Yacht Charter Pricing, Affordability and Value
Yacht Charter Pricing and Affordability - The Best Value Sailing Getaways, Luxury Yacht Charter Experiences and Corporate Events
Yacht charters offer unbeatable value and quality. Where else will you find such freedom, privacy and quality to spend time with your friends and family? On any charter yacht, whether you select a bareboat sailing vacation, a crewed catamaran or a luxury motor yacht charter, you will have the platform to do exactly what you wish to do. Private yacht charters are the complete opposite to going on a commercial cruise ship, where you are restricted by rigid timings and have to share the experience with strangers. On a private yacht charter with Boatbookings, you get complete freedom, flexibility and privacy, while not being charged for daily resort conveniences such as private dining and water sports equipment.
When you look at the total cost of a private yacht charter, you will often find that it is significantly less expensive than a comparable land-based vacation. Also, what else compares to the luxury of your floating palace? Chartering a private yacht is a lot more fun than staying in a resort and your program is designed around your exact preferences and requirements. Don't follow the crowd and let your Broker help take your vacations to the next level. We've put together a few price comparison examples below, and your broker can help you understand how you can get the most value out of your charter, whether it's for your annual holiday, anniversary, special birthday celebration or corporate event charter.
What is the job of a retail Charter Broker? We source the most suitable yacht for your group configuration, destination and requirements. All Brokers have access to the same yachts worldwide; prices do not fluctuate between yacht Charter Agents and all Brokers have access to the same deals. Our Brokers stand out from the competition by attending the annual yacht charter shows, participating in industry seminars and visiting the yachts and destinations first hand. Our Brokers know exactly what they are talking about and will be able to guide you from initial enquiry to the moment you step off the yacht. Engage with your Boatbookings Broker and do not waste your valuable time and efforts getting confused with other Brokers. We make our commission from the yacht owner, we don't add it on top of your charter price. You are in safe hands.
As your yacht Charter Broker, our sole interest is the success of your charter and helping you plan the next vacation. Whether you want to charter around the stunning Amalfi Coast, experience the nightlife in Greek Islands or island-hop around the idyllic Croatian islands, our Brokers have over 50 years combined delivering standout yacht charter experiences. If you are not tied by specific dates or you are looking for a spontaneous getaway, check out our Specials Page for unmissable deals, available all around the world!
Caribbean Crewed Catamarans - An AMAZING deal for the Whole Family in the BVI!
When comparing a crewed catamaran charter in the Caribbean to a 5-star resort, it quickly becomes apparent the great deal you get on a BVI Crewed Catamaran. That's because all food, drinks and amenities are included in the price! Here's a comparison of costs to one of the highly regarded BVI resorts:
|Crewed BVI Catamaran||BVI 5 Star Resort|
Price per Week (High Season)
|Gourmet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners||Included||
|Excursions (The Baths, Jost Van Dyke)||Included||
|Total||$27,000 (Plus Gratuity)||$44,750 (Plus Gratuity)|
The BVI Crewed Catamaran charter package is far more cost-efficient, not to mention that you don't get hassled every day for simple pleasures such as paddleboards, water skiing and kayaking. Crewed Catamarans also have no "resort fees", so simply select your dates, your catamaran and enjoy your vacation. You will be pampered all day by your crew and get used to mouth-water cuisine and endless activities designed specifically for your group. Your fun doesn't stop there; the 5 Star resort can't change locations every day, whereas your catamaran will hop from one beautiful anchorage to the next! Take a look at our BVI Crewed Catamaran Itinerary for inspiration.
Bring your Friends for more Fun and a Better Deal!
Chartering a yacht has a single base price, so the price per couple is extremely reasonable compared to securing multiple bedrooms or hotel suites. You get the privacy of a luxury villa which can change destination every day, split between your best friends. This example shows how a group of 4 couples can make chartering a yacht very attractive in the British Virgin Islands.
||Bareboat Catamaran||All-Inclusive Crewed|
|Charter Fee / Week||From $5,000||From $10,000||From $27,000|
|Price per Couple / Day||$178||$357||$964|
|Price per Couple per Week||$1,250||$2,500||$6,750|
Like any other travel business, there are many opportunities to get a discount on your charter. First and foremost, if you are willing to charter out of high season, you will most certainly get a discount off of the top price, often as much as 20%. And even in high season, you may get a discount if there are unchartered boats, especially if you are looking at the last minute. There are also deals to be found when another charterer had to cancel for personal reasons.
Boatbookings has access to thousands of deals worldwide, and we are constantly updating our specials page to list them. We invite you to look at our specials page and to bookmark it can visit it regularly to see if a deal comes up that matches your needs. Also, our brokers have access to all of these deals and can help you find the right one for your next charter.
Crewed Mediterranean yacht charters are subject to VAT (Value Added Tax), given all quality crewed motor yachts, sailing yachts and catamarans are registered as commercial vessels. In most circumstances, the VAT is applied by the place of embarkation. For example, you embark your French Riviera crewed motor yacht charter in Cannes or Monaco and disembark along the Italian coastline or Sardinia, French VAT would apply to the Charter Fee. The exception from the list below is Montenegro, as 13% VAT is due for all days spent in Croatian waters, which is practically every day on your Croatia yacht charter itinerary.
• French VAT - 20%, however 10% can be applied when an itinerary includes International Waters.
• Italian VAT - 22%, however 6.6% (over 24m) and 8.8% (under 24m) can be applied when an itinerary includes International Waters.
• Spain VAT: 21%
• Greek VAT: 12%
• Croatian VAT: 13%
• Montenegro: NO VAT
• Turkey: NO VAT
• Bahamas: 4% Taxes
• BVI, St Martin and St Barths: No Taxes
• Grenadines: No Taxes
Charter Terms: The hire and insurance of the yacht, crew food, wages and the yacht’s laundry are all included in the quoted charter fee. All other expenses, including fuel for the main engine, generators and water sports, equipment, all running costs, harbour fees, all food, soft and alcoholic drinks, communication costs and local taxes are additional. We are always upfront and clear on how much additional charge there will be on your personalised charter.
The Advance Provisioning Allowance: The additional expenses during a charter are paid for by the ‘Advanced Provisioning Allowance’, known as the ‘APA’, generally calculated at 25%-40% of the charter fee. The APA is transferred to the boat before the charter starts, so the crew can provision according to your specific requirements before you embark. The crew purchases everything, such as food and drink. At the end of the charter, the Captain will present you with a fully itemised statement of the APA account, with receipts. If the account is in credit, the balance will, of course, be returned to you. If it is in debt, the balance must be settled in cash or, with the Captain’s agreement, by transfer.
Next Steps - Let's Secure the best yacht for your Charter!
We have visited the most popular yacht charter destinations in the world, writing about the yachting hotspots and itineraries. Check out our library of charter articles to get inspired for your summer 2020 yacht charter. Our experienced Charter Brokers will recommend the most professional boats based on your desired expenditure and any other preferences you provide. Please contact the Broker Team directly - we look forward to planning a memorable charter for you.