As one of the most popular languages in the world, English is spoken as a second language in most countries. When it comes to gulets in Turkey, there can be limitations. These limitations can be an issue in communication, depending on the degree of English that is required to be spoken on board the boats, between the crew and the guests.
Gulets are available in different classes. They start with the standard/economical class, then a level up to luxury, deluxe, ultra deluxe and VIP. As for the level of English on board these boats, there are differences – big differences. This is an issue that is commonly experienced and not informed as much as it should be to travelers on blue cruise holidays. So here is what you can expect in the level of English on board various standards of gulet charters in Turkey.
Crew That Speak English on Board Turkish Gulets
To employ a very good English speaking crew member or members, means for the boat owner, much higher costs in wages. As such this is reflected in the value of a gulet charter.
Economic or Standard gulets; the English is very limited – literally. The captain may know enough to just get by and not understand completely, except for the odd gulet where the captain is the owner and has educated him/herself to communicate satisfactory enough to, for instance, plot out a route and discuss with the guests on board.
Luxury gulets; The chances of an English speaking crew member, members, or captain is possible. Depending on the boat, the level of English can be sufficient for basic communication – nothing higher level. But sometimes this may not be enough – depending on the volume and degree of English needed to speak with the guests on board.
Deluxe gulets; at this standard of gulet, there is bound to be average to intermediate level of English speaking available on board by one or more crew personnel.
Ultra Deluxe gulets; again this standard of gulet, you can expect the captain to be fully efficient in his/her level of English. Therefore it is rare to experience any problems in communication with guests. Also on board these gulets, you will find that more than one crew member speaks good English as well.
VIP Gulets; high level of English is available by more than one crew member, including the captain and chef on this standard of gulet or sailing yacht.
There is the odd gulet that will have someone on board who has a very good command of the English language – such as in the deluxe, luxury, and standard class gulets. However do not expect it. It is best to ask your agent or at least let them know what you do expect. Sometimes, not often, an arrangement can be made to have on board a crew member – specific to your request with a very good level of English. Another alternative is to hire a Professional Guide for the duration of your trip with good level of English speaking skills.
Travelers can get by with the simplest of communication with the crews of gulets – many do. However anything further requires better knowledge of English from the crew member(s); and this is only possible based on request or the class of gulet.