We can handle your vacation more efficiently if you finalize your round-trip travel plans as soon as possible and at least 90 days before your departure date from home. We need your help in providing us the information we request so we can communicate it to the base well ahead of your arrival.
Things You Should Know
A VALID PASSPORT IS REQUIRED ON ALL VACATIONS
All sailing locations (bases) accept credit cards and cash.
While the major credit cards (visa & master card) are accepted on most of the larger islands, we advise you to bring sufficient cash to handle anticipated expenses. Some of these expenses that will require “cash only” can include taxes and service charges, costs of additional meals, customs, duties, picnic island, personal incidentals, crew gratuity, and souvenirs. Due to local restrictions at some locations, it might not be possible to exchange local currency back into US dollars. Although credit cards are accepted at many businesses throughout our cruising areas, some locations continue to conduct business on a “cash only” basis.
Hard-sided suitcases are difficult to stow on board a yacht. Therefore, we suggest collapsible duffels or nylon bags when packing for sailing. Shorts and shirts are normal attire. For the ladies, a sundress or skirt/shorts and blouse are suitable for shopping or for dinners ashore. For men, a pair of slacks and sports shirt will suffice. For shore activities, non-skid rubber soled shoes are recommended. These, plus bathing suits, loose fitting cotton cover-ups, toilet articles, hats, sunglasses, suntan lotion, and insect repellents are all you’ll need. Pack a basic cruising wardrobe in an under-the-seat type bag, preferably a soft duffel, and hand carry it with you. Lost luggage can be a problem, and you will lose precious vacation time if you have to wait for luggage to begin your vacation. This way, if your luggage is misrouted or delayed, you need not be seriously inconvenienced. If you plan to extend your trip to another location and need dressy clothing, pack them in a separate unlocked bag and chick it all the way through. Please pass this information on to everyone in your party.
The food aboard our yachts is delicious. In fact, we have included a “Food Preference List” and Guest Information form to assist us in preparing meals to your liking. Please collect preferences from your entire party, complete one “Preference List” and email it at least 90 days before your charter. However, if you want to try dinner at one or more of the interesting island restaurants, food and drinks ashore are your responsibility. It is also solely at your discretion whether or not you invite the crew to dine ashore with you.
Often our charter guests ask what gratuity would be appropriate to leave for the captain and crew. We recommend that the quality of service should determine the extent of any gratuity. As a guideline, we recommend USD 33 per day.
Those with prescribed medications may wish to carry a doctor’s letter stating that they are necessary. An adequate supply for your entire cruise should be carries since refills are unlikely even in the largest towns.
Blue Horizon has a “zero tolerance” policy in regard to illegal drugs. Possession of drugs, including marijuana, is strongly condemned by all authorities in our cruising areas. Penalties, including jail sentences, are severe.