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How Much Should I Tip on a Superyacht Charter

Gratuities are discretionary, but it's customary to acknowledge and reward a fine crew in appreciation for long hours and a job well done. Tipping guidelines vary according to the size of the yacht and the yacht charter destination.

The Mediterranean Yacht Charter Broker’s Association adopted a policy which recommends 5-15% as the customary range, and most superyachts abide by this policy. The expectations tend to be on the higher end of the scale on U.S. and Caribbean yacht charters and on the lower end in Europe and other parts of the world.

The guideline for smaller yachts, 80 feet and under, in the Caribbean, Bahamas and U.S. is 15-20%,

How to pay your superyacht charter gratuities

Gratuities are typically paid in cash. If you prefer not to travel with such large sums, Ocean Getaways can arrange for you to pre-pay a gratuity which we will escrow and release with your approval upon completion of the charter.

The entire crew works together as a team, including those behind-the-scenes. It is understandable that guests may wish to acknowledge those members of crew with whom they've enjoyed face-to-face service. However, many more perform mundane tasks take place below decks to ensure that everything runs smoothly 24 hours a day. 

The captain's role is to distribute your gratuities among the crew, so standard practice is to present him with an envelope at the end of a trip, rather than to tip crew members individually. A note or a kind word of praise is always much appreciated and will surely make its way to all the people for whom it's intended.  

During the inquiry phase, your Ocean Getaways’ charter broker will always provide you with customary tipping guidelines for the personally recommended yachts and locations. 


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