YACHT CHARTER FAQ’S
When you choose Carol Kent Yacht Charters, you are selecting professional yacht charter specialists. We are here to guide you through the selection process with our intimate knowledge of yachts, crews, destinations, customs and international conditions. We partner with top luxury Travel Agents to work closely with you, the client, to completely handle your full travel needs including airfare, hotel and any special arrangements you may desire to ensure a thoroughly satisfying experience.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How many guests can a yacht take?
Honeymooners, families, couples, and even large groups can be accommodated. Especially large groups may also consider Tandem or Flotilla charters involving several water craft.
2. How much does it cost?
Of course this varies, mainly based on number of guests and type of yacht. Here are a few recent charters that illustrate the range of possibilities. (A) “All Inclusive” (Sail or Motor – crew, food, beverages, toys, and fuel) for 7nights/8days in the Caribbean range from Sail 76’ AURELIUS $3,360. Per Day (2 Guests). (B) “Plus All Expenses” (food, beverages, fuel, dockage for 7nights/8days) in the Mediterranean aboard Motor Yacht 270’ O’MEGA: Euro 75,000 Per Day (30 Guests). Ideal for families and Destination Weddings.
3. Do I have to charter for a full week?
Not at all! We have seen Charters that range from a “land and sea” that involves a couple of days at sea, using your yacht as transportation to your selected ports of call, to a months-long “sea-battical” with occasional docking to replenish supplies.
4. Who are the crew?
On many yachts, a Captain and Cook can accommodate up to 8 guests. More services means more crew! On a larger yacht such as 168’ LAZY Z, your crew can number anywhere from 10 to 20, based on the services you require, including the Captain, 1st Officer, Chief Engineer, 2nd Engineer, Chef, Chief Stewardess, Head Stewardess, Stewardess (2-5), Boson, Deckhands (1-3) and Purser.
5. Can you take small children?
Yes! babies and small children are welcome on many yachts. Plan for a Nanny to accompany your family and provide full time supervision of children. The Crew is focused on other equally important things, although they certainly can add to the fun.
6. Can I become dive certified during my yacht vacation?
Yes, with a licensed Dive Instructor aboard. Some yachts offer dive courses and certification (please inquire). Your other option is to take stateside courses for “open water dive” certification.
7. Can I get “gluten free”, vegan, low sodium meals?
Absolutely! Part of the planning includes having you complete a Preferences page after your deposit, well in advance of your charter. The Cook/Chef will review all allergies and dietary requirements with you.
8. Can I wear my shoes onboard?
Good question. Curiously, there is a book titled “No Shoes Allowed” in which titans of industry became humbled by taking off their shoes while cruising. Of course, some health conditions like diabetes may special precautions, and allowances are made to keep shoes on in such exceptional cases. Otherwise, you will generally be expected to wear boat shoes only (not to be worn on land and sand), or just enjoy barefoot freedom which, incidentally, helps keep decks free of sand and other objects. Bare feet helps you enjoy safe, sure footing when waves cause your yacht to rock and roll.
9. What is the itinerary?
Your itinerary may have been planned well in advance, but it is discussed with the Captain every morning of your charter, considering the weather, your interests, seasonal delights and your often-heightened sense of adventure. No two yacht charter itineraries are identical, and that’s fine with us. We are here to handle contingencies, offer insights based on our experience, and provide intriguing details about yachting, ports of call, and the delights that await you.
10. Can I have jet skis, paddleboard, kite-surfing?
Most yachts offer an array of toys. If the toys you seek are not standard equipment on the yacht you select, rentals may be available in a nearby port or pre-rented and brought aboard before departure. When in doubt, ask.
11. Can I bring my dog?
Pet-friendly yacht vacations are increasingly popular and available. Do inquire, since some restrictions may apply, and we would like to assure your pet can be accommodated.
12. What is the most popular destination to charter?
There are two popular regions. Eighty percent of the yacht charter industry’s activity is located in the US and British Virgin Islands and Caribbean in general. Predictable, favorable weather all year makes it possible. Hint: head south to the Grenadines for Hurricane season (July-November). The next most popular region is the Mediterranean. Thirdly, the New England region’s seafaring heritage and cultural diversity makes Boston, Newport, the Hamptons and their gorgeous nearby islands like Nantucket an attractive option during late Spring, Summer and early Fall.
13. How far in advance should I book my yacht charter?
For best results and the broadest array of options, we suggest you begin your yacht charter planning process with us one year in advance, especially if you plan to go during High Season. Having said that, we are well acquainted with many yachts and crews, and can occasionally manage your request with just a few months’ notice, but this may require some quick action on your part to be sure all the necessary credentials and requirements are handled thoroughly.
THE FACTS ABOUT US
- We travel annually to major yacht charter shows around the world
- Our experience rivals the largest companies; our boutique-style personal service is your advantage
- We have cruised on elegant yachts in New England, the Bahamas, Caribbean, Greece, Turkey and Croatia
- We are familiar with the latest fleet additions, technologies and luxuries
- We are expert at matching yachts to your specific requirements
- 85% repeat business means we are trusted all over the world
- We guarantee access to Class A yachts only
- Water covers 70% of the world … so do we!