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Charter guide

How to charter a yacht: Everything you need to know

FIND A YACHT

Is yacht charter right for me?

Incomparable luxury, complete privacy and 7-star service

If you seek breath-taking surroundings, total freedom, complete privacy and incomparable luxury – then a crewed yacht charter is likely right for you. Chartering a yacht allows you to relax at your own pace in a destination of your choice, whilst enjoying fine dining, seven-star service and luxury accommodation - all entirely personal to you.

No other holiday allows you to experience so many unique and exclusive destinations, enabling you to wake up to a different view every day from the comfort of your own private hotel. With your own dedicated yacht charter broker, you can leave all the details to us - all you need to do is relax and enjoy. Discover how to charter a yacht below.

What you can expect

A step by step guide to yacht charter

Choose your destination

Whether you have a specific charter destination in mind or are looking to be inspired, our specialist brokers can guide and advise you with this important first step in planning your private yacht charter experience.

Your requirements

From budget and type of yacht to number of guests and on board facilities, understanding your requirements is of course key to crafting you the perfect yacht vacation. We will consider everything from your preferred ambience to on board activities and shore-side excursions.

Find the perfect yacht

Our mission is to deliver you the ultimate luxury yacht charter experience, and matching you with the ideal yacht is an essential ingredient. The next step in our yacht charter guide is for your broker to take into account factors such as the crew, facilities, cruising areas, tech and toys to identify a shortlist of yachts for your consideration.
 

Book your charter

Once you have decided that you wish to proceed with booking the charter and have selected the dates you would like to travel, you will be issued with a contract. Your dedicated charter consultant will be on hand throughout the entire booking process to answer any questions that you may have.

Create your itinerary

A superyacht charter provides the ultimate personalised holiday. Your dedicated charter consultant will work with you to plan every aspect of your itinerary, from where you drop anchor each day to dining, activities and excursions. 
 

Your Captain and crew

Your Captain and highly trained crew members will be fully briefed on your preferences and needs so that, no matter what time you want to sleep, eat or play, your needs will be preempted. Every detail will be taken care of to ensure you and your guests the ultimate charter experience

Useful information

Yacht charter etiquette

Before embarking on your charter, feel free to ask your consultant as many questions as you need about yacht charters and what to expect. While each yacht is different, there are some general rules to ensure your charter runs both smoothly and safely.

Read our YACHT charter FAQs

  • To protect the decks, shoes for ashore should not be worn onboard. Soft deck shoes are acceptable, but many guests choose to relax barefoot while onboard
  • If you wish to travel with your pet, please ensure you have advised your charter consultant so that they can find you a suitably pet-friendly yacht
  • If possible, pack in soft luggage bags or check in advance how many cases can be stowed, as space for large, hard cases can be limited
  • In most cases, smoking is not permitted inside the yacht for safety reasons. While many yachts operate a policy of smoking permitted on deck only, please check with your consultant on the rule of your chosen yacht
  • While customary, the crew's gratuity is entirely a matter for your personal discretion. If you are satisfied with the level of service received on board, we would suggest an amount of 10%–20% of the charter fee to be given to the captain to be split equally among the crew

Private Aviation

The Ultimate End-to-End Yacht Charter Experience

Through our private aviation department, Ocean Independence offer the same 7-star service in the air as we do at sea. From light jets and helicopter transfers to VIP airliners, let us arrange all your private travel for the ultimate end-to-end charter experience.

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