Our FAQ page (Frequently Asked Questions) provides answers to key inquiries about nautical adventures, charters, and the services we offer. Find everything you need to know about our services, the yacht charter process, and much more. Explore our FAQ section to gather all the necessary information for your next unforgettable sailing experience!

Questions and Answers

What is a charter service?

A charter service, particularly in the context of Lord Yachting, is an opportunity provided by a luxury yacht agency in Croatia. It allows individuals or groups to rent or lease high-end boats, typically yachts, for a defined duration.

This service offers the chance to experience the thrill of sailing without the obligations of ownership. Clients can explore the stunning Adriatic coastline, enjoying tailored amenities and professional crew services, ensuring a remarkable and personalized maritime adventure.

What kind of boats are available for charter?

Lord Yachting offers a diverse range of vessels for charter in Croatia. Our selection includes luxurious motor sailers, small cruiser ships, gulets, catamarans, and motor yachts. Each vessel is carefully maintained and equipped to provide a unique and comfortable experience, catering to various preferences and group sizes.

Whether you're inclined towards the elegance of a motor yacht, the charm of a gulet, or the spaciousness of a catamaran, our fleet ensures a memorable and tailored maritime adventure along the stunning Croatian coastline.

How do I charter a boat in Croatia?

Chartering a boat in Croatia with Lord Yachting is a seamless and personalized process. To begin, explore our diverse fleet of luxury vessels, including motor sailboats, mini cruisers, gulets, catamarans, and motor yachts, ensuring you find the perfect fit for your preferences and group size.

Once you've chosen your ideal vessel, our experienced team will guide you through the charter process, assisting with itinerary planning, vessel selection, and any specific preferences you may have. We handle all the necessary arrangements, ensuring a hassle-free experience from start to finish.

Simply contact us with your desired dates and preferences, and our team will take care of the rest, including necessary paperwork, crew arrangements, and any additional services you might require. We're dedicated to ensuring your charter experience in the captivating waters of Croatia is unforgettable, tailored to your desires and delivered with exceptional service and attention to detail.

How much does it cost to charter a yacht in Croatia?

The cost of chartering a yacht in Croatia can vary significantly based on several factors. These include the type and size of the yacht, the duration of the charter, the time of year, additional services, and the specific amenities and features of the vessel.

Generally, smaller or older yachts might be more affordable compared to larger, newer, or more luxurious vessels. Prices also tend to fluctuate based on the high or low season, with high seasons typically attracting higher rates due to increased demand.

As an estimate, chartering a yacht in Croatia can start from a few thousand euros per week for smaller or simpler vessels and can go up to several hundred thousand euros for a luxurious, high-end yacht.

For precise pricing and to get a better understanding of costs, it's best to directly contact charter companies like Lord Yachting, providing details about your preferences, the duration of the charter, and any specific services you may require. They can offer personalized quotes based on your needs and the options available in their fleet at the time of inquiry.

What is included in the charter fee?

The inclusions within a charter fee can vary depending on the specific yacht and the terms of the agreement. Generally, the charter fee covers the basics of renting the yacht itself. However, it's essential to check with the charter company such as Lord Yachting for precise details regarding what's included.

Here are some common inclusions:

  • Yacht Rental: The primary cost covers the use of the yacht for the agreed-upon period.
  • Crew Services: The fee often includes the crew's salaries, which typically consist of a captain, chef, and additional crew members depending on the yacht's size.
  • Standard Amenities: Basic amenities such as bed linens, towels, and the use of the yacht's equipment like water toys, snorkeling gear, etc., might be included.
  • Port Fees: Some charter fees might include mooring fees at certain ports.
  • Insurance: Basic insurance may be covered within the fee, but it's advisable to verify this.
  • VAT/Taxes: In some cases, VAT or local taxes might be included in the fee.

However, there might be additional costs not included in the charter fee:

  • Fuel and Dockage: Often, fuel expenses and dockage fees in certain harbors or marinas are not included and need to be covered separately.
  • Food and Beverages: The cost of food and drinks for guests and the crew is typically an extra expense.
  • Customary Gratuities: Tips for the crew are not usually included in the charter fee and are discretionary but customary.
  • Special Requests or Services: Any specific or additional services requested beyond the standard offerings might come with an extra cost.

It's important to thoroughly review the charter agreement or discuss with the charter company to have a comprehensive understanding of what is covered within the charter fee and what additional expenses might arise during your charter experience.

Do I need a boating license to charter a yacht in Croatia?

In Croatia, the requirements for a boating license or qualifications to charter a yacht can depend on the size and type of vessel you intend to charter.

For smaller recreational boats and yachts (typically under 12 meters in length or those with engines of a certain power), you may not need a license if the yacht charter company provides a skipper or captain as part of the charter. In this case, the skipper's responsibility is to operate the vessel, and you can enjoy the journey without needing a license.

However, if you wish to charter a yacht without a skipper and operate it yourself (bareboat charter), you will likely need a license or certification. The requirements can vary based on the size of the yacht and local regulations. Commonly, an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or a recognized national boating license might be necessary.

It's advisable to check the specific regulations in Croatia and verify the requirements with the charter company. They will guide you on what certifications or licenses are necessary based on the yacht's size and your level of boating experience. If required, you might be able to obtain a temporary license or hire a skipper through the charter company. Always ensure you comply with the local regulations and safety standards to have a safe and legal charter experience in Croatia.

Can I hire a skipper with the yacht?

Yes, Lord Yachting offer the option to hire a professional skipper or captain along with the yacht. This service is especially beneficial if you do not possess the necessary boating license, lack experience, or simply prefer to relax and enjoy the journey without the responsibility of operating the yacht.

Hiring a skipper comes with several advantages:

  • Professional Expertise: Skippers are experienced and knowledgeable in navigating the local waters, ensuring a safe and enjoyable voyage.
  • Local Knowledge: They often possess in-depth knowledge about the best routes, secluded anchorages, and popular destinations, enhancing your overall experience.
  • Responsibility: With a skipper on board, you can focus on enjoying the trip without worrying about navigation, mooring, or any technical issues.
  • Safety: Skippers are trained to handle emergencies and are well-versed in safety protocols, ensuring a secure journey for everyone on board.

When you book a yacht charter, inquire with the charter company about the option to hire a skipper. They will provide information on the availability, qualifications, and any additional costs associated with hiring a professional skipper for your charter.

How experienced are the crews on your luxury yacht charters in Croatia?

Luxury yacht charter companies like Lord Yachting typically maintain highly experienced and professional crews to ensure a top-tier experience for their clients.

Crew members on luxury yacht charters in Croatia generally undergo extensive training, possess significant experience, and often hold certifications in maritime and hospitality services. They are skilled in various areas such as navigation, hospitality, cuisine, and guest services.

The crew often includes:

  • Captain: Experienced in navigation, safety protocols, and responsible for the overall operation of the yacht.
  • Chef: Trained in culinary arts, capable of preparing exquisite meals based on guests' preferences and dietary requirements.
  • Sailor/Stewardesses: Responsible for guest services, maintaining the vessel, and ensuring the comfort of the guests.

The crews are well-versed in the local waters, offering insights into the best destinations, hidden gems, and activities along the Croatian coast. They strive to provide a tailored and exceptional experience for guests, ensuring safety, comfort, and enjoyment throughout the charter. When inquiring about a charter, the company can provide more specific details about the crew's experience and qualifications onboard their luxury yachts.

What are the best places to visit on a charter in Croatia?

Croatia offers a stunning coastline with numerous breathtaking destinations perfect for a charter experience. Here are some of the best places to visit on a yacht charter in Croatia:

  • Dubrovnik: Known for its historic old town and impressive city walls, Dubrovnik offers a blend of culture, history, and stunning views.
  • Hvar: Island with a lively atmosphere, featuring beautiful beaches, historical sites, and a bustling nightlife.
  • Korčula: Birthplace of Marco Polo, this island boasts charming medieval streets, vineyards, and beautiful bays.
  • Vis: A less crowded island with stunning landscapes, secluded beaches, and a relaxed ambiance.
  • Split: Home to the UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace, Split combines history with a vibrant urban scene.
  • Šibenik: A historic city with the remarkable St. James Cathedral and close proximity to the stunning Krka National Park.
  • Kornati Islands: A stunning national park archipelago with over 100 islands known for their rugged beauty and clear waters, ideal for diving and exploring.
  • Mljet: With its lush greenery and two interconnected saltwater lakes within Mljet National Park, this island is a nature lover's paradise.
  • etc...

Each of these destinations offers its own unique charm, from historical sites to natural beauty and vibrant local culture. Your choice of places to visit will depend on your preferences, the duration of the charter, and the route planned with the charter company. They can help tailor an itinerary that suits your interests, ensuring a memorable and delightful experience along the Croatian coast.

Can I customize my itinerary when I rent a boat in Croatia?

Absolutely, when you rent a boat in Croatia, you often have the opportunity to customize your itinerary to a significant extent. Charter companies like Lord Yachting typically offer the flexibility for clients to personalize their sailing route based on their preferences and desired experiences.

Here's how you can usually customize your itinerary:

  • Discuss Preferences: You can communicate your preferences, such as specific destinations, activities, and experiences you wish to have during your charter, with the charter company. This could include historic sites, secluded bays, vibrant nightlife spots, or natural landmarks.
  • Tailored Routes: Charter companies can assist in creating a personalized route that aligns with your preferences. They might suggest popular destinations, hidden gems, or less-crowded spots based on your interests.
  • Flexible Planning: You'll often have the flexibility to adjust your itinerary during the charter. If you discover a new place you'd like to visit or decide to spend more time at a certain location, the crew can usually accommodate these changes, as long as they fit within the charter duration and safety considerations.
  • Local Insights: Crew members are knowledgeable about the region and can provide valuable insights about the best routes, activities, and must-see places, helping you make informed decisions about your itinerary.

Customizing your itinerary allows you to tailor your sailing experience to match your preferences and create a truly memorable journey along the Croatian coast. Always discuss your preferences and ideas with the charter company, and they will assist you in creating an itinerary that matches your desires and the available sailing options.

What is the minimum duration of a yacht charter?

Regarding yacht charters through Lord Yachting, the typical minimum charter duration in Croatia is usually one week, especially during the high season, such as the summer months.

During the busiest periods, like July and August, Lord Yachting typically requires a minimum one-week charter for most luxury yachts. However, during less busy periods, such as spring or fall, there might be more flexibility in the charter duration, potentially allowing shorter charters, such as a few days.

I recommend contacting Lord Yachting directly for precise information about the minimum charter duration based on their fleet, availability, and the time you plan to charter the yacht.

What kind of services do you offer for corporate chartering?

Lord Yachting luxury yacht charter company often offers customized services for corporate charters, providing a unique and sophisticated experience for corporate events or team building activities. Here are some common services that can be offered for corporate rental:

  • Customized Itineraries: Tailored sailing routes accommodating specific destinations or activities aligned with the corporate event's goals.
  • Onboard Facilities: Luxury yachts equipped with amenities suitable for meetings, presentations, and team-building exercises, such as Wi-Fi, audio-visual equipment, and comfortable meeting spaces.
  • Catering and Hospitality: High-quality catering services providing gourmet meals and beverages tailored to the preferences of the corporate group.
  • Event Planning: Assistance in planning and organizing corporate events onboard, such as seminars, workshops, or themed parties.
  • Team-building Activities: Opportunities for team-building exercises, watersports, or leisure activities designed to enhance team dynamics and relationships.
  • Professional Crew: Experienced and skilled crew members to ensure a high level of service, safety, and comfort for all guests.
  • Branding and Customization: Options for branding or customizing the yacht to reflect the corporate identity or theme of the event.
  • Logistical Support: Assistance with travel arrangements, transfers, and accommodations for corporate guests.

These services are often customized to meet the specific needs and objectives of the corporate charter, ensuring a seamless and memorable experience for the company and its guests. It is advisable to communicate directly with a charter company such as Lord Yachting to discuss the customized services available for corporate charters and to create an experience that suits the company's goals and preferences.

What safety measures are in place during the charter?

Charter companies, such as Lord Yachting, typically prioritize safety and adhere to stringent measures to ensure a secure and comfortable charter experience for their clients. Some common safety measures in place during a yacht charter might include:

  • Qualified Crew: The crew members are highly trained and certified professionals who are well-versed in safety protocols, emergency procedures, and first aid.
  • Safety Equipment: Yachts are equipped with essential safety gear, including life jackets, life rafts, fire extinguishers, and navigation equipment, all regularly inspected and maintained.
  • Vessel Maintenance: Regular and thorough maintenance of the yacht to ensure it meets safety standards and is in good working condition.
  • Weather Monitoring: Crew members are experienced in monitoring weather conditions and adhering to safe practices during varying sea and weather conditions.
  • Safety Briefings: Prior to departure, guests are usually provided with safety briefings by the crew, including instructions on emergency procedures, location of safety equipment, and general safety guidelines.
  • Compliance with Regulations: Yacht charters comply with local maritime regulations and safety standards set by the governing authorities.
  • Communication and Navigation Systems: Yachts are equipped with modern communication and navigation systems to ensure constant contact with onshore support and for safe navigation.
  • Emergency Planning: Crew members are trained to handle emergencies, accidents, or medical situations and have protocols in place for swift response and assistance.
  • Insurance Coverage: Yacht charters typically carry insurance coverage to protect against unforeseen circumstances or incidents.

It's essential to inquire directly with the charter company regarding their specific safety measures and guidelines in place during the charter. By being informed about the safety protocols and guidelines on board, guests can better understand the commitment of the charter company to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience at sea.

Do you offer insurance for the charter?

I don't directly offer services, but typically, yacht charter companies like Lord Yachting provide insurance coverage for the yacht and its passengers during the charter. This insurance coverage usually includes:

  • Hull and Machinery Insurance: Covers damage to the yacht itself, including the hull and all onboard machinery.
  • Third-Party Liability Insurance: Protects against damage or injury caused to a third party or their property while using the yacht.
  • Personal Accident Insurance: Provides coverage for injuries sustained by passengers or crew during the charter.
  • Charterer's Liability Insurance: Protects the charterer against any potential liabilities for damages or accidents caused during the charter.

The specific terms and extent of insurance coverage may vary between charter companies. It's recommended to inquire directly with Lord Yachting or your chosen charter company to understand the details of the insurance provided, any exclusions, and whether additional insurance or coverage might be necessary or available. This ensures a clear understanding of what is covered by the charter company's insurance and whether any supplementary insurance might be advisable for your specific needs.

What are the cancellation policies for charter services?

Cancellation policies for charter services depend on various factors, including the time of cancellation, the terms of the contract and the specific policies of the charter company, such as Lord Yachting. Here are some general considerations:

  • Advance Notice: Charter companies often have a tiered cancellation policy based on the amount of notice provided. For instance, cancellations made farther in advance might incur fewer or no penalties.
  • Deposit and Payments: If a deposit or payment has been made, the cancellation policy might detail whether these payments are refundable and the percentage that might be retained for cancellations.
  • Seasonal Variations: Cancellation policies might differ between high and low seasons. During peak times, stricter policies could be in place due to high demand, whereas off-peak periods might offer more flexibility.
  • Force Majeure: Some policies might include clauses related to unforeseen events or "force majeure," outlining circumstances under which cancellations might be accepted without penalties.
  • Refund or Credit: Depending on the timing of the cancellation, some policies might offer a partial refund, credit for future charters, or the option to reschedule the charter.

It's crucial to review the specific terms and conditions of the charter agreement provided by the charter company. Details about the cancellation policy, any penalties, refund structure, and conditions for cancellation should be clearly outlined in the contract. Before finalizing the charter agreement, it's advisable to understand and discuss the cancellation policy to ensure clarity and to be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances that might lead to cancellation.

Can I charter a boat for special events like weddings or parties?

Absolutely, Lord Yachting, offer their vessels for special events like weddings, celebrations, parties, and other private gatherings. Chartering a boat for such occasions provides a unique and luxurious setting that can make your event truly memorable.

Yachts offer a stunning and versatile venue, providing a picturesque backdrop for special occasions. Some key features and services that can be arranged for events on a chartered yacht include:

  • Event Planning: Assistance in organizing and planning the event, such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, or corporate gatherings.
  • Catering and Dining: High-quality catering services tailored to suit the event, offering a selection of gourmet meals and beverages.
  • Entertainment: Options for music, DJs, live bands, or other forms of entertainment for the event.
  • Decor and Customization: The yacht can often be customized or decorated to suit the theme or style of the event.
  • Flexible Spaces: Yachts provide various areas that can be utilized for different parts of the event, including lounges, dining areas, and open decks.
  • Scenic Cruises: The option for a scenic cruise during the event, providing breathtaking views and a unique experience for guests.

Chartering a yacht for a special event offers an exclusive and elegant setting, ensuring a memorable and picturesque experience for you and your guests. It's advisable to discuss your event requirements with the charter company to plan and arrange the details for your special occasion.

How can I check the availability of the yachts?

To check yacht charter availability, you can usually follow these steps:

  • Visit Lord Yachting yacht charter company website
  • Contact the charter company Lord Yachting directly: The charter company has contact information available on their website. You can contact them by email or phone to inquire about the availability of specific yachts for your desired dates.
  • Online Inquiry Forms: The website has an inquiry or booking form where you can enter your details, including preferred dates, type of yacht, number of guests and any specific requirements.The company will respond with information about the availability of the yacht.
  • Plan Ahead: Especially during high demand seasons, it is advisable to plan and inquire about yacht availability well in advance to secure the yacht you want for the dates you want.

When inquiring about yacht availability, please provide details of the dates you are interested in, the number of guests, any specific preferences or requirements you may have and the type of yacht you wish to charter. The charter company will then inform you of the availability of yachts matching your criteria and provide further details on the booking process.

What should I bring with me on a yacht charter?

When preparing for a yacht charter, it's important to pack wisely to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Here's a list of items you might consider bringing:

  • Appropriate Clothing: Pack lightweight and comfortable clothing suitable for warm weather, such as swimsuits, cover-ups, shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. Don't forget some smart-casual attire for evening dining if you plan to visit restaurants onshore.
  • Sun Protection: Essential items include sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and protective clothing to shield yourself from the sun's rays.
  • Footwear: Bring comfortable deck shoes with non-marking soles for walking on the yacht and possibly some water shoes for exploring beaches or rocky areas.
  • Medications: Pack any necessary medications and a first aid kit for common ailments or personal medical needs.
  • Toiletries: Bring your personal toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and any specific items you prefer using.
  • Travel Documents: Carry important documents such as passports, yacht charter agreement, and any other travel documents required.
  • Electronics and Chargers: Don't forget your phone, camera, and chargers, as well as any necessary adapters.
  • Entertainment: Books, e-readers, or other forms of entertainment for leisure time on the yacht.
  • Lightweight Luggage: Opt for soft-sided luggage or collapsible bags as space might be limited on a yacht.

Always consider the specifics of the yacht and the services provided by the charter company, as some items might already be available on board. Before your trip, confirm with the charter company about items provided, any specific guidelines they recommend, and any restrictions you need to consider when packing for your yacht charter.

Do you provide training or briefing before the charter?

These briefings are designed to ensure that guests have a safe and enjoyable experience while onboard the yacht. The content of the training or briefing may include:

  • Safety Procedures: Information about safety protocols, such as location and use of life jackets, fire extinguishers, emergency exits, and any other safety equipment on board.
  • Yacht Operations: Guidance on the operation of specific yacht features, such as navigation systems, water systems, and any other critical components guests might need to understand.
  • Vessel Specifics: Information about the layout of the yacht, cabin allocations, use of amenities, and other essential details relevant to the specific yacht.
  • Itinerary and Rules: Discussion of the planned itinerary, onboard rules, and guidelines to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for all guests.
  • Emergency Protocols: Detailed instructions on how to handle emergency situations, including man overboard, medical emergencies, or other unexpected events.
  • Local Regulations: Information about any local maritime regulations or specific rules that might apply in the charter region.

Yacht charter companies prioritize the safety and satisfaction of their guests. The crew members are trained to provide a comprehensive briefing before the charter begins, ensuring that guests are well-informed and comfortable with the yacht's operations and safety measures. If you have any specific questions or require additional information, don't hesitate to communicate with the crew or staff before or during the charter.

How do I get to the charter base in Croatia?

The typical way to reach the charter base in Croatia is by flying into major international airports like Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, or Zadar. Upon arrival, you can use taxis, private transfers, or car rentals to travel to the charter base. Additionally, many charter companies offer transfer services from the airport to the marina. I suggest contacting your chosen charter company, such as Lord Yachting, for information on the best transportation options to the marina.

Are pets allowed on your charter boats?

Whether pets are allowed on charter boats may vary depending on the specific rules for the vessel you are chartering. Some vessels may allow pets on board, while others may have restrictions or special conditions regarding pets.

If you are considering bringing a pet on a charter, it is important to check directly with the charter company, such as Lord Yachting, to understand their pet policy.

Pet Policy: Ask the charter company about their specific rules and regulations regarding pets on board, including any size or breed restrictions.

Additional Charges: Charter companies might apply an extra fee for bringing pets.

Always give advance notice of your intention to bring a pet and clarify the terms and conditions with the charter company to ensure a smooth and comfortable experience for you and your pet during the charter.

What distinguishes a gulet cruise in Croatia from other types of cruises?

A gulet cruise in Croatia offers a unique and distinctive experience compared to other types of cruises due to several key characteristics:

  • Traditional Wooden Vessels: Gulets are traditionally handcrafted wooden boats, typically two-masted or three-masted sailing vessels, often associated with the Mediterranean. Their classic design and historical charm distinguish them from modern cruise ships.
  • Intimate and Personalized: Gulet cruises typically accommodate smaller groups, creating an intimate and personalized experience. This allows for more tailored service and a closer interaction with the crew and fellow passengers.
  • Flexible Itineraries: Gulets often offer flexibility in itineraries, allowing for customization of routes and stops along the Croatian coast. This adaptability permits more secluded and off-the-beaten-path destinations compared to larger cruise liners.
  • Relaxation and Leisure: Gulet cruises emphasize a relaxed and leisurely pace, encouraging passengers to unwind and enjoy the stunning landscapes and crystal-clear waters. They are ideal for those seeking a peaceful and serene cruising experience.
  • Local Cuisine and Culture: These cruises often focus on offering local cuisine and a taste of Croatian culture. Gulets provide opportunities to savor authentic Croatian dishes and explore the local way of life in coastal towns and villages.
  • Water Activities: Passengers can engage in various water activities, including swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking in secluded bays and beautiful coves along the Croatian coast.
  • Exceptional Service: Gulets are known for providing excellent service with a friendly and accommodating crew, ensuring a memorable and comfortable cruising experience.

Overall, the charm of gulet cruises in Croatia lies in their intimate atmosphere, authentic experience, and the opportunity to explore the Adriatic coastline at a relaxed pace, offering a unique alternative to larger commercial cruises.

How many guests are gulets in Croatia typically able to accommodate?

Gulets in Croatia can vary in size and capacity, accommodating a range of guests based on their design and layout. Typically, gulets in Croatia can accommodate anywhere from around 6 to 20 or more guests, depending on the vessel's size, number of cabins, and specific layout.

Smaller gulets might cater to more intimate groups, accommodating around 6 to 10 guests. Larger gulets can house larger groups, often accommodating up to 20 or more passengers.

These vessels usually offer a combination of double, twin, and sometimes triple cabins, each with their own ensuite facilities. Some cabins may have additional bunk beds or convertible seating areas to accommodate extra guests.

The capacity of a gulet can also be influenced by the level of comfort and space desired by the guests. For a more luxurious and spacious experience, some gulets might limit the number of guests to ensure a higher level of comfort and service.

It's essential to check with the specific gulet or charter company, like Lord Yachting, regarding the capacity of their gulets, as it can vary widely based on the individual vessel's size, amenities, and configuration.

What are some of the popular itineraries for gulet cruises in Croatia?

Gulet cruises in Croatia offer various itineraries that highlight the stunning Adriatic coastline and its beautiful islands, each providing a unique and memorable experience. Here are some popular gulet cruise itineraries:

  • Split to Dubrovnik Route: Starting in Split, this route often includes visits to Brač, Hvar, Korčula, Mljet, and ends in Dubrovnik. It covers major islands and historical towns along the Dalmatian coast.
  • Dubrovnik to Split Route: The reverse of the above itinerary, starting in Dubrovnik and heading north to Split, exploring similar islands and towns in the opposite direction.
  • South Dalmatian Islands: Focusing on the southern islands of Korčula, Lastovo, Mljet, and the Elaphiti Islands, this route offers tranquil bays and historical sites.
  • Kornati Archipelago: Cruising through the Kornati National Park, this itinerary covers the Kornati Islands, Šibenik, and potentially islands like Murter or Dugi Otok, known for their natural beauty and secluded anchorages.
  • Central Dalmatia and Vis: Including stops at Brač, Hvar, Vis, and the Blue and Green Caves, this itinerary offers a mix of culture, natural wonders, and charming islands.
  • Northern Adriatic: Exploring the less frequented northern coast, this route might include Rab, Krk, Cres, Lošinj, and Opatija, featuring lush landscapes and historic towns.

Each itinerary offers a blend of historical sites, natural beauty, charming towns, pristine beaches, and opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying the local culture and cuisine. The specific itinerary for a gulet cruise may vary depending on the duration of the charter and the preferences of the guests. It's advisable to discuss your interests and preferences with the charter company, as they can often tailor the route to suit your desires.

What is the average cost to charter a gulet in Croatia?

The cost of chartering a gulet in Croatia can vary significantly based on several factors, including the size and luxury level of the gulet, the time of the year, the duration of the charter, and additional services or amenities included. On average, the cost of chartering a gulet in Croatia might range from around €10,000 to €30,000 or more per week for a smaller or standard-sized gulet during the low season. However, for larger or more luxurious gulets with additional amenities, the price can be significantly higher, potentially exceeding €50,000 or more per week during the peak season.

Factors influencing the cost:

  • Size and Luxury: Larger and more luxurious gulets with additional amenities command higher prices.
  • Season: Peak season (mid-July to August) generally incurs higher prices compared to the shoulder or low seasons.
  • Duration: The length of the charter, whether it's a week-long or longer, can affect the total cost.
  • Services: Additional services and special wishes of the client may affect the total price.
  • Demand: Popular gulets or those with unique features might be in higher demand, potentially affecting the price.

It's essential to communicate directly with charter companies like Lord Yachting for precise pricing and to discuss your preferences, the specific gulets available, and any additional services or requirements you may have for your ideal cruising experience in Croatia.

Are gulets in Croatia suitable for families with children?

Gulets in Croatia can be a fantastic option for families with children due to their intimate and accommodating nature. Here are several reasons why gulet cruises can be suitable for families:

  • Privacy and Comfort: Gulets provide a private and comfortable environment for families, offering a more intimate setting compared to larger cruise ships.
  • Flexibility in Itineraries: Families can design their itinerary to include child-friendly destinations and activities, like visiting family-friendly beaches or exploring historical sites that capture children's imaginations.
  • Safety: Gulets are generally safe, and the enclosed environment can offer a secure setting for children to move around freely without concerns about extensive open water.
  • Ample Space: These vessels often provide enough space for children to move around comfortably, both indoors and on the deck, offering a variety of areas for play and relaxation.
  • Engagement with Nature: Gulet cruises allow children to engage with nature by swimming, snorkeling, and exploring beautiful and secluded coves and beaches along the Croatian coast.
  • Family Bonding: The intimate setting of a gulet cruise fosters quality family time, allowing for shared experiences and bonding amidst the stunning Adriatic scenery.
  • Crew Assistance: The crew on gulets can be helpful and accommodating, providing assistance and catering to the needs of families, including children.

However, it's essential to consider the specific needs and ages of your children and discuss any specific requirements or concerns with the charter company, such as Lord Yachting. This ensures that the gulet and the itinerary are suitable for a family with children, providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone on board.

What amenities and services can I expect when I charter a gulet in Croatia?

When chartering a gulet in Croatia, you can typically expect a range of amenities and services that contribute to a comfortable and enjoyable cruising experience. These may include:

  • Cabin Accommodations: Gulets offer cabins with ensuite bathrooms, air conditioning, and comfortable sleeping arrangements.
  • Crew Services: A professional crew consisting of a captain, chef, and deckhands. Their responsibilities include navigating the vessel, meal preparation, cleaning, and ensuring the guests' comfort.
  • Catering: Meals are often included, typically prepared by the onboard chef. Menus can be tailored to dietary preferences or special requests.
  • Water Sports and Recreational Equipment: Kayaks, paddleboards, and sometimes fishing equipment are provided for water-based activities.
  • Indoor and Outdoor Lounging Areas: Gulets feature spacious deck areas for lounging, sunbathing, dining, and socializing. Some gulets may have indoor saloons or lounges as well.
  • Entertainment Systems: Onboard entertainment may include music systems, TVs, and sometimes Wi-Fi, although connectivity can vary depending on the cruising area.
  • Safety Equipment: Gulets are equipped with necessary safety gear, including life jackets, fire extinguishers, and other safety equipment compliant with maritime regulations.
  • Daily Housekeeping: The crew typically provides daily cleaning and cabin maintenance during the charter.
  • Itinerary Planning and Flexibility: The crew can assist in planning your itinerary, offering suggestions and guidance while also accommodating any preferred destinations or changes.
  • Local Expertise: Crew members often possess local knowledge about the area, suggesting the best places to visit, dine, or explore.

The availability and extent of these amenities and services can vary depending on the specific gulet, its size, and the charter company. It's recommended to communicate with the charter company, such as Lord Yachting, to confirm the amenities and services offered on the gulet you're interested in, ensuring that it aligns with your preferences and needs for a memorable cruise in Croatia.

Can you tell me about the crew's experience on gulet charters in Croatia?

The crew on gulet charters in Croatia typically comprises experienced professionals who are well-versed in sailing, hospitality, and guest services. Here are the common crew members and their roles:

  • Captain: The captain is responsible for navigating the gulet, ensuring safety at sea, and determining the best routes based on weather conditions and guests' preferences. They often possess extensive knowledge of the local waters and destinations.
  • Chef: Onboard chefs are skilled in preparing a variety of meals, often specializing in local Croatian cuisine. They cater to guests' dietary preferences and create delightful culinary experiences.
  • Deckhands: These crew members assist the captain in navigating the vessel, handling mooring, and managing the general upkeep of the gulet. They might also lead water sports activities and help guests with equipment.
  • Service Staff: Some larger gulets might have additional service staff responsible for housekeeping, serving meals, and ensuring guests' comfort.

The crew's expertise and experience are crucial to ensuring a smooth and enjoyable gulet charter. They aim to provide exceptional service, maintain the vessel, and create a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere for guests. Additionally, their local knowledge often enhances the cruising experience, as they can recommend the best spots to visit, dine, and explore along the Croatian coastline.

The level of service, crew expertise, and the overall guest experience can vary based on the specific charter company, gulet size, and the crew's qualifications. Communicating your preferences and any specific needs with the charter company, such as Lord Yachting, can help ensure a well-tailored and enjoyable experience on your gulet charter in Croatia.

What activities can we partake in on a gulet cruise in Croatia?

A gulet cruise in Croatia offers a diverse range of activities, catering to various interests and preferences. Some of the activities you can typically enjoy during a gulet cruise in Croatia include:

  • Swimming and Snorkeling: The crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea provide excellent opportunities for swimming and snorkeling in secluded bays and near picturesque islands.
  • Exploring Coastal Towns and Villages: Visits to charming coastal towns and villages along the Croatian coastline, allowing you to explore historical sites, local culture, and enjoy dining at authentic restaurants.
  • Water Sports: Many gulets offer water sports equipment such as kayaks, paddleboards, and sometimes jet skis, allowing guests to engage in various activities directly from the gulet.
  • Relaxation and Sunbathing: The gulet's spacious deck areas are perfect for relaxing, sunbathing, and enjoying the beautiful panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea.
  • Island Hopping: Exploring a variety of stunning islands and hidden coves, hopping from one island to another, each offering unique landscapes and attractions.
  • Nature Excursions: Hiking, nature walks, or cycling on select islands to explore the natural beauty and scenic landscapes.
  • Cultural Sightseeing: Visits to historical sites, ancient ruins, and local landmarks to learn about Croatia's rich history and culture.
  • Dining and Socializing: Enjoying delicious onboard meals, socializing with fellow passengers, and experiencing the local cuisine in coastal towns and villages.

The range of activities available during a gulet cruise depends on the specific itinerary, the duration of the charter, and the amenities provided by the gulet and its crew. It's also recommended to communicate your preferences and interests to the charter company, such as Lord Yachting, to ensure they tailor the itinerary and onboard activities to your liking.

Is it possible to customize my itinerary when I charter a gulet in Croatia?

Yes, it's often possible to customize your itinerary when chartering a gulet in Croatia. Charter companies, including Lord Yachting, often offer flexibility in designing your route and activities to align with your preferences and interests.

Customization options might include:

  • Choice of Destinations: You can discuss preferred destinations and points of interest with the crew or charter company, tailoring the route to visit specific islands, historical sites, or secluded spots.
  • Duration of Stay: You can request longer stays at certain locations, enabling more time for exploration, relaxation, or activities.
  • Activities and Excursions: Customize your activities, whether it's water sports, cultural tours, nature hikes, or simply more time for swimming and relaxation.
  • Dining Preferences: Communicate your culinary preferences and dietary requirements to the chef, allowing for customized menus and special meals.
  • Flexibility in Route: As conditions or preferences change during the charter, there might be opportunities to adapt the route accordingly.

Discussing your preferences and expectations with the charter company before the trip allows them to tailor the itinerary and services to better suit your needs. Keep in mind that the extent of customization might be influenced by factors such as weather conditions, time constraints, and specific charter agreements. However, charter companies usually strive to accommodate and personalize the itinerary to ensure a memorable and enjoyable gulet cruise experience in Croatia.

What are the booking and cancellation policies when traveling around Croatia by gulet?

Booking and cancellation policies for gulet charters in Croatia can vary between different charter companies. However, here are some general considerations that you might encounter:

  • Booking Process: Typically, to secure a gulet charter, a deposit, often around 50% of the total charter fee, is required upon booking. The remaining balance is usually due before the start of the charter.
  • Cancellation Policy: The cancellation terms can vary. If you cancel the charter, the following conditions might apply: - If you cancel far in advance, you might receive a full or partial refund, depending on the company's policy.
    - For cancellations made closer to the charter date, a portion or the full deposit might be non-refundable.
  • Force Majeure and Refunds: Some companies might have specific clauses regarding unexpected events or force majeure situations. In such cases, refunds or rescheduling options might be available.
  • Changing Dates: Depending on availability, some companies might allow date changes without additional fees, especially if it's done within a certain period before the charter.
  • Insurance and Protection: It's advisable to consider travel insurance that includes coverage for trip cancellations, ensuring protection in case unforeseen circumstances affect your travel plans.
  • Refund Policies: Ensure you fully understand the refund policy and any administrative fees associated with cancellations or changes in the charter.

It's crucial to review the specific terms and conditions detailed in the charter agreement provided by the charter company, as these policies can differ. Before finalizing your booking, clarify and discuss the booking and cancellation policies with the charter company, such as Lord Yachting, to ensure you are aware of the terms and conditions and feel comfortable with the agreement.

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