Cruises

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a crewed charter and a bareboat charter?
A luxury crewed charter is an all inclusive vacation which includes a Captain and Chef. All meals and drinks are included and prepared for you and can be customized to your requirements.

A bareboat charter is a boat you “rent” on which you sail, provision, cook and Captain yourself.


What city or island do I fly to?
When we know your dates and which area you would like to sail, we will tell you where to fly into and out of.


How do I get to the yacht from the airport?
The fastest & easiest transportation to the yacht is by taxi.


Do I need a passport?
Yes, as of December 31, 2006, all citizens traveling to the Caribbean must have a valid and current passport.


What do I bring?
Vacationing on a boat is a unique and laid back experience. Since most guests wear bathing suits most days, you will not require much. Storage space is at a premium. No matter what you bring, it will probably still be too much!

Here are some suggestions;

    • No hard sided suitcases. Duffle bags or soft sided suitcases only.
    • White soled shoes, athletic shoes or deck shoes, unless you plan on going barefoot on the yacht. Sandals/flip flops for the beach, restaurants and bars.
    • Numerous bathing suits, as you will live in these
    • For dining out, light casual clothes, mostly shorts and button up shirts or sundresses for the ladies. Smart casual is the norm at most fine dining establishments.
    • The Caribbean sun is hot. Bring plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses and hats.
    • Any medications you require.
    • Travel size toiletries.
    • A bath towel, wash cloth hand towel and linens will be provided by your crew.
    • Camera
    • Favorite CD’s & DVD’s. There are many on the yacht available for use but you may have your own favorites.
    • Snorkeling equipment will be provided but you may bring your own
    • An extra pair of glasses if you wear them
    • Passport.

What kind of activities are there to do?
Kayaking, snorkel equipment, fishing gear. Use of the equipment is included with your charter. Scuba diving can be arranged for a fee. Other activities are; swimming, hiking, shell collecting, beach combing, treasure hunting, enjoying a cold drink at a beach bar, people watching or relaxing in the hammock doing nothing.


Should I take out travel health insurance?
We suggest everyone have travel health insurance.

 

What extras are payable on top of the charter fee?
It is customary to leave a 15-20% gratuity for the crew. If your cruise involves other countries you are responsible for any customs and immigrations fees. We generally anchor but if you request to take a mooring ball for the night or a marina dock those charges are your responsibility.


How do I make reservations?
Reservations can be made via phone or email. Our preference is email as we are often out sailing. Once a reservation has been made we will send you a contract to complete. A  50% non refundable deposit is due at booking. The balance is payable in cash at boarding before the yacht leaves the dock.


What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancel your charter, the 25% deposit is non refundable unless the yacht is rebooked by another party. If we are able to rebook for the same dates, the deposit will be refunded less a 10% fee. If you need to change your booking dates a fee may be charged.

 

Do yachts have air conditioning?
Some yachts do and some do not. We will ask you if it is important to you. 


What if we have food allergies or dislikes?
A preference sheet will be sent ahead of time and must be completed by all guests.This sheet is the basis for all food and drink and activities for your charter.


Can you book us a bareboat?
Yes, we know of some awesome bareboats, depending on what your looking for - please ask.


Where can we get more information??
Check out the pictures on our Facebook: DOUGMOODY WENDYBETTE and our blog.

When we tell you how many people and our travel dates, will you recommend a yacht??
Yes, we try to recommend three yachts for you to research & choose from.