It would not be wrong to say that almost every charter guest faces a dilemma on how much to tip a yacht charter crew. The truth is that there is no hard and fast rule for tipping, or the right amount of tipping is clearly a debatable matter. However, just like you tip the bellman or the person who carries your luggage, you are also expected to tip the crew of your luxury yacht charter. Usually, brokers suggest you to pay from 5 to 20% of your base charter fee as a tip, based on your yacht and location. Tipping is definitely not mandatory, and it is completely customer driven. Guidelines are always there but the final decision always depends on the customer. You must know that tipping is not a crew’s salary.
The concept of tips falls under the thanksgiving department and it depends on the services they offer and a customer’s satisfaction level. In order to clear all the confusion regarding tipping your yacht charter I have answered some of the commonly asked questions in this blog that will help you make a decision on this.
1. How much should you tip?
It all mainly depends on three main factors
- The location of your trip
- The time duration of the trip and
- The base fee of your charter
Usually tips amounts are set within the range of 15% of the base fee as suggested by the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association. You can simply ask your broker whether the yacht follows the guidelines of the MYBA. It will be easier for you to know what they expect from you.
2. How do you know if the crew will be satisfied with the amount?
When you are not sure about how much does the crew expect from you as a tip, it is better to ask and confirm from your broker whether the yacht supports the recommended guidelines of the MYBA. Even if he fails to give you a proper answer, you can ask about the previous trips to get a clear picture of the matter.
3. When is the right time to give tip?
Tips are better to be given at the end of your yacht charter California. This is because only after that you can decide how much you are satisfied with the trip. You must also keep in mind that there are many crew members that work behind the scenes to offer you a satisfactory and enjoyable trip. They usually do not get the scope to interact with you or build a relationship with you that might help them get more cash from you. So if you leave the tip only for the bartender or room service, it would not be a fair decision. You must save your tip for the end of your journey.
4. Who gets the tip?
The amount that you spend as a tip to the crew members is distributed amongst the captain, chef, other members of the deck crew, steward or stewardess and maid. You must hand over the tip to the captain at the end of your trip that he or she will distribute among them.
5. What if the trip fails to satisfy you
Above everything else, a tip should be based on your experience with the crew. If you think they have failed to satisfy you with their service, adjust the amount according to what you feel will be suitable for them.