How do I find the best Yacht for me?
Contact us! We know the charter destinations well, and we have inspected the yachts and met the Crew. We will give you the most detailed information possible, solely based on your best interests. We truly take pride in finding the best option and value for your money. The more we know about you, the better we can find the best options for you, so please ask any questions or concerns you have, and share your preferences, no matter how picky they may be. Submit a Charter Inquiry today!
What day of the week do the charters start, and for how many days?
Generally speaking, you can start and finish your charter any day of the week. Most charters are for one week (8 days – 7 nights). Charters for less than 6 nights incur a short-term charter fee. Some yachts will not consider charters less than 5 nights, and can be determined upon further inquiry. Charters for more than 7 nights may have special discounts.
What is the booking procedure? When should I book?
It is important to book well in advance for popular travel times, such as Festive Holidays, Spring Break, etc. Once we have narrowed down your choice to one yacht, we will place a no-obligation "hold" on that yacht’s calendar while you are confirming the booking. This allows time to pay the deposit, sign the Charter Agreement, and firm up airline tickets. Generally, a 25% deposit is required if your charter is booked more than 6 months in advance, then another 25% deposit 6 months prior to the charter. A 50% deposit is required if your charter is booked less than 6 months in advance. The Final Balance is due 60 days prior to the charter. Charter Fees are payable by Credit Card, Check, or Wire Transfer. Processing fees apply for payment by Credit Card.
Where should I charter? What is the Cruising itinerary?
Where you choose to charter much depends on the time of year you wish to travel and personal preference. In the Caribbean, most choose the Virgin Islands, as it’s such a close-knit island chain and offers easy cruising. For Europe, many choose Greece, as this area offers a wonderful charter itinerary. As for the itinerary, this is set to your pace and preference. If you're scuba diving or snorkeling enthusiast, then much of your itinerary will be focused around the best diving and snorkel spots. Want to party-it-up at the local beach bars, or would you rather tuck into a quiet cove?...it's your choice. We will provide you with all the best itinerary options that the destination has to offer. Feel free to visit our Destinations page for more information.
When is Hurricane Season?
Hurricane Season is June – November. That said, the weather is fantastic during this time of year, except for when there is a hurricane. It is a very popular time to charter because the rates are reduced, and the kids are out of school. The odds of extreme weather are very rare, but this is just another reason why Travel. Cancellation/Interruption is recommended. Of course, your safety is the top priority, so storms are tracked very closely in the Caribbean during hurricane season.
When does my charter start? Should I stay at a hotel the night before or after my charter?
Most charters start and finish at noontime on the first/last day. Of course, you can arrive late and/or leave early, if need be. Some people choose to extend their vacation and stay in a hotel the first and/or last night of their trip. Also, some of our yachts offer special "sleep-a-board" rates for late arrivals the first night.
Should I purchase Travel Insurance?
Whether it's an accident, illness, extreme weather, or airline delay, occasionally there are reasons that our vacation arrangements are interrupted. This is why Travel Cancellation/Interruption Insurance is recommended. This Insurance will cover the reimbursement cost of your yacht charter, flights, hotel accommodations, etc., in the event that you must cancel your vacation for reasons predetermined by the various Insurance Policies.
When considering yacht options please note the following:
"All-inclusive" means all-inclusive of provisions (wonderfully prepared meals, appetizers, and snacks), open bar and cocktails, fuel, and all running expenses.
"Plus Expenses" mean plus provisions and all running expenses.
You can generally start and finish your charter any day of the week.
The rates listed are based on 7 nights. There is generally a 7 night minimum for Christmas and New Years Week charters. You can charter for fewer days during other times if you prefer. Charters for more or less than 7 nights are prorated, so divide by 7 and multiply by the desired number of days. Charters for less than 6 nights incur a Short Term Charter Premium. Charters for more than 7 nights may offer a discounted rate.
The sample menus are just examples of the meals prepared onboard. I will send you a Preference Sheet and the chef will provision the yacht and create a menu customized to your preference. The Chefs are very versatile and can prepare meals suited to your personal preferences and dietary requirements.
For All-inclusive rates, we may be able to negotiate "Half Board" rates, where you dine ashore a few meals at the local restaurants if you prefer.
A crew gratuity is customary, and generally 15% of the charter cost.
Some of the yachts offer scuba diving onboard. For the yachts which do not offer scuba onboard, you can always do what is called a “rendezvous dive” where the local dive boat comes right alongside your yacht and takes you diving. The cost for this is approx. $150/2dive and includes gear. This option is available for new or experienced divers.
Extra kayaks, paddleboards, fishing gear, etc. can be inventoried on your yacht if need be.
Please note that most yachts do not have standard “King” or “Queen” size mattresses. Often the e-brochures will indicate “double", “queen" or “king" as an estimation. Also, some of the e-brochures will only indicate “double” or “single”, referring to the fact that the bed is either designed to sleep one or two people, regardless of the actual measurement of the mattress. If you have any confusion or concerns in this regard, please let us know and we will help clarify.
Often you can’t judge a yacht by its size since some of the newer smaller designs boast more comfort than the older bigger ones. Also, Catamarans are larger in width compared to monohulls.
In the case where someone else already has a hold for your dates, we can “challenge” their hold by giving them 48hrs to confirm their booking, or the no-obligation hold becomes ours to with as we wish.