unexpected situations while you’re on the road.

International License: 🪪

If you would like to rent a scooter or quad bike, make sure you have your International driver’s license with you! This will need to be organized in your home country and we recommend applying for this at least 6 weeks before your holiday.

Local Currency: 💶

The local currency is Turkish Lira. Foreign currency isn’t accepted, but exchanging foreign currency is easy and accessible. Cash is king on the islands as credit cards are only occasionally accepted.

Some places are happy to accept card payments and welcome it, but it's better to be safe than sorry! 

Additional Costs: 🛒

On your first day your skipper will ask to collect a “cash kitty” from you and your crew, this will go towards: 

  • Port Fees, depending on yacht size, location and dates.
  • Fuel, to keep the yacht running
  • Water taxis, you'll spend some nights away from the dock. For these, you'll need to grab a water taxi to take you to and from The Yacht Week events.
  • Water, for running water throughout the week.

These costs vary depending on whether you are traveling on a Monohull or Catamaran, see here to get an estimated cost. If there is any money remaining at the end of the trip, your skipper will return this. 

Transfers to and from the airport are not included but taxis/buses are very reliable to take you to and from the marina. 

Some nights you will be eating out at some local bars and restaurants of your choice. This is your free time to eat as a crew or go off into smaller groups before a party in the evening.

Where’s My Marina At?: ⚓️

Your Marina will be allocated 6 weeks before your departure and details of the location are available to view under KEY INFO on your Booking Profile. 

Meet my crew: 🤝

2 weeks before you travel you will receive an email where you will be assigned to your crew. This is also where you will get in touch with your skipper and host, so if you have any questions to ask them before you arrive this would be the perfect opportunity.

At this point you will be able to download the Day 8 app where you will meet everyone who will be on your week; you can share pictures, find your itinerary,  interactive map and location pins, direct messaging and information on the Day 8 community.

This will be the only way for you to contact your skipper and host (if you have one included) and for them to contact you.

You’ll be sharing with up to 8 guests (plus skipper or skipper and host) on board!

When assigning the cabins, we aim for a 50:50 ratio across the whole week, so we take into consideration ages, genders and nationalities.

You will also meet your skipper and host at this point, so if you have any questions to ask them before you arrive this would be the perfect opportunity.

Day 8 app: 

This app will tell you everything you need to know when you're on the water and before your travel, this will be our main communication tool whilst on the event so it's important to download it and keep it close. This is the official app for The Yacht Week which can be downloaded via the app store on Iphone or Android. We advise guests to download the app 2 weeks before you travel, you can access this by entering your email address and your booking number.

The app is a platform where you will meet everyone who will be on your week; you can share pictures, find your itinerary,  interactive map and location pins, direct messaging and information on the Day 8 community.

This will be the only way for you to contact your skipper and host (if you have one included) and for them to contact you.

*Not only can you meet your crew and see what everyone else is up to but the app will provide you with the itinerary, timings for events, some of our favorite restaurant recommendations and you can pre book tables and bottle service in bars/clubs.

Sail with your friends: 🤍

If you have friends who have also booked the same cabin category as you, then please reach out to the customer service team, hello@theyachtweek and we can request for you to be on the same yacht! When you get assigned your yacht 2 weeks before you travel you will meet the rest of your crew you will be sailing with for the week!

Your skipper and host: 👫

Your skipper and host (if you have included one!) will become your best friends by the end of your week! Your skippers are your navigators for the week taking you to the best swim spots on the islands and your host will be your mum; cooking, keeping your yacht clean and making sure your week is seamless! 

Tipping is customary in the maritime industry. It is entirely up to the crew to judge whether your host and skipper services warrant a tip. Please feel free to tip at your own discretion.

On some nights you will eat out to give your host some nights off, these are nights where you could invite your skipper and host out for dinner with you and your crew. It is custom that you pay for their dinners and make sure there is enough food for them on board the yacht. If you would prefer to have a quieter dinner, this is also absolutely fine but you will need to give your skipper and host money for them to get dinner.

Dietary Requirements:🥧

If you have a host included on your booking and have any special dietary requirements you will be well looked after, don't worry! Our Hosts are well equipped to deal with a wide range of dietary needs but to do so it is important you make them aware when you are connected with them 2 weeks before your trip. Your host will also create a meal plan with you and your crew so you can truly have anything your heart desires!

Weather: ☀️

Expect temperatures between 27°C and 31°C (80°F - 87°F) and water temperatures averaging 24°C (75°F).

Time Zone: ⏰

In summer, Turkey  is 3 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+1)

Our Ethos ♻️

We are an open-minded community of friends. One that respects the environment and are incredibly lucky to experience some of the world’s most beautiful locations. We are committed to keeping them that way, so we expect our guests to follow 4 simples principles:

Respect the Local Community - We ask you to treat the local community with respect and decency, we are here to have fun but in other words: Keep it classy.

Respect the Environment - Be cautious of the amount of plastic bottle water you use, stay dehydrated but we advise you to bring your own water bottles to prevent this. Try and sail as such as you can, you are on a yacht in the middle of the ocean! Plus the silence of sailing beats the humdrum of a motor any day. Lastly, nothing should be thrown overboard and all rubbish should go into a rubbish bin immediately to avoid it blowing into the sea!

Respect Each Other - The Yacht Week is full of wonderful people from all over the world, which makes our community so special - we advise you to embrace it!

Respect the Yachts - We charter the newest yachts available, therefore we ask you to look after your floating home, never jump of a moving yacht, don’t attempt to drive it unless the skipper says, only use the fenders to fend off the yacht never use your body and most importantly  listen to the skipper as they are in charge of the yacht and your safety!

Any questions, please reach out to our customer service team, hello@theyachtweek.com

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