By Trina Howes, Professional Superyacht Charter Broker
I think American’s love the Mediterranean primarily because of the history, the culture, the architecture, the fashion, the food, the people and the shopping.
For yachting, the Mediterranean is the perfect destination as the beautiful villages and cites are often built around the glamourous ports. The port itself can be the destination. Consider St Tropez or Portofino, two of the most sort after locations in Europe. Imagine eating lunch on the bridge deck of your charter yacht before you hop off and are within steps of some of the best shopping, restaurants and bars in France and Italy. This is why American’s love the Mediterranean. It’s rare to find this possibility outside of Europe.
American’s famously have very little vacation time, so the Mediterranean is extra appealing because they can have totally different cultural experiences literally in a matter of hours. Americans love that they can hop down a coastline or island hop from one glamourous and beautiful port to the next and experience a completely new place every day. Everything is so close in Europe it’s even possible to visit two countries in as short a time as a week, without feeling rushed.
The yacht inventory in Europe is also great, especially if they are looking for a motor yacht. There are more motor yachts based in France and Italy available for charter than any other location in the world. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway for two on a new 70ft Princess, or a 80m super yacht for yourself and 20 of your closest friends, you can find what you are looking for in the Mediterranean. You will just need to make sure you book early, especially for July and August charters, as the fleet does sell out well in advance for high season dates.
Direct flights from the East Coast of America to the Mediterranean also make it a very easy destination for most Americans to reach without wasting too much of their precious vacation time travelling.
Europe is a relatively safe destination, especially on a private yacht charter. It’s also relatively easy to communicate, the infrastructure is great and right now the US dollars value makes it a very affordable destination. All important factors American’s well consider when they are thinking about where to travel to.