Your Private Yacht Charter Checklist for 2020

Family & Friend on Luxury yacht Charter

Family on Luxury Yacht Charter

Are you wondering about the little details for taking yourself and guests on a private yacht charter? Let us ease your mind with a list of what to have ready for any private yacht charter. It will ensure that this upcoming trip is truly delightful.

Before Boarding: Yacht Charter Tips

#1: Pack Your Vitamins and Medications

Healthy cruisers are happy cruisers. Make sure you remember all the medications and supplements that you normally take. 

#2: Packing for Your Home Away from Home 

Here’s what you will definitely want to have on hand:

  • Identification papers, including passports and IDs
  • Cash in the proper converted currency(ies) or cash in your currency, ready to exchange upon arrival
  • Copy of your Charter Reservation Statement, Charter Contract, and any applicable insurance policy information such as Trip Cancellation Insurance if applicable 
  • Skincare—sunblock, lip balm and lotion with SPF, and insect repellent if applicable
  • Swimsuits
  • Lightweight wardrobe—bathing suit cover-ups, shorts, dresses, activewear, shoreside shoes, sun protection clothing if needed, upscale or elegant nightlife clothing depending on the charter location (most charter locations are very casual ashore)
  • Sunglasses and a hat
  • After-sun creams or aloe vera
  • The tools: waterproof phone case, universal plug adapters and converters if needed, and chargers!
  • For camera buffs, all camera gear, with backup everything including batteries

#3: On-board Cuisine

Yacht Chef Prepares Cuisine

Yacht Chef Prepares Cuisine

The crew will be preparing on-board meals during your charter. Once you board, reprovisioning may not be available, depending on your charter location, so all meals must be planned in advance. If there are special dietary requests, certain items may need to be ordered in advance to have on board.  

Before your charter we will send you a comprehensive provisioning form that will ask you not only what you like to eat, but how you like to eat. You can request low-fat meals with sauces on the side as a priority, and whether you prefer your main meal at lunch or dinner.  

In certain locations your fish dinner can be caught fresh and prepared by your chef minutes later. Shellfish can be purchased right from the fisherman or shell farm. Lobsters right from the lobster trap and steamed in clean seawater are an unforgettable treat. 

Chefs can accommodate all allergies and food requests such as gluten and dairy-free, as well as tree nut allergies. Just be sure to include all dietary requests and needs when completing your provisioning form. If chartering in a new location, take advantage of the opportunity to try fresh local cuisine from that region.

#4: Unplug

Many of our private yachts have excellent WiFi and numerous connectivity options for playing music, entertaining the children, checking in with the office, etc. Despite these amenities, we highly recommend stepping away from email, chat, and social media for at least a little while. They will still be there when you finish hiking volcanoes, scuba diving with tropical fish, and getting in from a night out at chic clubs. For any movies you might want to see or music you might want to hear, download those while at home before embarking on your yacht charter vacation. 

#7: Ask About Pets

In some cases, Fido or Daisy can join you on your charter. First, you’ll want to check on the rules with your charter broker. Once you know your dog will be allowed, make sure to check on the following:

  • Documentation: Find out any paperwork that may be required for each country you will be entering on your charter.
  • Microchipping: Check to see if the country(ies) where you will cruise require(s) that an animal be microchipped.
  • Fear and anxiety: If your dog has never been on a yacht, consider if this is the best vacation for your pet, and if your dog will be comfortable with the whole boating experience.  A yacht may make a dog accustomed to stable land feel uncertain and anxious. 
  • Bathroom needs: Which supplies do you need so that your pet can be comfortable?
  • Pet flotation device: Bring one that your dog will find comfortable, and expect your pet to wear a flotation device at all times when on deck or in the ship’s tender.

#8: Pre-Assign Staterooms 

This is your choice. You can either pre-assign staterooms to your guests, or allow everyone to choose upon boarding. Pre-assigning staterooms will allow the crew to immediately take all luggage to the right stateroom upon boarding. 

After Boarding: Living On Board Your Charter Yacht

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Warm Welcome from the Crew

The preliminary work is done, and now you are on board, ready to enjoy your fabulous vacation. Here are a few basic tips we compiled for all guests when on board your chosen charter yacht on a yacht charter holiday. 

Enjoy the yacht as you would your own home

It might take you a day or two to fully relax. That’s normal! The vessel will soon become your  home away from home.

Allow time for crew housekeeping

Part of the crew’s job is to keep things sparkling and to clean your stateroom every day. Be aware of their need to clean, giving them the time and space to do so. 

Listen to safety briefings

This is not only a requirement when boarding a vessel, it is also important for your safety. The safety briefing given at the beginning of any charter includes how to avoid dangerous equipment, the location of the medical kits and lifejackets, and where to muster in the unlikely event that all must abandon ship.

Follow the “barefoot” rule

When boarding, expect that your street shoes go into a basket or another location on deck to be gathered when heading ashore during the charter. The usual mode on board is barefoot.   Shoes with land dirt on the soles can scuff and damage yacht decks. Anyone that needs to wear shoes on board is welcome to do so. Just bring a pair of new or very well-cleaned rubber-soled shoes to be worn solely on board. 

Crew Gratuity

On every charter the crew is working very hard to supply you top service. It is customary at the end of the charter to leave a crew gratuity. This is discretionary and is based on what you feel the crew has earned. The gratuity range is from 5 or 10 percent up to 15 or 20 percent, depending on the charter location. Your charter broker will advise the crew gratuity range for the location in which your charter takes place in advance of the charter. If crew gratuity is earned, it is given to the captain to divide up equally amongst the crew. The work of each—whether in the engine room or on deck—adds up to an enjoyable charter..

Plan special occasions ahead of time

The crew wants to create a fun environment, but they do need to be able to plan for all special events or celebrations in advance. This way, it can be ready when you board. With complete information, the crew will be able to do a better job for you in creating events such as a special birthday party, a themed dinner night or a wine tasting of local boutique wines. 


Marcato, 140' expedition luxury charter yacht in Highborne Cay, the Exumas, Bahamas

Family Breakfast on Yacht Charter

Be sure to check before booking your yacht re: the smoking or non-smoking standard on board. Every yacht has a standard on smoking or non-smoking which will include whether you can or cannot indulge in the occasional after-dinner cigar. If smoking is allowed, it will be in exterior areas only. Check with the crew on where smoking zones might be on board.  

The very nature of luxury private yacht charter is an entirely customizable experience. This extends from food and drink to unique activities such as a murder mystery night and celebrating special occasions on board. 

Just be sure to let the crew know all group needs and desires in advance. It will all be ready and waiting on board at the beginning of your charter, so you can have the best and most memorable time possible. On a private yacht charter, there is no such thing as providing the crew with too much information. And do ask any question you would like to ask in advance. Every detail helps!

Contact us today so we can help you design the perfect cruise.

Your Private Yacht Charter Checklist for 20202020-03-27T11:28:05-04:00

Travel Back in Time by Private Yacht Charter to Newport, RI

Bowens Wharf Newport, RI

Bowens Wharf Newport, RI

There is no better way to travel back to the colonial era than by taking a private yacht charter to Newport, Rhode Island. This beautiful City by the Sea boasts over 200 colonial-era homes and buildings, the largest grouping of these buildings in the United States. Quite a few are open for tours or have been turned into shops, museums, and hotels. Read more about Newport’s history and must-see spots in this article.

Beautiful lighthouse by the ocean at sunset

Castle Hill Lighthouse, Newport, RI

Newport is also known as the Sailing Capital of the World, its other claim to fame. Cruising or sailing here offers spectacular views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, and is the gateway to the islands of southern New England including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Nature and history enthusiasts will love the Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile seaside stroll past some of the most magnificent Newport mansions. There is so much to fall in love with here. This additional travel guide with highlighted restaurants and activities will help you make the most of your time. Don’t forget your cocktail attire! Newport is one town that knows how to throw a party.

Travel Back in Time by Private Yacht Charter to Newport, RI2020-03-22T22:21:22-04:00

Discover the Komodo Dragon by Private Yacht Charter


Komodo Dragon in Indonesia

A yacht charter to see the Komodo Dragons in Indonesia is the stuff of myths and legends. Flying into Bali, with a short domestic flight to Flores Island, your private yacht charter then takes you to the Komodo Archipelago: Komodo Island, Rinca Island, and Padar Island. This is a UNESCO Reserve and World Heritage Site due to the highly endangered flora and fauna, including the Komodo Dragon itself. We’ve written a little previously about what a trip to see the dragons looks like for a yacht charter traveler

Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon

Once you’ve arrived at the islands there is so much to see and do. There are hikes, scuba diving, swimming, and experiences both above and below the waterline—including hundreds of giant fruit bats filling up the skies at sunset. This guide can help you plan out your experiences safely. Be prepared for hot, dry weather during the peak travel season of April-December, and remember to pack your camera!

Discover the Komodo Dragon by Private Yacht Charter2020-03-16T12:21:18-04:00

Mallorca Is a Top Private Yacht Charter Destination

Balearic islands, Spain. menorca


The Balearic Islands have a reputation for taking their young, beautiful, tanned visitors from daytime on the beach to nighttime in the clubs with very little sleep in between. Life is a nonstop party on Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. For those seeking a more private experience, explore the charming little fishing villages; however, it is also an ideal destination for a private yacht charter.

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The Famous Ibiza Sunset

Make sure to visit Mallorca to spend time soaking up the Spanish sunshine. The hillside town of Deià attracts exclusive crowds, celebrities, and artists alike. Ancient monasteries and twisted olive trees line the Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain range known for its magnificent hiking trails and historic villages. This travel guide is an excellent starter for discovering the region. Wherever you go, Mallorca will charm and seduce you.

Mallorca Is a Top Private Yacht Charter Destination2020-03-16T12:14:55-04:00

Where Those “In the Know” Go on a Mediterranean Luxury Private Yacht Charter


Cannes Harbor France

Cannes Harbor, France

A luxury private yacht charter is the best way to see the cultures and histories of the Mediterranean—and to travel virtually incognito as you explore the hottest, most chic spots of this region. We’ve got your VIP table reserved for pure fantasy!

There are so many exclusive destinations across the Eastern and Western Mediterranean; we want you to see all of them on your own private getaway. Many of these spots can be visited by the ship’s tender without fanfare! After all, you deserve to vacation just as you imagined it; privately, with access to all of the more luxurious places on the planet. We want to stress that, as always, client confidentiality is key and privacy is strictly protected. 


Where Those “In the Know” Go on a Mediterranean Luxury Private Yacht Charter2020-03-16T12:11:40-04:00

Travel by Private Yacht Charter to the Most Romantic Place on Earth

Aerial of Heart Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Aerial of Heart Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

What is the most romantic spot on Earth, you ask? A top contender can be found Down Under in the Great Barrier Reef. The Heart Reef is perfectly shaped to match the name; private yacht charter travelers will be instantly charmed by this tiny reef outcrop and its romantic appearance. Not to mention the blindingly white sand, lush greenery, and deep blue ocean (where snorkelers and scuba divers can see some of the world’s most spectacular sea life). Bring your special someone here to see the Heart Reef from the air on a private helicopter ride!

Australia Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Traveling by private yacht to Australia and New Zealand is an experience like none other. Follow this Insider Guide to see more special spots. We recommend staying to see the rest of the Whitsundays, and then heading to the wineries of South Island.

Travel by Private Yacht Charter to the Most Romantic Place on Earth2020-03-16T12:07:01-04:00

Discover Antibes, France on a Private Yacht Charter

The French Riviera

The French Riviera

The French Riviera boasts so much more than gorgeous beaches. Of course, you can spend every single day on the beach and feel like you’ve had a fantastic vacation when visiting Antibes. For the explorer, however, there are also not-to-be-missed excursions and adventures at hand. The private yacht charter traveler who loves a deep dive into history can climb up to Fort Carre. There you will see the 16th-century building used as a prison (for notables including Napoleon Bonaparte during the French Revolution) and learn more about warfare in that era. Fort Carre is located in Antibes Old Town, where you can feast on mussels in white wine and crepes, and buy a tourist trinket or two, or a handful of Provence lavender.

Antibes Market

Antibes Market

We also recommend following this superyacht insider itinerary for the South of France; it’s a bucket-list trip. The Cap d’Antibes, for example, is a sightseeing spot worth its weight in gold, lined with gardens, fabulous estates, and gorgeous ocean views.

Discover Antibes, France on a Private Yacht Charter2020-02-15T19:02:52-05:00

Yacht Charter Bodrum, Visit the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology


One of the coolest things to do in Turkey is visit the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, housed in the Bodrum Castle and overlooking the impressive Bodrum harbor. Bodrum is the perfect town from which to board and/or disembark a private yacht charter to cruise through beautiful crystal green and blue waters. The museum is also a must-see when in Bodrum before or after your yacht charter.

Bodrum , Turkey Ancient Amphoras from Ancient Shipwrecks

Ancient shipwrecks found deep in the Aegean, Icarian, and Mediterranean Seas have been meticulously catalogued and their riches placed on display. Read more here about the astonishing artifacts you can find, including pottery and weaponry dating back 3,500 years. Turkey’s southern coastline is a haven for the Turkish Gulet vessel, on which a yacht charter is known as the “Blue Voyage.” The building and development of these ships is documented in the Bodrum Maritime Museum, another vacation discovery we highly recommend.

Yacht Charter Bodrum, Visit the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology2020-02-15T19:10:22-05:00

5 Exciting New Trends for Luxury Yacht Charters


Cannes Harbor France

A fascinating blend of technology and a desire to honor nature and its resources is turning the “typical” charter yacht excursion on its head in new and delightful ways.

Here are five of the biggest private yacht trends currently taking place around the globe:

  1. The eco-friendly yacht, inviting the outside in and bringing travelers closer to the elements.
  2. Open concept design, reflecting ample open-air space and the opportunity for stunning views at every angle.
  3. Smart yachts. Just as a home can be enhanced with smart control of temperature, security, WiFi, and other functionality, the same is happening in luxury yachts.
  4. Unique yacht trends, extravagant and larger-than-life. You won’t believe what you can find on board!
  5. Finally, there are the supersize yachts playing host to an extended group of family or friends.

The private yacht charter of your choice can be customized in so many ways. The examples below are only a sampling of what exists in today’s yacht charters. If you have questions about which amenities, features, and other bonuses are available on board the type of vessel you prefer, NJ Charters can provide answers.


5 Exciting New Trends for Luxury Yacht Charters2020-02-15T19:13:08-05:00

Yacht Charter Favorite Willy T Returns to British Virgin Islands


Willy T Photo

Floating restaurant William Thornton, also known as the Willy T, was a casualty of Hurricane Irma in 2017. After some back-and-forth with the government, it has now returned, which you can read about here

The William Thornton was moved from “The Bight” at Norman Island to its new spot: Great Harbour on Peter Island. Willy T is a famous favorite of the yacht charter crowd. On board, charterers can chow down on honey-stung chicken and conch fritters along with select adult beverages. Be sure to purchase a Hurricane Irma T-shirt created to commemorate its brief absence, and read more about this BVI must-visit spot on the NJ Charters Blog.

Yacht Charter Favorite Willy T Returns to British Virgin Islands2020-02-15T22:00:00-05:00