A luxury yacht charter holiday has never been so accessible, so flexible or so keenly attuned to the needs of the charter guest. In addition to affordable flights to most destinations throughout Europe, we now have access to a vast and varied charter fleet and a wider range of charter venues than ever before. While the catwalk promenades of the Amalfi Coast and the French Riviera of course retain their unique and special superyacht charter mystique, we can also now look to the Turkish and Croatian coastlines of the eastern Mediterranean, to the cooler waterways of northern Europe and even to the vineyard-strewn shores of the Swiss lakes. And as the pandemic’s restrictions continue to leave their imprint on the way we choose to spend our leisure time, the benefits of a luxury escape on board a private superyacht such as those at Princess Yacht Charter have never been more highly prized.
Luxury Yacht charter holiday: pleasure without stress
There are a great many ways to organise a charter holiday on board a boat. While shared ownership schemes and syndicates are more popular than ever before, private owners often still derive great pleasure from moving their boats around the world in search of a fresh adventure each summer. For trailer boaters, that involves planning long-haul continental road trips and investigating relevant road regulations and maritime laws. It also involves the cost of launching and berthing and the effort required to get acquainted with the best cruising opportunities in regions with which they might be unfamiliar. And for people with larger yachts, discovering a new destination can of course be even more complex and costly.
That’s one of the key benefits of yacht chartering. You’re not tied to a specific location, a specific range of cruising destinations or a specific season. And you don’t have to invest your time, effort or money untangling the logistical issues surrounding an annual cruise in an unfamiliar destination. More to the point, a luxury charter buys you the benefit of a crew and a captain who know the region’s highlights and hidden secrets. And while that first-hand knowledge is backed up by a shoreside support network that helps maximise your cruising flexibility, the crew’s hard-won expertise also enables you to visit places and to enjoy activities that, as the skipper of your own boat, you might never have the confidence to embrace.
An elevated yachting experience
While joining forces with friends or family means you can charter a yacht far larger and more lavish, the recreational opportunities on offer are also something special. High-end yachts now feature everything from cinema rooms and swimming pools to Jacuzzis, gyms, Turkish baths and on-board massage rooms. Expansive aft ‘Beach’ areas are often supplemented with private terraces overlooking the sea for even more intimate interaction with the water. And the toys themselves add another dimension to the possibilities. They routinely include jet tenders and personal watercraft for towed watersports and shallow-water exploration. For self-propelled recreation, they also include stand-up paddleboards, sea kayaks, sailing dinghies, seabobs, SCUBA equipment and snorkel gear. And on some yachts they even include submarines for subsurface exploration and helicopters for a more varied mix of pursuits like skiing, hiking or hunting, plus a faster, more glamorous way to make the switch from ship to shore.
It’s also true that, if you choose a yacht with the right crew, you can often use your charter holiday as a learning experience. Some crews offer diving, sailing and powerboat instruction. Others enable you to benefit from the one-to-one tuition of fishing experts, yoga teachers, fitness instructors or beauticians. In all cases, each yacht’s crew tends to have a unique profile of abilities and personalities that your charter broker can use to help maximise the enjoyment you derive from your holiday. And whether you’re keen to tailor that experience with family beach fun, adventurous outdoor pursuits or simple on board decadence, it is often the nature of the crew that helps refine your charter yacht shortlist.
A more perfect form of privacy
In addition to the fresh perspectives and the new activities that a luxury yacht charter can provide, it is also the best way in the world to add privacy to your holiday. In addition to the simple fact that a charter yacht gives you physical separation from the land, you are also perfectly free to choose a destination and an itinerary that prioritises remote anchorages, inaccessible beaches and uninhabited islands. Most charter yachts are also now able to collaborate with that approach in terms of on board privacy too. In addition to a network of discreet service routes and access points that enable your crew to cater for your needs without getting in your way, your charter yacht will often now provide a wide selection of private spaces. A range of inside and outside socialising zones does of course remain vital but you should also look for smaller, more intimate areas, where you can tuck yourself away for some quite reflection with a good book, an indulgent drink and your own unique sea view.
A world of possibilities with Princess Yacht Charter
Whether you’re looking at crewed yacht charter in the UK or glamorous high-end superyacht charter in a place like the French Riviera, the process involved in chartering a luxury yacht is much the same.
As a well-established company with an extensive network of bases, a varied international fleet, a proven track record and formal affiliation to the MYBA (Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association), Princess Yacht Charter provides 24-hour backup both before and during your charter. We have access to a variety of yachts and destinations from the Mediterranean and northern Europe to the Bahamas, the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific. And with first-hand experience of the world’s finest charter yachts and destinations, our team of specialist charter brokers is better placed than any to make your next luxury yacht charter holiday one you will never forget.