This is a maritime rule that can surprise new charterers. It's one where basically unless the yacht is specifically built for, registered, and insured appropriately, no more than 12 guests are allowed on board at any time regardless of size. It would be common that you would expect that the bigger the boat, the more people you could have.
This applies even for very large Megayachts that have accomodations for more than 12 guests when the owner is using it themselves; when on charter that same yacht will be restricted to 12 guests.
It's also common that smaller yachts which can accommodate, for example 8 guests sleeping aboard, that they also are restricted to that same number when cruising. Of course here are yachts that can accommodate more than 12 guests but the inventory of these yachts is extremely small.
The world of fully crewed yacht charters is small and unique. We are pleased to say that we do have access to all the fully crewed charter yachts available worldwide and can be a "one stop shop" for our clients saving them time and confusion when deciding between many yachts. The yacht selection online is smaller than the complete inventory available to our brokers.
Clients often understandably think that we only represent the boats shown on our site so they search different sites and inquire with each one on 'their boats'. We only show a sample of charter yachts on our site and most proposals include yachts not shown online.
While much time is spent with clients choosing the yacht, we often spend as much time talking about the crew. Simply put, it’s important to have a good and knowledgeable crew. They can make or break the charter.
Our specialists will listen to you and when they suggest various yachts they have often factored in the crew in those suggestions. For example, a great yacht with a crew that doesn't work well with children would not be a good choice for a family vacation. Conversely an ideal crew for the needs of a particular client vs a yacht with less than ideal yacht amenities wise can often dictate the ideal choice of yacht.
The crew can be like having a personal concierge with you the whole time. And once you step on the boat, you don't have to worry about a thing.
Boats are not like hotels or resorts where clients can easily book dates and rates. There are many factors involved mainly that each yacht has an individual owner who ultimately decides when it is available for charter and the rate for given dates. The owner signs each and every charter booking.
Owners also need notice for charter because unlike a hotel room or villa, if there are no bookings the yacht is not necessarily therefore available for charter. For example, If they don't have any charters booked the crew may take the opportunity to take a vacation, or they'll do maintenance on the yacht, or the owner might decide at the last minute to use it . That's why a lot of boats are not available for last minute bookings. Our specialists confirm real availability for each proposal to clients.
We often spend time explaining the charges involved in chartering a yacht. Explaining such questions as; is a yacht 'Plus Expenses' vs. 'Inclusive'. We take care to explain the differences and provide a detailed description of the two.
The total cost for a charter guest includes budgeting for a crew gratuity, this is something that we discuss with clients and suggest ranges etc. There is such a wide range in prices and what factors affect the pricing (no. of staterooms, year of boat, size, owner's prerogative). Our goal remains to make sure our clients stay excited about their charter vacation while we take care of and explain all the details.
These charter boats are not like cruise ships who travel large distances and at night. We have to explain how a yacht will base in certain destinations and that it's best to fly to the destination and cruise in that area. And that cruising all day in open ocean, for example between Florida and the Bahamas is not necessarily fun. Most yachts do not cruise at night because simply your crew needs to sleep too.
Of course the huge advantage of charter yachts is that the yacht is not on a fixed agenda like a cruise ship, it moves when you want and goes where you want. It’s almost the perfect customized vacation.
It takes much coordination to match client to yacht to destination, but we are experts and do the utmost to sync all three of these elements to create the perfect vacation. We manage to do this by understanding clients' needs, answering their questions, and then applying that information to our vast database of available yachts. The advice on our end is free to you; our guidance in choosing the right yacht and itinerary pays dividends when you have a successful trip! Whether you want to explore the Caribbean, Mediterranean, or anywhere else, we are the one and only company you need.
The simple answer, especially for clients who are unfamiliar with the types of yachts and their different attributes, is to seek the advice of a proven and experienced charter specialist. Of course, we'd like to tell you that you have already found the company to help you and we are waiting for your call!. Check out our reviews to see what we mean .