The new Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been filling the news around the globe, and concerns about catching the virus have led travellers to reconsider their summer plans.
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.
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 8 reasons to swap hotels and cruises for a luxury yacht charter this summer.
1. ONLY LIMITED CONTACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE.
A chartered yacht is your own private space. Since you only share it with the crew and other people in your charter party, your contact with other people is very limited compared to other types of holidays.
While on board a chartered yacht, private cars will show you around on land and thanks to end-to-end private transport from and to the yacht, this also applies before and after your charter. Also, private aviation options (such as charter flights) are available should you wish to avoid crowded airports.
2. CROWDS OF PEOPLE CAN BE AVOIDED.
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.
In addition, 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.
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.
3. LESS CREW – LOW RISK.
A yacht crew usually consists of 4 – 10 members, so it is easy to trace where everyone has been to minimize the risk of the Coronavirus. Unlike in hotels or on cruises, where you may have hundreds or even thousands of staff you have to account for.
Moreover, the crew lives on board the yacht. They do not go home at the end of the day; they barely even step ashore. Therefore, their contact with other people who may have the coronavirus is very limited.
Everyone in the yachting industry is particularly vigilant about potential exposure to the Coronavirus. Owners, brokerage firms and the crew themselves do not take any risk when it comes to potential exposure.
4. A YACHT OFFERS A CLEAN AND STERILE SETTING.
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.
5. YACHT CHEFS – BETTER THAN ANY RESTAURANT.
Fortunately, a yacht charter means you don’t have to dine in restaurants on shore – you can enjoy all your meals on board your yacht.
Superyacht chefs are in a completely 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 will miss out on naything, because the food on board your yacht will most likely be better than in any restaurant on shore.
6. YACHT FACILITIES OFFER HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT OR RELAXATION.
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.
If you’re chartering with children, look out for the water toy selection. Meanwhile, inflatable pools, climbing walls and toys are sure to delight charter guests of all ages.
If keeping up your fitness is important to you pick a yacht with gym facilities. For rest and relaxation, look out for spa facilities like steam rooms, beauty salons and massage rooms. 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.
7. YOUR YACHT CREW WILL MAKE YOUR TIME MEMORABLE!
Your yacht crew is there to make every day of your vacation extra special. 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. And also fun activities for children will be arranged should you wish.
8. NEW CANCELLATION AND INSURANCE POLICIES ARE BEING INTRODUCED.
We added addendums and clauses to our 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.
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.
EXPLORE THE WORLD FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE BY CHARTERING A YACHT FOR THIS SUMMER.
To enquire for a yacht charter that is especially taylored to your needs or for any other information, please don‘t hesitate to contact us. We‘re more than happy to answer all the questions you may have.