Why Luxury Yacht Vacations Aren’t Just for the Rich and Famous

Luxury yacht vacations can be the perfect trip for your family and friends. It’s much different than a cruise and allows you to customize your own itinerary, giving you flexibility to sail where you want and when you want. These vacations aren’t just for the rich and famous, and now everyone can enjoy a luxury yacht vacation.

Types of Charter Yachts

One of the first decisions you will have to make is whether or not to have a crew on your yacht charter. A crewed yacht will have several cabins and is staffed with a cook and a captain. A bareboat charter wont’ have any crew and you are sailing the vessel yourself, along with being responsible for food, cooking meals, and planning where to go. Boats that are less than 55 feet can be used for this charter. Anything larger would need a skipper and a crew. Bareboat charters are usually less expensive, but someone needs to know how to sail the boat. If you don’t want to go all in with a whole boat to share with family and friends, some will offer the option to just book one cabin, which is called a cabin charter. The second question you will have to ask if you want to sail or have a motor. On a sailboat, power is harnessed by the wind. One with a motor will be able to go faster and can cover more distance in a shorter amount of time. Power yachts will also usually have more deck space. However, motor yachts will use more fuel, which will be added to the cost of the charter.

Best Yachting Destinations

Chartered yachts allow you to experience a number of different places. There are the charter friendly Mediterranean and Bahamas locations and they can go to even more remote locations. Some of the popular yacht destinations include the Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean, and the British Virgin Islands.

Cost of Chartering a Yacht

Luxury yacht vacations can range in cost and it will depend on a number of factors. Some of the factors include whether it’s crewed or not, the size of the boat, and the destination. An all inclusive yacht charter will include meals, snacks, drinks, snorkel gear, and onboard watersports equipment, such as a kayak. There will be extra charges for things like meals taken ashore, scuba diving, and tips for the crew. Many Bahamas and Caribbean charters are all inclusive. Another way you may be charged is on a plus expenses basis. This means you pay for the charter fee and you also pay for drinks and food according to your preference. Average costs can range between $2,500 and $3,000 per week for a catamaran charter in the Caribbean.