Now re-open to leisure travel following multiple restrictions related to COVID-19, the 2020 Caribbean winter season is set to be one of the busiest in its history. With palm-fringed, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters welcoming every visiting yacht charter, we look at some of the best deals on the market.
With high season fast approaching for Caribbean yacht charters, the end of December through to early January is the best time to make the most of the unforgettable sights and sounds of the Caribbean.
Lifting the COVID-19 travel limitations in stages throughout the year, the Bahamas re-opened early on in June and has since welcomed yacht charters back to the US Virgin Islands, with the British Virgin Islands due to re-open on 1 December.
Whether you are looking to visit the world-famous swimming pigs in the Exumas or put your diving license to use with abundant blue holes, drop-offs, coral reefs and wreck dives there's a multitude of reasons why the Caribbean is the place to go for some socially distanced winter sun.
The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a transformation in yacht charter vacations with the aspect of social distancing playing a vital role.
Social distancing yacht charters have adapted seamlessly to the new 'normal' way of life, with each superyacht being its own self-contained and self-controlled environment.
In addition to the measures of hygiene and safety integrated into the daily running of yacht charters, facilities such as the COVID testing clinic at Yacht Club Isle de Sol, in St Maarten, work to give all charter guests and crew extra assistance in the constant battle to control the coronavirus.
If you're concerned about the effects of coronavirus on your yacht charter vacation take a look at how yacht charter brokers are representing charters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With social distancing still in mind, we have chosen five luxury motor yachts to accompany you on a memorable tour of the Caribbean.
Ranging from 163.4ft (49.8m) to 236.2ft (72m), these premium yachts will be available throughout the Caribbean season to explore the region including the Bahamas, Anguilla, Guadeloupe and more.
Benefitting from an extensive refit in 2020, the 2010 Dutch charter yacht LIND is spacious with a relaxed but indulgent atmosphere. Sleeping up to 11 guests in a five-cabin layout she offers extensive facilities for recreation, including an outdoor cinema on the sun deck.
Ideal for cruising around Caribbean islands like Anguilla, the award-winning Amels yacht has everything you need for a luxury charter vacation.
On-board highlights: Multiple health and leisure facilities including fully equipped gym, on-deck Jacuzzi and an exciting water toy selection.
Charter rate: from $259,000 - $287,000 p/week (+ fees)
Luxury charter yacht HOME is a stylish and spacious yacht, perfect for crewed yacht charter vacations in the Caribbean. Boasting optimal performance from her lightweight structure, HOME offers an admirable nautical range making her the ideal option for exploring archipelagos like the Abacos Islands.
Launched in 2017 by Dutch shipyard Heesen, she sleeps up to 12 guests in a selection of six cabins, including a highly indulgent Owner's cabin.
On-board highlights: Enticing entertainment facilities like a light-up sundeck bar and high-speed water toys.
Charter rate: $245,000 - $273,000 p/week (+ fees)
Timeless and chic, luxury yacht charter UTOPIA has a warm but premium ambiance. Benefitting from a refit in 2018, she offers an outstanding charter experience with multiple unique features including an unusual duplex sundeck which transforms into a nightclub.
Elegant interiors match the high-quality facilities, with charter guests able to enjoy a fully equipped cinema room plus a bar area with games table.
On-board highlights: Party hosts can relax in style with a spacious Owner's cabin and private dining terrace.
Charter rate: $435,000 - $521,100 p/week (+ fees)
A sophisticated custom yacht built in 2011 by Feadship, motor yacht 'Lady Britt' teams up perfectly with the picturesque sights of the Caribbean. Boasting a host of health and wellness facilities, she encourages proximity to nature with spacious exteriors and a beach club which lowers to sea level.
Timeless, indulgent interiors create a calm environment for charter guests to indulge in multiple massage treatments, with accommodation for up to 12 guests in seven cabins.
On-board highlights: Incredible outdoor entertainment with an open-air cinema and a social area that transforms into a stage.
Charter rates: $445,000 - $470,000 p/week (+ fees)
Custom-built charter yacht 'Lioness V' is a luxurious indulgence from Italian shipyard Benetti. Sleeping up to 12 charter guests in six spacious cabins, she is superb for entertaining larger groups with voluminous rooms and multiple relaxation areas.
Ultra-chic and modern throughout, this iconic motor yacht is a prestige environment that reflects every ounce of charm seen throughout the Caribbean.
On-board highlights: Unforgettable fun in the sun with a huge water slide, on-deck Jacuzzi plus a fully equipped gym.
Charter rates: $509,000 - $778,000 p/week (+ fees)
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