The 10 Best Things About Luxury Crewed Yacht Charter


Written by Missy Johnston

Luxury Yacht Charter

Vacations are some of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences of our lives. We often spend a lot of time deciding on the perfect destination, and then there are the myriad of questions of where to stay, where to eat, and what we can see and do for the best vacation of our lives. And how much time and energy does this take? This is not the case with a vacation on a luxury crewed yacht charter, where your yacht is your hotel, your crew includes a chef, and daily activities evolve as your charter yacht cruises along a spectacular customized yacht charter itinerary arranged just for you.

We take care of you throughout the entire process—from selecting the best private yacht for your vacation to crafting a fully customized itinerary—and everything about the experience is focused on the most spectacular vacation for you, making things as easy as possible for you and your guests. Whether you’re thinking about planning your first or fifth luxury yacht charter vacation, take a look at our list of the ten best things about this exceptional experience. Get ready to sit back, relax, and let us take care of you every step of the way. 


The 10 Best Things About Luxury Crewed Yacht Charter2021-09-15T15:30:20-04:00

10 Ways To Enjoy a Pampered Vacation On a Luxury Yacht Charter


Written by Missy Johnston

Cocktails on a Private Beach

Cocktails on a Private Beach

“Being waited on hand and foot, with the beautiful water around me, my own private chef preparing exactly what I wanted to eat and drink . . . everything I desired was right there at my fingertips. It’s the ultimate escape.”

These are actual words spoken by one of our clients after she returned from her private yacht charter vacation, and they perfectly sum up everything we aim to offer—a luxury pampered vacation. And who doesn’t want to be pampered? In fact, right now, we all need some extra TLC. So, here it is—the top ten ways to spoil yourself on a luxury yacht charter vacation. We also included our pro tips and insider information for you to start planning the vacation of a lifetime. 


10 Ways To Enjoy a Pampered Vacation On a Luxury Yacht Charter2021-04-07T16:54:05-04:00

Social Distancing Luxury Travel on a Private Yacht Charter


Written by Missy Johnston

Yacht Charter Lifestyle

Yacht Charter Lifestyle

One of the things our clients love the most about a private yacht charter vacation is that it affords the opportunity to social distance as much or as little as you want, while offering up luxury amenities and five-star service. There is simply no better way to travel and explore the world!

A private yacht charter vacation has so much to offer any time of year as this is the ideal trip that offers the ultimate in personalization, social distancing, and (perhaps most importantly) luxury! Let’s take a closer look at why a luxury yacht charter is the best type of vacation to plan, then see exactly what awaits you onboard with an exclusive look at some of the charter yachts available in three of our favorite destinations. 


Social Distancing Luxury Travel on a Private Yacht Charter2021-03-22T14:49:33-04:00

Yacht Charter Cuisine: A Culinary Trip Around the World


Written by Missy Johnston

World class service provided by our professional crew and personal chef will create an atmosphere, onboard experience, and menu for your family reunion, wedding, honeymoon and more with our fabulous accommodations

Luxury Yacht Charter Dining

One of the many benefits of a private yacht charter vacation is experiencing the wonderful local cuisine and specialties of the area in which the charter is taking place. While many of us are staying socially distant and may be hesitant to enjoy restaurant dining due to COVID, everything is full steam ahead in the yacht charter world. 

Wondering how to stay safe on a yacht charter and still enjoy the regional cuisine? Your private chef will create an explosion of all of the local flavors right on board, bringing the local cuisine from land or sea to your private yacht dining table. Or your yacht crew can create a pop-up private ”restaurant” with one table just for you with private yacht crew service on a secluded beach. 

Private beach dinners are part of a Northrop-Johnson special customized yacht charter itinerary

Private Beach Dinner

Experience lovely fresh local foods that may not be available in your own at-home, local grocery store. Your chef can shop the local markets and craft a delicious meal featuring local cuisine right on board your private yacht that brings the region to life via a custom-tailored menu. Even those with special dietary restrictions or allergies can still experience the local flavors, thanks to a private onboard charter chef who can make the necessary—and delicious—accommodations. 

Fine dining, casual family meals, wine pairings, and interactive dining experiences—it is all available as part of the yacht charter cuisine experience. Get ready to work up an appetite as we take a closer look at all that dining on a yacht charter has to offer in various worldwide yacht charter cruising locations. Here is a selection of some of our favorite destinations  where a local culinary experience can always be a highlight of a yacht charter trip. 


Yacht Charter Cuisine: A Culinary Trip Around the World2021-01-01T17:24:29-05:00

Luxury Travel During COVID-19 on a Private Yacht Charter


Luxury Yachts in Secluded Harbor

Vacationing has changed this year due to the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Luxury travel during COVID-19, however, is still possible by private yacht charter, where you decide who to vacation with and you decide on the itinerary. Whether you stay remote, spend time ashore, or a combination of both is up to your discretion. A yacht charter vacation is a terrific trip to take for privacy, luxury, and fun. While private yacht charters have adopted all of the changes needed for COVID-19 including cleaning and operating protocols, the crew can also usually be COVID-19 tested before any charter, if requested. One thing remains constant about private yacht charter vacations—the opportunity to vacation in whatever manner you would like, all designed around your choices within your comfort zone. 

A private yacht charter is the perfect vacation to remain socially distant. Enjoy new scenery daily, while onboard your own private floating full service “hotel and restaurant.” The private crew is there to help make each charter a special experience. Enjoy water fun, drinks, excellent cuisine, stateroom service, and anything else needed so you don’t have to lift a finger.  It is, after all, your vacation. Below we share three reasons why taking a private yacht charter vacation could just be the best way to vacation during the coronavirus.


Luxury Travel During COVID-19 on a Private Yacht Charter2020-09-02T23:29:22-04:00

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

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

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.


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Yacht vs. Superyacht: Which Is the Best Yacht for Charter for You?


Yacht Charter Lifestyle-Swimming Platform www.njcharters.comThere is nothing quite like the private yacht charter experience. It is a carefully customized vacation designed for you and your guests, whether family or friends. The best parts are the luxury, the attentive crew service, and the lack of limitations; you are able to choose your destinations, your amenities, and your adventures.

Another amazing option is the type of yacht. The question then becomes, “Which is the best yacht for charter for me and my group?”

We will demystify the various yacht types so you can more easily choose the best yacht for you. There isn’t a more luxurious way to travel the globe.


Yacht vs. Superyacht: Which Is the Best Yacht for Charter for You?2019-12-20T16:20:03-05:00

FAQ: Booking a Private Yacht Charter

Yacht Charter Lifestyle

Yacht Charter Lifestyle

Everything you need to know before setting off on your new adventure

Q: How many people can travel on the same private yacht charter?

A: Yacht charters are booked on a whole-boat basis. This means whether your group consists of 2 people or 12, the fee paid will be for the yacht charter itself and is not determined by the number of occupied staterooms. Private yacht charter peaks at 12 guests per yacht because a charter is considered a “private yacht charter” according to the International Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) rules and regulations which state it carries 12 or fewer people. Cruise ships and other multi-cabin ships carry more than 12 guests, and operate under a different set of regulations.

Q: Are private yacht charters OK for kids and senior citizens?

A: Absolutely. Many of our bookings are made by families excited to sail the world and make exquisite memories together. From babies to seniors, everyone can find something they love.

Q: How does overall pricing work for a private yacht charter?

A: Generally speaking, private yacht charter contracts can be broken down into two main categories:120' Feadship Lady Victoria on a luxury private yacht charter vacation trip to Eleuthera, Bahamas

All-inclusive—This pricing includes the yacht, crew, food, and beverages. Often there are other services and items included in the pricing as well. All inclusions and exclusions in the pricing should be clearly delineated by the charter broker.   

Plus all expenses—With this pricing structure, the charter price is for the yacht and crew only, and your trip is customized by adding whatever you would like for food, beverage, bar, and the itinerary. You are only charged for what you want, and your expenses are at the receipt price. The base charter price which includes the yacht and crew includes the services of a chef, so food is charged at the grocery-store-receipt price. The services of the crew also include preparing the yacht before the charter. 

An expense deposit (what is known as an Advance Provisioning Allowance, or APA) is paid to fund all additional expenses beyond the yacht and crew. This usually costs approximately 20-30 percent of the base charter cost. The APA is then settled at the end of the charter against full receipts. General etiquette also includes tipping the crew, depending on the quality of service, using the typical range used for your cruising location. Your broker can help you calculate this amount.  

Q: How does seasonal pricing work for a private yacht charter?

A: High- and low-season pricing is not necessarily priced based on the most or less desirable time to be in the location of your choice. Often high or low season might be based on demand. For example, July and August have high-season pricing in the Mediterranean due to demand, while June and September are typically less expensive. However, June and September are actually both excellent months to charter in the Mediterranean; you will experience the same nice weather in June and September that you would experience in July and August. Ask your yacht charter broker what might determine high and low season pricing in your charter location of choice, as perhaps you could enjoy low-season pricing and have a great charter with all of the high-season advantages of that charter location.

Q: How far in advance should I book?

A: For some of the most popular spots, yacht charters will book up months in advance. Each region has a season, and within that season both high- and low-season pricing are normally available. It is important to consider timing for your chosen location; yachts move and cruise around the world, and usually are available in a location during the season for that charter destination.

Q: Where should I travel?

Schooner Columbia in Newport RI

Family Bonding

A: Private charter hotspots can be found all over the globe.

  • The Caribbean is a natural draw for travelers young and old. 
  • Step into paradise with a private charter in the South Pacific
  • See the expansive vistas and exotic wildlife Down Under.
  • Immerse yourself in history via the Mediterranean, including France, Spain, and Croatia.
  • Still don’t know where to go? Our insider tips can assist.

Q: What type of yacht should I select?

A: There are both motor yachts and sailing yachts. These can be catamarans, monohulls, classic yachts, or explorer Far Niente 130 foot Westport Motor Yacht njcharters.comyachts. Further, these can be mega or super yachts. Mega or super yachts can have  amenities such as swimming pools, helipads, elevators, and fully-equipped gyms or spas. 

Generally speaking, motor yachts cost more to build and operate and therefore more to charter than sailing yachts, as their engines are larger and more expensive and they also have more space to accommodate various types of amenities (such as an on-board gym). Obviously, if you want an additional sport + adventure factor, sailing is the way to go.  

When reviewing charter yacht listings, one important consideration is the number of staterooms and bathrooms (“heads”). Yachts are usually chartered with each stateroom based on double occupancy, meaning if the yacht has 3 staterooms, the yacht is available to charter for 6 guests. 

Q: How do I find a good private yacht charter broker?

A: A qualified charter broker will do everything possible to ensure your trip is trouble-free, which begins with your contract. The gold standards are the MYBA (Mediterranean Yacht Broker Association) contract or the AYCA (American Yacht Charter Association) contract. It is best to work with a charter broker who is an MYBA and/or AYCA member. A charter broker who is a member of one or both associations must have established professional excellence for a certain number of years to become a member, and must maintain proven professional excellence in the yachting industry to stay a member.

Q: What are private yacht charter crews responsible for on my trip?

A: Your crew handles maintenance, on-board service, on-board cuisine, and cocktail mixing. Not only that, they know the cruising area intimately. This includes all the great little anchorages, excellent restaurants ashore, where to go hiking, the best local guides, what to see ashore, and who to call when you need a taxi. They organize anything you need, help with all of your water fun, and are there spending time with you on board. They know which fruit is ripe, where to find fresh fish and shellfish, the best wines and cheeses, where to do the best kitesurfing, and the most scenic swimming spots. Bottom line: A great crew equals an extraordinary charter.

Q: Which amenities can I expect on board?

A: Electronics are always important. Most yachts do have a sound system for music, and a system to watch movies snorkeling in turquoise ocean water at tropical island of Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, Caribbeanon board, plus a selection of CDs and DVDs.

Water toys are always fun to have and most yachts have a nice selection of water toys, including at least: snorkeling equipment, a tender for shoreside access, and tow toys to use with the tender. The yacht brochure will list the additional water toys that a yacht in which you have an interest might have on board, which might include sea kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, wakeboards, beach picnic setups, and scuba diving gear (if the yacht offers on-board scuba diving). Motor yachts, which have more room on board to store water toys, might have water slides from the top deck to the water, jet skis for licensed users, jet pack toys, and other equipment.

FAQ: Booking a Private Yacht Charter2021-04-08T10:13:18-04:00
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