Chartering a VIP superyacht for your next vacation requires a bit of work on your end. Trust us, the effort is worth it when you step on to your private super yacht and escape the ordinary and embark for the extraordinary.
Sure, you could spend your vacation on a standard cruise ship with thousands of other people trying to make the most of their time away from home and work. However, if you really want to go big with your next vacation, a VIP super yacht cruise is the dream getaway you deserve.
Pick Your Destination
So, where do you want to go? The Mediterranean? The Caribbean? A river cruise? A sea cruise? Europe? Asia? South America? Narrowing down where you would like to spend your vacation allows you to find the best companies offering chartered superyacht cruises.
Research All of Your Options
Once you’ve chosen your dream destination, it’s time to research the company you’ll work with to custom craft your superyacht cruise. Look at what each enterprise offers, read through client reviews, and really dig into the nitty-gritty details about each business to make sure you are spending your hard-earned money on the luxury trip you’ve imagined. Check with the Better Business Bureau as well.
Once you’ve selected the charter company you’ll use, you want to find the broker that best understands you and your needs. A charter broker should have experience with every superyacht you are considering and a well of knowledge about the different locales you could potentially visit during your cruise. A reliable, knowledgeable broker makes all the difference when booking a VIP superyacht cruise.
Select the Time of Year You Want to Travel
There are both high and low seasons for superyacht cruises, depending on the region of the world you choose. Also, holidays and major events (such as festivals, major sporting competitions, etc.) will also impact the price of your experience. For example, if you want to book a superyacht cruise around the south of France, you’ll have to consider when the Cannes Film Festival takes place and whether or not you want to be involved in the festivities.
What Kind of Yacht Do You Want?
Yes, some people still prefer to travel on a sailing yacht as opposed to motorized yacht. If you want a sailing yacht, you’ll have to consider your travel itinerary and the length of time allotted for your vacation. While the idea of a sailing yacht might strike a chord in your adventurous heart, consider that elements beyond control (such as the weather) will impact your on-board experience.
Once you’ve narrowed it down from either sailing or motorized, it’s time to look at the superyachts available to you. There are more options than you can possibly imagine, so really lean on your charter broker to help look at the best options for your wants and needs. A number of factors will help you pick the right superyacht for you and your fellow travelers, which is why you want to work closely with your broker to make the right selection.
Ascertain Your Needs
Superyachts come in many varieties. Before you book your VIP superyacht cruise, you need to know how many people are tagging along and their specific needs. For instance, if you are traveling with kids, they’ll need their own bedrooms with smaller beds as opposed to couples taking a superyacht cruise together will require queen or king-sized beds.
Determine What Amenities You Crave
Now that you’ve thoughts about basic minimum needs for comfort, it’s time to go big with the amenities you would like included with your VIP superyacht experience. Hot tub? Gym? Spa? Masseuse? Swimming pool? Salon services? Private chef? Movie theater? Nanny? Whatever you can imagine, a superyacht broker can most likely provide, granted that it’s legal, of course. The better you understand what you want for your superyacht cruise, the easier it is to communicate that to your charter broker who will make all of the arrangements on your behalf.
Figure Out How You Want to Spend Your Time
Want to luxuriate away on your superyacht every day of your trip? Great! Do you want to visit different ports to explore different cities? Not a problem. A mix of both? Absolutely! Traveling to a specific country for holiday or event? Let the charter broker know. It’s their job to make your travel experience as customized to your desires as possible. Also, if you want a secluded or immersive travel experience, those are details you should express when making your arrangements.
Look at the Numbers
As you’ve probably guessed, a VIP superyacht cruise is a fairly expensive vacation to book. However, the base cost of the cruise is only one of the fees to look at when making your travel arrangements. Speak with the various charter companies you are considering about Advance Provisioning Allowance, value-added tax (VAT), harbor fees, docking charges, and delivery fees. Other services you’d like included with your vacation, such as food and drink, communications, fuel, laundry, spa and salon services, and so on, will also come with their own individual price tags. These costs should be examined before signing a contract.
Onboard Crew Type
Depending on your comfort level, you can opt for extremely casual crew members or a highly formal one that wears high-class uniforms. It might seem like a minor detail, but the type of crew you select impacts your entire superyacht experience.
Consider the What-ifs
There are many extenuating circumstances that could impact your vacation. For example, maybe you want to change your itinerary mid-trip. You might need to cancel your VIP superyacht cruise last minute. You want to extend the length of your cruise while onboard. All of these scenarios come with a price tag that you should look at before committing to anything. Also, review what happens when things beyond control, such as bad weather, derails your VIP superyacht cruise. You’ll probably be charged for those incidents as well.
Have the Cash
Save your credit cards for in-port purchases because you are going to need cash to pay for your VIP superyacht cruise. Most charter companies expect payment in full with cash via bank transfer. Remember that the onboard running costs (food, fuel, communication, etc.) account for an additional 25 percent of the total fee for booking your superyacht.