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Coronavirus: Why a private yacht charter is the perfect luxury travel solution for Summer 2020

By Katia Damborsky   12 March 2020

In the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, many people are reconsidering their travel plans for summer 2020. But for those who charter superyachts, Covid-19 hasn’t put the brakes on summer vacations; in fact, the number of yacht charter bookings is increasing in certain regions. 

The new Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been making headlines around the globe, and concerns about catching the virus have prompted travellers to call their summer plans into question. 

While travel can never be 100% risk-free, it seems that more and more people are turning to yacht charter in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak.

If you're considering doing the same, here are 10 reasons to swap hotels and cruises for a luxury yacht charter this summer:

1. Limited contact with other people

guest on luxury yacht charter on tender
Happy family enjoying their yacht charter
a family board their luxury yacht away from the coast of italy

A chartered yacht is your own private space, which you only share with the crew and other people in your charter party. Therefore, your contact with other people is very low when compared to other types of vacation. 

a welthy couple board a private jet to their target destination where they will board their luxury charter yacht
a rich woman in a private car arriving at her destination with prada bag and sunglasses

This also applies before and after your charter thanks to end-to-end private transport. Private cars will whisk you around on shore, and private aviation options (such as chartered flights) are on hand should you wish to avoid busy airports.

2. Less crew means low risk

the ready and able crew of a luxury yacht in white unifrom
the ready and able crew of a superyacht in navy
the water toys on the swimming platform of a superyacht with the crew ready to help

A yacht crew is typically made up of 4 - 10 members of staff, so it’s easy to track where everyone has been to minimise the risk of the Coronavirus. It’s not like hotels or cruises, where you can have hundreds or even thousands of members of staff to account for. 

Plus, the crew live on board the yacht. They don’t go home at the end of the day; they barely even step on shore that often. So their contact with other people who could potentially have Coronavirus is very low.

the captain, first mate and chefs of a superyacht

Everyone in the yachting industry is being extra vigilant about potential exposure to the Coronavirus. Owners, brokerage firms and the crew themselves are taking no risks when it comes to potential exposure.

3. Clean and sterile setting

a superyacht crew member preparing a table with pink decor
Alfresco Dining
crew with white glove prepares a dinner table on a luxury superyacht
crew member of a superyacht making the bed

The yacht crew dedicates a huge amount of time to cleaning every day, ensuring a hygienic and sterile on-board environment. 

New measures are currently in place to ensure that the yacht crew is being increasingly diligent about hygiene, so you know you’re stepping into a space that meets the highest standards of cleanliness

4. Avoid the crowds

a quite anchorage in the mediterranean

Don’t fancy mingling with other people? Then don’t! The beauty of a yacht charter is that it’s flexible. Your broker can tailor an itinerary that steers clear of crowded areas or tourist hotspots, minimising your potential exposure to Covid-19.

If you choose to do this, your yacht crew will be able to recommend new ways to enjoy your favorite destinations. From secret beaches and secluded coves to unexplored islands and peaceful anchorages, there are a wealth of hidden spots that are off the beaten track.

a secret cove in corsica where guests can relax and unwind in peace a pretty beach that is quiet and far away from the hustle and bustle fo big tourist attractions
the blue lagoon in turkey where guests venture for some peace an quiet

Many of them can only be reached by boat anyway, so a yacht is the best way to discover all that these destinations have to offer.

Visit a new destination every day, and discover a new side to your favorite hotspots

5. Your yacht chef will be better than any on-land restaurant

A family enjoying their luxury charter
a couple being served dinner on boar their luxury charter yacht
server taking their tray of breakfast food for couple on a luxury charter yacht

People have started to be extra vigilant about food preparation amid the Coronavirus outbreak. Luckily a yacht charter means you don’t have to dine in restaurants on shore- you can enjoy all your meals on board your yacht. 

a couple watch as the on board chef prepares them a decadent meal on their romantic yacht getaway
a beautifully prepared dining arrangement on a superyacht
a man is served breakfast on board a luxury superyacht

Superyacht chefs are in a totally different league to most chefs on land. They are highly trained and exceptionally talented with years of experience and a flair for different cuisines. Dining on deck doesn’t mean you don’t miss out on restaurants on land, because the food on board your yacht will most likely be better than any restaurant on shore.

6. Luxury leisure facilities for hours of entertainment and relaxing

the swimming pool on superyacht flying fox
tender and water toys on a acharter vaacation

Yachts have a huge selection of facilities for you to take advantage of. Most will have ample alfresco areas where you can soak up the sun, large salons for movie nights at sea and a locker of toys for splashing in the water.

Choose a yacht with a large sundeck if topping up your tan is important to you- look out for one with a large jacuzzi, a generous sunpad spread and some sofa seating for enjoying an evening drink with your nearest and dearest. 

a woman enjoys the sun by lounging on the sunpads of her luxury superyacht
a family of rich peopel enjoying oj on their luxury charter yacht so that they can boost their immune system in these imminent times
a family enjoying the pool of their luxury charter yacht

If you’re chartering with children, look out for the water toy selection. Jet-Skis, kayaks, Water-Skis and Flyboards will provide thrills on the surface of the sea, while Seabobs and snorkelling gear give you the opportunity to enjoy underwater exploration. 

the aft deck of a luxury charter yacht with pool and water toys
charter guests enjoying the inflatable tosy of their motor yachta guest on the water pack of their charter yacht

You can even choose a yacht with scuba facilities and an on-board instructor, so you can really get up close to the aquatic life around your cruising grounds. 

Meanwhile, inflatable pools, climbing walls and toys are sure to delight charter guests of all ages.

guests listening carefully to their scuba instructor
guests going scuba diving in the mediterranean
guests enjoying their sweet time on their water toys
guests para sailing in the mediterranean

If keeping up with your fitness regime is important to you, then pick a yacht with gym facilities. The best yachts have full gym suites, so be sure to mention this to your broker.

woman working out in her charter yacht
three best friends working out in their chrter yacht's gym
woman lounging about on sunpads in the upper aft deck of her charter yacht `

You might also want to look out for a yacht with a swimming pool, so you can swim some lengths or kick back in the water after a strenuous gym session.

the massage suite of ca motor yacht
two women relax in the suana of their superyacht
woman enjoying a relaxing bath on board her charter yacht
tow best friends welcome the new day by doing their morning yoga salutations to the sun

For those who charter for rest and relaxation, look out for spa facilities. Steam rooms, beauty salons and massage rooms are becoming increasingly popular on board some of the largest yachts in the charter fleet. 

Many yachts may also have on-board yoga instructors on board, so you can spend some time recharging and rebalancing while on your vacation at sea.

guests enjoying the cinema one their superyachts flybridge
the interior cinema of a charter yacht
couple enjoying their privacy in a completely empty cinema room where they watch the oscar winning film parasite

You might also want to consider a yacht with a home theater. Equipped with the latest selection of movies and entertainment options, you can expect hours worth of films and games at your fingertips.

7. Your yacht crew want you to have the best time too!

woman walking slowly to a dinner table on the beach after riding her tender

Your yacht crew is there to make every day of your vacation extra special. If you think you won’t get the same atmosphere on a yacht as you would on land, think again.

children dressed as pirates wave at superyacht
kids dressed up as pirates look for treasure
children dressed as pirates find a map
a groupd of pirates discuss how they spil their treassure

If you’re spending more time on your yacht than on shore, your crew will pull out all the stops to make it memorable for you. Expect themed nights, dining extravaganzas, impeccably-presented beach picnics and elegant parties under the stars.

You can also enjoy games nights with a twist and yacht crew competitions where you're the judge. On some of the larger yachts, the yacht crew will even arrange fun activities for children, including treasure hunts.

8. A yacht is your own little haven on the water

superyacht bold chartering in some really cold destination
superyacht bold helicopter on helipad
the charter yacht bold by silveryachts underway in the arctic

Cruising down the coasts and hopping between islands, yachts are like little havens on the water. There's really no need to come on shore at all, with the exception of refueling, waste disposal or inclement weather.

Expedition yachts are great if you're looking for increased autonomy at sea, as many will have their own wastewater management systems and a much higher fuel capacity. They are usually equipped with helicopters as well, making access and disembarkation even more simple and straightforward. 

9. Discover new destinations

a small unknown marina in the med

Now might be the perfect time to discover new destinations. If you’ve always chartered in Ibiza, consider neighbouring Mallorca and Menorca. Equally beautiful and much quieter than Ibiza, they are filled with unique travel opportunities. 

a windy caribbean beach
ocean swings in the caribbean on a lovely sunny day
and aerial shot of acklins island
an anchorage for charter yachts in the caribbean

If you’ve always chartered around the hotspots of the Bahamas, consider venturing further afield. Nassau and the Exumas are great for yachts, but the lesser-explored Bimini, Acklins and Great Inagua offer so much natural beauty and serenity. 

and aerial shot of antigua during sun set

For those who have fallen in love with the charm of Italy, consider heading east into the Adriatic sea. The waters of Croatia and Montenegro are studded with countless tiny islands and sandy beaches, creating diverse and interesting itineraries for you to explore.

a bahamas island in peak season but not busy
a superyacht crusing down a fjord in norwaya beach hut in a quite coast in the maldives

But if you want to travel even further from the yachting hotspots of the world, there are plenty of places to do that. Consider cruising the fjords of Norway, or heading off the coast of Ecuador to explore the incredible nature of the Galapagos. Tahiti, the Seychelles and the Maldives also represent great options for your next vacation. 

10. New cancellation and insurance policies being introduced

charter guest and broker making some arrangements to the itinerary

Brokerage firms are starting to add addendums and clauses to their contracts to account for any cancellation that occurs as a result of the Coronavirus. In general, these clauses are designed to allow both parties to cancel without fault. 

As the situation develops, we will more than likely start to see more brokerage firms following suit. Such amendments are designed to give you peace of mind when booking.

You can also elect to take out private travel insurance, with many companies now offering special coverage for Coronavirus and yacht charter. 

Remember, the yachting industry wants to ensure the best possible outcome for all involved parties.

For more information, please read our Coronavirus and Yacht Charter FAQ article.

a group of best friends jumping off of their tender while they cruise southeast asia

What are you waiting for?  Get in touch with your preferred yacht charter broker today to start the booking process. 


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