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Have you ever dreamed of yachting across the crystal clear waters of a world-famous yachting destination or hopping from island to island on a yachting adventure? If you are like most people, you have had this dream at least once. When it comes to reality, however, you do not necessarily have the funds or the capability to purchase and drive a yacht.
This is why yacht services exist. Yacht charters can take you to any number of destinations around the world, depending on the course you choose. While they are nowhere near as expensive as buying your own yacht and stocking it for a trip, they can still come at a price. Follow these 3 guidelines when choosing a yacht charter to have the best experience- for your vacation and your wallet.
#1: Choose Your Charter Broker Carefully
Most people know that when they are traveling, it is easiest to work with a travel agent, few know that a yacht broker is the person you should contact when you are looking for yacht services. Yacht brokers go through the details like where the yacht is going, the types of activities on the yacht, how much it is going to cost, and more. When you are choosing a broker, be sure that you ask whether or not they have actually been on the boat and met the crew. Many of them have stepped foot on the boat and met the crew but you may find that some have not done so. Those who have not will usually not be able to provide the best match for your yachting expedition.
#2: Specifics of Your Trip
It is up to the captain of the yacht where you will be stopping and when. This is why it is important that you choose a charter that is making stops in the places where you want to go. For the most part, you will find a charter making some of the best stops and you are going to have a great time. If you plan on being in town for a specific tournament or festival, make sure you mention it to your broker. He or she will be able to find you a charter that is passing through at the time you want to be in the area. Another factor to consider is whether or not entertainment is offered on the boat. Some yachts have things like kayaks, scuba gear, and jet skis on board, while others are minimalist. You will even find some that have small helicopters on board.
#3: The Services that Are Offered
You should ask about the services on the boat in regards to two things- how the crew interacts with the people aboard the ship and what amenities will be offered on the yacht. If you want to have a good time, it is important that you choose a charter boat with a crew that meshes well with your personality. After all, you don’t want to be stuck on a boat with a bunch of stiff people when you are trying to have a good time. Ask your broker if they have met the crew and how they interact with clientele to make sure it will be a good fit.
You should also consider the amenities that are offered. Some yachts have things like an all-you-can-eat buffet or five-course dinners. Others offer room service and food that you must pay for at the end of your excursion. Make sure to ask questions about things like this to be sure you are getting a good match.
There you have it. The top considerations you should make when hiring yacht services. Best of luck and happy vacationing!