Cost of Crewed Yacht Charters
Know what to expect on your next crewed yacht vacation in the British & US Virgin Islands, Bahamas and other Caribbean destinations.
What is the Cost of a Crewed Yacht Charter?
Crewed yacht charters are all-inclusive and range from $15,000 per week to $70,000.00 per week. Luxury Motor yachts start closer to $40,000.00 per week and may offer basic plus expenses options. Some yachts offer half-board options where meals are enjoyed ashore at the charterer’s expense, making the week more affordable.
How do I reserve a charter, and what are the payment terms?
Once you decide on the yacht, Epic puts a complimentary reservation on the yacht. Next, a contract is drawn up, and details to proceed with the booking are solidified. Your deposit is also required at this time. Travel arrangements can be finalized. If you are more than 6 months away from your charter dates, a 25% deposit is required. Then 25% at 6 months out, and the final 50% is due 45 days before the charter. Your monies are held in escrow, and the yacht is paid right before your charter.
What is a standard gratuity for the crew?
15-20% of the charter cost is the standard crew gratuity. Your crew is on call 24/7, working hard to ensure you have the vacation of your dreams. They begin preparing for your charter from the moment they receive your requests. The crew’s goal is also to provide you with exemplary service. The gratuity is given to the crew at the end of the charter in cash or traveler’s checks.
What are the cancellation terms?
In the unlikely event of you canceling your charter, all payments are forfeited. However, if the yacht can re-book a different charter for the same dates, there is a chance of a partial refund.
What is included in the yacht charter fee?
Most yachts are all-inclusive with a professional captain and private chef. Larger vessels may have additional crew such as deckhand and stewardess. All meals, snacks, standard ship’s bar (liquor, wine, beer, and soft drinks), fuel for the vessel and tender, insurance for the vessel and crews, all water sport activities and Scuba diving on some vessels and cruising and National Park permits are part of your package.
What is not included in the yacht charter fee?
Not included are crew gratuities of 15-20%, optional marina docking/berthing for an overnight stay, excursions and meals ashore, special requests for top-shelf liquor, wine, or excessive alcohol consumption, and transfers to and from the airport.
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