Preparing for your Yacht Charter
Few vacations offer the combination of freedom, adventure, relaxation and luxury that a crewed yacht charter will.
If you’ve made the decision to take to the seas for your next trip, you may be wondering what lies in store for you. Worry not, our industry experts have compiled the ultimate guide to preparing for your charter. Read on for all you need to know.
Book Early for Exclusive Availability
If you’ve chartered before, you’ll likely be aware of the high demand for crewed charters during peak season. Of course, peak season will depend on your chosen destination. Our experts can advise on the best seasons to visit each area, and also when the best deals are to be found.
As you may expect, the earlier you book, the more likely you are to have a wide variety of charter options available to you.
If you’re considering spending the holidays with family in the British Virgin Islands, or want to experience the Grand Prix from Monaco’s waters, you’ll probably need to reserve your charter at least a year in advance. Share your vacation vision with us and your consultant will bring it to life.
If you’re a little more flexible with your travel plans, booking in advance can bag you some great deals. Perhaps you haven’t yet decided on a specific location or don’t have fixed travel dates. This is our time to shine! We can take you to unchartered waters and secluded islands, far away from the standard tourist traps.
A World of Options Awaits
When you picture your dream crewed charter – which seas are you floating on? The chilled clarity of the Caribbean, or the vibrant energy of the Mediterranean? Chances are that you have pictured one of these sailing hotspots, and for good reason. These waters have hosted sailing enthusiasts for generations. The beauty of these regions is undeniable, and perhaps something you’ve already experienced.
So maybe you’re considering casting your net a little further? An open mind can take you to some incredible places, and we’re here to show you some destinations you may have overlooked.
The coastal villages and lighthouses of New England offer the perfect backdrop to some fresh seafood. Meanwhile, the breathtaking landscapes of Patagonia and Chile are best enjoyed from the sea. If you’re looking for inspiration for your adventure, or wish to travel out of season, there are a world of options available. We’re waiting to introduce them to you.
When you picture yourself sipping a cocktail on the flybridge, or taking the plunge with one of your boat’s many exciting water toys – who do you see beside you?
Your charter experience will be dependent on your fellow-vacationers. Whether you’re planning to make memories with the kids, celebrate with friends, or a romantic getaway, the perfect charter awaits you.
Most charter yachts have a maximum capacity of 12 guests. If you had a bigger party in mind, your consultant will be able to advise on the options available to you.
You may also need to consider the sleeping arrangements – which of your guests will be sharing, and who requires a separate cabin?
Take to the Water
Regardless of who will be joining you on your charter, the chances are that you’re planning to make the most of the water.
These days, the range of water toys available on crewed charters is incredible. Think snorkel equipment, dinghies, jet skis, kayaks, inflatables and slides. How can you choose between them? The great news is, you probably don’t have to. Most crewed charter yachts will have a wide selection of water toys for you to enjoy. If you have something in mind which isn’t on-board as standard, this can easily be arranged ahead of your charter. Just let us know!
If you’re curious about scuba diving, or if you’re a seasoned pro, we’ve got you covered. Many boats will have dive equipment on board as standard. Others can offer rendezvous diving from local partners. Many crews have dive experience, or are qualified instructors, so if you’re looking to pick up a new skill whilst on board, you’re in luck!
If you like the idea of catching your own fresh fish for dinner, fishing equipment is often provided on board. And of course, we can advise on the options available.
If you want tips on the best areas for diving, fishing, or other maritime adventures, contact our experts today.
Your own Charter Experts
Your crewed yacht charter vacation is exactly that – yours! The crew will be delighted to accommodate your wishes, and guide you through your chosen paradise. Prior to your vacation, you can discuss your trip ideas directly with your crew. They will be local experts, with a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with you. Whether this is the best bar for a sundowner on the beach, or a secret snorkel spot.
If you’re planning something a little different, like a jaunt to a more distant island, let us know in advance so that we can assure all of the permits are in place for a smooth sail.
Remember, your crew know the destination like the backs of their sun-kissed hands. So whilst they will always go above and beyond to plan the perfect itinerary with you, they will also be able to advise on how to strike the balance between a fun-packed adventure and a relaxing cruise.
Entertainment on Board
In this digital age, the idea of being disconnected from your devices may seem like the ultimate get-away, or perhaps it just sends shivers down your spine. The good news is, the choice is completely yours.
Most crewed charters will have wi-fi and entertainment options on-board. If you´re travelling with kids, they may love the novelty of some videogames in the salon, whilst the parents sip a beer on the deck. If you can’t picture your trip without a musical accompaniment, just let us know! We can assure that your boat has everything that you need for your ultimate relaxation experience.
Ready to go!
With this whistle-stop tour, you should be ready to set sail! If you have some unanswered questions or queries, we’ll be delighted to hear from you. Our expert consultations are ready to co-create the perfect package for you.
To make sure you get the most out of your yacht charter contact one of the specialist consultants at Yacht.Vacations.