What is the waiter to table ratio?
The tables hold 10 seats, and typically one waiter is designated to 2 tables each.
What if one of my guests has a food allergy?
We’re committed to keeping all of the guests safe, comfortable, and happy. Just let us know the allergies beforehand so we can relay it to the Master Chef.
Do I have to decide on the vendors when I sign the contract?
No, you can decide or change your mind on a vendor after you initially book your date with us! Best advice is to decide on vendors with plenty of time in advance before your date to avoid scheduling challenges.
Is there a coat check on board?
There are areas for guests to hang their coats, but we do not have a coat check. However, we can provide one for you at an additional cost.
I want to feel secure that the money I'm giving you is going to the right place, how do you manage the initial deposit and payments towards my event?
Entrusting us with the financial security of your occasion is something we do not take lightly. Your deposit, any payments in between, and the final payment due 25 days before the event, are separated from the GKYS operational account for your protection.
How do I tip the staff?
Since gratuity is solely at your discretion, we do not include this is our packages. But this highly polished and experienced staff appreciates being rewarded for a job well done!
How much does the weather impact my event?
Fortunately, our yachts are fully equipped to cruise every day of the year, rain or shine. All yachts are fully enclosed with heating and air conditioning, and typically not impacted by precipitation. But passenger safety is top priority, and the Captain might decide to stay docked if severe winds are anticipated to make an uncomfortable and un-pleasant experience for you and your guests.
What is required for a deposit and when is the final payment due?
To officially block your date for your event, we'll need a signed proposal and a 25% deposit. The final balance is due 30 days before your event.
Where do the yachts sail to?
The biggest highlight of a Hudson River cruise is the Statue of Liberty! Along with this route you’ll see Ellis Island, the bigger-than-life Manhattan Skyline, Empire State Building, and Colgate Clock to name a few sightseeing musts. If you choose a Raritan Bay cruise, beautiful landscapes of nature will captivate everyone on board. Our Philadelphia cruises Your depart from Penn's Landing where Columbus Boulevard meets Lombard Circle, covering the Delaware River with spectacular views of the Philadelphia and Camden skylines.
What does booking a "private yacht" entail?
"Private" means that every floor and every inch of your chosen yacht is solely there to accommodate you and no one else at your chosen time slot. We give suggested times to board and and sail, but we’re flexible! We have multiple docking locations in the North Jersey and New York City area, multiple menu options, as well as multiple food service types available.
What comes standard in the Experience Packages?
Choice meal options, linens, napkins with free color choice, chairs, tables, silverware, glassware, wait staff, and yacht captain and crew. In our Wedding Experiences, Open Premium Bar is already included.
Are there elevators on board?
While we can't guarantee they'll be working during your event, some of the yachts do have elevators.
How can I utilize the outdoor decks?
Depending on the yacht you choose, you can have your ceremony, cocktail hour, and dance floor on the outside decks! We'll plan a backup plan with you in case the rain gets in the way of your day!
Are the piers easily accessible for cabs?
Yes, the piers are very accessible for easy drop-off transportation. We also include 8 hour block guest transportation in our all inclusive Experience Packages.
What's the parking situation?
There is a parking garage located across from 14th St Pier in Hoboken, free parking at Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club in Weehawken, and a 400 space parking lot for our yachts docked in Perth Amboy. Parking garages at Pier 15 and Pier 40 in New York City. Parking lot at Penns Landing in Philadelphia.