Travel Tips

When stepping aboard a charter with us, one of the most frequently asked questions we receive is about crew gratuity. After spending seven nights with your Captain and Chef, you want to make sure you follow proper tipping etiquette and show the crew your appreciation for the services that they have provided. We thought we would take some time to discuss gratuity in depth and give more of an insight to what is standard throughout the private, crewed charter world.

While the crew does get paid a salary, they are working incredibly long hours when guests are onboard. Our crews go to great lengths to ensure that you have the vacation of a lifetime with us, which is why it is considered to be good etiquette to leave a proper tip.

Customary tip in the crewed yachting industry ranges from 15-20% of your charter’s retail rates. For example: if you are sailing with us during our high season with a retail rate of $5,095, 15-20% gratuity would be $750 - $1,000.

When identifying what percentage to leave for your crew, our approach is simple. Treat tipping as you would in any other setting. Start with considering the level of service you feel you received on your trip. As your crew are such an integral part of your vacation, the level of service provided can impact your tipping amount.

Taking into consideration all the effort put forth by the crew daily, tipping on the high end of the 15-20% scale is the best way to express your gratitude for their above and beyond efforts. However, should you feel that their service provided was average, tipping in the middle range of the scale is acceptable.

At the end of your charter, you can choose to tip your crew in cash or via credit card. Your Captain will ensure that the tip is divided evenly among crew members.

While many of our guests opt for an adult only vacation, our catamarans are always welcoming to making sailing a family affair. Our all-inclusive packages, planned excursions, and worry-free vacation itinerary allow for a relaxing family vacation!

At Festiva Sailing Vacations, we want to make sure you have an amazing vacation and create life long memories with both our family and yours. However, enjoying your time on the open water and navigating through our boats does come with a few rules for those traveling with children.

Age Restrictions

For families wanting to travel with children under the age of 16, we ask that you book a full boat to accommodate your group. This allows your family to spend the entire week uninterrupted, with the boat all to yourself, and for our other travelers to enjoy the style of sailing vacation they desire. If you’re traveling with children 16 and over, there are no full boat booking requirements, but please keep in mind each of our cabins accommodates only two guests. You’ll want to plan accordingly for the number in your party.

Life Vests

The safety of all our guests aboard is always of the utmost importance. While sailing with younger children, it’s important to keep in mind that we do not have child size life vest’s on board. For peace of mind, we recommend renting them for the week for any young children. For suggestions on who to rent life vests through, please reach out to us.


We want every passenger to enjoy their sailing experience. At Festiva Sailing Vacations, our crews pride themselves on preparing gourmet meals and meeting the needs of all palates, even those of younger ages. Let us know on your preference forms if you have children coming along and how we can better fit their food wish lists.

With our full boat family bookings, comes flexibility within our typical day to day itinerary. Without any outside party passengers, we can tailor your excursions and docking points to make them more family friendly and include something for all ages.


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The experience of taking a crewed all-inclusive charter vacation to that of a cruise line vacation, other than the fact that you are floating, the similarities end there. And when you think of the millions of people each year climb aboard a huge cruise liner and begin the journey of lines, crowds, and buffets… it’s hard to understand why more people don’t jump ship and discover the adventure of crewed chartering.

There are many misconceptions that people have when they think of a sailing vacation on an intimate sailing vessel which may deter them from taking the plunge. What we would like to do is to answer some of the many questions, set the record straight on the many misconceptions and give you a better idea of what to expect if you had ever considered taking a sailing vacation.

When packing, please keep in mind that storage space is limited. Our packing list includes both suggested and required items. Our boats have standard electrical outlets on board for your chargers, laptops, e-readers, and music players.  There are also connections for your music players.