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  • By Ivana

Tipping The Yacht Crew On Private Sailboat Charters In Croatia

Planning a private sailboat charter in the beautiful waters of Croatia? Fantastic choice! While enjoying your relaxing cruise, you may wonder about the best way to show appreciation to your hardworking crew, skipper, and hostess. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the ins and outs of tipping etiquette, so you can make their day while sailing through the Adriatic.

Why Should You Tip?

Tipping is a way to say thank you for the exceptional service you’ve received during your sailing adventure. It’s a common practice in the hospitality industry, and the yacht crew, skipper, and hostess work tirelessly to ensure you have a memorable experience. Your tips show your gratitude and help support their livelihood.

Jar for tips

Who to Tip?

The Skipper

Your skipper is your captain and guide, ensuring your safety and an enjoyable journey. They have local knowledge and expertise to make your trip unforgettable. Tipping your skipper is a way to show appreciation for their expertise and leadership.

Skipper on yacht in Croatia

The Hostess

The hostess takes care of your culinary needs and keeps the boat in shipshape. They prepare delicious meals, keep the boat tidy, and make your stay comfortable. Tipping your hostess is a gesture of gratitude for their hard work.

Hostess on a yacht charter in Croatia

How Much to Tip

Now, the big question: How much should you tip? The standard practice is to tip about 5-15% of the total charter cost. This amount you distribute among the skipper and hostess at your own discretion. However, it’s crucial to consider a few things:


If your skipper and hostess go above and beyond, don’t hesitate to be more generous with your tip.


If you’re in a larger group, a smaller contribution from each group member can add up to a significant tip.


Ultimately, your budget and satisfaction should guide your tipping decision. Don’t overextend yourself, but also be fair.

5 - 15%

When to Tip?

Tipping often occurs at the end of your trip when you’ve had a chance to experience the service fully. However, if you’ve received exceptional service along the way, there’s no harm in offering a small tip mid-journey as a token of appreciation.

Tipping the yacht crew in the end

How to Present Your Tip?

When it comes to presenting your tip, cash is king. Euros are widely accepted in Croatia, so it’s easy to give a cash tip directly to the crew. 

Other Ways to Show Appreciation

Tipping isn’t the only way to express your gratitude. You can also:

  • Leave a positive review online to help the crew and charter company.

  • Provide feedback directly to the charter company if you have specific praise for individual crew members.

  • Consider bringing a small gift, like local souvenirs, as a token of your appreciation.

Final Thoughts

Tipping the yacht crew, skipper, and hostess is an excellent way to show your gratitude for their hard work and dedication during your private sailboat charter in Croatia.

Remember, the amount you tip should reflect the level of service you’ve received, your group size, and your budget.

Your gesture of appreciation will make their day and ensure that you leave with fond memories of your sailing adventure in this stunning Mediterranean paradise.

Happy sailing! 🌊🛥️💰

Skipper Miše and hostess Sunny with guests