Yacht Charter Advice
Yacht charter advice covered here is very general. We know you will have more questions and are standing by with answers. Give us a call!
Charter yacht vacations vs cruise ship holidays.
These are two very different types of vacations. A cruse ship caters to a multitude of passengers. There is a fixed itinerary and limited shore excursions. Charter yachts are intimate. Most yachts are licensed to carry a maximum of 12 passengers. Guests share their space only with family and friends.
Charter yachts always have customized, flexible itineraries. The charterer benefits from the advice and the expertise of the Captain and chef. In collaboration, ports of call, activities and menus are carefully planned.
A great advantage over a cruise ship is flexibility. If you dock in an especially enchanting anchorage, and want to linger for an extra day, you can. Perhaps you’ve met fellow yachtsmen who rave about an unscheduled port. The Captain will happily change your schedule, provided the conditions are safe! Chartering a yacht means you’re in control!
Yacht charter advice about budget.
Dream yacht vacations are for everyone. Students on summer break in the Bahamas. A multigenerational extended family in the Greek Islands. Birthday and anniversary charters in New England. Celebrities keen on keeping a low profile in the Italian Riviera.
Select Yachts can propose yachts to meet a surprising range of needs and budgets, from conservative to extravagant. Basically, the rate is scaled to the yacht size and level of luxury.
For a cozy honeymoon, crewed sailing yacht rates start below $10,000 per week per couple, including meals and ship’s bar. In general, small monohull sailing yachts are the most budget friendly. Sailing catamarans are generally less expensive than power yachts, which require an allowance for provisions and fuel. For more details see Vessel Types.
Yacht charters are a great value – one of the world’s best kept vacation secrets! A charter holiday is a gift of uninterrupted time with special friends and family. Sharing costs makes the price per person competitive with many other vacation options.
Yacht charter advice about crew.
Private charter yachts hire full time professional crew. Generally, the larger the yacht, the larger the crew. Smaller yachts can be efficiently managed by a captain and chef/mate. Often, superyachts have more crew than guests aboard. Yacht employees are carefully interviewed and screened. Continual performance evaluations by the Captain and Owner ensure great service!
Yacht charter advice about what to wear.
Some clothing is standard. Street shoes can mar the deck so guests should wear socks or deck shoes. The tropical sun on the water is fierce. Long-sleeved light cotton blouses and shirts are good protection. Finally, if you don’t like climbing into a wet bathing suit, pack more than one. Yachting involves repeatedly getting in and out of water.
For formal dinners on board, exclusive restaurants and upscale entertainment venues ashore, dresses, dinner jackets, and closed shoes are appropriate. Click on the links below for additional packing tips and dress codes.
Yacht charter advice about activities and excursions.
Water sports are great fun. Water-skiing, wind and kite surfing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, paddle boards and Jet Skis keep the adrenaline pumping! Every yacht has a different toy chest. Check with your charter broker to make sure that your charter yacht carries your favorite toys and gear.
Shore excursions are an exciting part of your charter. For water sports equipment, shore activities or tours that you want to include, let your crew know far in advance. They will arrange for special gear, tickets, or advance reservations. Discuss how you and your charter party enjoys spending time. The Captain designs your itinerary accordingly.
Your personal chef will make formal or casual dining a much anticipated part of your charter. Yacht chefs are experts at preparing fresh catch and using local ingredients. Special or restricted diets are not a problem. However, chefs cannot please the palate without a completed preference sheet. Please do not have your PA or secretary complete the form for you.
Yacht crews always have ideas for games and theme parties, it’s part of their job description. Celebrate something or nothing. Dress up, dress down, or dress like a pirate. Your crew will organize activities to suit your charter group, from extreme to decadent to leisurely, to a bit of everything.
Yacht charter advice given here is an overview. We hope we’ve inspired you to contact Select Yachts Charter Brokers for details.
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Travel Tips for Travel Ease, list of what to pack, travel websites and apps.
Travel Apps for the Savvy Traveler, links to essential travel apps that range from from planning your trip to maneuvering on the ground once you’re there.
Luggage that Adapts from Ship to Shore, recommends top-rated luggage best suited to yachting vacations.
Etiquette in Foreign Ports, an overview of manners, dress codes and customs in the world’s most popular ports of call.