“Everything did start in March with the hostess academy in Croatia and ended after 12 long weeks in Greece with a bang! “
On my first day of work I felt like I had a first date. The same questions went thru my mind “What should I wear?”, “What should I say?” or “Will they like me?”, I was super nervous and sweated like crazy, even tho the whole thing of greeting guests, welcoming them and making them feel comfortable is what I do since I can remember. I went food shopping before and I grew up cooking, so why was I nervous? To be honest I have no idea.
Meeting my skipper helped a lot because he was experienced and did help me a lot during the first week but any skipper would have done the same. They are all awesome in their job and know what they are doing. From the time we greeted our guests together we were are team and we helped each other as much as the other one needed.
During the 12 week period I had a mixture of a crew of friends or cabin bookings (4 strange couples meet each other) no matter what was at the first day by day 8 we were all friends and family. Two times I was not as lucky and my crews were totally wrong on a small sailing yacht which they showed but those are really rare and the only thing I could do as a hostess is to give my best. With 90% of my crews I’m still in contact and I love talking to them.
I can’t tell you how amazing it is to make the experience of finding so many new friends and a whole new skipper/hostess family in only 12 short weeks. But enough of that, more to my actual duties as a the yacht week hostess and to the many little towns I got to see on my 3 month journey thru Croatia and Greece.
When comparing the two routes out of the hostess view I have to say that Croatia is a lot easier cooking wise because the stores are bigger and they have a better stock, the sails are shorter and the is much calmer. I would say I had in 7 weeks of Croatia as much sea sick people as I had in one week in Greece. I love to cook and bake, the rough sea in Greece just added that extra challenge I wanted sometimes. In Greece there are more day parties which means less snacks to prepare and more time to spend with guests at parties.
When it comes down to crew management both routes have their good and bad sides. In Croatia you have really good starting marinas with showers, shops and cafés, the marinas on the as well as the small towns have public showers as well as shops and restaurants, on the Islands the crews get to see and explore more and there are some unique venues like Fort George.
In Greece there are less rafts and more parking on the docks, the route is smaller and you make friends easier, locals know hostesses and skippers and help a lot, problem solving is easier and to be on time as well, day parties help guests to find their way home. The big difference between both routes is that Croatia is really touristy and Greece is not touristy enough which brings pros and cons with it.
The original one in Croatia has 4 starting marinas, quiet big but well managed. Starting point is either Split or Trogir, during the week we stopped on the beautiful military island of Vis with Fort George tropical retro party as well as the beach party, the historical island of Hvar, with the french riviera party and sunset drinks at Hula Hula beach bar and the very unique Kiva bar, one stop is a natural bay with a tunnel raft in Starigrad which includes a lot of swimming and boat hopping.
The smaller route in Greece has an amazing stop in Porto Heli at Nikki beach, the former mainland now island town Poros with the party at love bay, the small but beautiful fishing town Hydra, Ermioni with its unique location for the french riviera party and of course the natural bay with the swimming and boat hopping. Both routes are amazing and I fell in love with them both but my true love goes to Greece.
I love the weather, the sailing, the stops, the day parties and just everything.
In the next couple of blog posts I will give packing tips, share some stories from this summer, share some things about all the islands, as well as giving you a closer insight into the hostess job with meal plan and duties.