Mastering yacht charter etiquette: a comprehensive guide.

Embarking on a yacht charter is an extraordinary adventure, particularly in the serene waters of the French Riviera and Corsica.

To transform a good voyage into an exceptional one, understanding and adhering to yacht charter etiquette is essential

Respect and communication

The crew is the backbone of any family yacht charter experience.

Keeping them informed about your decisions and preferences, from culinary desires to planned activities, is not just a courtesy but a necessity.

This begins with a pre-charter meeting with your broker, where you can discuss your itinerary, dietary preferences, and any special occasions you’re looking to celebrate on board.

This is also a moment to embrace cultural sensitivity, respecting the traditions and norms of the locales you visit, and ensuring enriching interactions with locals.

The barefoot rule: more than just a tradition

Going barefoot is not merely a rule but a rite of passage in the yachting world. It protects the expensive deck of your yacht and gives you a unique connection to the sea.

So leave your shoes “at the door” and let the deck become an extension of your senses, or consider investing in a comfortable pair of soft shoes.

While embracing the yacht lifestyle, why not curate a playlist to reflect the ambiance of your journey or bring along favorite games for entertainment that align with the yacht’s technical capabilities?

Flexibility: a chance to uncover hidden gems

While it’s tempting to stick to a rigid itinerary, flexibility can be your greatest asset.

Weather conditions can be fickle, and your captain’s expertise may guide you to lesser-known but equally breathtaking locales. Adaptability can bring unexpected delights into your French Riviera and Corsica charter experience.

Keep in mind, that altering your course might mean canceling pre-booked restaurants or activities, even if it incurs a fee. The experience gained often outweighs the cost.

Preference forms: your blueprint for personalization

Filling out a preference form is not a mere formality but a critical step in tailoring your excellent trip.

To be successful, a charter should be carefully planned and prepared beforehand.

From food choices to preferred activities and beach club experiences or ashore visits, the preference sheet serves multiple purposes.

It’s your tool for customizing your dream yacht charter, guiding the crew in preparing the yacht, and ensuring timely berth and restaurant bookings.

Expressing interest in local cuisines and asking the chef to incorporate regional flavors can transform your dining experience into an authentic and immersive gastronomic journey.

Environmental stewardship: charter responsibly

As you traverse the pristine waters of the French Riviera and Corsica, remember your role in preserving these natural wonders.

Simple acts like using reef-safe sunscreens and reducing plastic usage on board can make a significant impact on your unique experience.

Legal and safety compliance: non-negotiables

It is crucial to abide by legal standards and safety protocols when operating powerful watercraft like jet skis.

Keeping a safe distance and speed is not only a rule but a necessity to guarantee the well-being and enjoyment of everyone. It is a courteous gesture that greatly contributes to promoting a secure and satisfying water experience for all.

From avoiding prohibited substances to following the captain’s safety briefing, compliance is crucial for everyone’s safety on board and well-being.

A safety walk-through with the crew upon embarkation is essential to familiarize yourself with the yacht’s safety procedures and equipment locations.

Smoking policies

Designated smoking areas exist for safety reasons. Stick to them.

Drugs on board

There is a strict zero-tolerance policy on illegal drugs. While legal substances are generally not an issue, possession of illicit drugs will lead to immediate termination of the charter.

No refunds will be provided in such cases.

Crew quarter: respect shared spaces

Certain zones are exclusively for crew members; respect their space as they respect yours.

Trust your Captain (and your Broker): the gateway to local treasures

Your captain is not just a navigator but a treasure trove of local knowledge. From secluded beaches to the best local cuisine, their recommendations can enrich your journey manifold.

And remember, your yacht charter broker is your ally, guiding you to the best experiences and ensuring your requests, such as themed dinners or surprise events, are communicated and executed with finesse.

As you disembark, carrying memories of sunsets and seas, consider leaving a review or testimonial of your experience. It’s a valuable gift to the crew and a guide for future guests.

If there’s room for improvement, provide constructive feedback to the charter company or crew, helping to enhance the service for future charters.

Ready for your next yacht charter experience?

Contact Charterminute: for personalized guidance and to explore our luxury charter services, reach out to us. Your next bespoke luxury charter along the French Riviera awaits.

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About the author: Remi van der Deure - French Riviera Charter broker.


I am the senior Yacht Charter Broker at Charterminute, a well-known yacht charter boutique in Antibes.

I have served in the yacht charter industry for over 15 years and have gained a strong reputation among my clients, as evidenced by consistent 5-star ratings on Google Reviews and TripAdvisor.

My specialty is organizing corporate yacht charters for startups and large companies during popular events like the Cannes Lions Festival, MIPIM, TFWA, and MIPCOM.

I am also proud to be a member of esteemed yacht broker associations, e-MYBA and ECPY, demonstrating my unwavering commitment to providing exceptional yacht charter services and memorable experiences in the French Riviera.

You can contact me directly at +33 (0)662.465.991 or