Nothing else provides the luxury, privacy and freedom of a super yacht. This guide will help answer some of your questions, so you can find that perfect yacht for your charter.
Chartering a Luxury Yacht for the vacation or holiday of a lifetime should be a very enjoyable experience. In many ways, it's no different than booking a luxury hotel, in fact it's easier because we'll do the work for you and provide advice all along the way!
Below are some of our suggestions about how to charter a luxury yacht:
Develop a firm plan for your charter well in advance. A key to a successful luxury yacht charter is to be know exactly what you want, and let us know about it. That sounds fairly easy, but the more specific you are teh more we can help you. Here are some the key questions you should consider:
Who's in your Group? - who will be going (how many cabins required, children, etc.). It's critical to know exactly how many people will be on the charter, otherwise you may get too big or small of a boat. Also, the majority of luxury yachts can hold a maximum of 12 guests, so you don't want to be in a position of having to "disinvite" someone
Destination. Where do you want to go? Are you looking for secluded beaches in the Bahamas or the Chic South of France. Please see our Destination guide to help you out decide. Make sure you check that the seasons will be right in your chosen destination to avoid bad weather or winds that can spoil your charter
What type of yacht do you want? There are thousands of luxury yachts. Are you looking for the convenience of a motor yacht, the thrill of a sailing yacht, or the comfort of a luxury catamaran? Do you want the latest in design or a more classic type of yacht?
Budget. How much are you and your guests willing to spend. You may want to read our page on luxury yacht charter fees to understand all the costs that may be involved in chartering a luxury yacht.
When will you be wanting to charter (the more specific the dates the better)
What type of charter are you looking for? Is it a luxury holiday with friends, a business entertainment event, a family gathering, or a celebration/party. We have yachts that specialise in each of these.
The more of the above questions you can answer, the better we will be able to find you the perfect boat.
Book Early. The best yachts are generally booked 6 months or more in advance. If you want a yacht during July or August in the French Riviera, 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!
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. See a complete, step by step, description of the yacht charter process in our Process of Chartering a Super Yacht Guide.
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.