6 Steps to a Successful Superyacht Charter

Five-star hotels, luxury resorts, the best cruise liners … you have done it all! Now you are ready to set off on your next adventure: a luxury yacht charter vacation. Yachting magazines and the Internet feature more and more beautiful yachts of all sizes, prices, types and levels of luxury. So, how to you choose the right one? If you are a first time charterer you might have little idea of which yacht could be the right one for you and the party you are travelling with. It pays to take a few aspects into consideration and most of all to choose the right person to guide you through the first steps towards an unforgettable and truly unique adventure.


Choosing the Right Charter Broker

Perhaps this is the most important step if you are new to luxury yachting. With the endless amount of yacht brokers around, it pays to go for a company that is independent and lists a wide variety of boats. A company that has access to all the quality yachts on the market, without necessarily managing the vessels directly. This will allow the broker to present you with the best suitable yachts, for the best price, with an outstanding crew and most importantly, without the need to push its own managed fleet. Another great indication is a company / broker that is part of a prestigious organisation, such as MYBA, CYBA, FYBA or AYCA.

Motor Yacht NAMELESS - Image credit to Mondomarine Superyacht

 Image credit to Mondomarine

Motor Yacht or Sailing Yacht

Once you have found a broker to approach, you need to ask yourself a question just how involved you would like to be in the overall cruising experience. Are you an adventurous type that likes to be actively involved during your holiday? Do you like to feel the wind in your hair, breath in the salty air and listen to the sound of the ocean while you sail towards the horizon? Or do you prefer to completely relax with a glass of a fancy cocktail in your hand, layback to enjoy the sunshine or dip yourself into a bubbling Jacuzzi? We all expect different things from our holidays and these expectations may change depending on various aspects and stages of our lives. It is important to speak to your broker about your desires and needs, whether you will be in a company of small children, a group of friends or even business colleagues and partners. Feel free to ask the broker of their opinion on the type of a yacht they would recommend for your group, if you are unsure. An experienced broker will be able to provide you with plenty of information and various solutions for your dream holiday.

Motor Yacht SERENITY - Image credit to Mondomarine Superyacht 2

Image credit to Mondomarine

What Destination to Choose

You might opt for northern hemisphere’s sought-after Mediterranean in the summer months or the popular Caribbean and the Bahamas during the cold winter season; or even choose an exotic location away from the crowds. Southern Pacific is becoming increasingly popular as well as is South East Asia. Again, talk to your charter party about how they imagine their holiday: do you prefer to stay away from the crowds, relax on white-sand beaches and discover new hidden islands; or do you prefer a more up-beat destination with a vibrant culture, ancient history, exciting nightlife and fabulous shopping? Each destination has its own charm and anywhere you go, you can be sure that a luxury yacht charter is the most amazing way of travelling the world.

Special Preferences, Food Allergies or Unique Requests

Communication is the most important aspect in creating a perfect charter experience. You broker should provide you with a detailed ‘preference sheet’, which should be filled out down to the smallest of details. In addition to finding out more about you, the preference sheet is to ensure that the crew, and especially the Chef, can prepare and provision for everything you may need on board. The more information you provide at this stage, the less you have to think about on your trip.

Motor Yacht MANIFIQ - Image credit to Mondomarine Superyacht

Image credit to Mondomarine

Personalised Itinerary and Service

Yacht charter is a completely customised luxury activity, resembling a private floating resort, with a staff entirely dedicated to you and your guests. Your Captain, in collaboration with your broker will create a made-to-measure charter itinerary based on your interests, where you can see and do as much or as little as you wish. Keep in mind that yacht charter rates are usually stated as ‘per week plus expenses’ and exclude additional costs such as fuel, port fees and VAT, or the customary gratuity for the crew. Ask your broker at the beginning if you are unsure as to how much these additional costs would add up to approximately.

Motor Yacht SERENITY - Image credit to Mondomarine Superyacht

Image credit to Mondomarine

Facilities & Amenities at Your Disposal

In addition to a deluxe five-star accommodation in beautiful staterooms with en suite bathroom facilities and the finest furnishings and linens, a charter yacht has various indoor and outdoor areas spread throughout her various decks. Here you will find a number of possibilities for dining, either more formal indoor or a more informal setting al fresco. There are number of possibilities for sunbathing and lounging, a Jacuzzi is often part of larger yachts as well as indoor our outdoor gymnasiums, spas or cinemas. Barbecue and wet bars offer a perfect setting of pre-dinner cocktails and nibbles, while the popular swim platforms offer easy water access and a possibility to enjoy the many water toys usually found aboard these vessels: Jet skis, seabobs, wake boards, diving gear, snorkelling gear and various towable toys, such as donuts and bananas or more up-market ‘toys’ like submarines jet surfs, flyboards or amphibious vehicles. Covering these most important aspects of finding the right charter yacht and a person to assist you, you are now ready to take the first step towards your very first superyacht adventure and fill your suitcases with unforgettable memories to last a lifetime! You might even come back for more …

Top Image credit to Mondomarine

Eva Belanyiova

Eva Belanyiova

Originally from Slovakia, Eva is working for CharterWorld as a yachting news writer. Before meeting her husband and moving to Italy, Eva spent ten years living in New Zealand. She dedicates most of her spare time to her fabulous daughter and husband; and in addition to writing about luxury superyachts and beautiful yachting destinations, her passions include interior and fashion design, art, cycling … and a great book.
Eva Belanyiova