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Discover the pinnacle of luxury yachting with Ocean Independence, blending high-touch service with unrivalled expertise for your ultimate charter experience.

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  • 14 offices worldwide provide global reach and local expertise wherever you want to go
  • The world’s largest fleet of luxury yachts for charter
  • Service personalised to you and dedicated staff to make your trip totally seamless
  • End-to-end service and 24/7 support while you are travelling

Your Exclusive Retreat Awaits Why Choose a Yacht Charter?

Inaccessible Destinations

Discover the Mediterranean’s hidden treasures aboard your private yacht. Unlike any resort, yachting grants you access to secluded coves, pristine beaches, and remote islands untouched by the common tourist trail. Explore landscapes and cultures in their most authentic and unspoiled form, creating a journey that stands apart from ordinary vacations.

Exclusivity and Privacy

Our yacht charters offer a serene escape from bustling resort crowds. Here, you are the sole focus, surrounded by tailored luxury and impeccable service. Savour the freedom to explore at your own pace, revelling in the tranquillity of your personal paradise. More than just a vacation, a yacht charter is an exclusive retreat into a world of unparalleled opulence and privacy, crafted for those who seek a journey beyond the ordinary.

Memories with Family

Transform your family holidays into extraordinary adventures with a yacht charter. Unbound by limitations, share intimate moments against the backdrop of stunning seascapes, create bonds over unique experiences, and cherish the company in complete privacy. These aren’t just holidays; they’re unforgettable chapters in your family’s story, enriched by the luxury and exclusivity that only a private yacht can offer.

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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 consultants 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 onboard facilities, understanding your requirements is of course key to crafting you the perfect yacht vacation. We will consider everything from your preferred ambience to onboard 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 consultant 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 pre-empted. Every detail will be taken care of to assure you and your guests the ultimate charter experience.

Most Popular Mediterranean Itineraries

FAQs

Find the answers to the most commonly asked questions about yacht charter Yacht Charter FAQs

Why should I use a broker when booking a superyacht for charter?

As the ultimate luxury holiday, a superyacht rental can be tailored uniquely to your needs and preferences. Our experienced brokers work with you to understand which private yacht for charter is perfect for you. Then, using their global network of over 3,000 luxury yachts for charter, they will find all available yachts that match your requirements. Using their extensive local knowledge, your Charter Broker can work with the Captain to advise a charter itinerary that is totally unique to you. Should you have questions at any stage of the charter process, your broker will be available to assist.

Is there a contract involved in my yacht booking?

Once you have decided you wish to proceed with booking your superyacht for charter, we will issue you with a contract. This is likely one of two standard contracts depending on the cruising region. The most common is the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA) charter agreement, endorsed by a leading London maritime lawyer. This contract has evolved over the last 20 years and is now regarded as the reliable industry standard. The two-part American Yacht Charter Association (AYCA) agreement is primarily used in the U.S. and with U.S.-flagged vessels, also adopting terms from the MYBA agreement.

What additional costs will I pay on top of the yacht charter rate?

What is and is not included in the price of your superyacht for charter varies from yacht to yacht and you may be expected to pay the following in addition to the set charter rate:
– APA – The APA, or Advanced Provisioning Allowance, represents the operating expenses that you will incur during your stay on board, including but not limited to fuel, berthing fees, customs charges and food and beverages.
– Shipping/supply agent fees
– Local taxes
– Delivery fees

Your broker will gladly advise you on all additional charges during the process of selecting your luxury yacht for charter.

When do I transfer funds?

In most cases, you will be required to pay (by wire transfer) a 50% deposit of the total yacht hire fee upon signing the Charter Agreement. The remaining 50% of the charter fee plus the APA and any applicable taxes, delivery fees and security deposit are due one month before the beginning of your charter.

How does the chef know our likes and dislikes?

Culinary excellence is often the highlight of any yacht charter, and your personal chef will ensure your dining experience is no different. Prior to your charter, we will ask you to complete an information sheet noting your culinary preferences or any special dietary requirements, beverages, newspapers, flowers or other special requests. Details on any medical issues, allergies and special occasions can be noted. We encourage you to divulge as much information as possible to give the crew a detailed understanding before you step on board your luxury yacht for a charter like no other.

Will the steward / stewardess deal with my laundry?

It is common practice on most luxury yachts for charter that small quantities of personal laundry are carried out by the yacht’s crew as a service. Please note that these terms also allow the crew to refuse politely to do excessive quantities of laundry on board or to handle particularly delicate items. It may be possible to have certain laundry done ashore professionally if time allows, the cost of which will be deducted from the APA.

Do I pay a gratuity?

If your time on board a private yacht rental has been everything you hoped it would be, by all means, show your appreciation with a gratuity. However, please note that, on all superyachts for charter, although crew gratuities are customary, they are left at your sole discretion. As a guideline, we would suggest between 10% and 20% of the charter fee to be split equally between the crew depending on the level of service.

Can I smoke on board?

Generally, on luxury yachts for charter, smoking is not permitted inside the yacht for safety reasons. Many private yachts operate a policy of smoking permitted on deck only; however, please check the policy as each yacht varies in its approach to smoking on board.

How long is a yacht charter season?

Typically, two seasons are ideal for chartering a private yacht. The summer season lasts from the beginning of May until the end of October and mainly revolves around the Mediterranean, whereas the winter season runs from November until April when the Caribbean and Bahamas are traditionally the destination of choice. We have many superyachts for charter during these periods in destinations around the globe, however it is crucial to keep in mind that popular yachts in the most exclusive destinations are typically booked months in advance.

How much to charter a yacht?

The total cost of your private yacht hire will depend on a variety of factors. This includes the size and type of yacht you charter, alongside your cruising area, travel itinerary and any other special requirements you have for your luxury yacht experience. Don't hesitate to get in touch with our specialist team to find more information on our yacht rental prices and our services.

Make a charter enquiry

Please get in touch to discuss your charter enquiry. One of our charter consultants will get back to you as soon as possible.

Need help or advice?

The yachting journey can be complex with many decisions to be made. Get in touch with Ocean Independence, and one of our specialist consultants will help you make the right choices.

As a truly global company with 14 offices worldwide, we’re available 24/7 to help with any enquiries.

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