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How Much Does It Cost To Charter a Yacht?

Private yacht charter prices vary sigificantly, based on the size of the yacht, the type of yacht, how many crew, and where the yacht is cruising. There are also high and low season rates. We only arrange fully crewed luxury yacht charters, and for all bookings the yacht charter price, "charter fee", includes the cost of the yacht, the crew, and the yacht's insurance. There are other costs such as local taxes, gratuities and possibly expenses based on the type of yacht and where the charter occurs.

It's a common question our specialists answer - "How much does a yacht charter cost". As you can tell on the brief outline below about luxury yacht charter prices it's a complicated answer - one which our specialists are happy to explain in great detail for you.

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Private Yacht Charter Costs- "Plus Expenses" Rates.

For this type of pricing, the basic charter fee covers the yacht (equipment and amenities), its crew (plus their meals), and insurance coverage for the yacht charter.

Additional costs will include the running expenses for the yacht during the charter including fuel for the yacht, generators, tenders, water toys, dockage, port fees, and all other consumables like food and drinks. These are all considered charter expenses.

These other costs incurred are charged "at cost" with no markups. This provides fair pricing for all clients based on their activities and what is consumed or purchased by the yacht for them. A charter where the charterer wishes to cover large distances and/or wants to consume the very finest wines will obviously incur higher expense costs than a charterer who travels short distances and has more modest tastes in food and wine. Of course during your charter, at any time your captain can keep you up to date on expenses being accumulated.

A deposit "advance provisioning allowance or APA" is made by the charterer along with their final payment which is used by the yacht to pay for expenses in preparation for, and during, the charter. Any unused funds in the APA are returned to the charterer at the end of the charter, and if more is required the charterer will be asked for additional funds. The amount of the APA is listed on the charter agreement.

It is hard to predict such expenses in advance so this system has proven to work very well for the majority of yachts and guests. The charterers themselves control the costs, and the captain updates them as frequently as desired during the charter. Our charter specialist will be able to provide an outline of expected charter costs beforehand.

Can Rates Be "All Inclusive" ?

YES, Some yachts, typically smaller sailing yachts or crewed catamarans in the Caribbean, are priced using "All Inclusive" rates. This is sometimes called "Caribbean Terms" based on its main usage in that charter destination. These all inclusive prices are rarely seen outside the Caribbean. The fixed nature of that location allows some yachts to predict the running costs of a charter vacation. That said, the prices vary typically by season and the number of guests who will be aboard a specific charter.

For yachts using this type of pricing, the basic charter fee also includes all food, beverages, and fuel. Selections of wine and liquor vary by yacht but may be requested and included in the rate, or a known upcharge will be shared beforehand. Your specialist will communicate these nuances when quoting the rate for any yacht.

See also our All Inclusive rates page for more information.

What About Crew?

We only deal with bookings for charter yachts which are fully crewed, the crew having been hired and selected by the yacht owner. The number of crew varies according to yacht type, size, and amenities. The base charter rate includes the crew.

Do yacht charter prices vary?

Yes, the majority of rates for charter yachts fluctuate based on different dates and locations. Prices are defined by the owner and can change at any time prior to a finalized contract. Our charter specialist will explain the different rates so you can make the best choice to suit your time, budget, and stateroom needs.

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