There’s no one way to go about Designing Your Charter Vacation. You should keep in mind the kinds of Yacht Charter Activities that are available for your guests. Priorities vary with individual personalities, but here are some important points.
You need to have an idea of how many guests will be traveling together. Four couples who golf together regularly, a honeymoon with just the two of you, or a package complete with an island wedding and a week long party afterwards with friends. Are you a family of four, or are your kids going to want to bring a friend? The maximum number of guests in a private yacht charter is 12. If there are more than 12 then the yacht must be licensed as a commercial vessel. Yachts are priced according to the number of guests they best suit. We at Taylor’d Yacht Charters will provide detailed information on boats in each size category.
Early booking is usually best, especially for popular destinations and yachts, so we advise you to plan ahead. The Yacht Charter Seasons follow the weather. Want to spend a couple of weeks in November in warmer weather or a week in the summer where it’s cool? Do you plan by season, or are your dates set in stone, possibly dictated by your children’s school vacation? The more fixed you are in dates, the earlier you should start to plan your trip. Let us know your restrictions, so we can find the right boat and crew. Charters can start any day of the week the vessel is open. Rates are quoted on a seven night basis, but feel free to stay longer. Nine, ten or fourteen days are all possible. Many yachts will also do less than a week although they will have a rate surcharge. As soon as you know when and where you would like to charter, let Taylor’d Yacht Charters know.
Power Yacht, Sailing Yacht, Catamaran Yacht or Mega Yacht? Many people enjoy the speed a motor yacht affords, along with its roominess and luxury. Others prefer the excitement of sailing, as much as arriving at new ports.
You can charter a yacht with a captain only. It is an arrangement under which the charter company provides a qualified captain. You and your party will be expected to do the meal preparation or to eat ashore. You will be responsible for the captain’s meals as well. Heads and Beds will also be your responsibility. These are usually smaller yachts where the captain is the entire crew.
The best and most restful and stress free vacation is to book a cruise on a fully crewed yacht, where the boat is exclusively yours for the duration. The vessel can be sail or power, and the crew will navigate, sail, and prepare the beverages and meals. The whole boat is yours to go wherever you like. Your crew will be responsible for serving you three meals a day, plus preparing the many exotic or traditional island beverages and magnificent gourmet dishes for your evening meals. If you wish, your chef can also have a cocktail hour with hors d’houvers before your evening meal. The chefs on board luxury yachts pride themselves in the quality and variety of their meals. Most are culinary trained. This truly remarkable vacation has no equal on earth. Sailing on your own private yacht with an attentive and knowledgeable crew to attend to your every need has to be the ultimate experience. It is this alternative that Taylor’d Yacht Charters has particular expertise.
Where do you want to go? Many clients know exactly the area they would like to explore. If not, we can help narrow your search by sending you suggested itineraries of specific areas. Let Taylor’d Yacht Charters know where you’d like to go, and we will send you itineraries that can help define and custom your cruise once you have chosen your yacht. Here are some Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation Itineraries.
Charter yachts come in a huge array of types and sizes, and so do their prices. On average a sailing yacht all inclusive charter will run between $1,500 to $2,000 per person for a seven night trip. The only items not included are port and cruising fees and the customary crew gratuity. Power yachts are slightly more expensive at $2,000 to $3,000 per person minimum. Remember every time you ask for “more” (cabins/baths/toys/crew), the price will be “more” also. If your family budget is tight, let Taylor’d Yacht Charters recommend a great boat and crew where maybe three kids share a cabin, or baths are shared. You’ll have every bit as much fun, which is the point of a vacation. The exception to these generalities are the Luxury Mega Yachts, both power and sail, that cruise in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. These higher rates cover yacht and crew only with all expenses being charged as extras. You can spend upwards of $20,000 per person for the luxury vacation of a lifetime, but it is well worth it!
You probably won’t know exactly what kind of a boat you want to charter, but you probably have an idea of the type of vacation and lifestyle items that you want. Do you want relaxation, adventure, action, or a little of everything? Do you want to have every toy under the sun aboard? Does “Dive, dive, dive” come into your mind? Do you like to party all night long, or really look forward to watching the sunrise with that first cup of coffee in hand? The more we know about your style. the better we can be at suggesting the right yacht, and as importantly, the crew who will make this a vacation to remember. A little background about your group helps us tremendously in matching you with crew who will “taylor” your week’s activities to your preferences. Your trip is dictated only by your desires, as well as time, tide, and the wind. Communicate your desires, and Taylor’d Yacht Charters will make it happen!
See the Yacht Chartering Flow Process to know what happens from Start to Finish on your Luxury Yacht Vacation.
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