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What You Need to Know About Your Crew on a Crewed Yacht Charter

2019-05-03T13:25:54-04:00
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One of the most important aspects about a luxury yacht charter experience is the crew. Without them, there is no charter. Varying in size and hailing from all over the world, the crew is vital in making the charter enjoyable. Ranging from two crew members for a 60 ft. yacht to a larger crew for superyachts, your crew must be knowledgeable, professional, and accommodating. They also must have the appropriate licenses and onboard training to ensure a successful yacht charter.

With over 30 years in the industry, we have worked with many crew members. We know what to look for when hiring a fantastic crew. Here’s what you need to know about your yacht staff on a crewed yacht charter.

The Crew at a Glance

Private Crewed Luxury Yacht ChartersIn worldwide yacht charter, at a minimum there will be a captain and a cook. As the charter moves up in size and price range, the cook may be a culinary-trained yacht chef. Usually other crew will be on board, such as stewardesses, stewards, engineers, and mates. In the largest size ranges, especially on a motor yacht, there will be several engineers, a First Officer, and more mates, stewards, and stewardesses for on board service. Additionally, there may be a purser to keep track of all accounts, including the Advance Provisioning Allowance, or APA. An additional sous chef may also be on board larger yachts to feed the crew and support the chef.

Manning requirements for yachts are quite involved, and depend on the country to which the vessel is flagged, the nationality of the crew, and the location in which the yacht will cruise. Crew members may need a visa or other documents to enter the country in which the yacht might enter. Depending on the position, there may be many different licenses and visas to obtain before being hired on board any yacht.

In the luxury yacht charter industry, crew members have many opportunities to work their way up from smaller yachts to larger yachts. On the other hand, some crew are very happy to spend their time on the sea on a smaller yacht charter—such as a couple working together without additional crew on a nice catamaran in the British Virgin Islands, welcoming guests on board for various weeks of charter.

The Crew Positions

Captain

No matter the size of the yacht, the captain’s main duty is to man and operate the yacht safely. They are fully responsible for the crew and the guests. The captain has the ultimate command over every other crew member, and must answer to the yacht owner. The smaller the yacht, the more hands-on the captain needs to be. A captain’s job is all-encompassing. In addition to steering, navigating, and maintaining the boat, the captain is responsible for training the crew, safety, and budget management.Yacht Crew Prepares Dining on Yacht Charter www.njcharters.com

The yacht captain must have the appropriate license for the flag state for which the yacht is flagged. The requirements are also subject to the size of the yacht. Obtaining a captain’s license is a difficult achievement; it requires a certain number of hours at sea in addition to other skills, including medical training, proper nautical communications, and firefighting. Often, those who wish to achieve a captain’s license must attend a Maritime Academy in their country.  

Your captain must be fully-licensed (with all licenses current and approved by the hull insurance provider) to be in control and command of the yacht. Approval from the hull’s insurance provider is the best indicator that you have a fully qualified captain on board.

First officer

In a nutshell, the first officer is the captain’s assistant—supporting the captain in every aspect of yacht management. First officers will need to have additional licenses depending on what is required by the flag state to which the yacht is flagged and the yacht tonnage.

Engineer

The yacht engineer is responsible for all electrical, mechanical, electronic, computer, and plumbing systems on board, making sure the yacht is in safe working order. Yacht engineers do everything from oil changes to engine rebuilds. They must have the appropriate licenses for the flag state to which the yacht is flagged. Achieving this license requires many hours of education and onboard training, often including training by the company that manufactured the yacht engines. On larger yachts, the engineer must have a yacht engineer license.   

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Stewards and stewardesses are responsible for providing the ultimate in guest satisfaction. With a flair for hospitality as well as food and beverage service, they must meet the owner’s and guests’ expectations. Stewards and stewardesses are responsible for the welcoming interior on board, including flower arrangements, dining table decor, and bath products. Stewards and stewardesses should have the minimum safety license requirement for handling a line on board. They may need other skills, such as training in silver service, French service, American service, or Russian service, depending on the size of the yacht and the nationality of the owner.  

What Countries Crew Hail From

Yacht crew members hail from every country around the world. The flag state or country for which the yacht is flagged might dictate the nationality of the crew. However, often a flag state will allow crew members of various nationalities to work on board. On a larger motor yacht with many crew, there may be individuals from various countries working together, including England, America, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, France, Spain, Mexico, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Philippines, Indonesia, Turkey, Croatia, Grenada, Brazil, French Polynesia, or Thailand.

Obviously, yachts move and can circumnavigate the world. Wherever a yacht can travel, it can have crew from that location. Generally, the on board language on any worldwide charter yacht is English.

How We Choose Our Professional Yacht Staff

You will be living on board with the crew for the duration of your charter. That’s why we want you to have the best crew to fit your needs.        

During our 30 years in the industry, we have worked with and followed crew as they move through their careers 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 accommodationsWe have known crew as they mature in their experience, achieve various licenses, and move up in yacht size. Being part of a yacht crew is often a lifelong profession.

One very effective way to experience what you will experience is for us to attend a charter industry-only show. These shows are one of the best places for crew and charter brokers to meet and spend time together. During these shows, charter yachts are shown set up as if the charter guests were walking on board, with the crew in full crew uniform. On larger yachts, the main dining table will be decorated with china, crystal, and other serviceware, and linens set up as if the charter guest were coming to sit down to dinner.  

Staterooms will be made ready with full bath products and towels out. Often, one stateroom is set up with turndown service for nighttime, including perhaps a chocolate on the pillow. The top sun deck is outfitted with beach towels, sunning pads, and suntan lotion. Jacuzzis are filled with water and bubbling away.

This is the time for the onboard crew to visit with charter brokers. We are able to see firsthand how the yacht experience will be. This is not a vacation; instead, it’s a serious working endeavor and a good investment. It allows us to evaluate and experience the best crews and yachts. It also allows us to make sure that when the charter guest walks on board, they will be delighted with their charter yacht choice and crew.

When we attend an industry-only charter show, there may be 70 to 120 yachts in our industry at the dock that are “charter ready.” This allows brokers to see and experience all that the charterer might see on board a yacht.Crew Service on VIP Yacht Charter www.njcharters.com

While we are onboard, we interview the crew, tour the yacht, and take note of how it is laid out, what it includes, and its unique style and characteristics. We also sample the food. This is a very important part of a charter broker’s job. The guests’ requirement for the “onboard restaurant” to be the best possible dining in their requested price range is very important. At every industry-only trade show, there are a series of lunches, dinners, and other meals where the onboard charter chef’s food can be seen for presentation and tasted. We pay close attention to the quality of the food on board, as this onboard restaurant is one of the main places where our charter guests will be dining.  

At charter shows, there are also industry-only culinary competitions for the chefs. These challenges are usually surprises until they are announced at the beginning of the competition. This means that the chefs must think on their toes—which is often the case in more remote charter destinations. There are also categories for stewards and stewardesses to compete, such as table setting and decor.

If a yacht crew doesn’t meet the requirements or perform to the highest standards, we won’t offer that yacht. It’s that simple.

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Charter Yacht Crew

In addition to attending these industry-only shows, we also experience yachts and locations for ourselves. We seek out those special, one-of-a-kind experiences that will make a charter an enjoyable and very memorable experience. We describe these experiences in our Insider Recommendations for each charter destination so you will know what you can add to your charter to make it extra special.

Once on board, you’ll enjoy a week or longer being catered to by an amazing, experienced luxury yacht crew. They will be there to anticipate your needs and provide you with the highest standard of service on your own private floating paradise. The captain, chef, and crew will help create a warm, relaxing, and refreshing experience. All you have to decide is where you want to go and what you like to do, and we’ll take care of the rest. Contact us today about chartering your own private crewed luxury yacht.

What You Need to Know About Your Crew on a Crewed Yacht Charter2019-05-03T13:25:54-04:00

30 Years in Luxury Yacht Charters: How an Expert Yacht Charter Specialist Delivers the Perfect Vacation

2019-04-08T12:30:14-04:00
Yacht Charter Lifestyle

Yacht Charter Lifestyle

When it comes to booking the ideal luxury yacht charter vacation, there’s a lot to consider and many choices to make. But what if you don’t know where to go or how to start the process? That’s when an expert charter specialist can help.

The best yacht charter specialist has first-hand experience and knowledge. In fact, this is the golden rule when choosing a yacht charter broker. It’s prudent to have extensive knowledge of yachts, the best charter cruising destinations, and what to see and do. The best, most successful charter specialists are in the know about culinary trends and how to fulfill special requests on board. On top of all this, they have a terrific rapport with the best yacht crews.

I’m Missy Johnston, Senior Yacht Charter Specialist for Northrop-Johnson Yacht Charters and owner of the company. I have 30 years of experience in the luxury yacht charter business. I’d like to share some of my experiences. What I’ve learned may help you with yacht selection, determining the best itinerary, and seamlessly putting the best plans into action to create the perfect luxury yacht charter.

My Experiences as a Yacht Charter Broker

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Missy Johnston, Senior Yacht Charter Broker

I’m a true yacht charter insider. A former yacht chef, I’ve been a yacht charter specialist since 1988. I’ve traveled to almost all of the worldwide yacht charter cruise destinations for which I provide charters. I use this knowledge to make recommendations for my clients. Those special extras in each charter location can elevate a charter experience to the trip of a lifetime.

One of the main attractions of a yacht cruise is how it gives you access to places that can only be reached by a private yacht, such as:

  • Ikat Textile Villages in Indonesia along Volcano Alley
  • Remote caves in the Bahamas
  • Several of the Pontine Islands in Italy that many think are some of the nicest islands in the world
  • Many of the islands in Croatia with traditional homes built of island stone
  • Whale feeding grounds in Alaska
  • Deserted pine clad islands in Maine, where the only sounds are pine needles rustling in the wind
  • Various islands in the Fijian Outer Islands, where one must go ashore and through a Sevusevu Ceremony around the Kava Bowl, ask permission to anchor
  • Floating villages of the Moken Sea Gypsies in Myanmar

But it’s not just about locations, cuisine, and services. There are also countless details to take care of, including legal and regulatory requirements; usually a luxury cruise involves visiting a different country. I have devoted a great deal of time to industry volunteer work, including serving as the President and Board Member of the American Yacht Charter Association (AYCA).

During my volunteer work with the maritime subcommittee of the House of Representatives and U.S. Coast Guard, I assisted in drafting and implementing the Passenger Vessel Safety Act of 1995 and drafted the first set of AYCA charter contracts in a close relationship with Admiralty Attorneys. This experience has given me a thorough knowledge of both the body of law and charter contracts and has made me an industry expert on contract use with U.S. flag vessels and charter in U.S. waters. In general, I have a strong grasp of worldwide maritime rules and regulations for all flags of charter yachts in various worldwide yacht charter locations. All of this plays a part in the advice I give to all of my charter clients.

For example, maritime law can be quite different from civil law. The flag of the country that is flown from the stern of any yacht means that the yacht is registered and flagged to that country, and as such is a floating bit of that country. However, that floating bit is subject to the flag state’s maritime law rather than civil law. A charter on the yacht is subject to maritime regulations that might include VAT payments, taxes, and customs clearances.

One of the most glaring differences between maritime and civil law is with the use of marijuana on board. Under both American and British Admiralty law, there is zero tolerance for even a marijuana seed to be found on board. Depending on where the charter takes place, the charterer may able to legally smoke marijuana for personal use standing on the very dock that the yacht is tied to. But if the charterer stepped off of the dock to smoke marijuana on board, it would be zero

Wine barrels on Stari Grad plain, Hvar island, Dalmatia Croatia

Wine barrels on Stari Grad plain in Croatia

tolerance with stiff fines, including loss of the captain’s license. For these reasons, the captain will always be vigilant about stopping any drug use on board, to the point of stopping the charter. This is a right granted to the Captain in the charter contract.

However, it’s not just countries that have their own rules and regulations. There are “gotchas” that one can only learn via a personal visit. For example, if you visit Akrotiri on Santorini Island, I will advise you to hire a private guide at the gate kiosk, as the site is poorly marked. I know this because I have been to Akrotiri many times.

And you certainly don’t want to miss an amazing taverna, a winery tour in Croatia, or the restaurant that serves oysters and mussels plucked from the waters at the shell farm right outside the restaurant. My own side trips in a wide variety of locations have led me to discover, enjoy, and then recommend these hidden gems to my clients.

What to Look for in a Yacht Charter Broker

Your yacht broker is essentially your partner in the booking process. Establishing a trusting relationship in which you can ask them for advice and share your preferences and needs is important in ensuring that the entire booking process (and trip) is enjoyable. Below are qualities that your charter specialist should have.

Extensive Experience

In a nutshell, charter brokers sell information and recommendations. The best information and recommendations come from extensive experience, which is developed over years of collecting information first-hand.

As a charter broker, I am invited to cruise onboard various yachts. In a span of three decades, I have cruised on every type of yacht there is available for charter. This means that I can thoroughly describe the motion when on board different yachts, and can provide all of this information to a charterer when making their yacht selection. My own cruising experiences can also help determine the best itinerary for the destination.

Accurate Advice

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

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Good charter brokers provide you with advice based on their experience and knowledge of yachts and crews. They get their knowledge through industry-only yacht shows, seminars, and viewings throughout the year. And, of course, they get first-hand knowledge by experiencing the charters for themselves.

In order to get the right information for their clients, charter brokers need to invest in the cost of international travel. There are industry-only charter shows at the beginning of each major season where crewed yachts available for charter in a given location for that season are available to be inspected.

At industry-only charter shows, broker inspection is done with crews on board, in full uniform, with the yacht set up exactly as the charterer would see the yacht on boarding their charter. There are culinary competitions for the chefs, as well as private lunches, dinners, and other events for charter brokers to taste and see the presentation of the cuisine produced on board by the yacht chef. It’s an opportunity for me to learn about trends that are unfolding, including exciting food preparations such as molecular cuisine and cool new water toys such as jet-pack propelled toys.

I attend these industry-only charter shows at the beginning of the Caribbean season (including in the British Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, and Antigua), in Barcelona for the opening of the Western Mediterranean season, in Greece for the Eastern Mediterranean season, and  in Croatia and Turkey. I also attend a show in Newport, RI for the opening of the New England season. Over the last 30 years of attending these shows, I have developed a tremendous amount of knowledge about the conditions and crews on board various charter yachts.

Knowledge About Yachts and Other Details

Interiors and details onboard Rhino, 154' Admiral motoryacht in Sag Harbor, NY.

Luxury Charter Yacht

It’s important for a yacht charter specialist to know about the details, including the types of yachts available, sea conditions, and how they impact the yacht. I was part of a yacht crew for three years before becoming a charter broker. I have first-hand knowledge about the impact of winds, tides, currents, and other sea conditions on each type of yacht. This includes knowledge about:

  • Stabilizers for motor yachts, and when they are needed
  • Sun coverage on decks and how it can be controlled
  • The difference between a sailing yacht, a motorsailer, and a gulet
  • How various yachts with differently shaped hulls will feel underway when guests are on board, such as the difference between a monohull and multihull catamaran yacht (either sail or power)
  • How wave action, wind direction, and weather in general can impact a charter itinerary

I can expertly advise and create appropriate itineraries with all possible conditions in mind.

Great Rapport with Agents and Yacht Crews

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Charter Yacht Crew

As a charter specialist, it’s important to build excellent relationships with the absolute best agents in all charter destinations. This way, an experienced luxury yacht crew is there to anticipate your needs and provide you with the highest standard of service on your own floating bit of paradise.

I have enjoyed developing excellent relationships with agents who are the absolute best in all charter destinations. Whatever wish, you receive, (especially when it comes to cuisine). The answer is almost always “yes” for special requests, along with a cost estimate for the client’s further consideration.

For example, perhaps a client wants a selection of top quality black pearls from a local pearl farm to be brought on board for private perusal and purchase. Or maybe a charterer wants to experience a real lobster and clam bake on a deserted island in Maine, including the all-important fresh, clean seaweed, or fish for barn door halibut while on charter in Alaska. All of this can be done for you. Every top charter experience has been enhanced by the services of the ship’s agent.

Knowledge of the Best Itineraries

Portofino Yachting, Italy

Portofino Yachting

When I travel, I experience all there is to see and do in an area. Then, I use my experiences to suggest itineraries. Your broker should be able to point you to the most beautiful beaches, hidden spots, great water sports locations, hiking and bicycling trails, top restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and great shopping spots for every cruising destination.

Private crewed yacht charter is not just about cruising from port to port or anchorage to anchorage. It’s about what to see and do, and how to experience the local cuisine, if desired. It’s also about how to understand and experience the local culture, learn about the history, and enjoy the area with hiking, bicycling, walking, and shopping. There are experiences that can only be had when on a private yacht charter, and I know what they are. I add my own personal photos to each custom itinerary I create for each charter booked.

The bottom line is that experience is the most important quality to look for when choosing a yacht charter specialist. It’s about having knowledge about yachts, cruising, weather conditions, and charter cruising destinations. It involves seamlessly getting all of your yacht charter plans in place, along with all special requests on board. It’s about having an understanding of the details, including maritime law and the best crews.  

Charter brokers who are successful genuinely want to put their clients on the right yacht that is perfect for them. I want you to have the ideal luxury yacht charter experience of your dreams, and I can make it happen.

Northrop-Johnson Luxury Yacht Charters provides perfect yacht charter itineraries and the highest standard of service for your private yacht vacation. Let us assist you in planning the perfect getaway. Contact us today about renting your own private crewed charter yacht, and find out how you can book your voyage to the exotic, outstanding destination of your dreams for a charter filled with “Insider Recommendations.”



30 Years in Luxury Yacht Charters: How an Expert Yacht Charter Specialist Delivers the Perfect Vacation2019-04-08T12:30:14-04:00

How Much is a Yacht Charter? Get the Inside Scoop

2019-03-15T13:45:34-04:00
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Yachts in an Italian Harbor

Yacht charter vacations simply can’t be beat. When compared to a land-based vacation, charters give you the utmost freedom and privacy. Plus, you will be on your own floating villa that moves anywhere you wish to go in the world, enjoying your favorite meals prepared to your specifications by your own private chef.  

How much does it cost to charter a yacht for your next dream vacation? Here’s the inside scoop.

Benefits of Chartering a Yacht vs. Owning a Yacht

Luxury Motor Yacht & Water Toys for Yacht Charter

Luxury Motor Yacht & Water Toys for Yacht Charter

A yacht is a complex structure with machinery in it, sitting in salt water. As any yacht owner will attest, fighting the endless battle against the elements and simple wear and tear can become an unwelcome burden that outweighs the enjoyment derived from ownership.

Chartering provides all the benefits of a luxury yacht with none of the headaches. All you have to do is step aboard and enjoy the experience. All the details—including provisioning and maintenance—are handled for you.  

One of the best things about chartering a yacht—versus actually owning a yacht—is the fact that you can enjoy the yacht without the ongoing responsibility of maintaining it. Many yacht owners know this. They have sold their yacht, and only charter now.

How Much Does It Cost to Charter a Yacht?

Renting a yacht charter is a better value than you might think. If you stay in a resort, you pay the restaurant prices for food, along with inflated cocktail and wine costs. On a yacht charter, you pay the receipt price for the ingredients that make up your meals and the beverages and bar served onboard. You may very well

Luxury Sailing Yacht for Yacht Charter

Luxury Sailing Yacht for Yacht Charter

enjoy a higher quality wine at a lower cost on a charter yacht than an average wine in a resort. A bottle of Dom Perignon on board costs exactly what the local shop charges, without the resort markup.

In certain instances, a crewed yacht can even be more affordable than a 5-star resort. The cost for a family or larger group is often priced on a “plus all expenses” rate with the largest portion of the charter fee at the same rate, regardless of the number of guests. It doesn’t matter if there is one guest or the maximum number of sleep-on-board guests on the yacht. The only variance in charter pricing between one guest and the total number of guests that can sleep aboard is the cost of consumables, such as food and drink.

The average price of a yacht charter depends on many factors:

  • Destination—A yacht charter’s destination plays a role in the price. In areas that have many charters for hire, the cost may be lower, while areas that don’t have large charter fleets may be more expensive. Yacht charter pricing can be affected by supply and demand.
  • Season—In the high seasons, prices generally increase. For example, in the Caribbean, high season is the holiday season which includes New Year’s. Prices are often marked up during this time period. In the Mediterranean, the summer months of July and August are the most popular time to charter. There is often a high-season price for a charter yacht in July and August versus a low-season price for the same charter yacht in June and September.
  • Type of yacht—Factors such as the type of yacht (motor yacht or sailing yacht), the manufacturer, the yacht’s reputation, age, and even its supply of water toys can affect the price. Generally, the cost to build the yacht (including the cost of the engines) has the biggest impact on pricing. Motor yachts tend to be in a higher price range than sailing yachts of the same size because they offer more deck space and interior room, and the engines on a motor yacht are more powerful, costly, and expensive to run and maintain. Plus, there are usually two engines on board a motor yacht versus having a single engine on a sailing yacht.

The average price to charter a yacht can range anywhere from $10,000 per week all the way up to $2,000,000 per week, depending on the yacht selected and the location.

There are several common pricing structures worldwide:

All-Inclusive

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Catamaran Yacht Charter

In the Caribbean, especially for yachts located in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the price quoted is often referred to as “all-inclusive.” This means that the yacht,  crew, food, beverage, and fuel are included in the price. Sometimes bar and other local cruising taxes and Customs clearance costs are also included.

Dockage costs are not usually included in an “all-inclusive” pricing model, although sometimes the cost of dockage to board and disembark are included. Costs for personal communications (texting, email, internet access, etc.) are another item not usually covered, even with all-inclusive pricing.

Plus All Expenses

In the rest of the world, including most yachts in the Caribbean that are not based in the Virgin Islands, the charter pricing is on a “plus all expenses” basis. This means that there is a base charter fee that is quoted, which includes the cost of the yacht and the crew hire.

Other expenses not covered typically include:

  • Food
  • Beverage
  • Bar
  • Fuel for the main engines and generators
  • Dockage
  • Shore power
  • Mooring ball fees
  • Local cruising taxes
  • Customs clearance fees
  • National park fees
  • Other port fees
  • Possibly value-added tax (VAT) or sales tax depending on where the charter is taking place

The charter contract will outline exactly what the additional expenses will be. The base charter fee includes the services of a chef to create all onboard meals,

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

Excellent Crew Service on Yacht Charter

including shopping time to provision. All food, beverages, and bar provided on board as requested by the charterer is priced at the cost of the ingredients, not at the cost of having a chef create on-board meals. Having a bar served is included in the crew hire fee, which is part of the base charter fee.

On a yacht charter priced with a “base charter fee plus expenses, the yacht is fueled and all dockage arrangements requested are made. The cost of the expenses is at the actual price for all food, beverage, and bar requested, as well as the actual cost for fuel and dockage consumed, with no markup.

With this pricing structure, an expense deposit or APA (Advanced Provisioning Allowance) is requested in the charter contract, to be paid with the final charter payment one month before the charter start. This can be anywhere from 20 to 45 percent of the base charter fee, depending on the type of yacht chartered and the charter location.  

The captain, chef, and all crew who might be involved in aspects such as provisioning and fueling will keep full receipts. At the end of the charter, the captain will settle the expense deposit with these receipts. During the charter the captain will also keep a rolling balance of what has been spent and will generally know what is expected to be spent.

Onboard amenities include options like a therapeutic massage

On board Therapeutic Massage

The captain can let the charterer know where the expense deposit stands if additional requests are made and whether there are enough funds available in the expense deposit to cover the additional requests. When the expense deposit is settled at the end of the charter, there may be funds returned to the charterer or additional funds may be requested to be paid to the yacht account to cover outstanding expenses.  

In those cases where additional funds may be due at the end of the charter for an over-expenditure of the expense deposit, the captain will often notify the charterer in advance so there are no surprises.

Gulet Pricing

There is one type of charter yacht called a “Gulet,” which are generally found in Croatia, Greece, and Turkey. A gulet is priced on a different structure. The base charter fee usually includes the yacht, crew, fuel for at least 4 hours of cruising per day, and VAT if charged.

There are two meal plans offered on board. Full Board

Marmaris, Turkey Gulet Fleet 1 www.njcharters

Gulet Fleet in Marmaris, Turkey

includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Half Board includes breakfast and one other meal on board each day.

A combination of Full Board and Half Board is also available for a one-week charter. On Half Board days the Charter group is expected to eat one meal ashore, which offers the opportunity to experience the cuisine in the locations where Gulets are offered. Every onboard guest must choose the same meal plan.

A bar and beverage plan is also offered. The options are: unlimited domestic bar and beverages available in the country in which the charter takes place for a set price, or simply a domestic beverage plan if no bar items are wanted. When it comes to the beverage plan on a Gulet, different guests on the same charter may choose different plans.

A customary crew gratuity is usually given at the end of any crewed charter. The amount is, of course, entirely at the charterer’s discretion and is based on the quality of service received. There is a generally acceptable gratuity range that varies based on location.

In the Mediterranean and many other worldwide charter locations, the crew gratuity is generally 5 to 15 percent of the base charter fee. The customary range in the Caribbean, Bahamas, and U.S. charter locations is a bit higher, generally falling between 10 to 20 percent of the base charter fee.

Tips for the Best Yacht Charter Prices

Remember that the best charter pricing is for one week or more.

Yacht Charter Lifestyle

Yacht Charter Lifestyle

If you charter for less than a week, the daily rate is prorated slightly higher. The reason for this is that it takes the same amount of time and effort to prepare the yacht for the trip and clean up after the charter for a 5-day charter as it does for a 7-day charter. This cost is included in your charter price, so the per-day cost of a 5-day charter is often times slightly higher than the per-day cost of a 7-day charter. The rule of thumb for pricing a charter shorter than one week is to divide the weekly rate by 6 and multiply by the total number of days wanted.  

For any charter excursion, crews work beforehand to provision the yacht with all requested amenities and to have all of the staterooms cleaned, stocked, beds made with fresh linens, and clean towels hanging in the bathrooms. After the charter, the crews work to clean the yacht. For these reasons, there is usually a minimum number of days that an owner will accept for a charter that runs less than a full week.

Be sure to find out what other vacation “extras” are included in the base charter fee.

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

Family Breakfast on Yacht Charter

Examples of extras include games and a selection of water toys, usually at no additional cost for use. Scuba diving can be an exception to this rule. The only extra cost to you may be the cost of fuel at the fuel pump if you’re using motorized water toys. Most yachts also have a large selection of movies in some format that can be enjoyed any time when on board, without having to pay a rental fee.  

Bath products, hair dryers, and occasionally bathrobes are also supplied on board. There may be a beach barbecue set up for picnics. There may also be a masseuse and a spa treatment room offering services where the cost may or may not be included in the charter price. The charter brochure will list which amenities are available for use on board during the charter. All prices will be outlined in advance including any amenities that are an extra cost.  

Check to see if charter prices are listed in US dollars or euros.

The charter price is generally shown in USD or EUR. If an American is purchasing a charter in Europe, then the payments will be made in EUR.

Consider an older yacht.

There might be a better value found in a very well-maintained older yacht (either sail or power), as the current value of the yacht will usually be less than a new build of the same or comparable yacht. Your charter broker should know if an older yacht is well-maintained. Older is not necessary less desirable.

A beautifully maintained older yacht may be more comfortable to rent than a modern, recently constructed yacht. An older yacht may not have all of the current technology on board, such as zero speed stabilizers, but it should have modern communications packages. At the very least, the owner will want to keep in contact with his crew.

Give your chef your food preferences before the charter.

Each luxury private yacht charter cruise features a professionally trained chef to prepare the best gourmet cuisine

Your very own Chef

This is usually done by completing a provisioning form that your charter broker will provide. You can never provide too much information on your food and beverage interests, including luxuries such as Beluga caviar or foods needed to accommodate food sensitivities.

Prices for high-end gourmet food requests will usually be provided in advance, especially if there are various choices. This allows you to control the cost of your request. High-cost luxury foods, beverages, and bar items will only be purchased for your onboard pleasure if you request them. You never have to worry that your funds will be spent unnecessarily on high-cost items that you did not ask for.

Send in your provision form early so the chef can find food/supplies at major markets or source through a provender service.

The more time you give the chef to locate your requested items, the more likely they are to obtain them, and at a better price. The chef can also place orders for any food items that need to be brought in from another country. If certain items are not available (even if flown in), the chef will let you know so that you can decide whether to bring these items from home (if allowed by customs) or decide on a substitute item that is available.

Consider inviting friends and family.

Family & Friend on Luxury yacht Charter

Family & Friend on Luxury yacht Charter

Charter yachts are available with a number of staterooms. If you’re concerned about costs, make your vacation a bit more affordable by creating a larger group of up to 12 guests (depending on the number of staterooms on your charter yacht of choice), and then split the price multiple ways. Many charter yachts can accommodate large groups of up to 12.  

Northrop-Johnson Yacht Charters  provides perfect yacht charter itineraries and spends careful time researching and inspecting charter yachts and their crews. We offer you the best charter choices in your price range of interest with the highest standard of service, all on your own floating bit of paradise. Our private crewed luxury yacht charters are catered to meet your ideal and unique vacation experience. Contact us to plan your dream vacation today.

How Much is a Yacht Charter? Get the Inside Scoop2019-03-15T13:45:34-04:00

Yacht Charter in Croatia: Of Wines, Oysters and Truffles

2019-03-23T22:42:38-04:00

Croatia Winery Korta Katarina

Korta Katarina Winery

Cruising on a yacht charter in Croatia is a terrific sensory experience for the palate.  For only in Croatia, can one enjoy lovely award winning wines, with super plump oysters just pulled from the briny depths of the sea, along with dusky perfumed white and black truffles found in the oak forests on shore that can be shaved lavishly over the top of cooked foods onboard, and truffle flavored olive oils for drizzling or flavoring.  There are perfect wine grape growing locations ashore, excellent brackish water conditions in the Adriatic Sea for growing award winning oysters, and in the oak forests of Istria, Croatia, fist sized white and black truffles are being found, all of which can appear on board on a yacht charter Split to Dubrovnik, a Kornati yacht charter or any yacht charter cruising area along the coast and through the islands of Croatia.

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Yacht Charter in Croatia: Of Wines, Oysters and Truffles2019-03-23T22:42:38-04:00

Yacht Charter in the Bahamas and the Beautiful Exuma Islands

2019-01-29T23:55:24-04:00

Bahamas beach

Bahamas Beach

Yacht Charter in the Bahamas can be arranged for any one of many island chains in this country with far flung islands sprinkled across the Atlantic, however a favorite, and with good reason, are the Exuma Islands. Once known as Yumey and Suma, the Exumas were first settled by British Loyalists that flocked to these beautiful cays after the American Revolutionary War.  Today, beginning just 35 miles south of Nassau and stretching 130 miles, The Exumas are more a playground that can be enjoyed by land, however are  far more spectacular when enjoyed by sea on a yacht charter in the Bahamas.

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Yacht Charter in the Bahamas and the Beautiful Exuma Islands2019-01-29T23:55:24-04:00

Exploring Greece On A Private Yacht Charter vs Cruise Ship

2019-03-15T13:46:27-04:00
Santorini, Greece, luxury yacht charter

Santorini, Greece

Obviously, we are biased. We long ago decided there was no comparison between cruising on a cruise ship versus a private yacht charter. For starters, you will enjoy a customized itinerary, personalized menu, complete privacy, and in-depth exploration, all at your own pace. To show you a clearer picture of the benefits of a private yacht charter, we zoom in on one of our favorite destinations—Greece.

A Yacht Charter vs. Cruise Ship

A cruise ship needs to stick to a schedule—their schedule. When you charter a private yacht, your professional crew will cater to your preferred schedule. Head ashore whenever you want, avoid crowded ports, and enjoy 5-star dining on board, with your own personal chef creating whatever dishes you desire. Your private yacht becomes your very own floating resort, taking you to the most beautiful and secluded places in the world, pampering you and your family or friends throughout the entire vacation.

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Sifnos, Greece

Other reasons why yacht vacations are better than cruise ship getaways include:

  • Choose the type of yacht you want: motor or sailing.
  • Go to any destination you want to see, on your schedule.
  • Slow down your pace and relax; you won’t feel like one of the masses on a yacht charter.
  • Take part in on-board water activities without waiting in line.
  • Enjoy more time in each port or anchorage and truly immerse yourself in the culture.
  • Indulge in a menu tailor-made to your specifications.
  • Go on your own time from location to location.
  • Explore extraordinary underwater life, as the urge strikes.
  • Spend more time in special destinations, enjoying them more deeply.

The Luxury Yacht Charter Greece Experience

Windmills of Mykonos

Windmills of Mykonos, Greece

There are many cruise ship options in Greece that start in Athens and end in Istanbul, traveling over 500 nautical miles. It’s a great way to cover distance—if all you want to do is reach the destination. A yacht charter in Greece, on the other hand, is the perfect way to explore thousands of beaches, ancient civilizations, delicious cuisine, and quaint villages, and enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate on your own terms. It’s your yacht, and your itinerary.

There are over 6,000 Greek islands and islets in the Ionian and Aegean Sea, with inhabitants on at least 200 of them. Each inhabited Greek island has a unique history, with a distinct culture reflected in the island’s architecture. No two Greek islands are alike, and discovering what makes each island special is one of the most satisfying aspects of the private yacht charter experience.

Typically, cruise ships leave from Athens, spend a day each in HydraMykonos, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, and Patmos, and end in Istanbul. What if, during that

Donkeys on Hydra

Donkeys on Hydra

one day in Mykonos, you discover something that makes you want to stay for at least another day? What if you discover a charming taverna and you want to linger? The whole point of a vacation is to get off the treadmill and drift, savoring each experience and creating memories that remain with you, long after. Your yacht crew will simply adjust to your new desire. A cruise ship can’t.

Here is a closer look at just some of the more in-depth Greek islands you can explore on a private yacht charter excursion.

The Greek Cycladic Islands

Start a one-week charter out of Athens to visit the chic and well-publicized islands of Mykonos and Santorini on a fast-cruising motor yacht. Explore the sacred island of Delos, one of the most important mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in Greece. Greek mythology states that Apollo was born in Delos.

Lion statues, Delos, Cyclades, Greece

Lion statues, Delos, Greece

The Terrace of the Lions and The House of Dionysus with its striking mosaic are just two of the must-see attractions.

Visit the old Chora on Seros Island, hidden up in the mountains from the Barbary Pirates in the 1500s, where Greek Bouzouki music reigns supreme. Seros was an island where wealthy sea captains built fabulous homes in the 1800s. It’s also a unique island of two religions—the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox, both of which show a strong presence, with islanders living amicably side by side.

Cruise into Milos, an island known for its delicious flower honey. It’s also the island of obsidian, a glass-like volcanic rock in high demand for weaponry in antiquity, making Milos a very wealthy island in ancient times. Enjoy stunning sunsets, unique cuisine, and secluded beaches. Milos is very rich in minerals, and is home to bentonite and kaolin, which are widely used in homemade beauty treatments.

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Milos White Cliffs

Located in the heart of the Aegean Sea, Paros Island has one of the nicest traditional Cycladic villages named Naussos. Sit in a taverna in the main quay on the harbor and experience everyday Greek village life. Windsurf or kite surf on the beautiful beaches, and admire the amazing architecture, including whitewashed sugar cube houses.

Sifnos is an island where great reserves of gold and silver were mined in ancient times. Today, a special clay found only in Sifnos is used to make beautiful artistic pottery as well as chimney pots found on the roofs of many buildings. Indulge in wonderful food such as feta and dandelion pie, sizzling calamari, and kaparosalata, a caper and onion salad.

The Greek Dodecanese Islands and Northeast Aegean Islands

If you’re on a one-week charter through the Greek Dodecanese Islands, visit the 15th-century home of the Knights of the Order of St. John in Old Town, Rhodes.

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Patmos Bells

The Cave of the Apocalypse found on the island of Patmos is purportedly where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation. While you’re visiting Patmos, be sure to walk on the paved paths in Chora, the island’s capital, and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea.

The charming, welcoming little island of Symi boasts a low-key vibe. There is a Venetian-style fishing village ringing the main harbor, along with hillsides filled with wild herbs. Sunbathe on one of Symi’s many beaches, including Marathounta and Lapathose.

Kalymnos Island was home to centuries of scuba and skin divers harvesting natural sponges—the main island export that is still harvested by island divers today. The lunar landscape of Nisyros Island is unlike that of any other Greek Island, with volcanic heated thermal springs that have popped up through the island’s surface for centuries.

Then, stop in Chios, an island with a rich history that is said to be the birthplace of Homer. Chios is famous for its mastic tree, the resin of which is used to make medicine and is thought to be the origin of chewing gum. A unique

Fishing boats on Greek Islands

Fishing boats on Greek Islands

decorative pattern for walkways, piazzas, and courtyards can be seen across the island, where small white and black round rocks are painstakingly laid on their sides to create decorative patterns in the paving.

A private yacht charter is the best way to experience the beauty of Greece and its magnificent islands. On a charter, you have more freedom and control. You can do what you want to do, when you want to do it. Your private yacht charter will show you breathtaking vistas,  unspoiled beaches, and remote hideaways. Everything is up to you—the schedule, menu, and activities.

Northrop-Johnson Luxury Yacht Charters provides perfect yacht charter itineraries and the highest standard of service for your yacht vacation. Our private crewed luxury yacht charters are catered to meet your ideal and unique vacation experience. Let’s plan your dream getaway today.

Exploring Greece On A Private Yacht Charter vs Cruise Ship2019-03-15T13:46:27-04:00

Expect Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences On a Luxury Yacht Charter

2019-03-19T17:32:26-04:00

Luxury Super Yacht and Water Toys www.njcharters.com

Luxury Super Yacht and Water Toys

A luxury yacht charter provides once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you just can’t get from any other type of travel. When cruising on a charter yacht, you can enjoy special destinations more completely than by cruise ship or by land. It is, by far, the most memorable, private, customized, and convenient forms of luxury travel.

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Expect Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences On a Luxury Yacht Charter2019-03-19T17:32:26-04:00

Great Yacht Charter Itinerary Sicily, The Aeolian Islands and Amalfi Coast

2019-03-23T23:18:12-04:00

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The Ruins of Taormina Theater at Sunset

Board in the lovely town of Taormina, Sicily, in Italy, and cruise part of the secret Aeolian Islands, easiest to visit by private yacht charter.  Overnight from the chic Aeolian Island of Panarea, to the oh so chic island of Capri.  Enjoy several days on the Amalfi Coast before returning to visit several more of the Aeolian Islands, including Stromboli Island, for a hike to the top of the always active volcano.  Disembark in Taormina, Sicily after a 10 day cruise through the Aeolian islands and Amalfi Coast, both highlights of southern Italy.

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Great Yacht Charter Itinerary Sicily, The Aeolian Islands and Amalfi Coast2019-03-23T23:18:12-04:00

Caribbean Yacht Charter: St. Barths, St. Martin, Anguilla and Beyond

2019-03-15T14:16:16-04:00

Beautiful Waters of St. Martin

Beautiful Waters of St. Martin

Enjoy a Caribbean yacht charter itinerary on a private charter yacht cruising between the islands of St. Martin, Anguilla, and St. Barths, and then cruise a little beyond to Saba, St. Kitts, Nevis and St. Eustatius.  Neither Saba or St. Eustatius have anchoring locations for an overnight stay, but St. Kitts and Nevis do.  Cruise on either a sailing yacht or motor yacht to St. Kitts and Nevis from St. Barths, stopping to explore the quaint little island of Saba, its own sovereign state, on the way.  And when returning back from St. Kitts and Nevis to St. Barths and St. Martin, stop in St. Eustatius, once a very busy and wealthy trading center in the Caribbean in the 1700’s.  The three islands of St. Martin, St. Barths, and Anguilla are fabulous, but mix in a little bit more on your Caribbean yacht charter adventure by including Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts, and Nevis.

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Caribbean Yacht Charter: St. Barths, St. Martin, Anguilla and Beyond2019-03-15T14:16:16-04:00

Italy Yacht Charter Itinerary Starting and ending in Rome

2019-04-18T10:07:42-04:00

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Isle of Elba

Italy yacht charter itineraries are generally for a yacht charter cruising along the western coast of Italy including various island archipelagos.  Half way down the “boot” on the western coast of Italy is the port of Ostia, which is only 15 minutes from the Rome Fiumicino Airport and the center of Rome itself.  Ostia is a perfect port from which to embark on a charter to cruise the Argentario Peninsula, and the Tuscan Islands of Giglio, Elba and Capraia, all of which are great ports to visit on a yacht charter in Italy.

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Italy Yacht Charter Itinerary Starting and ending in Rome2019-04-18T10:07:42-04:00