Luxury Yacht Charter Guide
Luxury Yacht Charter - The Dream Holiday
Luxury Yacht Types: Motor Yachts | Sailing Yachts | Catamarans | Event,
Team Building, Corporate Entertainment Yachts | Gourmet Charters
Luxury Yachts are floating palaces, most with no expense spared. Today's Super Yachts offer high speed Internet connections, Plasma Screen TV with satellite and a massive library of films, superb chefs that cook to your exact specifications, spa/fitness centers, and all the water "toys" imaginable such as water skiing, jet skis, waveriders, scuba gear, and wind surfers.
The interior is often created by name designers, and offer rooms for every need - offices, kids rooms (with Nanny's quarters, of course), glorious master suites, separate decks for sunning, hot tubbing, and dining, and lavishly appointed salons and dining rooms. Crew members often outnumber guests and offer 5 star hospitality. An increasing number of Luxury Yachts now have their own beauticians, masseuses and dive instructors on staff.
All this luxury usually floats in one of the world's paradises, be it the Caribbean Islands, the Riviera, Sardinia, Greece, Spain or lesser known but equally enchanting areas such as Thailand/Southeast Asia, Australia, South America or Africa. It is common for a Super Yacht to Summer in the Mediterranean, cruising to its charterer's desires, and then cross the Atlantic to the Caribbean, to hop between St Barths, St Lucia, St Martin, Martinique and/or the Grenadines.
All of this luxury can also be yours. The Super Yacht charter market is growing fast, with more and more gorgeous yachts being launched every year. You don't have to be named Onassis or Armani to be on their boats! Boatbookings.com can find you the right boat to meet your budget, to give you the most memorable holiday of your life.
There are three basic types of Luxury Super Yachts - Motor Yachts (M/Y), Sailing Yachts (S/Y) and Catamarans. We carry a full range of each of these, in all of the major charter regions worldwide. We also have a hand selected range of Event Yachts, for Corporate or Personal entertainment. Select the types of yachts you're interested in below to see our range of super yachts in each category.
Motor Yachts offer the holiday of a lifetime, with a 5 Star hotel approach. The cabins are plush, you have a choice of entertainment and water toys, and often hot tubs, internet access and exercise rooms. Their expert crew will attend to all of your needs.
If you're looking for a relaxed holiday with all the amenities, want to have the flexibility to move around at will or cover a lot of water between destinations, then a Motor Yacht is right for you.
Sailing Yachts offer the full experience of sailing, with increasing comfort and luxury. There have been many advances in the past 10 years that have made Sailing Yachts some of the most amazing super yachts for charter - such as the 3 masted, square rigged Maltese Falcan (pictured). If you're looking for the best possible sailing experience, then we highly recommend you look at our line of Sailing Super Yachts.
Catamarans are gaining increased popularity because they offer the fun of sailing with excellent group space, privacy and comfort. They don't "tip" so the ride is more comfortable, you have great views from the salon, and you're always close to the water for that quick swim. We also have increasing numbers of Power Catamarans, which offer excellent economy on fuel plus all the amenities of a Motor Yacht.
See our selection of Luxury Crewed Catamarans
If you're planning an event, it will be better on a yacht! We have a broad range of yachts specially selected for fabulous events, whether for team building, company celebration, client entertainment, wedding or any meeting where you just want to do something different.
We also have Yachts for "Static Charters" where your yacht is a floating hotel, conference center and party venue, at events such as the Cannes Film Festival, Monaco Grand Prix and MIPM Real Estate Confrerence in Cannes.
See our Event Yacht Charter Guide
If you're a "foodie" consider the ulitmate gourmet experience aboard a luxury yacht. Many of the top luxury yachts now have renowned chefs aboard, waiting to create culinary sensations catered directly to your likes. You get private dining experience, with different fresh local indredients each day, prepared for you and your party, 3 gorgeous meals a day. Many yachts also have world-class wine cellars and will match the wine with the meal.
If you love food, there simply is no better culinary experience!
See our Gourmet Yacht Charter Guide
Within the categories listed above, yachts can also be divided by Length (30, 40, 50 meter), number of cabins, brand/manufacturer (Benetti, Feadship, Sunseeker, Wally, Lurssen) and propulsion type (sail vs. motor). Each manufacturer has its own style and advantages. We invite you to scroll through some of these stunning Super Yachts, to see which ones look best to you.
To keep up on happenings in the Super Yacht charter market, make sure you follow our Super Yacht Blog.
Some of our clients can be bit intimidated at first about chartering a Super Yacht - lots of terms and customs that they don't understand. But there is no need to be! Chartering a Super Yacht through us is really no different than booking a luxury hotel, in fact it's easier because we'll do the work for you! Here are some tips about chartering a Super Yacht:
Plan your Luxury Yacht Charter Holidays. The most important thing you can do for us is to give us as much firm detail for what you want. The "W"s come to mind:
Who will be going (how many cabins required, children, etc.),
Where do you want to charter (where will you be flying into, sites you want to see),
What type of yacht do you want - Motor, Sail, Classic, Modern also
What is your general budget;
When will you be wanting to charter (the more specific the dates the better)
Why are you chartering - Holiday, Event, Family Gathering, Business Meeting.
The more of the above questions you can answer, the better we will be able to find you the perfect boat. You may also want to read our article about Yachting Etiquette - Tips for getting the most out of your luxury charter.
Book Early. The best Yachts are booked 6 months or more in advance. If you want a Summer Yacht in the Mediterranean you should start thinking about it in November and try to book by the end of January. If you're looking for a yacht in the Caribbean for the Christmas, New Years or Easter time frames, it's best to plan it during the summer. Don't set yourself up for disappointment by waiting too long!
Look at Several Alternatives and ask Questions. This is the fun part! We will normally provide you with online brochures of 4-5 yachts that meet your criteria. This is the time to see what is available, let your imagination run wild, and of course to ask as many questions as possible so as to ensure you are matched to the yacht of your dreams. We can, in many cases, personally visit the yacht, speak with the captain and/or crew, help with all aspects of itinerary planning, and be certain that the crew understand your specific requirements.
No question is too small - if you want specific exercise equipment on board, or don't know what a Sea Doo is - just ask! This is a substantial investment - and we will work closely with you to make sure you understand everything before you get on board - and to make your super yacht charter is a resounding success!
Charter Pricing, Costs, Contracts and Payments
Luxury Yacht Charter Prices. The general charter fee rents you the boat and the services of the crew, for your stated charter period, e.g. the base vessel charter fee per week. Unless stated otherwise, food, drink, and fuel will be extra "expenses". There will normally be mooring fees and possibly fees for scuba, water toys and certain communications.
Contracts and Other Useful Information. One you've booked, you will normally be asked to fill out a passenger list (with people's likes and dislikes, allergies, and any special needs), desired itinerary form and provisioning requests. Please fill these out and return as soon as you can - they're critical to your overall satisfaction.
Super Yachts normally use a MYBA (Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association) contract that is designed to standardise charter terms and protect the Charterer, the Owner, and the Agent/Broker. It has standard protections and escalation clauses in case any problems arise. We are happy to discuss with you the standard MYBA contract terms in detail.
You should also know that, once booked, you have signed a legally binding contract. You are obligated by law to pay the entire charter amount regardless of whether you actually board the yacht. In exceptional cases, you may be able to cancel, but monies will be refunded only if the yacht can be chartered to another client. Because of this, many clients purchase insurance against cancellation.
APA. To facilitate the management of these expenses, and build trust, the industry has developed the Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) system. The Charter Operator/Central Agent estimates the expenses that will be incurred, depending on your itinerary (usually 20% to 30% of the charter fee) and adds that on up front. This provides a bank account for the Skipper, who makes expenditures on your behalf and keeps accurate records. Please note that these expenses are not marked up. At the end of the charter, you will be refunded the difference, or the Captain will ask you to pay more during the cruise if further running costs are incurred.
Normally, you will be asked to pay 1/2 of the charter fee upon signing the contract, and the remaining 1/2 approximately 30 days before the charter commences. For obvious reasons, the charter will not begin until all payments are made. Tipping is not obligatory but is at the discretion of the charterer. Common practice on Super Yachts is normally between 5% - 20% of the total charter price, on a sliding scale depending on how satisfied you are with the crew's performance (regional differences exist - yachts working with Americans tend to expect higher tips than yachts working with Europeans or those from other parts of the world.)
You can charter a Super Yacht on virtually any sea. The standard cruising areas for these Yachts tend to be the Western Mediteranean, normally starting from one of the famous French Riviera ports such as Cannes, Antibes, St Jean Cap Ferrat, St Tropez or Monaco. Corsica and Sardinia are hugely popular cruising areas, as is the lovely Italian Riviera. Naples, Capri and the beautiful island of Sicily are also popular. To the West, you have the Spanish destinations including Barcelona, the Balearics Islands of Mallorca and Ibiza and the Costa del Sol. Crusing the Greek Islands provides a can't miss mixture of beauty, history, culture, food and tranquility, and Croatia is the up-and-coming hot Mediterranean destination.
A SuperYacht holiday in the Caribbean or Bahamas is also legendary. Hot spots these days are St Barths, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, St Martin, and Barbados. We're also seeing many more exotic locations - Alaska Wildlife Adventures, Patagonia, the Great Barrier Reef, the Galapagos, even Antartica. We can arrange an itinerary for any of the above destinations, on a yacht that is specially selected for your needs.
We make the Super Yacht Charter process easy for you! We can find you just about any Super Yacht that is available for Charter, from virtually anywhere in the world. What's most important is for us to understand your needs so that we can perfectly tailor your holiday.
So please take a look at our luxury yachts, fill out our custom booking form with your specifications or desires, and let our staff do the searching for you. We work closely with the best yacht managers, owners and central agents in the world, and we'll have a list of gorgeous Super Yachts for you within hours.
If you want to know what's hot in the world of Super Yachts, check out our pages from the Monaco Yacht Show - the world's premier showplace for Super Yachts.
As detailed above, we can find you any luxury or super yacht in the world for your next charter, and we've visited most of the yachts we recommend to you as part of our free service. Click here to see a listing of our Luxury Super Yachts, or just let us know what your requirements are and we'll provide a customised list to you, normally within a few hours.
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