Have you been dreaming of once in a lifetime trip, explore new parts of the world and finally escaping these unusual times?
For most, travel in the current climate can be daunting, not knowing the new regulations per country, vaccine status and the fear of illness, but there is one type of holiday that can bypass many of these concerns – chartering a superyacht.
There are few industries that can offer absolute privacy, or the world class standard of luxury, which can be offered aboard a crewed charter yacht. However, picking the right yacht and destination can be a challenging task, here are 5 tips on how to organize the best holidays aboard your superyacht.
TIP 1: Book ahead of time to make sure you have access to a wide selection of superyachts
During the last few months we have seen a boom in superyacht charters requests , and with many people having suffered from holiday cancellations during 2020, demand is at high. The popular yachts book up fast, especially in the high season weeks.
TIP 2: Be flexible in terms of options and location
It’s a good idea to be open to a variety of options and locations, this will help the BLACKORANGE charter team research the best options for you and your guests. If you are uncertain, ask us for advice and recommendations, we are there to help find you the best vessel in the right location.
TIP 3: Make sure you are aware of all the costs
Defining the final costs can be confusing, but don’t be afraid to ask the BLACKORANGE charter team about the total costs of the charter. Almost all charters have an additional provisional allowance, be it for food, petrol, drinks or port tax, and these are often not calculated within the initial charter fee. It is important to speak about the Advanced Provisioning Allowance (APA) and this will ensure you aren’t caught out by unforeseen costs. There are other fees such as VAT/tax and crew gratuity that your charter consultant will also brief you on prior to you making your decision.
TIP 4: Share your preference list
The more information you give to the BLACKORANGE charter team about your preferences, the easier it will be for us to brief the crew and make sure they cater to your desires and ensure that you have the best holiday experience possible. Don’t shy away from asking their advice, or requesting the things you feel you need to truly enjoy your charter – that is what they are there for!
Pay particular attention to the crew, request the crew profile and make sure you share with us the information related to the kind of service you are expecting and that the crew will fit with that; be it formal, energetic, gourmet chef, sport specialists, etc. The crew is just as important, if not more important than the yacht itself!
TIP 5: Review the itinerary suggestions
Do you want to relax and enjoy the privacy offered by the yacht or be entertained during the cruise ? Your captain will have the local knowledge along the route to help you find ‘hidden gems’ along your bespoke itinerary. Whether it be the very best restaurants, an open-air opera, or the most beautiful anchorages for water-sports and idyllic lunches. The captain, together with their crew explore the areas week in week out to seek out the best anchorages, restaurants, ports to give you a unique insight into the cruising grounds. They are knowledgeable – so use them! Captains love sharing their best kept secrets with their guests.
This is most likely going to be the most relaxing and exciting vacation you have ever had, so give yourself and your guests enough time in each destination, to fully enjoy the yacht, the features, the food during this unique and luxurious experience.
BLACKORANGE CHARTER TEAM
Your dedicated charter broker is the person who you can rely on to find the perfect superyacht for you. BLACKORANGE is member of MYBA Yachtfolio which gives us access to a wide variety of superyachts, but we are also visiting the yachts and attending shows frequently, so we have a great knowledge of what the superyachts are really like on board and who the captains are. This is the knowledge we offer you when you charter a superyacht with BLACKORANGE.