FAQ for crewed yacht charters

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List of Frequently Asked Questions.

Thinking about booking your first or next crewed yacht charter? Well, we’re here to help with this list of Frequently asked questions. Don’t see your question here? Then please feel free to contact one of our charter brokers for some no-pressure and professional answers.

How do I book a crewed yacht charter?

Contact us at CKIM Group to discuss your plans, so we can tailor your vacation. The main factors to consider are:
  • Your preferred dates of travel
  • What you wish to experience during this vacation.
  • What type of yacht do you prefer and how large?
Your charter broker will prepare and email you quotes for your review. After you accept one of the quotes, we will prepare a charter agreement and send it to you to carefully review and complete. Detail your group’s preferences for food and drinks on the Preference Forms, which we will send. Purchase travel insurance.

Why choose a crewed charter vacation?

There are several reasons for selecting to enjoy a crewed yacht charter vacation. You work diligently all year and you deserve to relax and unwind. Your crew takes care of the navigation, setting up the water toys for your use. The chef plans the menus and cuisine based on your preferences. You are also reconnecting with people you love and you get to spend quality time together in destinations designed for you. There is a great opportunity to spend a lot of calories on water sports and activities. Or just relax taking your daily vitamin D, while others are snorkeling, diving or swimming. Seawater has a beneficial effect on your respiratory system and skin. You get to see beautiful islands and historical spots and most of all you are pampered by the wonderful crew in a beautiful environment.

Who wouldn’t want an experience like that?

How can I protect myself while on charter?

You may purchase Charterer’s Liability insurance which covers the legal liability of charterers and guests during the charter. We recommend you consult with a marine insurance specialist of your choice for this specialized form of insurance.

What is a private yacht charter?

A private yacht charter is like combining the best features of a cruise ship and a luxury resort. Travel to a different destination each day with a high degree of pampering and personal attention. Say goodbye to crowds, waiting in lines, and fixed itineraries. Your private yacht has a dedicated crew, a variety of amenities, water toys for you to enjoy at will, and a tender to take you ashore whenever you please.

How do I get started?

There are a few necessary parameters to consider. For example, what type of boat, your destination, the time of year and who will go with you. The questions below can help guide your thought process, and your CKIM yacht charter broker will assist in asking the right questions and providing the expertise to design the perfect experience for you.

Can I afford a yachting vacation?

Yes, you can. Prices for private yacht chartering vary remarkably based on factors such as the type of charter-yacht, the size of the charter-yacht, number of guests, and the location of the yacht charter destination. The rates may also differ from the low-season and high peak seasons.

Are there high and low seasons for yacht chartering?

Yes, there are, depending on the time of the year and the yacht charter destination.

Mediterranean seasons are:

  •     High Season: June – August and special events
  •     Low Season:  April – May, and September – October

Caribbean seasons for most motor yachts with the plus- expenses rates:

  • High Season: Christmas and New Year’s Holiday period and some holidays.
  • Low Season: All other months.

Caribbean seasons for inclusive charters:

  • High Season: Christmas and New Year’s holiday period. There is the minimum charter period required and a holiday surcharge.
  • Low Season: All other times of the year, when the standard rate is charged based on the number of guests for the charter.

Bahamas seasons:

  • High Season: Christmas and New Year’s holiday period and some holidays.
  • Low Season: All other months

North American Seasons:

  • High-Season for Florida: Christmas and New Year’s holiday period and some holidays.
  • Low-Season: All other months.

What are some yacht charter destinations?

Would you like to experience sunny beaches and crystal-clear waters in the Bahamas or the Caribbean? Or perhaps you would like to visit the Eastern or Western Mediterranean steeped in history and culture. However, you may want to see the Pacific Northwest or New England with its scenery and culture. Or an exotic destination in the Pacific or the Indian Ocean–the world is your playground for yacht chartering. Where you cruise will depend on when you charter, the experience you wish to have, the type of boat, and its availability.

The Bahamas – A destination for the group seeking quieter anchorages, water sports, fishing, and beautiful warm water away from the crowds.

The Caribbean – Year-round good weather with three popular yacht charter destinations:

The Virgin Islands (British and US Virgins) – Excellent option for the non-sailor and those new to yachting. Shorter sailing distances, beautiful beaches, marinas, restaurants, and some shopping.

St. Martin – Enjoy the blend of international cuisines ashore in St. Martin, St. Barths, and Anguilla. There are more excellent dining restaurants on these three islands than anywhere else in the Caribbean, as well as beautiful white sand beaches, water sports, and shopping.

St. Vincent and The Grenadines – Longer sails for the sailing yachts, constant winds for the kiters during the winter, colorful locally made boats, beautiful beaches, the Tobago Cays, and the vibrant Caribbean culture.

What activities are available on my yacht charter?

Based on your yacht and destination, there is a myriad of activities and water sports are available to do, such as:

  • Scuba diving
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Water-skiing
  • Fishing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Windsurfing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Stand-up paddleboarding

You will have many opportunities to visit ashore and take part in land-based activities as well.

Contact us at 1-321-777-1707 or complete this form to discuss your vacation plans.