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Is a Private Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation Right for You?

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We’ve all seen the images – a silhouette of a sailing yacht, lying at anchor near a secluded beach, the sun setting in the background; or the massive superyachts docked side-by-side in a marina along the Côte d’Azur.  It’s not hard to imagine you and your family inserted in those yachting images, enjoying la belle vie.

Is it realistic to think you can afford a holiday at sea on a private yacht?

To answer that question, let’s start with understanding exactly what a yacht charter is all about…

 Sunset in background with catamaran sailboat and bird flying overhead

 

WHAT Is A Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation?

If you’ve ever stayed at a resort, you’ve already experienced the premise of a yachting vacation on a crewed yacht.  From accommodations, to meals, activities and amenities, everything you and your family need are available in one location.  The biggest difference –  your location “moves” when you charter a yacht!

Take for example a Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel.  While other travelers stay ashore and see the same view from their hotel window, each day you can wake up and experience a new location, as your yacht cruises from island to island.  Forget a virtual online slideshow – this is the real deal!

While onboard, you’ll be pampered by a crew of trained professionals – from a captain to navigate, to a host/hostess to serve you, and a chef to prepare your meals.  The actual number of crew depends on the size of yacht you charter and the level of service you request, so there will often be more crew members than charter guests!

Just like the resort, the yacht offers accommodations, areas to relax and socialize, and a wide variety of recreational toys to enjoy – like snorkel gear and paddleboards.  The larger yachts offer a wider variety of toys and amenities, including waverunners, cinema rooms, exercise equipment – even ondeck Jacuzzi wellness spas.

There is one more distinguishing difference when compared to a resort – it’s completely private – only you and your family and friends and your crew are onboard – no one else!  Your confidentiality is assured with 1-800 Yacht Charters.

 

WHERE Are Luxury Yacht Charter Vacations Offered?

Again, the comparison to seaside resorts best illustrates the locations available for enjoying a yachting holiday –  if it’s on the ocean, chances are there are yachts in the area available for hire!

Here’s a partial list of the most popular destinations for chartering a crewed yacht:

  • Caribbean – the islands of the Caribbean are popular in the winter and spring months, with sailing yachts heavily congregating in the breezy Virgin Islands, and larger motoryachts based in the celebrity-popular uber cosmopolitan areas like St. Martin and St Barts.

 

  • Mediterranean – the summer playground for Europeans, charter yachts can be found throughout the Greek islands, as well as along the Italian and French Riviera.  In recent years, new cruising grounds in the Med have become increasingly popular, such as the Spanish Balearic Islands and Croatia.

 

  • Florida and the Bahamas – unlike Europeans who often take long, multi-week vacations, Americans take shorter holidays, often for no more than a long weekend.  Staying closer to home becomes important when travel days are limited, so the idea of a Florida yacht charter escape is very popular, with the nearby Bahamas a strong option, as well.

 

 

HOW Can I Afford A Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation?

If you guessed that we would once again go back and look at a resort for the answer – you’re right!

The price options for enjoying a crewed yacht directly compare to the prices of staying at a resort.   Basic resorts in popular destinations can be very affordable for a family vacation, and so too can be the cost of a private yacht charter.  Conversely, ultra exclusive resorts in posh settings charge premium rates – as do the most luxurious private yachts.

To put this into realistic perspective, here’s a sample of yachts and their prices:

 

  • SAILBOAT – sail yacht MORE MAGIC is a 68 foot Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel with accommodations for up to 6 guests in 3 staterooms. Her all-inclusive charter rates start at $18,000/week

 

  • MOTORYACHT – the 80 foot motor yacht JODI LEE offers both Bahamas and Florida yacht charter vacations for up to 6 passengers.  Here base rate is $26,000/week plus a little extra to cover food, fuel, and dockage.

 

  • SUPERYACHT – up to 12 affluent travelers can explore the Mediterranean onboard the 2017 Amels yacht HERE COMES THE SUN, a 272 foot yacht with a crew of 25.  Weekly rate is Euro €1,200,000 with additional fees for food, fuel, and dockage.

 

luxury yacht charter boat at anchor with inflatable slide from top deck to water, and guests on watertoys surrounding the yacht

 

 

WHO Do I Call To Plan A Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation?

The owners of charter yachts rely on a network of professional yacht charter brokers to serve as the go-between for owners and anyone interested in securing a yacht for hire.  1-800 Yacht Charters has been delivering The Superyacht Experience to their clients for over 30 years, and maintains a database of more than 500 crewed charter yachts around the world.

Only 1-800 Yacht Charters offers a Best Price Guarantee and makes a donation to a recognized charity in your name when you make your reservation.

We are ready to book your private luxury yacht charter vacation for you right now. Please call us toll-free in North America (at +1.800.922.4824) or locally and internationally (at +1.305.253.7245) or fill out our online booking form at email us at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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What is a Bareboat Charter?

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TYPES OF YACHT CHARTER

There are two types of luxury yacht charter vacations: Fully-Crewed and Bareboat (no crew).

WHAT IS A FULLY-CREWED YACHT CHARTER?

Fully-crewed charters are for travelers who prefer to leave all aspects of the yacht’s operation in the hands of a skipper and a host of able-bodied seamen (and or women).
 
Crewed catamaran charters, for example, are currently the most popular form of yachting in the Caribbean.  Charter guests board 50 to 80 foot sailing catamarans in locations such as St. Thomas (USVI) and Tortola (BVI).  They sail with a captain, first mate, and cook. The crew operates the yacht and prepares all of the meals.   
 

WHAT IS A BAREBOAT CHARTER?

Conversely, a bareboat charter means the yacht is rented to the charterer without a skipper or accompanying crew.  The charterer and his travel companions navigate the yacht and perform all duties on board.
 
Photograph of 3 people jumping off of a catamaran sailboat at anchor. They are in a quiet cove. The sails are down.

Bareboat yacht charter

 
The closest analogy is the rental car market, and the fleet of vehicles operated by companies like Hertz, Enterprise, and Avis. 
 
In some regions of the world, the lead charterer will be required to hold some type of license in order to reserve a bareboat. 
 
Whether a license is required or not, before they can rent a bareboat charter vessel, ALL prospective charterers must submit a boating resume detailing their qualifications and boating experience.
 
A typical sailing resume, for example, will require the following details:
 

EXPERIENCE

 Please let us know which of the following you have experience of:

 

 Picking up a mooring 
 
 

QUALIFICATIONS

Which Qualifications do you hold?

 

 Basic Keelboat
 Basic Coastal Cruising
 Bareboat Chartering
 Coastal Navigation
 Advanced Coastal Cruising
 Celestial Navigation
 Offshore Passagemaking
 Basic Small Boat Sailing
 Cruising Catamaran
 Trailerable Multihull Standard
 
The bottom line to enjoying a self-drive boat vacation:  If you have sailed before, even if you have not spent much time as the skipper, you will most likely qualify to charter a bareboat yacht.
 
While some of the more technical destinations, like a Greek yacht charter will require more experience, an understanding of basic seamanship, boat handling and navigation is all that is required for a Caribbean yacht charter or a bare boat rental in many of our locations.

YOU NEED A YACHT CHARTER BROKER

Regardless of your decision, you need a yacht charter broker.  Your broker can arrange your vacation for you and choose the proper yacht and crew (if you choose a crewed yacht) for your group. We (1-800 Yacht Charters and 1-800 BAREBOAT) know which yachts have proper licenses and insurance, and we inspect the yachts and meet the crews.

BAREBOAT YACHT CHARTER INQUIRIES

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