Frequently Asked Questions
you may have about chartering a yacht?
What is a private yacht charter?
A private yacht charter is like combining the best features of a cruise ship and a luxury resort. You’ll travel to a different, unspoiled destination each day with a degree of pampering and personal attention you may not have experienced before. Say good-bye to crowds, waiting in lines, and fixed itineraries. This is your own private yacht with a dedicated crew, a variety of amenities and water sports 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 basic 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 representative 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 actually varies remarkably based on some factors: the type of yacht, the size of the yacht, number of guests, and the location of the yacht charter destination. The rates may also differ from the low peak and high peak seasons.
What type of boats are available for yacht charter?
The types of yachts available for charter are:
- Motor Yachts
- Power Catamarans
- Sailing Catamarans
- Sailboats (mono-hulls)
Are there high and low seasons for yacht chartering?
Yes, there are, depending on the type of yacht 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 plus expenses rates for charters:
- 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. Premium is added to the standard rate with a minimum charter period required.
- Low Season: All other periods when the standard rate is charged based on the number of guests for the charter.
- 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 I can choose from?
Whether your choice is the Bahamas or Caribbean with its warm inviting sun and crystal-clear waters, the Eastern or Western Mediterranean steeped in history and culture, the splendor of the Pacific Northwest or New England, or an exotic destination in the Pacific or Indian Ocean–the world is your playground when it comes to yacht chartering. Where you charter will depend on when you wish to charter, the experience you wish to have, the type of yacht you wish to charter and its availability.
The Bahamas – A wonderful destination for the group seeking quieter anchorages, water sports, fishing, warm beautiful water away from the crowds.
The Caribbean – Year-round wonderful 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 fine dining restaurants on these three islands 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.
Florida – 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, and The Pacific Northwest – Summer time is the season here. Fishing, shore excursions, hiking, glaciers are a few of the highlights in this area. Desolation Sound is a natural wonder to behold.
Mediterranean – Choices and more choices. Summer is the season from April until October.
Croatia: The hottest spot for yacht chartering in the Mediterranean. Many islands, beautiful scenery, local wines and historical sites like Dubrovnik and its walled old town.
Greece – Outstanding history, beautiful scenery, Santorini, Mykonos the party island, Rhodes and so many other outstanding islands, historical sites, cuisine, and people.
French Riviera – To see and be seen. The vibe here is unbelievable. Restaurants, beaches, shopping, marinas, night clubs, and live music on the beach. Cannes, Monaco, St. Tropez and the islands.
Italian Riviera – From May to October it is from San Remo along the coast with Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre and more. This is an outstanding area with the colorful Italian scenery. Villages on the hillside are out of a storybook.
Southern Italy and Sicily – The Amalfi Coast, Capri, Naples and the islands. You can spend more than 14 nights cruising this area.
Turkey – The Turkish Riviera of Marmaris, Bodrum and the coast. The Turkish cuisine is outstanding along with the hospitality of the people.
Are meals and drinks included in the yacht charter fee?
The following are charter rate options for your charter vacation depending on the yacht and sailing region:
Inclusive charter rate:
Inclusive normally means a crew of 2 or more with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, ship’s bar (excluding vintage wines, champagne, dockage and communication), water toys and all on board amenities. In the Virgin Islands the Government fees and taxes are usually included.
Everything that is included in the “Inclusive rate” is also included here, sometimes exclusions are the ship’s bar and beverages. Government Taxes and fees may be additional in both cases.
Plus all expenses:
All expenses incurred for providing for the guests’ charter. An APA (Advance Provisioning Allowance) of between 20 – 35% depending on the yacht is collected to cover the costs of fuel, provisions, communications, dockage and government fees.
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 rate.
What is the Booking Process or how do I book my yacht charter?
After discussing your vacation plans with us we will present you with the yacht options based upon your dates, yacht charter destination, yacht type and size for your group. After your questions are answered and your yacht is selected the next steps are:
Complete the paper work we will send you consisting of the following:
- Charter summary
- Your yacht charter agreement
- Sample charter agreements.
- Travel insurance quote – we will need everyone’s date of birth and households.
Depending on when your charter is scheduled, you would need to wire or send CKIM Group Inc., a cashier’s check for either the deposit or full payment stated on the charter agreement. Charters are not confirmed until payments are received. Final payment details will be stated on the charter agreement.
We will email you the Preference Forms for your careful completion. This form will have your food, drink, activity, passport information, shoe size, food in-tolerances, and allergy information. It is important for your crew to know what is important to you and as much information as possible to begin planning your menu and itinerary.
Prior to your arrival 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 prior to departing on your vacation. During the cruise it is important to communicate with the captain and crew with any questions and or requests. They are available and will assist you with arrangements. Your captain’s primary role is the safety of guests, crew and the yacht and he will be taking this into consideration at all times.
How will I communicate my needs to the crew?
The chefs and crews onboard your luxury yacht charter want nothing more than for your dream vacation to become a reality. They will work very hard to make sure all of your needs are met and your expectations surpassed.
Once you book your yacht charter, you will be given a Preference Sheet to complete. The captain and chef use this vital tool to plan and prepare for your vacation. It’s a great idea to sit down with your guests to review any dietary restrictions or favorites they may have. You will also have the opportunity to indicate what type of activities you wish to enjoy. Don’t be shy–the more detail and information you include the better.
It is immensely helpful for the crew to understand what you would like to gain from your experience onboard.
- Are you hoping to rest and rejuvenate?
- Try a new water sport?
- Explore a new area?
The Preference Sheet is your opportunity to let them know.
One of the many benefits to a luxury yacht charter is having your personal chef. No matter your dietary needs, be it gluten-free, plant-based, low carb, or anything, the chef will plan meals to your liking based on your requests. If there is a special brand or label of food, wine, or liquor you like while on your charter, the Preference Sheet is your chance to specify those wishes.
If, after completing your preference sheet, you decide there is something more the crew might need to know (special occasions, changes in activities), just contact us and we will be happy to communicate your needs to the crew.
Your captain and or chef will contact you prior to your arrival to discuss your preferences and vacation plans.
What activities would be available on my Yacht Charter?
Based on your yacht and destination, there are a myriad of activities and water sports are available to do, such as:
- Scuba diving
- Wake boarding
- Stand-up paddle boarding
You will have many opportunities to visit ashore and take part in the on-shore side activities as well.
What level of service can I expect?
Your professional crew is proactive and will take care of all the details during your luxury yacht charter. 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.
What type of clothing should I pack?
Your cruising area will largely determine what type of clothing you may 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 cool.
Regardless of your specific cruising area, however, resort casual is usually the comfortable level of attire, unless you have planned a formal evening with the crew or on-shore dining.
Bathing suits, shorts and casual beach attire are surely the order of the day on deck. Aquatic shoes are preferred for beach combing. Finally, guarding against the sun is vital. So, pack caps or wide-brimmed hats, and loose-fitting cotton cover-ups.
What is the APA (Advance Provisioning Allowance)?
An advance provisioning allowance is pre-paid expenses for the operating cost of the yacht while on your charter. It is usually between 25 – 35% of the weekly charter rate depending on the type of yacht. This is pre-paid in advance in addition to the weekly charter rate and VAT to cover the cost of fuel, provisioning for food, drinks, port fees, harbour fees, marina dues, customs clearance, water, electricity, personal laundry, communications and consumables for the charter party.
During your charter you’re welcome to view the APA expenses with the captain. When your cruise comes to an end, the captain will work out if you owe monies, or if you are due a refund.
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We recommend that you protect your vacation investment against a variety of possible losses over which you have no control by purchasing travel insurance. We will provide travel insurance quotes based on the households on the charter and each person’s date of birth which you will need to let us know.
Why should I consider Charterer’s Liability Insurance?
When chartering a yacht, it is important to know that yachts do not (normally) cover the liability of a charterer or his/her guests. The yacht’s insurance covers the liability of the owner and crew, but in the event a charterer causes damage to the yacht or to a third party, the charterer’s assets are not protected by the vessel’s policy; and damages for which the charterer is responsible are not limited. Because, in spite of what the charter contract says, a charter’s financial responsibility is NOT limited by the terms of the contract.
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 Charterers Liability policy.
Can I be added to the vessel’s insurance as an additional insured?
The answer is, more than likely, no. And even if you could be the cost to do so would be passed along to you the charterer AND you the charterer would “share” the liability limit with the vessel’s owner.
How can I protect yourself while on charter?
You may purchase Charterer’s Liability insurance which covers the legal liability of charterers and guests during the charter. Recognizing that this is a specialized form of insurance, we recommend you consult with a marine insurance specialist of your choosing.
Call CKIM Group – Luxury Yacht Charters (321) 777-1707