As countries are easing travel restriction ahead of summer, many families are making plans for a luxury yacht charter holiday in the sunshine close to home. CharterWorld brokers have kept up to date with the latest changes to restrictions, charges and port openings to ensure that you have everything you need for a stress-free cruise.
Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or considering a luxury yacht charter for the first time as an alternative to tightly packed accommodation, here is what you need to know for making a booking during this period and why this type of holiday is so advantageous.
Why is a yacht charter the perfect option for my next holiday?
A luxury yacht is the best way to maintain social distancing practices while visiting multiple destinations with loved ones. Luxury yachts are self-sufficient and you can cruise for a whole week without needing to return to civilisation. Escape the crowds and enjoy a six-star service with your crew dedicated to serving just your group. Your itinerary and service on board are very much personalised and can be tailored to guests’ needs, whether it be dietary preferences, allergies or other needs such as wheelchair accessibility.
Laze on secluded beaches in secret spots that can only be accessed by water, and visit popular destinations such as the Dalmatian Coast or the sunny Balearics for fantastic weather and idyllic surroundings without ever sharing the shores with another group.
Not only the Mediterranean offers fantastic charter options during summer. Some charterers may decide to go on holidays closer to home, in which case these are numerous options available in the Bahamas, Florida, New England and Alaska.
What precautions are being taken on board to prevent potential infection?
Hygiene aboard luxury yachts is rigorous even under normal circumstances, with the private and shared rooms kept spotless and crew areas such the galley maintained to professional standards. Moreover, your onboard amenities will only be used by those within your bubble, whether it’s the sunbeds, the Jacuzzi, gym equipment or snorkel and Scuba diving equipment. Additional precautions and services can be discussed with charter brokers before your booking.
Should I book a yacht charter right now?
Yes – we recommend that you secure your preferred vessel as soon as you can: Because it’s possible to self-isolate with your group while changing your scenery several times a day, the luxury yacht charter industry is expecting higher than usual bookings later this summer, particularly for affordable family catamarans.
Conversely, we also expect the best luxury yachts to be fully booked by the end of the summer season for weddings, honeymoons and other special events, which offer a more private setting, controlling entry for who comes on board.
Now is an excellent time to book, and some luxury yachts are offering discounted rates – a rarity for the height of the summer season.
What if the situation changes and I can’t make my luxury yacht charter?
Penalty-free charter cancellations (Terms and Conditions apply) are being offered aboard superyachts such as ARIENCE, CLOUDBREAK, ELEMENTS, MY WAY, TABOO OF THE SEA, AMARULA SUN, CLOUDBREAK and MEME and in circumstances where you would be unable to board your vessel due to travel restrictions. Yacht Owners are also offering the possibility of postponing your yacht charter to a later date. If you are interested in a particular yacht, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information, support and guidance.