For many years, the way of the sea has been by boat or ship. In the past, size hasn’t really mattered too much, unless you had a gigantic crew, or if you were part of a pirate ship! However, these days, luxury travel is at an all-time high. Traveling by water means a long destination. Sometimes it takes weeks to get to where you want to go. For that reason alone, many people across the globe have been leaning on high-class, prime luxury yacht charters. Sailing across the sea takes skill, and you’ll need a full-time crew that has “been there, done that.”
There are companies that can plan an entire yacht charter trip from one destination to the next. They can find the most experienced captain and crew for that particular journey. In this article, we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions in the yachting world, and paint the picture of a sound strategy for destination traveling on a yacht charter!
How Much Does a Yacht Charter Cost?
This all depends on where you’re going, how long, what type of yacht, and number of guests. Typically, a yacht charter for a week can cost anywhere between $25,000 – $200,000. A trip from Miami to the Bahamas can be a lot different than a trip from one Greece island to the next.
A destination yacht charter will also require a captain and crew. You won’t be able to steer the ship yourself, nor prepare all the little details of the yacht itself. However, with an experienced captain and crew, you’ll be on your way to a very successful sea-traveling trip!
What are the biggest expenses?
First of all, fuel is the most expensive piece of the puzzle. It takes gallons upon gallons of fuel to keep a mega yacht going, especially if you are traveling over 34 knots. Usually, over 30 knots is moving pretty fast for a big yacht. The faster you move, the faster the boat uses up the oil.
How Long in Advance do I Have to Book The Charter?
This all depends on where you are traveling. If your destination is in the United States, you should plan at least a half year in advance. 6 Months is plenty of time for the broker to find a yacht, captain and crew. The broker can also plan your trip, in terms of where you can stop and eat and plan leisure activities.
If you are planning a destination in one of the beautiful islands of the Bahamas or the Caribbean, you should plan your trip at least 1 year in advance. This gives everyone enough time to figure out what boats are available, and what captains and crews are available during your destination trip.