Hiring a luxury yacht is one of those experiences that provides the perfect setting for making lasting memories that will be looked back upon fondly for years to come. To ensure your trip runs smoothly, you should be aware of some essential dos and don’ts first. Here’s what you need to know.
Here are some do’s while hiring a luxury yacht
Being out on a yacht means soaking up the sunshine while swimming and relaxing; sounds perfect, right? Well, it is, but it also can see you getting dehydrated rather quickly. It’s not only the direct sunlight you need to worry about; UV rays bounce off the crystal-clear water and white sands of the Riviera Maya and back to the people on board. Pair this with hot temperatures, and it’s a recipe for disaster if you haven’t had enough water. While there will be water onboard, it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water before arriving for your trip and take along a large drink bottle as well.
Bring sun protection
Along with keeping up your water intake, make sure you bring sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and clothing to protect you from the sun. The sun is intense here, and not protecting yourself may result in severe and painful sunburn. This can put your additional activities on pause until you’re healed slightly, which isn’t great if you don’t have a lot of time.
Keep the yacht company updated.
If you are traveling with people who have allergies or specific dietary requirements, be sure to let them know before your trip so they can make alternative arrangements to the menu if need be. Also, if changes to your trip duration or the number of people coming have changed, make sure you let them know of this.
Leave the ocean as you found it.
Snorkeling in this part of the world can be quite the experience, and you’ll likely see stunning sea life and coral in the process. While it does look amazing, and you may be tempted to take something with you as a keepsake, please don’t do this. We must take caution while snorkeling and try not to damage any coral with our flippers while in the water. Additionally, make sure that no rubbish is thrown overboard at any point; if something does accidentally fall over, make sure you alert the crew onboard so they can retrieve it from the water.
Here are some don’ts while hiring a luxury yacht
Avoid wearing shoes onboard
Most luxury yachts discourage wearing shoes while on board; some will ban wearing healed or hard-soled shoes altogether. If you would like to wear shoes while you are on board, make sure you bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes with you. If it worries you, maybe check with the company to see what kind of shoe policy they have for guests.
Don’t expect the crew to be responsible for minors.
While children are encouraged to come on luxury yacht trips, the crew, in most instances, will not be responsible for watching children at any point, so if you do have children. There are occasions where you may need them to be watched; for example, if you are swimming and the children are on board, an adult will have to be with them at all times. If you would like some adult time, you should factor in a babysitter to come on the trip or perhaps ask other family members if they’d be willing to help watch the kids. The yacht company may even offer babysitting services, but it will need to be pre-arranged.
Never assume; always ask
To make sure your trip is everything you’ve ever hoped for and more, it’s always best to ask your yacht company any questions you are unsure of beforehand, so there aren’t any disappointments on the day. Some things to ask about might be:
- What is and isn’t included in the price
- activities you can do while onboard
- Whether the boat allows smoking or not
- What kind of entertainment options are available
- If your itinerary can be changed or altered due to weather conditions.
Partake in poor behavior
Your crew will aim to make your yacht trip one to remember, and they deserve the same respect they give you. Being abusive towards staff may see your trip ended abruptly. The same applies to illegal activity onboard, and it will not be tolerated. For the benefit of both you and your guests and the staff, it is best to avoid this type of behavior altogether.
Possibly the most important thing to factor in…
Have fun! If you are like most, taking a luxury yacht trip is not something you often do, so you want to make the most of your time onboard. Relax and let the crew take care of your food, drinks, and fun while you make lasting memories with those you care about most.
Now that you’re equipped with all the do’s and don’ts of hiring a luxury yacht, you are all ready to go!
If you are considering hiring a luxury yacht in Cancun, look no further than our opulent fleet here at Riviera Charters, we have trips and boats to suit every budget and taste. Contact our friendly team today for more information.