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Dear Boreas Captain & Crew:
In August, I spent seven days aboard AEGEAN YACHT' Boreas yacht touring the SW coast of Turkey with my fellow Harvard Business Scholl classmates. Having never taken a cruise or traveled to Turkey, I did not know what to expect in terms of the boat or customer service. I assumed that, at best, the boat experience would be a "non-event" and act only as a backdrop for my vacation. What I found is that through the efforts of Boreas Captain and Crew, the boat trip exceeded my expectations and became an integral part of my Turkish experience.
Delivering on the Fundaments
The Boreas Captain and Crew executed flawlessly on the operational fundamentals. For one, our meals were prepared freshly and served on-time every day. Weather and the schedule changes we made could have easily interrupt the meal preparation process. Secondly, when the airlines lost luggage the Boreas crew arranged for delivery to nearest port. Instead of causing delays for the rest of us who had our luggage, crew members took a smaller boat to retrieve the luggage. This showed the crew's ability to think of the customer ahead of themselves. Finally, when there were navigational changes (due to weather or need for water), the captain kept us very well-informed. By having full information about the rationale behind decisions that were made by the captain, our expectations were managed. No one complained about not being able to see a particular site because we understood why our itinerary had changed.
Adding a Special Touch
The Boreas Captain and Crew's customer service went beyond the fundamentals to include several "special touches". One example is the dance party that was thrown for us that included Turkish dance lessons complete with make-shift costumes. The event not only made us feel very welcome but also gave us another taste of Turkish culture. In addition, the crew went above and beyond expectation by teaching us some Turkish words and phrases. Practicing our Turkish provided a natural way to interact and connect with the crew. Another special touch was when a crew member began going around cleaning everyone's sunglasses. None of these perks were advertised in the trip literature. Instead, individual crew members took it upon themselves to do what they could to make our trip unique.
A Customer-Focused Approach
My experience in the Boreas illustrates AEGEAN YACHT' commitment to providing excellent customer service. There are aspects of the organization that I believe enable a high level of customer service. For one, there is clear alignment between what the customers want and what the employees are capable of delivering. The target customer is a traveler who wants things to run as smoothly as they might on a big ship, but values more individualized attention. The Boreas Captain and Crew members had the necessary standardized training to operate the boat and the autonomy and creative license to deliver exceptional personalized service. Also, the employees appeared to be very satisfied with their jobs as indicated by their jovial nature and eagerness to share their local knowledge. Their positive attitudes set a tone for the trip and, I believe, enabled them to provide excellent service. The measurement and reward systems also reinforce AEGEAN YACHT' customer service model. Detailed customer surveys were distributed at the end of the trip to gauge satisfaction levels.
Thank you again for making my introduction to turkey such a memorable and enjoyable time.
Dear Captain Murat and crew of AEGINA,
Thank you for a lovely time. It was a real adventure for us, a true holiday, we had a great time. The food was very good, you have an excellent cook and the Turkish kitchen is delicious. The crew is kind and well trained, we were very well looked after. We are sure to be back next year, maybe to discover more of Turkey, although we liked the Greek islands very much. We wish you and your crew lots of luck and good times and business.
Astrid and Helene
Es war ein unglaublich schöner Urlaub,
Eine Woche lang Essen wie im Paradies, mit
Blauem Himmel, traumhaft schönem Wasser,
Verwöhnt von einer wunderbaren Crew.
Ich kann mich nicht erinnern, jemals zuvor
So erholsame Tage erlebt zu haben.
Vielen, vielen Dank !
Ich wünsche Euch allen alles Gute
Und weiterhin so viel Erfolg !
We would like to thank you all for a wonderful holiday! The food was varied and delicious and everything was kept spotless. The captain and all the crew were always efficient, helpful and polite and entered into the fun and games with enthusiasm. They could not have been any better. I was grateful for the way they looked after me when I had to get in and out of the small boats. They did everything they could to make our holiday successful. We will miss them.
Thank you also to all our other shipmates for a 39th birthday I will never forget. I really enjoyed the Turkish dancing. Thank you for teaching us how to do it so well!!!
Julie and Paul
FREUNDE, MITBÜRGER UND URLAUBER !
VERTREIBEN EUCH WIDRIGE WINDE GEGEN FETHIYE BESTEIGET DAS WOHLGERÜSTET SCHIFF NOBILE.
LASSET DIE GIER DES HÜNGERS ZU HAUSE GENIESSET DES KOCHES KÜCHE DER WOHLSORGEND DIAETKÜCH' EUCH VORSETZEN WIRD.
IHR WERDET OHN' SOMMERPFIFF OHN' SCHMERZEN IM LIEBE DIE WOCHE WOHLIG ÜBERSTEHEN.
DOCH FREUNDE VERGESST NICHT DIE LABSAL DES BADES WESWEGEN IHR ANGEREIST SEID ÜBDER DIE ALPEN.
EUCH ZU SUHLEN IN DER SONNE WAERMENDEN STRAHLEN.
SO FREUNDE VERTRAUT EUCH DES KAPTN'S KUNDIGER HAND,
ER ZEIGT EUCH NACH SEINEM WILLEN DAS MEER UND DAS LAND.
SO GRÜSSEN DENN, NACH EINER WOCHE VON FETHIYE NACH MARMARIS EINE MANNSCHAFT MIT SCHERZ, SCHMAEH UND BISS.
I would like to say a special THANKYOU to captain Selim, Ertan the cook and the ever smiling sailors Huseyin and Serdal for making my first week aboard the yacht a successful one. I never imagined we would be eating the tasty and varied food prepared by Ertan! I shall be on a never ending diet to get rid of my pot belly. The week has gone very quickly but smoothly, thanks to very hard working crew… You make me feel tired just watching you do your daily tasks. The boat has been kept immaculately clean throughout and I've been continually been hearing good comments from all the guests aboard.
I would like to wish Selim, his crew and all the AEGEAN YACHT all the best of luck for the next summer.
P.S. I will try to remember all the Turkish words you have taught us. Perhaps I could be your sailor next year :!
Direttamente da Napoli Carmen & Massimiliano sono stati qui sulla Magic Life (ribbattezzata Magic Crazy) x una splendida settimana di relax movimentando le serate di questa barca, grazie anche a tutti i partecipanti molto simpatici.
Un ringraziamento speciale a Carmen & ai suoi spaghetti (al dente!!!) e la sua animazione fino a notte fonda!!!
Arrividerci a presto , ciao "Massimiliano from Naples!!!"
Eine Jungfernfahrt, ja das ist fein
Doch kann dabei nicht jeder sein.
Die Yacht so groß und wunderbar
"Magic Life" ihr Name war
Der Raki floss in Strömen.
Da hilft kein Lachen und Stöhnen.
Auch für'n Magen ist er gesund.
Drum schütt's ihn rein in eurem Mund.
Das Essen war sehr fein, nicht fett
Die Aerobic auch sehr nett;
Die Unterhaltung war attraktiv,
Destotrotz man halbtags schief.
Ein Woche auf der Yacht,
Das Wetter war eine Pracht;
Die Crew freundlich und locker,
Das haut dich glatt vom Hocker.
Herzlichen Dank für eine unvergessliche Woche.
Franz & Laudia
Daniela & Helmut
Bob and I have had a wonderful week chartering with Aegean Yacht, the crew was just great and gave us a week we shall never forget. Thanks for all the lovely memories we shall treasure forever. We hope to meet again.
Mama and Papa (Bob and Sally Relf)
Felicissimi di aver scoperto la magia delle acque Turche, con la meravigliosa compagnia del Capitano Murat e di sua moglie Catherina - Un forte ringraziamento allo STAFF.
Wir haben eine herrliche Woche verbracht
Auf dem 3 Mast-Segler "Boreas" Yacht
Herrliche Buchten, glasklares Meer,
Schwimmen und Schnorcheln
Herz was willst du mehr.
Das Essen vorzüglich - always open die Bar
Die Stimmung war wirklich wunderbar.
Ercan und Ümit waren super
Sie brachten Action auf diesem " Kutter"
Die ganze Crew war Spitze und nett
So kamen wir immer spät ins Bett.
Es waren für uns herzliche Urlaubstage
Wir kommen wieder- keine Frage.
Brigitte & Robert
Helene & Manfred
One of the best weeks of my life, full of adventure and sunburn. The crew have been "the best", and I have enjoyed their company, and the companionship of all the guests on board. Thank you!
Melanie & Mark
AUF DEM PEER SITZEN WIR
BEI EINEM BIER,
UND BLICKEN ZURÜCK AUF
EINE WOCHE VOLLER FREUDE
UND VOLL GLÜCK.
GESEHEN HABEN WIR EINE MENGE,
AUCH SO MANCHE MEERESENGE.
DAS GANZE TEAM HIER IST
DIE SCHÖNSTEN EINDRÜCKE DER TÜRKEI,
NEHMEN WIR NACH HAUSE MIT.
SO KANN MAN SICHER ES VERSEHEN,
DASS WIR NOCHMALS AUF DIESE REISE GEHEN.
SCHÖNEN DANK FÜR DIESE WOCHE,
UND IHR BLEIBT SO WIE ICH HOFFE!
Martina & Peter
The best holidays in our life was with the Aegean Yacht! And we hope that we come as soon as possible again! (Next holiday with baby? :)
Alexandra (Smily) & Daniel
Ciaooo ci vediamo alla prossima!
Diese Yacht, die ist ne Wucht,
eine Woche brachte sie uns von Bucht zu Bucht!
Bei Raki, Bier und gutem Essen,
haben wir gänzlich die Zeit vergessen.
Denn kaum die Woche so richtig begann,
kamen wir auch schon in Marmaris an!
Von Bord müssen wir nun gehen,
und drum sagen wir " Auf Wiedersehen"
Waltraud & Hans Schmidt
From Beaches to Monasteries, Star-spangled nights to merry dancing - you made this a most wonderful trip and a very relaxing vacation - Thank you very much for your hospitality, flexibility and friendship. For your hard work and great looking you deserve our special thank you! We will be back for sure, and discover more islands and beaches with you. See you next time!
Olaf, Christine, Raymond, Bianea & Sandro
Diese Woche war ein Hit
Auch bei Aerobic machten wir mit
Bei Raki und gutem Essen
Konnten auch wir die Arbeit vergessen
Eine Woche auf der Yacht
Wo der Caept'n und die Crew immer lacht
Wir waren Happy und kommen wieder !!
Erich & Helmut & Miriam & Traude
Thank you very much for 7 wonderful days full of sailing, good food and a very nice crew! Especially we enjoyed the evenings playing "okey" and nice conversations with you.
We wish you all the best and good luck for all your cruises! We hope to see you again, maybe on our next cruise!
From Salzburg - Austria
Von den blauen Bergen kommen wir,
doch nun sind wir 7 Tage hier,
es war " Spitze", es war " schön""
es gab viel zu schauen und zu seh'n
kulinarisch verwöhnt wurden wir sehr,
und dazu das tief blaue Meer
ich bin sicher wir kommen wieder,
wenn im nächsten Jahr blüht der Flieder.
Petra & Harald
Herbert & Rosi
After drinking in a plane,
In a funny mood on board we came.
On Sunday morning our trip started soon
After the first wonderful night under the moon.
With good wind and weather we sailed from bay to bay,
Our captain Selim always found the right way.
Nejat and Ali were always ready for a good joke,
There was no hope to sleep without dope. (raki!)
Cooky 1 and Cooky 2 everyday made a fantastic meal,
And however the whole journey was a Super Deal.
We want to thank you for this wonderful time,
And if we meet each other again, that would be fine!
Best wishes for the future,
Un sincero ringraziamento a tutto l'equipaggio della "Aegina" per averci consentito una vacanza tranquilla e piacenole, anche per la gentilezza e la disponibilita' offertaci durante tutta la crociera.
Arrivederci a presto!
This was a real "Magic Life"!
The week we spent on this marvelous boat with a very friendly and helpful staff and animation team has taken away all the stress and fatigue of the past year.
How to forget such a harmonious and responsible family who showed us the world famous Turkish hospitality:
Selim, a very competent captain;
Nejat, a technician who always find a solution for each problem;
Ercan and Ertan, the "cook brothers" who generally contributed to the weights we put on during this trip with their delicious meals;
Ali, being a sailor, showman, and a barman, who gave a great service with his jokes and amusements;
Kutay, the sheikh of Mediterranean, who always anchored to the right places in the deep blue waters;
And last but not the least
Murat, with his calm and ability, who proved to be a good candidate for captain like his big brother.
The animation team, Ercan and Umit, were completing this family with their perfect organization and guiding.
Thank you for all, guys!
The Blue Voyage with you was wonderful!
Ein Woche auf dieser Yacht
Hätte uns beinahe umgebracht
Sie fütterten uns wie die Gestörten
Dazwischen Sie und mit Alkohol betörten
Die Nächte wurden Lang und Länger
Um die Gesundheit wurde uns bang und bänger
Wir sind nicht froh von Bord zu gehen
Und hoffen uns nächstes Jahr wieder zu sehen.
Ein 3 - Fach Hoch dem Koch
Ein Hipp-Hipp-Hurra dem Kapitän und der Mannschaft
Und besonderen Dank unserem stark beanspruchten Eddy !!
Christ & Heinz
Kurt & Susi
It was a wonderful week on the boat. Thanks for everything: fun, sun, food! Turkey is a fascinating country with lots to see and do, and very friendly people. Thank you for your Magic Life hospitality.
Auch und blutet das Herz,
es ist ein ganz großer Schmerz-
wir müssen gehen jetzt von Bord
und es gibt dafür nur ein Wort
DANKE an die ganze Crew
Die Woche verging leider wie im Nu
The trip was a good blend of relaxation, history, sunshine, hospitality and of course fun! Although my travels have been brief, I have been very impressed with Turkey and its people. I wish I could spend more time here and it's a trip I could recommend to any of my friends. My thanks to all the crew for making this a wonderful week.
DIE MAGIC YACHT IST EINE WUCHT
SIE WIRD FÜR UNS SCHON FAST SUCHT
DAS DRITTE MAL SIND WIR SCHON HIER
VIELLEICHT SCHAFFEN WIR AUCH NR.4 !!
Marina & Toni
Wir flogen her vom fernen Wien,
um segelnd übers Meer zu zieh'n.
Wir planten eine andre Reise,
dich Gulet buckle um uns leise.
So kam es, dass wir beiden Wiener
Bestiegen mittwochs die Aegina.
Wir fühlten uns bei euch sehr wohl,
die Crew war einfach wundervoll!
Es fällt uns schwer, von Bord zu geh'n -
Vielleicht gibt es ein Wiederseh'n?
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