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FAQs about Yacht Charters

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Below, we’ve outlined the answers to the top 20 yacht charter FAQs (frequently asked questions) to help guide you through the process. Your CKIM yacht charter broker will assist you in asking the right questions and provide the expertise to design your dream yacht charter experience.

There are a few essential things to consider when chartering. The type and size of the boat, your destination, the time of year, financial parameters, and the number of people traveling. We will assess your needs during your initial conversation with CKIM Group. If you’re ready to start now, please schedule a meeting here.

1. How much does it cost to charter a yacht?

Prices for yacht chartering vary remarkably based on some key factors:

  • The charter yacht type, the charter yacht size, the number of guests, and the yacht charter destination.
  • The rates may also differ between low and high or peak seasons.
  • Weekly charter rates can range from $20,000 to $200,000+.
  • Some yachts are plus all expenses, while others have inclusive rates.
  • Gratuities and taxes are additional costs.

2. What is a private yacht charter? 

  • The freedom to explore fascinating destinations with the comforts of a luxury resort.
  • The ultimate way to travel safely and comfortably to new and incredible destinations each day.
  • An opportunity to be enveloped by the unspoiled beauty of the open seas.
  • A personalized and spontaneous experience. A dedicated crew, a private chef, various amenities, and water toys for you to enjoy at will.
  • Unmatched access to remote locations, historic sites, and incredible experiences.
  • For more about chartering a yacht, please see A Day in the Life: What to Expect Onboard.

A yacht charter is personalized to suit your group’s needs and desires. Our luxury vacations can be tailored around the following experiences:

3. Why is chartering a private yacht better than a resort, villa, or cruise vacation?

A private yacht charter ensures you and your loved ones are far from the crowds, lines, and chaos. Aside from your professional crew, you can remain completely isolated from it all while sailing the open waters. Sail to remote anchorages, beaches, and snorkeling spots devoid of other groups.  

A luxury yacht vacation is the ultimate way to travel safely and comfortably to new and incredible destinations daily. A yacht charter combines a cruise ship’s freedom to explore with the amenities of a luxury resort and the privacy of your remote villa.

Every aspect of your private yacht charter is tailored to you and your unique group. Your luxury yacht vacation is wholly customized, from the itinerary to the cuisine and the activities.

A private yacht charter gives you access to some of the world’s most incredible landscapes, wildlife, remote islands, and historic sites. Wake up to beautiful oceanfront views that change every morning.

4. Why is chartering a private yacht better than taking a cruise?

  • A private yacht charter ensures your family and friends will be alone/separate from mass tourism.
  • Your group will receive individual attention and first-class service every step of the way.
  • Your chef will craft personalized, delicious meals to suit all needs and preferences. On-shore, you can indulge in local specialties, wine-tasting, or have a romantic beach BBQ.
  • Escape the stressful crowds, waiting in lines, and generic excursions.
  • Yachts provide access to hidden and remote destinations and anchorages unreachable by cruise ships or fixed itineraries.
  • Your land excursions and water activities are customized to your needs and mood. Choose to do as much or as little as you want.
  • Water activities*.

It is better because a yacht charter vacation is all about you! A private yacht charter tailored for you and arranged by Luxury Yacht Charters combines the experience of being on the water with the luxury of bespoke accommodations.

5. What boats can you charter? | FAQs

The types of yachts available for charter are:

Motor Yachts


Power Catamarans

Sailboats (mono-hulls)

Motor-Sailors (Gulets and sailing vessels that are popular in Croatia, Greece, Italy, and Turkey)

6. When should you book your charter?

  • Ultimately, well in advance is the best suggestion to guarantee availability. We advise booking as early as possible for the best available.
  • You’ll need to book for off-peak periods 3 to 6 months in advance.
  • Book at least six months in advance for peak periods, ideally one year.

7. Where can you charter?

Would you like to experience the Bahamas or the Caribbean for sunny beaches and crystal-clear waters? The Eastern or Western Mediterranean is steeped in history and culture. Perhaps the Pacific Northwest, Florida, or New England for incredible scenery, wildlife, and coastal exploration.  

Instead, head to an amazing Pacific or Indian Ocean destination–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. For more inspiration, check out Experiences Hub below.


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 pleasant 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. Kitts & Nevis

– Head to St. Kitts and Nevis for incredible vistas atop their mountainous and lush interiors. Explore the Nevis Peak volcano, UNESCO national parks, and numerous historical sites. Don’t forget to indulge in the thermal baths and delicious cuisine. 

St. Martin 

– Enjoy the blend of international cuisines ashore in St. Martin, St. Barths, and Anguilla. These three islands have more excellent dining restaurants than anywhere else in the Caribbean. Combined with 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. Mustique and Bequia are incredible and private islands to visit in the Grenadines. Snorkel, kayak, or relax on deserted beaches while exploring these wild islands.  

British Virgin Islands

– For the first-time yacht charterer, the BVI is ideal. It has short sailing distances and various beaches, mainly protected anchorages, access to marinas, and various restaurants. In addition to the secluded island of Anegada, the BVI makes for a beautiful Caribbean vacation. The BVI is also rich with historical landmarks, from its indigenous people, Spanish, Dutch, and British heritage.

Antigua & Barbuda

– Yachts embark on charters to many protected bays, coves, and natural harbors. Together with the nearby island of Barbuda, there are more than 365 beaches to explore.


– This gorgeous island in the southern Caribbean is popularly known as ‘the Spice Island’ because its fertile volcanic soil grows plenty of fragrant nutmegs, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, and cocoa. It’s a perfect island for those who seek a genuine Caribbean experience. Hashing is also a fun and exciting Saturday tradition to take part in while in Grenada. A Malaysian tradition from 1938, Hashing is a social walk and run through the jungle with fun “rules,” drinks, and food. Look up some of the “rules” in advance; do not miss hashing!

North America

Florida is a year–round yacht charter destination in South Florida and the Florida Keys. Fishing, water sports, the dining experience ashore, and shopping.

New England – From May until September, the yacht charter season hums. July – September is the busy period and the warmest weather.

Alaska – An Alaskan yacht charter will bring you wonderfully close to glaciers, whales, and rocky coasts. Also, since charter boats are smaller, you’ll access places big cruise ships can’t, getting you closer to Alaska’s nature and wildlife.

The Pacific Northwest – Summertime is the season here. Fishing, shore excursions, hiking, and glaciers are a few of the highlights in this area. Desolation Sound is a natural wonder to behold.

Mexico – Sea of Cortez – the perfect spot for fishing, whale watching, and water sports. Yucatan Peninsula mixes culture with tons of nightlife and watersports activities. The Yucatan is also known for the Basking Whale Shark, a fascinating giant spotted shark that takes food through suction when opening its expansive mouth.

The West Mediterranean

Choices and more choices. Summer is the prime season, from April until October.


French Riviera – To see and be seen. The vibe here is unbelievable. Restaurants, beaches, shopping, marinas, nightclubs, and live music on the beach. Cannes, St. Tropez, and the islands.

Monaco – Monaco is one of the world’s most popular and exclusive countries. Monte Carlo, where the casino and luxury hotels are located, is the playground of choice for the famous and wealthy. You can enjoy this haven’s enchanting beauty and luxuries on your Yacht Charter to Monaco. The fine gardens, mansions, neat streets, and sensational views make Monaco the world’s grandest aquarium you will love.


Barcelona – Barcelona is a colorful coastal city bursting with culture and entertainment. Cruise the coast, visit beautiful towns like Sitges, or go wine tasting in the Priorat region, perched above the Mediterranean Sea.

Balearic Islands – Situated off the coast of Barcelona, Spain’s Balearic Islands are a perfect cruising destination for yacht charters. The four main islands of Menorca, Ibiza, Mallorca, and Formentera are adorned with hidden gems just awaiting exploration. This archipelago is brilliantly diverse, and certain areas are only reachable by boat.


Italian Riviera – From May to October, it is from San Remo along the coast with Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, and more. Cruise a great area with colorful Italian scenery. Villages on the hillside are out of a storybook. South of Liguria also sits Elba, a tiny island off the coast of Tuscany and east of Corsica. Wild and beautiful, you can hike or relax on secluded beaches. It’s also famously the location of Napolean’s first exile in 1813.

Southern Italy – The Amalfi Coast, Capri, Naples, Ischia, and Procida provide endless amazement. You can spend more than 14 nights cruising this coastal area, which is rich in history and unmatched culture.

Sicily – Cruise the gorgeous Aeolian islands off the coast of Sicily, stopping in Lipari to tour the vibrant island before visiting the Stromboli volcanic crater. Next, head to the famed Taormina on the mainland to tour the hilltop city’s Roman amphitheater.

Sardinia – Emerald seas combine with lush, steep mountains on the island of Sardinia, just north of Sicily. The eastern shores have lovely beaches, especially in the north, where they meet the gorgeous Maddalena Archipelago. Vineyards and ancient ruins can be visited throughout the interior, making for a spectacular trip to a unique culture.

East Mediterranean


History, beautiful scenery, Santorini, Mykonos, the party island, Rhodes, many other unique isles, historical sites, cuisine, and people. Five major groups of islands comprise this yachting paradise.

Dodecanese – The Dodecanese Islands are comprised of 15 large islands and numerous smaller ones. Rhodes has been the area’s dominant island since antiquity. Of the others, Kos and Patmos are historically the more important.

Cyclades- The Cyclades Islands are one of the island groups in the Aegean Sea, southeast of mainland Greece. Naxos is the largest island, and Ermoupoli (meaning “the city of Hermes”) on Syros is the capital town, with ancient sites and white-washed landscapes to explore.

Ionian – The Ionians are a top-rated yacht charter destination in Greece. Either starting and ending within the islands or doing a one-way from Athens via the Corinth Canal at one of the islands or ports. Corfu and Paxos are beautiful must-see destinations within this group of seven islands.

Saronic – The Saronic Islands Yacht Charters visit some of the closest Greek islands to Athens. Your charter will take you to the mainland and the islands of Aegina, Agistri, Kythera, Antikythera, Poros, Hydra, Salamina, and Spetses. Aegina, Poros, Hydra, and Spetses are busy tourist destinations during summer.

Sporades – The Sporades, situated along Greece’s central mainland and Evia, have kept the authentic island habitat and tradition, which has remained the same over the centuries.


The Turkish Riviera of Marmaris, Bodrum, and the coast is perfect for exploring on your private yacht charter. Turkish cuisine is outstanding, and the people’s hospitality is in this majestic area.


Croatia has five distinct coastal regions: Each offers incredible culture, stunning UNESCO sites, medieval architecture, and gastronomic excellence. The protected Adriatic Sea and proximity to the Dalmatian Islands make for a perfect yacht charter.

Istria – Medieval towns and port cities like Pula and Rovinj exude culture and beauty in Istria. The lush green peninsula is also home to outstanding vineyards and olive groves.

Kvarner – Spectacular architecture, wild islands, and lively port cities like Rijeka make Kvarner a great yacht destination.

North Dalmatia – Along the coast, you’ll find Roman cities, churches, and cultural activities around Zadar. While off the coast, you can hike and climb through numerous national parks in the Kornati Islands.

Central Dalmatia – The spectacular city of Split sits at the heart of Central Dalmatian and cannot be missed. You’ll sail off the coast to the Brac, Hvar, Vis, and Solta islands, each with its own personality.

South Dalmatia – The islands of Southern Dalmatia are home to top vineyards, yachting marinas, and Mljet National Park. This area attracts many tourists and is excellent for windsurfing and water sports due to Croatia’s famous medieval coastal city of Dubrovnik.


Stunning beaches, rich history, and tranquil towns will greet you on your yacht charter to Montenegro. Visit the medieval city of Budva, then sail to Hawaii Beach on Sveti Nikola Island. You can also stop in the Bay of Kotor before making a trek up to the Lovcen National Park high above the city.

Northern Europe

Norway – Norway has a long seafaring tradition. The coast is beautiful, with many islands, islets, inlets, and fjords that cut into the mainland. You can visit the Sørlandets Museum in Kristiansand, which displays Norwegian art from 1800 to today. Or, go explore Mount Floyen, where you’ll get incredible views of Bergen and the surrounding area.

Sweden– Sandwiched between two important bodies of water, The North Sea and The Baltic, Sweden is a magnificently alluring Northern Europe yacht charter destination. Inland, explore the wild forests to catch a glimpse of bears, wolves, moose, and, if you’re lucky, a rare lynx.

United Kingdom – The coast stretching from Cornwall to London lets yachters see windswept beaches, charming villages, and historic sites. Stop in Cowes to visit the Royal London Yacht Club and cruise up the Hamble River to London.

Central America

Costa Rica is a paradise for action and adventure enthusiasts, from surfing to fishing, diving, and more. Inland, go hiking or ziplining or tour the numerous volcanoes, six of which are still active.

Panama – Situated between North and South America, Panama has justly been named the Crossroads of the Americas. Panama is known for its nature-rich and accessible rainforests, spectacular mountains, and highlands.

Belize – Swim with colorful sea life along the Western Hemisphere’s largest barrier reef. Explore the fascinating mysteries of the Mayan culture, touring Mayan archaeological sites – the largest concentration throughout South and Central America. There are endless possibilities for your Belize luxury yacht charter vacation.

South America

Ecuador – Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands comprise 61 volcanic islands of divine beauty stretching along the Pacific Ocean equator. With a Galapagos Islands yacht charter, you’ll embark on an unforgettable journey through this unique and fascinating ecosystem.

Chile & Patagonia – A yacht charter in southern Chile will transport you to the great area known as Patagonia, one of the world’s most exciting and fragile ecosystems. The region, straddling Chile and Argentina, features fjords, rivers, and unbelievably colored lakes. These waterways culminate in the world-famous glaciers and mountains of Patagonia’s breathtaking national parks.

South Pacific

Papua New Guinea – A land full of intrigue and mystery. The wildlife and nature are perhaps as rich and unique as the tribal culture that still exists in the dense forests land. Incredible hikes can be arranged in the mountainous interior, while reef marine life can be explored along the coast. Just north of Australia and bordering the Soloman Islands, Papua New Guinea can be combined with these equally exciting destinations.

Fiji – The timeless pace of the Fijian culture means that travelers can escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and slow down to a simpler world. Fiji is the perfect destination for many travelers, whether it’s a romantic getaway, a fairy tale honeymoon, or even a family vacation adventure filled with excitement and relaxation.

Australia – Sailing or cruising the islands of Australia is one of the most memorable holidays you will ever have. It is perfect for couples, families, or groups of friends just wanting to get away from the daily grind. Outdoor adventure, sophisticated leisure, and everything exciting under the sun and out at sea await. Take a luxury yacht charter vacation that is like no other.

New Zealand – The most popular sailing area in New Zealand is a 170-mile stretch of coastline extending north from the central city of Auckland, with the Bay of Islands lying in the center. This area is rich in both European and Maori history. Capt. Cook anchored here and named the bay; the first white missionaries also chose the Bay of Islands as their home base.

French Polynesia – Tahiti, the word brings visions of an island paradise. With 118 islands, some with high, rugged mountain peaks, coral reefs, turquoise lagoons, white sand, and palm-fringed beaches. Also, each island paradise has something for everyone.


Thailand – Frenetic and bustling cities like Bangkok and Chang Mai starkly contrast Thailand’s serene and beautiful islands and beaches. Whether you want to try water sports in Krabi, snorkel the reefs in Koh Phi Phi, or party in Phuket, it’s possible in Thailand.

Maldives – With over 1k islands in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives offer gorgeous beaches and marine life. Delicious cuisine can be found in the capital city of Male, while far-flung islands provide untouched beaches, caves, and warm waters to explore.


Seychelles – This paradise, comprised of 115 mostly uninhabited islands, is located off the coast of Africa. Mahé is the main island. Victoria is the capital city where you’ll find most of the islands’ cultural and eco-tourism hotspots, restaurants, bars, cafés, and walking trails.

Red Sea – Anyone looking for adventure will love the water sports and exciting land activities available on the Red Sea. Linking Africa to Asia, the Red Sea has a diverse topography and ancient cultures to explore. Go off-roading, horseback riding, or explore the desert on Camelback. This unforgettable journey can also include visiting modern restaurants and spas and making city trips.

8. When can you charter where?

Charter seasons vary. Contact us for specific information about the destination you are interested in visiting.

9. What activities are available on my Yacht Charter?

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

  • Scuba diving
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Water-skiing
  • Fishing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Windsurfing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Stand-up paddle boarding
  • Shopping 
  • Historic Site Visits & Museums 
  • Golfing 
  • Beachcombing 
  • Ziplining 
  • Hiking 
  • Off-roading ATV 
  • Motorcycle Riding 
  • Biking 
  • Nightlife 

10. What are my costs for chartering a yacht?

The following are charter rate options for your charter vacation, depending on the yacht and sailing region. Rates and availability are subject to change without notice.  

Embarkation Times:
Embarkation and disembarkation are usually 12:00 to 12:00. Alternative times can be requested and are subject to the yacht’s availability before and after the charter. Please inquire if you have a special request.

Itineraries are subject to weather conditions; if circumstances prevent sailing to a specific planned area, the Captain will do his best —but ultimately, he is responsible for the guests and the boat’s safety.

Inclusive Charter Rates

All rates are in U.S. Dollars, including meals, drinks, onboard water toys, and the ship’s bar. They are based on the number of guests. (Typical in the Virgin Islands).

Rates and availability are subject to change without notice.

  • Included in Charter Rates:
    The Charter Fee includes the charter of the Vessel with all its equipment in working order, tools, stores, cleaning materials, essential consumable stores for the engine room, deck, galley, and cabins, and laundry of ship’s linen. All meals, snacks, the ship’s bar, and onboard water toys. Rates are based on the number of guests.
  • Not Included:
    The Charterer will pay, at cost, for all other expenses. These include, but are not limited to, shore-side transport for the guest party. Dockage if requested by the charterer, cruising taxes, customs formalities; Fine wines, and excessive alcohol consumption; Charter Party communications, including internet use (if not included in the charter fee); and the hire or purchase costs of any special equipment placed on board at the Charterer’s request.
  • Payment Terms:
  • 50% upon signing of the agreement. The balance of 50% is to be paid 45 days before the charter. Payments are via wire transfer.

Plus Expenses (+APA)

Rates can be in U.S. Dollars or Euros and are plus all expenses. Rates and availability are subject to change without notice. 

  • A.P.A.: Advance Provisioning Allowance
    The A.P.A. essentially creates a bank account for the Captain to purchase provisions, fuel, dockage, beverages, bar, and other consumables on the Charterer’s behalf. The percentage for the A.P.A. is between 30 – 35% of the base charter fee for motor yachts. Any amount not used will be refunded at the end of the charter. If the A.P.A. exceeds the collected A.P.A., it is the Charterer’s responsibility to settle all accounts before disembarkation.
  • Payment Terms:
    50% upon signing of the agreement. The balance of 50% plus all expenses must be paid one month before the charter. Payments are via wire transfer.
  • Included in Charter Rates:
    The Charter Fee includes the charter of the Vessel with all its equipment in working order; tools; stores; cleaning materials and essential consumable stores for the engine room, deck, galley, and cabins; laundry of ship’s linen; the crew’s wages, uniform, and food; the insurance of the Vessel and crew.
  • Not Included:
    The Charterer will pay, at cost, for all other expenses. These include, but are not limited to, shore-side transport for the guest party, fuel for the main engines and generators; fuel for the tenders and water sports equipment; food and beverages for the Charterer’s Party; dockage and other harbor fees, customs formalities and any charges for waste disposal, charges for water and electricity taken from shore; the ship’s agents fees where applicable; personal laundry; Charter Party communications including internet use (if not included in the charter fee), and the hire or purchase costs of any special equipment placed on board at the Charterer’s request.

11. What are the additional charter costs?

10-20% of the charter rate is customary for the captain and crew. Gratuity will be paid directly to them at the end of the charter. 

You may incur relocation fees if your desired yacht must be brought to a port different from where it is normally situated.  

  • There may be Value Added Tax (VAT) in addition to the charter fee and APA, depending on the location of the charter.  
  • The percentage varies by country. We, your charter broker, will advise you of the current rate. The rate can change without notice. 

Before and after charter accommodations and transfers

  • Transportation to and from the port of embarkation is not included in charter rates or fees.
  • All transfers to and from the airport and port are not included.
  • Any pre- or post-trip accommodation is not included.
  • CKIM Group is happy to assist with arrangements.

Additional excursions (helicopter, deep sea fishing, etc.)

  • All non-yacht-related excursions come with added costs.
  • These include, but are not limited to, helicopter tours, deep-sea fishing trips, motorcycle trips, and rock-climbing adventures.
  • Please inquire about any desired excursions.

12. Do I need insurance?

We recommend that you protect your vacation investment against various possible losses over which you have no control by purchasing travel protection. We will provide travel protection quotes based on the households on the charter and each person’s date of birth. It is necessary to send us this information. 

Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within 15 days (Travel Basic) or 21 days (Travel Select) from when you make your initial trip deposit. However, the plan can be purchased any time before departure. 

The product descriptions are only summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. 

13. What is Charterer’s liability insurance?

A type of marine insurance designed to cover the liabilities, including those of care, custody, and control (CCC) assumed by a party chartering a vessel when the vessel’s operation remains in the control of the vessel’s owner.

14. Who needs the charterer’s liability?

Everyone who charters a boat.


Because yachts do not (usually) cover the liability of a charterer or guests, the yacht’s insurance covers the liability of the owner and crew. Still, if a charterer causes damage to the yacht or a third party, the vessel’s policy does not protect the charterer’s assets.


We recommend speaking to your insurance Broker to determine if your existing insurance policies provide liability coverage when chartering a yacht.

Requesting a copy of the yacht’s insurance policy to determine if liability coverage extends to the charterer.

15. Why should I consider Charterer’s liability insurance?

When chartering a yacht, it is essential to know that boats do not (usually) cover the liability of a charterer or his/her guests. The yacht’s insurance covers the liability of the owner and crew. Suppose a charterer causes damage to the boat or a third party. In that case, the vessel’s policy does not protect the charterer’s assets, and damages for which the charterer is responsible are not limited. Despite what the charter contract says, a charter’s financial responsibility is NOT limited by the terms of the agreement.

A charter contract does NOT prevent insurance companies or third parties from exercising their rights against the charterer. The charterer can either answer the suits personally or purchase a Charterer’s Liability policy.

Can I be added to the vessel’s insurance as an additional insured?

The answer is, more than likely, no. There could be a cost to add you to the yacht’s policy. And you, the charterer, would “share” the liability limit with the vessel’s owner.

How can I protect myself while on the charter?

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

16. How does the yacht charter booking process work?

After discussing your vacation plans with us, we will present you with the boat options based on your dates, yacht charter destination, type of boat, and size for your group. We will answer all of your questions. After you have selected your boat, the next steps follow accordingly.

Our 9-step journey​


  • History
  • Team
  • Mission

Trip Preferences

  • What are your preferred dates?
  • Occasion?
  • Travelers and relationships?
  • Charter cost range?
  • Activities?
  • Interests?
  • Destination?
  • Yacht type?

Yacht Charter Proposal

  • CKIM provides quotes
  • Review yacht quotes, then select a boat best suited to your group’s needs.
  • Confirm charter availability
  • Sign contracts
  • Pay first deposit
  • Provide all group details to CKIM for Insurance quotes and the Guest manifest.
  • Complete preference forms (Dosskit)
  • Introductory call with Captain & Crew
  • Receive the Axus Travel App
  • Pre-departure call with CKIM Group (7-10 days before the trip).
  • Meet Captain at embarkation
  • Introduction to your crew and yacht
  • Safety briefing
  • Welcome Activities
  • Daily briefings with the Captain and crew
  • Receive check-in from CKIM Group
  • Settlement of APA balance, if applicable
  • Payment of customary tips
  • Farewell to the Captain and crew
  • Receive and complete your trip survey
  • Debrief Call with CMIM Group
  • Dream of your next charter

17. How do you prepare for the trip?

There are a few essential steps to take in preparing for your yacht charter. We will guide you through completing your preference forms, and you’ll even speak to the yacht crew before your departure.

Complete Your Dosskit Preference Form

  • As part of your booking process, we will email you the Preference Forms (DossKit) link for your careful completion.
  • This form will have your food, drink, activity, passport information, shoe size, food intolerances, and allergy information. Your crew needs to know what is important to you and as much information as possible to begin planning your menu and itinerary.
  • Before you arrive at your yacht, the crew will contact you to discuss your vacation plans and the preferences detailed on the Preference Form.
  • Once onboard your yacht, the captain will conduct an orientation and safety briefing before departing on your vacation. During the cruise, it is critical to communicate with the captain and crew with any questions or requests. They are available and will assist you with arrangements.

18. Will there be any pre-communication with the crew?

  • If, after completing your preference sheet, you decide there is something more the crew might need to know (special occasions, changes in activities), contact CKIM Group, and we will be happy to communicate your needs to the yacht crew.
  • As noted, your captain and/or chef will contact you before arrival to discuss your preferences and vacation plans.
  • Your captain’s primary role is the safety of guests, crew, and the yacht; he will always consider this.
  • The chefs and crews on board your luxury yacht charter want nothing more than for your dream vacation to become a reality. They will work very hard to ensure your needs and expectations are met.
  • You can also indicate what type of activities you wish to enjoy. Don’t be shy–the more detail and information you include, the better.
  • It is beneficial for the crew to understand what you would like to gain from your experience onboard. The Dosskit (Preference Form) is your opportunity to let the crew know.
    • Are you hoping to rest and rejuvenate?
    • Try a new water sport?
    • Explore a new area?

Pre-Communication of Dietary Needs to the Chef

  • The captain and chef use the Dosskit (Preference Form) as a vital tool to plan and prepare for your vacation. Include and review any dietary restrictions or favorites you may have.
  • One of the many benefits of a luxury yacht charter is having a chef. Based on your dietary needs, be it gluten-free, plant-based, low-carb, or anything else, the chef will plan meals to your liking based on your requests.
  • If there is a particular brand or label of the food, wine, or liquor you like while on your charter, the Preference Form is your chance to specify those wishes.

19. What Should I Pack?

  • Your cruising area will largely determine the type of clothing you want to bring due to the various climates. For instance, cruising through New England, you may need a sweater or windbreaker as the evening can be crisp. If you’re traveling through the Caribbean, the temperature can be warm year-round, but ladies might especially appreciate a wrap or shawl, as the evening breeze can be fantastic.
  • Regardless of your cruising area, resort casual is usually the comfortable attire unless you have planned a formal evening with the crew or on-shore dining.
  • Bathing suits, shorts, and casual beach attire are undoubtedly the order of the day on deck. Wear aquatic shoes for beach combing. Finally, guarding against the sun is vital. So, pack caps or wide-brimmed hats and loose-fitting cotton cover-ups.

Travel Trip Information will be provided on your personalized Axus App and will be available to download by all guests.

  • Your trip details and information, including sample packing lists, will be available on your Axus Travel App.
  • For more information on Axus
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20. What can I expect on the yacht?

As noted, your crew and chef will always be available to help with any needs you may have. Daily briefings will discuss weather, activities, itinerary, and meals. The CKIM staff are also available if you have any concerns while chartering. 

Your professional crew is proactive and will handle all your luxury yacht charter details. You can relax and unwind. The chef will plan each meal based on your specific preferences.

Your captain will guide you to your preferred destination- the quietest beaches, the secluded anchorages, or the liveliest entertainment spots.

  • Laundry facilities and options depend on the yacht; please inquire.
  • Daily housekeeping is routine. Sheets and towel changes may vary.
  • Turn-down service is yacht-specific.
  • Personal items, including shampoo, soap, hairdryers, etc., are typically available; please inquire about your yacht’s products.
  • Wi-Fi is typically available. Please inquire regarding specific needs.
  • Movies, Netflix, and TV may also be available.
  • Sound systems and personalized music offerings are available.
  • Fitness equipment and/or onboard yoga classes can be arranged before the trip.
  • Fitness equipment varies by yacht and should be discussed before your trip.
  • Wellness activities, including yoga and Pilates, can also be requested but must be discussed before your trip.