Guide to Charter Holidays

What is the minimum length of charter and how are the rates calculated?
Charter rates are quoted per week for the hire of the yacht. Seven days is generally the minimum charter period accepted for our yachts, unless specifically mentioned. During the low season charters under a week will be more easily accepted for yacht bookings. You can book charters for any duration over seven days. Any extra days over a week will be calculated pro-rata of the weekly rate. This means the weekly rate will be divided by seven and multiplied by the number of charter days. In general charter booking starts from noon the first day and terminate at noon on the last day. Therefore a charter contracted to begin on the 1st of June to end on the 8th of June is a one week charter.
There are two seasons for charters: high and low. It will depend on the region where the charter of your choice is taking you as much as the period you choose to travel in. The high season concerns the most popular charter periods and destinations: July and August in the Mediterranean as well as Christmas and New Year's in the Caribbean. Special events like the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, the Cannes Film Festival or the Venice Carnival are also considered high season. Please note the rates advertised on our website are indicative and might be subject to some changes.

Is VAT applicable on the charter fee?
Commercially registered yachts are usually tax exempt. However, please note that due to European Union tax legislation, Value Added Tax (such as French TVA, Italian IVA, etc) applies on the gross charter fee for charters taking place in European Union Waters on yachts which are not commercially registered.
What is included within the charter rate?
Most charter rates on this website are based on MYBA Terms. This implies that the yacht will be provided to the charterer in full commission and with all necessary equipment. It is also a guarantee the yacht has been properly insured for marine risks and is managed by a professional crew. The crew's wages, food and clothing are on the owner’s account. All other operating expenses are payable by the charterer and deducted from the Advance Provisioning Allowance.

Please note that, occasionally, a yacht may offer a variation on the terms described above. Our brokers will provide full details of any charter terms that vary from standard MYBA Terms when presenting the relevant yachts

What do I need to do to secure my chosen yacht?
Once the availability for your chosen yacht has been verified, we will send along our confirmation a standard MYBA Charter Agreement for you to sign. Also remember that when your chosen charter itinerary implies embarking or disembarking from a point other than the yacht’s home port there will be a positioning/repositioning charge involved. This charge will be estimated in advance and included, with taxes, in the Charter Agreement.

What is APA and how is it calculated?
The APA stands for Advance Provisioning Allowance and is due one month before the charter commencing. It is generally a sum equivalent to 25% of the charter fee under MYBA terms (30% in some cases) and is intended to cover the operating expenses of a charter.
These expenses include, but are not limited to, shoreside transport; fuel for the main engines and generators; fuel for tenders and water sports equipment; food and all beverages for the charter party; berthing dues and other harbour charges including pilots’ fees, local taxes, divers’ fees, customs formalities and any charges for waste disposal, charges for water and electricity taken from shore; ships’ agents’ fees where applicable; personal laundry; charter Party communications and internet use; and hire or purchase costs of any special equipment placed on board at the Charterer’s request.
Payment for extraordinary expenses such as special requirements or equipment, shoreside transport or excursions or any other expenses not customarily considered part of the vessel’s operating costs may be required to be paid, via the broker’s account in advance or to the captain on boarding, in addition to the APA.

What are the payment terms for a charter?
To confirm your booking, a deposit of 50% of the total charter fee payable by bank transfer on signature of the Charter Agreement will be asked. The remaining 50%, plus an Advance Provisioning Allowance (or APA), along with taxes, delivery fees and any additional charges (agreed during contract), is payable by bank transfer one month before the charter begins.

Which regions of the world can we explore?
You can technically explore any region in the world. Just ask one of our broker for advice and he will help you make the best choice. Our brokers do travel extensively to seek out the most captivating and enchanting sailing destinations for your holidays and come back with the expertise necessary to guide you in your choices. From east to west and white Alaskan panoramas to the Seychelles extreme adventures, our selections will always amaze you. You could be traveling from St Tropez to Monaco on one of our superyachts or discover the wide array of shades of blue in the Mediterranean Sea from Bodrum to Cala di Volpe. Our yachts are available in most exceptional destinations around the globe allowing you to create your very own charter experience.

Am I covered by insurance?
We strongly recommend that charterers take out Cancellation and Curtailment Insurance to protect their investment if unforeseen circumstances prevent or curtail their charter. Additionally, all members of the charter party should be covered by Personal Accident and Medical Insurance, and their personal effects should be insured against theft, loss or damage.
It may also be prudent to contract other forms of insurance, such as Charterer's Liability.
Our brokers will be happy to assist you with arranging any policy not covered by the basic Charter Agreement.
Can I specify the food and wine to be served aboard the yacht?
Yes. As every detail counts it is important for us to know as early as possible your charter preferences in order to accommodate them onboard. We will therefore ask you to complete our preference form where you may specify every single detail concerning the needs and special requests of every member of your party. This also includes activities, entertainment, special celebrations, food and wine, diets, medical details and allergies. The crew will get familiar with your preferences and meet your every single expectation.
Am I permitted to use the yacht’s watersports toys and SCUBA equipment?
A Certificate of Competency is required to participate in water sports activities (jet skis, wave runners and other mechanically propelled watercraft) in many countries. Therefore we ask you kindly to consider which members of your party will want to use the yacht's motorised water toys. If they do not have the required licenses or certificates we can arrange for an instructor to come on board of the yacht during the charter to issue one. All tuition fees will be at the charge of the charterer and we cannot guarantee the availability of instructor in every locality. In some areas motorised water toys are prohibited altogether. Use of personal watercraft is only permitted subject to the operator having the appropriate license and meeting with local operating regulations. Any liability arising from non-compliance is entirely at the operator's risk. If the yacht has SCUBA equipment on board, it may only be used by certified divers holding a certified PADI license or equivalent.

Do all yachts accept children?
Most yachts and superyachts welcome children. That said some yachts have a minimum age requirement and/or require the presence of a nanny as the crew cannot provide a babysitting service.
Please inform your Princess Yacht Charter broker at the very early stage of your booking should you have children in your party.

Can we make phone calls and receive emails on-board?
Do not be worried about staying in touch with your business, family and friends. Many of the modern motor and sailing yachts for charter are equipped with the very latest state-of-the-art technology and communications equipment including cellular service, global satellite telecommunications and personal computers.

Can I smoke on board the yacht?
Smoking is not permitted inside most yachts. Although some yachts may have different policies, smoking in cabins and staterooms remains prohibited on all vessels for safety reasons.

What role will the crew play?
Your professional crew will offer you a tailor made and personalized service around the clock. They are at your service and will only do their best to satisfy your every request.
Your captain will suggest an itinerary but you're not locked into any program should you desire to make changes along the way. Feel free to ask and consult his expert hands to get you to the most secluded places or finding your perfect anchorage.
The chef and his team will design menus according to your preferences or to the local gastronomy. It would be a pity not to succumb to the pleasure of Tuscany's finest wines while cruising along the Italian Riviera.
The crew will always respect your privacy.

What can we do ashore?
This part of the trip like most of the other elements will be dictated by your desires. Possibilities are endless. It could range from luxury shopping on the French Riviera to swimming with the multi colored fishes in the atolls of the Maldives passing by cultural visits on the Turquoise Coast in Turkey and partying in Phuket's coast many beach resorts. Do not forget about the very exclusive events at your disposal when planning your holiday and organising your private charter: Cannes Film Festival, Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Cricket World Cup or the prestigious America's Cup are just a sample of those endless possibilities at your disposal.

t may seem obvious to a few but to many, the initial preparations to be made when it comes to arranging a luxury yacht for a vacation or corporate event can seem daunting. Luckily for them, our experienced brokers are there to take all the hassle off their hands and answer any questions they may have.

From the moment you decide to pick up the phone and call Yacht & Villa, your dream of taking a yachting holiday can easily become a reality. Our experienced, professional and discreet brokers will manage and guide their clients through the decision making process, planning stages and finer points of their charter holiday preparations.

Before calling however it may be worth taking a moment to decide a few specifics. Where a modern motor yacht with full crew may be ideal for a family or corporate charter holiday, a sailing yacht with minimal crew may suit the sailing enthusiasts amongst us or a team-building exercise.

Another crucial consideration is where you’d like to charter. Many yachts have very specific charter regions that their owner has specified (e.g French Riviera, Bahamas etc), so it is good to decide on one or two destinations you’d like to visit on a yachting holiday.

Discuss these two points with one of our charter brokers and they will be able to present you with a selection of yachts tailored to your wishes and needs. Alternatively, browse Yacht & Villa’s charter collection by destination or yacht make.