Where to Start When Planning a Sailing Vacation
Sailing away on a luxury charter yacht is not a new trend in vacationing. However, the amenities that are now being provided on these yachts are changing and improving by the day.
These changes have also introduced new terminology used in the industry of yacht charters. People in the process of planning a sailing vacation tend to feel puzzled or even intimidated by the terms they are not familiar with.
Ideally, a bit of research related to one’s preferences can make life easier during the planning phase before chartering a luxury yacht. Secondly, following a systematic approach is always useful for devising an organized plan with minimal chances of a glitch after the journey begins.
A charter yacht broker is there to offer their services to help you plan your sailing vacation. After you sketch-out your intended sailing vacation plan, it is time to consulting a charter yacht broker. At this time be prepared to provide your broker all the details of your vacation plans. The more detailed information you provide, the better job your broker can do matching you up with a yacht you want to charter.
Here is a list of the more crucial details that needs be conveyed to your broker when inquiring about booking a sailing vacation:
- The sailing destination
- Number of guests
- Number of cabins needed
- Type of yacht
- Budget range set for the yacht
- Types of activities interested in
- Duration of the journey
- Any issues ror special requests
EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM
The travel industry has its peak seasonal periods. Those who book early always get the advantage. This is especially true for booking a Holiday charter. The chances of successfully booking the yacht you really desire for a holiday date are much better if you book early.
Holiday dates such as Easter, Spring Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s should be booked at least six months out, will help ensure you of book the yacht you want.
Note that when booking a yacht more than six months out the required deposit is only 25%.. At six months out another 25% is due. The balance of the charter fee is due 45 days before departing on your sailing vacation
THE CREW PROFILE
It’s important to focus on the professionalism of the crew members aboard your yacht. You will want to make sure they meet your requirements. Reviewing their crew profiles is important. If possible you should inquire about any firsthand information your broker has about the crew.
Another factor to consider is the type of service provided by the crew members. For example, weather the crew members follow formal etiquette or a casual style of hosting your charter party. Can the Chef accommodate any special diet restriction you may have?
With a little added effort before booking a luxury charter yacht, one can make sure that the entire journey turns out to be smooth and comfortable for all passengers and crew members alike.