Welcome to our comprehensive guide to crewed yacht charter FAQ’s. As experts in the industry, we understand that planning the perfect yacht vacation can be overwhelming, but don’t worry; we’re here to help! We’ve got you covered, from arranging your charter to ensuring your privacy and safety.
How can I arrange a charter?
At Royalty Yachts, we pride ourselves on providing a personalized experience tailored to your specific needs. To begin planning your dream yacht vacation, contact us via email or phone and let us know the type of charter experience you seek, dates, destination, and your preferred type of yacht. With a broad and diverse selection of yachts ranging from Euro 10,000 to Euro 1,000,000 per week, please advise us of your approximate budget so that we can prepare a detailed proposal with our extensive knowledge for your perusal.
When is the best time to charter?
Most charter sailing regions are influenced by the seasons. Therefore, our team at Royalty Yachts will advise you of the best time of year to enjoy your preferred sailing destination. Our insider knowledge will ensure you get the most out of your vacation.
What are the payment terms?
Charter agreements can differ slightly depending on the destination. However, a 50% deposit is typically required upon signing the contract, and the balance plus the APA (Advance Provisioning Allowance) is due six weeks before the charter. The charter agreement will outline the terms for a refund in case of cancellation.
What is the APA?
In addition to the yacht charter fee, you will be asked to pay an APA (Advance Provisioning Allowance) of 25-30% of the charter fee. This is given to the yacht’s Captain in cash before your yacht charter to cover expenses related to the cost of your yacht charter, including fuel, food and drink, berthing dues, laundry, telephone, and more. At the end of the charter, the Captain will provide full accounts of all expenditures, and any unused money will be refunded, or any additional costs not covered by the APA will be charged.
Should we tip the crew?
Tipping the Captain and crew after a charter for excellent care and service is customary. Tips for the crew are entirely at your discretion, but a usual gratuity can range between 10 to 20% of the charter fee. We recommend that you hand such a tip to the Captain at the end of the charter for fair distribution among all crew members. Ultimately, however, it is up to you.
What insurance will we need?
The charter contract will outline what is insured. However, it is recommended that you purchase your liability insurance cover to protect you and your guests, as well as your personal effects, against any unforeseen circumstances. Royalty Yachts also recommends Trip Cancellation Insurance to all our clients. Most charter contracts only provide a refund for cancellations if the yacht is re-booked for your charter dates.
What’s on the menu?
At Royalty Yachts, we take pride in providing exceptional service, including customized menus to suit your preferences and dietary requirements. Before your trip, we’ll ask you to complete a questionnaire (Preference Sheet) to provide all your food and beverage preferences. It is important that the crew know in advance of any allergies or severe food aversions, which should be specified in the preference list.
Can we create our own itinerary?
Royalty Yachts will consider your requirements and preferences and will prepare an itinerary that meets your desires and when and where you want to go. During the charter, you may discuss and request any changes with the Captain, who will advise on the best options considering the current weather and other circumstances to ensure your safety at sea.
Can our privacy be assured?
Private Yacht Charter crew are experienced in entertaining celebrities and high-level politicians. All our crew are professionals and trained to use absolute discretion so that you can be confident that your privacy is guaranteed.
Will I have to share a yacht with people I don’t know?
No. Private charter yachts cannot be booked by the cabin. You hire the whole yacht and decide who comes on board for the trip.
Are smaller yachts as safe as big cruise ships?
Private yachts are safer for many reasons. Private yacht crews are trained to the highest international standards to deal with emergencies on board. See more info.
Is smoking allowed?
Most yachts do allow smoking on deck. If any of your guests are smokers, please advise Royalty Yachts.
What communications are available?
Most yachts are equipped with the most up-to-date communications technology, which includes cellular telephone service, global satellite telecommunications, Internet access, email, and fax services.