Best Advice for First Time Yacht Charter Guests

Posted October 1, 2014 in Charter by Janine St.Denis

Northrop & Johnson’s exceptionally talented & knowledgeable charter brokers offer their best piece of advice for a first-time charterer

“A common, and very important, question first-time charterers often ask is ‘how much will my charter cost in total?’ Unless otherwise noted, the charter rate quoted by your broker includes the hire of the yacht, fully equipped with a professional captain and crew. Additional costs include ‘consumables,’ such as fuel, food and beverages, marina fees and ground transportation. In some areas, tax also is an additional charge. Crew gratuities are customary. Your broker will estimate these costs based on your chosen yacht, the itinerary and food and wine preferences. Rest assured that, unlike hotels or restaurants, all ‘consumables’ are charged at cost and the captain will deliver a full account for your approval at the end of the charter.”
Fiona Maureso Charter Broker, South of France

“While a private yacht charter may be a cruising vacation on water, that is where the similarities between a luxury private yacht charter and a cruise ship vacation end. Cruise ship vacations are preset, including dates, itinerary, menus and onboard and shoreside activities. Not one aspect of a private yacht charter is preset. The booking process for a private yacht charter starts with you. To begin, have in mind the vision of your perfect, customized on-water vacation. It may seem like a backwards way of trip planning, however, this ‘backwards’ way of organizing your perfect vacation on a luxury private yacht charter moves this experience forward to ensure the end result is exactly what you have been dreaming of. A luxury yacht charter is all about you — from cruising location, to itinerary, fun activities and menu, even down to your favorite wine label. Expect to tell your charter broker your perfect vision…and we will take it all from there.”
Missy Johnston Charter Broker, Newport

“Once you have settled on an experienced broker whom you trust, be sure to ask questions as you explore the options. Selecting a yacht that most closely meets all of your objectives, including size, style, itinerary, dates, price, crew and so on means opening up about all of your requirements, wants and needs. Share with your broker the activities you enjoy, your hobbies, your favorite locations or bucket-list destinations, your cuisine and beverages of choice — including any and all dietary requirements, such as allergies, diabetes, etc. — or special occasions that should be celebrated. It’s also good to have a chat with the captain and chef prior to boarding to ensure everyone is on the same page. Then relax and prepare for the most incredible holiday of your life.”
Ann Landry Charter Broker, Fort Lauderdale

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