For many of us working people, it is not easy to get enough free time to spend on a vacation. Because of this, it is would be such a shame if whatever time you manage to free up gets wasted on a botched vacation. More so if you are interested in private yacht vacations; these not only take a lot of your free time, they can also be a bit costly. To make sure you get the most fun out of private yacht vacations, you need to plan way ahead of time.
Planning The Perfect Private Yacht Vacation
One of the first things to consider, aside from the time available off work, is the available budget. This directly affects the options which will be available to you including the destination, length of the cruise, activities you can indulge in, as well as the level of luxury you can choose.
You, and any companions you may have, should have a clear vision of where you want to go and what you want to do. There is no harm in looking at a few tourist websites and contacting the tourist boards of prospective destinations. You can find out if the activities you are interested in are not prohibited and if they would be possible in the season you wish to visit. If you wish to visit the Caribbean, the Caribbean Tourism Organization website has lots of information.
Once you have decided upon a destination or itinerary, you can decide what type of yacht you are interested in. There are motor yachts and various models of sailing yachts to choose from. Aside from that, many yacht charter companies give you the option to choose bareboat, captained or fully-crewed charters. This is especially true of sailing yachts which take a certain level of skill to operate on your own. You will also need to consider the number of people in your group, the duration of your cruise, and your budget.
Once you have the general idea of where you want to go and the features of the yacht you wish to charter, you need to start contacting yacht charter companies. There are many yacht charters to choose from, but it is always better to deal with one which has been operating in your intended destination for some time. This generally means they know the area and the regulations well enough to steer you out of potential problems and into the choicest spots. They can even help you obtain any licenses and permits that may be required to keep you from getting on the wrong side of the law.
Consult with the yacht charter company to find out what extras they can offer like scuba equipment, surf boards, fishing poles, etc. There is also the matter of provisioning. Good yacht charter companies can help make sure you do not overlook any supplies you may need on your vacation cruise. You’d be surprised at how forgetting to ask for certain ordinary items (like toilet paper) can cause a lot of headaches.
Only with proper planning can you ensure you get the most of the time and money you spend on your dream private yacht vacation.