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How much does it cost to charter a yacht?

There are many things to consider and first time charterers can be left confused, that's why we've created a comprehensive guide to yacht charter prices (with a checklist).

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The good news: It’s easy to grasp the basics of yacht charter pricing. And with one of our experts in your corner, we can help you more accurately estimate the cost of your next once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

The cost of a yacht charter is dependent on a number of factors, including the type of yacht, the charter destination, local taxes, and the base cost. (If the yacht has a celebrity owner, well that too, can add to the cost.)

Therefore, yacht charters have a wide range of base prices. That’s why charters can cost from $10,000 per week on smaller sailing yachts and catamarans, up to $150,000+ per week on the most luxurious motor superyachts.

What else can you expect to pay? This overview – a part of our planning resource, the Charter Advice Guide – offers an in-depth look at charter yacht costs.

Yacht Charter Price Structure: “All-Inclusive” vs “Plus Expenses”

In the world of yachting, two types of crewed yacht charters are available to you – “All-Inclusive” and “Plus Expenses” charter experiences. What do these terms mean exactly? Here’s a quick look:

  • All-Inclusive Yacht Charters – Some charters (mainly catamaran and monohull charters in the Virgin Islands) offer all-inclusive rates. That means rates are based on the number of guests, and they include all food and drink, water sports, and fuel costs. Dockage and taxes, though, are usually charged separately.
  • Plus Expenses Charters – Rates for larger motor yachts do not include running expenses, which must be paid separately. For these luxury charters, the base price is for the yacht only. Additional expenses, i.e. food, bar, fuel, dockage, port taxes, and other expenses, are charged separately. Most frequently, the running expenses are paid by an Advance Provisioning Allowance, or APA, which is typically 35% of the base price; this is an amount that’s paid prior to the charter.

Our chart below offers a quick overview of what’s included in both of these types of charters.

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Average Yacht Charter Cost: Base Prices

What can you expect to pay for a catamaran, a sailing vessel, or motored yacht? Here’s a quick overview of the average cost to rent a yacht (not including extra expenses) for the most common types available:

Factors that Affect Yacht Charter Prices

Since charter yachts are privately owned, prices are set by the owner. This can explain, in part, the wide range of differences in price between boats of similar lengths. Yet, several other factors can significantly impact price, including:

  • The Yacht – The year the boat was built, the builder, previous owners, and the boat’s selection of water toys can also increase the cost of a yacht. Boats can also develop a reputation, i.e. the largest or most luxurious, or having a famous builder or previous owner. Reputation can also affect pricing.
  • Season – Prices typically increase in the high season – i.e. high summer in the Mediterranean or winter in the Caribbean – and decrease in low seasons.
  • Destination – Your charter destination also plays a role in charter cost. For example, prices increase in areas without large charter fleets (i.e. the Galapagos), whereas Bahamas yacht charters,   BVI charters , or Mediterranean yacht charter are priced more competitively.

Additional Costs Considerations on Yacht Charter

In addition to the cost associated with running the yacht and provisioning, there are a number of other costs that must be considered. These are the most significant:

Advanced Provisioning Allowance

The APA on Plus Expenses charters equals roughly 35% of the yacht’s base price. This is a fee that’s collected prior to charter, and it’s similar to an expense account the captain can access during the charter. At the end of the charter, you will receive a detailed accounting of your APA account, plus any unused APA funds in cash.

In the case of overages, you may be required to replenish the APA account during the charter. This can be done with cash, although many choose to set up accounts with their charter brokers , which can be accessed if requested by the captain.

Taxes and Value Added Tax (VAT)

Most boats – whether all-inclusive or Plus Expenses – will not include local taxes or a Value Added Tax into their charter rate. The charterer will be responsible for paying those taxes. Taxes range significantly by destination; here’s a look at some of yachting’s most popular destinations:

  • The Bahamas – Tax: 4% plus 10% VAT
  • BVI – Tax: between $6 and $16 per person per day, depending on the flag of the boat
  • Croatia – VAT: 13%
  • Florida – Tax: 6% for Broward County, 7% for Miami-Dade County
  • France – VAT: 20%, however, 10% can be applied when an itinerary includes International Waters
  • Greece – VAT: 12%
  • Italy – VAT: 22%, however 6.6% (over 24m) and 8.8% (under 24m) can be applied when an itinerary includes International Waters
  • Montenegro – NO VAT
  • New England – NO TAX
  • Spain – VAT: 21%
  • Turkey – NO VAT

Charterers can purchase cancellation and curtailment insurance – which is similar to traveler’s insurance. This insurance can help cover costs if a charterer must cancel or shorten the charter. Charter brokers can help you weigh insurance options, and often offer several different options.

Crew Gratuity

While crew gratuity is certainly not mandatory, it is recommended, particularly if you were truly impressed with your charter experience. In general, crew gratuity is roughly 15-20% of the base charter rate, which is handed to the captain at the conclusion of your charter.

Delivery Fees

While these fees do not apply on most charters, you may be asked to pay delivery costs if you are not chartering in the yacht’s normal cruising ground. In most cases, you will only be required to cover the fuel for the trip.

Call Worldwide Boat today to learn more. Our Charter Specialists are here to assist you with every detail and explain all charter costs. Or read our Charter Advice guide for more information and tips for planning your charter vacation.

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Additional Charter Cost FAQs

What are standard private charter yacht prices?

There are a number of factors that affect charter yacht pricing. However, on average, a week-long private yacht charter costs anywhere from $10,000 on luxurious sailing yachts and catamarans, and up to $150,000 for superyachts.

What affects charter yacht prices?

There are several things that influence how much your yacht charter will cost. The type of vessel, charter destination, length of trip, base cost, time of year, and local taxes all make a difference.

How much does it cost for a crewed vessel?

Charter yacht prices do increase when hiring a crew along with the boat. At Worldwide Boat, we offer two types of crewed charter experiences: all-inclusive and plus expenses. An all-inclusive charter yacht includes accommodation for all guests, food and drink, water sport activities, and fuel costs – dockage fees and taxes are charged separately. A plus expenses experience accounts for just the yacht’s base price. Things like food, drinks, fuel, dockages, taxes, and other expenses are charged separately and are usually estimated to be about 35% of the base price.

What’s included in all-inclusive boat charters?

At Worldwide Boat, your all-inclusive charter experience includes a diligent and friendly crew, water toys, food, drinks, fuel, water and electric services, and occasionally diving experiences.

What are some additional charter boat costs to consider?

After finding a base price you’re comfortable with and evaluating your package, you’ll also want to consider delivery fees, crew gratuity, insurance fees, taxes, and Advanced Provisioning Allowance rates. If you are responsible for these fees, your crew will handle the necessary transactions on your behalf.

What does it cost to rent a 100- foot yacht charter?

This depends on what type of vessel you’re looking at and how long you’ll need it for. The average weekly cost of a 100-foot sailing yacht is between $50,000-100,000. A weekly 80-foot catamaran charter runs around $40,000-100,000, and a week-long 100-foot motor yacht rental is anywhere between $50,000-80,000.

Does the price to rent a yacht change depending on what type of boat it is?

Yes. Worldwide Boat offers sailing yachts, catamarans, and motor yachts. All of these vessels have different capabilities, but there are other factors that determine the price beyond what type of boat you choose. The year the boat was built, owner, availability of water toys, onboard amenities, and the ship’s reputation can all change how much the ship is priced at.

When is the high season for yacht charters?

The price of a yacht fluctuates depending on the season. A Mediterranean yacht charter cost rises in the summer and drops in the winter, whereas Caribbean boat charter prices are high during the winter and lower in the summer months.

How does my destination affect charter yacht cost?

The more remote an area is, the more expensive it will be to charter a yacht there. That’s because prices go up in areas that have fewer boats. If you were to travel somewhere like the Galapagos, which isn’t a typical yacht destination, you’d pay more than you would if you were traveling to the Caribbean.

How much do I tip the crew when reviewing my yacht charter expenses?

It’s not required that you tip your crew, but it is recommended and appreciated. If you had an enjoyable experience it’s considered polite to tip your crew anywhere from 15-20% at the end of your charter.

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How Much Does it Actually Cost to Charter a Yacht?

From tips to APAs, we steer you through all the costs associated with private yacht charters.

By Emma Al-Mousawi

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Not many things can match the glamour of yacht travel. The endless opportunities for exploration in the most luxurious of settings, as the wind blows through your hair, sounds even more alluring after a year spent indoors with feet firmly on solid ground. As we emerge from the grips of the pandemic, a private yacht charter could offer adventure seekers the perfect escape away from the crowds. And one of the most common questions amongst novice charterers is ‘how much does it actually cost to charter a yacht?’

Here at Elite Traveler, we are answering this question and more as we round up the key costs that anyone planning their first yacht charter needs to take into consideration.

[See also: The World’s Most Expensive Yachts for Charter]

What will my yacht charter rate include? 

Most importantly, there are generally two types of yacht charter: an all-inclusive charter and the more common ‘plus expenses’ charter. As suggested by the name, the cost of an all-inclusive yacht charter will include (almost) everything such as crew, food, drinks, fuel and water sports equipment (though always check as this does vary between charter companies). However, s ome all-inclusive charters won’t include dockage or mooring fees, which can soon add up – but more on that later. 

A ‘plus expenses’ or ‘separated charges’ charter is where a base price is charged for the ship and its crew, while everything else is paid for through an ‘Advance Provisioning Allowance’ (APA) before you step onboard. Prior to a voyage, guests will complete a preference sheet with their likes and dislikes, enabling the chef and service team to stock up on the guest’s favorite items. This tends to be the norm on superyacht charters as it allows for a much more tailored experience.

As well as covering food and beverages, an APA will also cover things like fuel and possibly dockage. It is usually charged at around 30% of the yacht’s base rate. According to luxury yacht brokers Northorp and Johnson , the average price paid by its customers for a week’s ‘plus expenses’ charter was around $152,000 in 2020, which would mean an APA of around $45,600 – not a small sum, so it’s definitely something to be aware of when selecting your vessel. 

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A third, less common charter is a ‘bareboat’ charter. This is a charter without a crew or provisions and only generally favored amongst experienced yachtsmen and women or those who can supply their own crew. 

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There are generally two types of charter: all-inclusive and ‘plus expenses’ / ©Burgess

Does size impact how much it will cost to charter a yacht?

The reputation of the crew, the age of the yacht and its design will all influence the price of your charter; however, the single biggest factor that will impact cost is likely to be the size: the bigger the yacht, the more you’re likely to pay. 

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For example, with leading yacht brokerage Burgess , a week’s charter in the Caribbean aboard the 163.3 ft Home starts at $245,000 . If you opt for the larger Laurentia , at 180.5 ft, the price starts at $450,000. Both yachts were built in 2017 by leading Dutch shipyard Heesen and have capacity for 12 guests, but there is over $200,000 difference in the price. Naturally, you can also expect a higher APA for a bigger ship. 

N ovice charterers might be surprised to learn that a larger yacht doesn’t automatically translate into a larger guest capacity. Most superyachts are capped at a 12 guest limit due to International Maritime Organization safety regulations.

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Home is available for charter from Burgess from $245,000 per week /©Burgess

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A week’s charter on board Laurentia starts at $450,000 / ©Burgess

Does the type of yacht impact the price?

The answer is yes, but to a lesser extent than size. There’s something for everyone when it comes to yachts: classic yachts (built between the 1920s and 1970s) allow you to experience old school glamour of a bygone era, whereas sportfishing yachts are nimble and offer a long-range to get you to the best fishing (or diving) spots.

Sailing yachts are a popular choice amongst boating enthusiasts, but by a long shot, the most popular charter yachts are motor yachts. These are typically what spring to mind when you picture a superyacht and (size-dependent) tend to be the most expensive type of yacht to charter, often being pricier to purchase, maintain and fuel. Explorer yachts are motor yachts designed to cope with the most extreme conditions – if you’re planning a luxury superyacht charter to Antarctica, for example, it’s likely to be aboard one of these.

Over the past decade, explorer yachts have skyrocketed in popularity amongst intrepid travelers looking for opulent adventure on the seven seas. A week onboard the world’s fastest explorer yacht, the 311.68 ft Bold , costs approximately $964,300. This also makes it one of the world’s most expensive yachts to charter, in line with what you’ll pay for chartering the crème de la crème of the more ‘conventional’ superyachts typically seen on the French Riviera, like the ultra-glamorous O’Pari . A week’s charter onboard the 312 ft O’Pari comes complete with custom artwork and DJ booth costs from $1.1m.

[See also: The Best Luxury Yacht Builders in the World]

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Charter Bold from Burgess for approximately $964,300 per week / ©Guillaume Plisson

Is chartering during certain months more expensive than others?

The time of year will impact your charter price. In yachting, there are two main seasons – summer and winter – and chartering during these peak times will push up the cost. The summer season runs from May to October, with peak rates in July and August. The winter season runs from November to April, with peak rates over the Christmas holidays and into New Year. Location also dictates the price of a charter; for example, Caribbean charters are costlier from December to March whereas Mediterranean charters are at their priciest during the summer months. 

What about expenses, gratuities and other unexpected costs?

Not even a Mediterranean jellyfish has the power to sting an unassuming first-time sailor like end-of-trip expenses. 

As mentioned previously, with ‘plus expenses’ charters your APA is paid before you set sail. However, a detailed list of outgoings will be kept by the ship and if your expenses surpass the amount of your APA, you will be asked to cover the amount for the remaining charter. Saying this, it does work both ways – any unspent APA will be refunded to you. 

On both all-inclusive and ‘plus expenses’ charters, crew gratuities are not included in the yacht charter price. If you were happy with the service, the going rate is around 15 to 20% of the charter cost, so do keep this in mind. 

Depending on your charter agreement, docking fees, a charge you pay to keep your yacht in a marina or harbor overnight, may or may not be included in the cost. These can vary greatly depending on the location, time of year and the size of your yacht. Expect to pay the highest docking fees on the Mediterranean during high season with Capri and St Tropez commanding some of the steepest premiums.

Your itinerary can also affect the price, as traveling to places like Antarctica and the Arctic Circle require expensive permits. Certain destinations will also charge tax and VAT, so it is sensible to check with your broker if you’re keen on getting a cost breakdown before your trip. 

[See also: The Best Superyachts to Charter This Summer]

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Yacht Charter: How Much Does it Cost? All Rental Costs Explained

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How much it costs to rent a yacht isn’t always a very clear cut answer. There are numerous ways to charter a yacht and different factors can significantly increase or lower the cost of a yacht rental.

Here are the main costs to consider to estimate the total yacht rental price of your next yacht charter.

Yacht Rental Costs in a Nutshell

To calculate the price of a yacht charter, you need to sum the base fee of the yacht charter (the price you see displayed on websites), taxes (varies depending on destination), APA , crew gratuity and insurance cost . 

Depending on the details of your yacht charter, you will need to add between 30% and 100% on top of the base fee to have the total cost of your rental.

Here is an idea of the ranges you can expect for the yacht charter base fees :

  • Motor Yachts – Sailing Yachts under 50ft: €4 000 – €15 000 / week
  • Motor Yacht – Sailing Yachts between 50ft and 65ft: €15 000 – €40 000 / week
  • Motor Yachts – Sailing Yachts between 65ft and 80ft: €40 000 – €70 000 / week
  • Motor Yachts – Sailing Yachts between 80ft and 100ft: €70 000 – €100 000 / week
  • Motor Yachts – Sailing Yachts over 100ft: €100 000 – up to 1,000,000 / week

To know the estimation of your total yacht rental cost based on your situation, use our free calculator below , or read the next paragraphs to make the calculations on your own.

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How is the total price of a yacht rental calculated?

There are two main categories of yacht charters: all-inclusive or separated charges. 

The all-inclusive yacht rentals option (rare)

The all-inclusive option isn’t very common in yacht charters, and tends to be for smaller yachts and cruise where it’s easier to package a standardized offer.

As the name implies, all-inclusive yacht charter offers a price that includes everything: fuel, food, beverages, and entertainment (diving and fishing equipment).

The “usual” option: base charter rates and separated variable charges to add on top

In most yachting websites, the price of a yacht charter only refers to the  base price  of a boat at its lowest possible charter time.

It doesn’t include many variable costs such as food and beverage, fuel, taxes, insurance and so on.

To understand the total cost of chartering a yacht when it’s not all-inclusive (which is almost always the case), it’s therefore important to split the costs that are included in the base rate of the yacht (the price you’ll see displayed on a website) from the costs that are not included in that base rate , that you will therefore need to add yourself if you want a precise estimation.

Don’t worry, the math isn’t rocket science.

The formula goes like this:

Total yacht charter price = Base charter fee + APA + Taxes + Insurance

We’ll detail each costs in the following paragraphs.

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The base charter fee of a yacht rental: Costs and factors included in the calculation

The base charter fee of the yacht rental is essential in calculating the total cost of your charter. Most variable costs are calculated as a percentage of that base fee and are simply summed up together along with the base fee to get the total cost.

Here is what you should know about the base charter fee.

The base charter fee follows a simple rule: the longer the yacht, the higher the charter cost

The boat’s size affects the base charter fee considerably. It determines the number of cabins and guest capacity , the number of staff on board, along with a lot of amenities that tend to get more spacious and more luxurious the longer the yacht gets. 

Everything that comes with the yacht (including the staff!) is included in the base charter fee.

The more reputable and in-demand the yacht is, the higher the base fee gets

A yacht reputation and popularity can also affect the base fee, even for boats within the same size range.

Boats are by definition limited in stock and follow supply and demand laws . When a particular yacht is in high demand, whether it’s thanks to its reputation, its features, the season or its recent appearance in a movie, series or TV shows the price of the charter can shoot up.

For instance, chartering a yacht featured in a James Bond movie such as  luxury yacht Regina  won’t cost the same as a regular model. Likewise for most yachts that are a part of the popular Below Deck TV show .

It can also be true for some classic yachts that had famous builders or previous celebrity owners.

The season does influence the yacht rental prices at the base fee level

Your yacht charter base fee depends to some extent on your date of departure. 

If you take your vacation during the busiest weeks of the year (high season) of a destination, you’ll pay a higher base price than someone who charters a yacht on low season dates.

In the Mediterranean, the high season is in summer while it’s in winter for the Caribbean. The yacht charter base fees will be at their highest during these months. 

Sometimes just a week or two can make a big difference to the price. Chartering a yacht in shoulder seasons can be a good idea when you are looking for good deals.

Likewise, since some destinations have very short seasons , it has increased demands and makes it more expensive.

International events will also increase the cost of a yacht charter. Expect to pay more if you want to attend the Monte-Carlo Masters (April), the Cannes Film Festival (May), or the Monaco Grand Prix (May) during your yachting vacations in the Mediterranean.

The destination you pick can affect the base charter fee of your yacht rental

Your vacation destination is an essential factor in the yacht charter charge that is included in the base fee. 

As the supply and demand law dictates, the more competition there is, the less you have to spend. It is why locations with large charter fleets are less expensive.

The Bahamas, BVI and the Mediterranean are for example more affordable than remote islands without established yachting industries.

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The water toys are usually included in your base yacht charter fee and influence its amount

On a yacht, water toys don’t refer to your average backyard inflatable unicorns. Think instead of big equipment for marine activities: jet skis, kite-surf, kayaks, paddleboards, submarines, and expensive high-powered yacht tenders.

Some vessels come with sea pools or a giant slide to glide from the top of the boat straight into the ocean.

Most of these items, especially when they are in high numbers, can come at a cost that will be on the bottom line of your yacht charter invoice.

All the water toys specified in the yacht brochure when you make the reservation are generally included in the base fee . But it’s up to you if you want to rent others or even buy them. Make sure you ask your broker for advice about the cost of these extra if your budget is limited.

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The base fee of your yacht charter is fixed and proportional to its duration

Most yacht charter companies only work ‘per week,’ and yacht owners rarely accept a shorter duration. Many companies have minimum stays of ten days, however some boats accept day charter or short periods, you can always ask your broker for an appropriate selection.

You can rent a vessel for two weeks or more, but the price won’t go down for longer holidays.

Yacht rental costs that are NOT included in yacht charter base fee

Now that we’ve seen what is usually included in the charter base fee, let’s find more about all these costs that you’ll have to add to the base fee to estimate your total yacht rental cost.

APA: the main variable cost of your yacht charter (add 20%-40% to your base fee)

The charter fee usually covers the cost of renting the yacht and the crew’s salary. But you still need to pay for fuel, provisions, and other extras for your trip. 

A fee covers all these additional costs : APA or Advanced Provisioning Allowance.  Find out more about the APA here.

APA is the standard system to pay your expenses on a luxury yacht charter, and it is generally a percentage of the charter fee. You’ll usually end up paying between 20% and 40% more than the base cost of the yacht charter in APA.

The amount varies a lot, depending on the ship and your activities. It will increase if the yacht has a higher fuel consumption, if you plan on cruising more than 4 hours a day, if you want to have onboard particular expensive brands, etc.

What does the APA cover?

APA covers all the day-to-day operating expenses. It also includes any special requests you might have while you’re on board. 

Here are the main costs of your yacht rental the APA covers: 

Food and drink

On your yacht charter, the chef can prepare all the dishes you want, whether you are vegan or low carb, whether you have allergies or require kosher meals. Make sure that you explain your food preferences to your broker.

Fuel Charges

Your fuel costs will depend on your boat, your itinerary, and whether you choose to cruise or stay at anchor. A sailing yacht charter can cost 10% less than a motor yacht charter because the fuel consumption is smaller.

This amount also includes the fuel expenditure of any water toys and tenders you use during your charter.

Harbor fees and dockage

The harbor fees and dockage will be more or less high-priced depending on your destination and season. All these costs will be included in your APA.

yacht Harbor

Communications Costs

For most people, yachting is about enjoying life outside of the daily routine. If you can’t survive without the Internet or satellite communications, you don’t have to worry. Your yacht charter will provide you all the digital connections needed. They won’t add much to the APA, but it’s still something that comes at a price.

Delivery fee

If you board or disembark the ship outside its usual harbor, you’ll have to pay a transportation fee to cover the fuel required to get your yacht to your requested destination.

Interiors and Laundry

The APA fee includes interiors and laundry costs to keep the yacht immaculate. But if you request unique decoration, it may add an extra charge.

Personal laundry services may not be covered depending on the yacht.

Taxes: a cost that varies a lot from country to country (add between 0% and 35% on top of base charter fee)

Taxes do have an impact on the total cost of your yacht charter, especially in some destinations.

For example, in Europe, chartering a commercial vessel is subject to VAT . But fees vary significantly according to your destination and itinerary. Some countries have a 0-tax rate (Montenegro, New England), while in others a passage in the international waters can lower the VAT rate.

The taxes can vary from VAT, national parks entrance (la Maddalena in Sardinia for example), countries taxes etc. the VAT and taxes will be based on the charter fee, so make sure you discuss this with your advisor to anticipate the cost.

Here are some VAT rate applied on luxury yacht charter in 2022 :

–  Charter in France  will be at 20 % VAT based on charter fee

–  Charter in Italy  will charge 22 % VAT based on charter fee

–  Charter in Spain  will charge 21 % VAT based on charter fee

–  Charter in Croatia  will charge 13 % VAT based on charter fee

–  Charter in Greece  will charge 24 % VAT based on charter fee with a discount of 60% on charter of more than 48h ending usually at 12% VAT, this is subject to change in 2022.

Moreover some countries such as Spain or Greece charge a licence for a yacht to be able to embark passengers for a paid charter in their waters, this explains why not every yacht can cruise in all countries.

Crew gratuity: a good practice to include in the cost of your yacht charter (add 15-20% to the base charter fee)

The crew on a yacht work even if you don’t notice it. 

Serving, cleaning, preparing, fixing, they are the key elements that make your charter a success. 

Even if tipping is not strictly mandatory, it is common practice to include a tip to the team when you are satisfied by their services. 

The suggested amount is around 15-20% of your base charter rate . It is therefore important to include this amount in your yacht rental price beforehand.

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Yacht charter cancellation insurance: a small cost that can save you a lot (add 15% of your base fee)

Cancelling or shortening a yacht charter can be very expensive if you don’t have cancellation insurance.

It is a small price to pay to ensure that all the money spent on your yacht charter will not go to waste if some unfortunate event leads you to miss your yacht rental.

As a charter company, we will help you select the best insurance options among several different offers.

In most cases, your cancellation insurance will cost around 15% of your charter base fee.

A typical yacht rental total cost isn’t as hard to determine as it seems when you know all the variable costs and your base fee.

Once you have your base charter fee in hands, add the following costs to estimate the final amount you’ll see on your yacht rental invoice:

  • 20% – 40% on top of your base fee for APA (low end for sailing vessels, higher end for motoryachts)
  • 0% – 30% of taxes and VAT on top of your base price. Highly dependant on your destination.
  • 10% – 15% on top of your base fee for crew gratuity
  • 15% on top of your base fee for cancellation insurance

Get in touch with our team to estimate more precisely the cost of your yacht charter project.

FAQ about cost of yacht charter and APA

Small motoryachts and sailing yachts under 50 ft (15m) can be chartered from 4,000€ to 15,000€ weekly.

Chartering motoryachts and sailing yachts between 50ft and 65ft costs between 15,000€ and 40,000€ weekly.

Between 65ft (20m) and 80ft (24m), you can expect motoryachts and sailing boats charters between 40,000€ and 70,000€ weekly. Between 80ft (24m) and 100ft (30m), the cost of chartering a yacht ranges between 70,000€ and 100,000€ weekly.

For yachts over 100ft (30m), the cost of charter ranges between 100,000€ and 1,000,000€ weekly.

APA stands for Advance Provisionning Allowance. You pay this fee in advance to cover food and drinks, fuel charges, harbors fees and dockage, communication, delivery fee various fees such as cleaning or interior design.

Advance Provisionning Allowance varies depending on your travel plans. Usually, it represents a surcharge of 20% to 40% on top of the yacht charter base price.

The APA is due one month before you set sail when dispensing your final charter payment. The captain directly receives the money and will supervise all the purchases made before and during your journey. He will be responsible for ensuring the crew stays within budget and will provide receipts upon request.

APA estimations are usually accurate. The captain will keep you updated during your trip. If you decide to go over the initial payment, you can top up the APA in cash or pay the balance during your trip.

With transparent communication, realistic budgets, and advanced provisioning, you may spend less than the APA and have the difference returned to you at the end of the cruise.

Get the base charter fee of your yacht rental, add taxes, APA, crew gratuity and cancellation insurance and you will have a very close estimation of your yacht rental cost everything included.

The base charter rate includes everything that is on a yacht: cabins, amenities, water toys along with the crew. Everything else (fuel, food, taxes…) come at an extra cost.

Crew gratuity is usually comprised between 15% and 20% on top of the base charter fee for most yacht rentals.

For sailboats in tax free areas, you can get away with a total cost of 30% on top of the base rate. In extreme cases (motoryachts in high taxed countries with big tips for the crew and cancelation insurance), you can more than double the base price. Most charters should be in between within the 40-80% on top of base fee range.

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How much do private yacht charters cost?

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Have you always wanted to sail into the sunset aboard a luxurious private yacht? Does the idea of cruising across the open water, discovering secluded islands and pulling up to waterfront restaurants and beachside bars send your senses soaring? If so, it’s time to look into the option of chartering a private yacht.

Types of private yacht charters

There are two main types of private yacht charter. Much like an all-inclusive resort, an all-inclusive yacht charter includes the price of the yacht, captain and crew as well as on-board meals, beverages, harbor fees and fuel. A plus-expenses private yacht charter includes the cost of the yacht, captain and crew. Other expenses such as meals, fees and fuel are billed separately, in advance or at the end of your charter.

Costs of a private yacht charter

While the cost of a private yacht charter can seem high at first. However, if you divide up the cost between several friends, family members or couples, it can be quite reasonable as compared to other forms of entertainment like a dinner and drinks out at an upscale restaurant. Cost varies depending upon the size of the yacht , the length of the charter, how inclusive it is and how many people are taking part in the charter. For example, think about a yacht that is listed at $6,000 for a week . If you have eight people going in on the trip, the cost is $750 per person.

Most yachts, ranging from 45 to 65 feet in length, can comfortably accommodate up to 10 people. Prices and amenities can be as extravagant or as laid-back as you choose. Yachts decked out with spas, swimming pools, mahogany wood panels, expansive decks and majestic staterooms can reach upwards of $30,000 to $74,000 a day for a seven day charter. These floating resorts have crews of 18 to 30 and sleep anywhere from 12 to 34 people. If you decide to indulge in one of those, we want to see pictures.

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How Much Does It Cost to Charter a Yacht? (Price Chart)

How Much Does It Cost To Charter A Yacht? (Price Chart)

Yachts are luxurious boats you can rent for the weekend for the required price. Typically, a yacht charter cost depends on its length and desired amenities. The advantage of this option is in absolute freedom, so rigid commercial cruise ship timings and crowd won’t restrict your enjoyment.

There are two possibilities with such a choice. You can enjoy privacy or pick out the yachts with the crew dedicated to your needs. In both cases, you will have an unforgettable sailing time but be prepared that such a pleasure will cost you a lot. Let’s see.

What Yacht Charter Is?

What Yacht Charter Is

Yacht charter is actually renting an owner’s yacht for an agreed period, typically a week. An average yacht charter can cost you about $12,500 per week in the high season, while prices are lower in the low season.

You can find a comfortable yacht for $10,000 per week in that period. You will have full access to all available amenities while sailing, like:

  • Swimming pool
  • Water toys, such as equipment for water skiing, wakeboarding , or snorkeling

You can charter a yacht anywhere worldwide. The only condition is to find the port and yacht type you want to rent. Most owners will provide an experienced captain and crew, and it is practically impossible renting a yacht longer than 50 feet (15 m) to sail on your own.

The yacht’s crew will care for all your needs during charters, including ferrying, providing meals, or washing laundry.

If you want to be a captain , you need to have the Yachtmaster Ocean license, but some countries require the equivalent license. In that case, you should find a smaller yacht or a possibly bigger one located in Croatia.

However, the first step is to determine the yacht type suitable for your needs that you want to rent.

Crewed Catamaran

Popular Catamaran is suitable for group sailing and offers enough space, comfort, luxury, and privacy. You can charter this boat type when looking for a family vacation at an affordable price.

You should take advantage of Catamarans convenience and discover beautiful bays while dining close to the water. Modern fittings and experienced crews will offer the feeling of being on a luxurious yacht, but with the freedom of a sailing yacht.

Crewed Sailing yacht

This yacht is a comfortable option to enjoy sailing surrounded by luxury. Sailing yachts excellently head upwind but are suitable only for experienced sailors.

Crewed Motor yacht

This option is for you when you know the exact location to visit and have a precise itinerary in advance. So, this boat will allow you to get there while spending relaxing time.

Crewed Superyacht

Superyacht offers the holiday like in a 5-star-hotel. The cabins are comfortable, often with hot tubs and an exercise room. Plus, you have internet access and luxury water toys at your disposal at any moment.

Such a charter vacation will cost you at least $15,500 per week for a 65.5 feet (20 m) long yacht. A maximum price can go to approximately $3,400,000 per week for 450 feet (135 m) long super luxury yacht.

Factors That Affect Yacht Charter Costs

Factors That Affect Yacht Charter Costs

Yachts are almost always privately owned, so yacht charter costs primarily depend on the owner’s demand. That is a reason for the wide price range in this field, but some general frameworks still exist and are related to several factors.

The yacht production year, design, brand, water toys, crew reputation, and the previous owner will significantly affect the yacht charter costs . Boats with a reputation as the most luxurious or largest and those whose former owners are celebrities will be more pricey.

For instance, the iconic charter yacht ‘Highlander’ has higher rates for so-called fame value since it hosted many celebrities, including Elizabeth Taylor and Prince Charles.

However, the yacht size will have the most significant impact on the renting price. Simply said, the bigger yachts will cost you more.

For instance, a week’s charter will cost you approximately $20,000 to $80,000 when you pick out a 65 to 80 feet (20 – 24.5 m) yacht. On the other hand, renting an 80 to 100 feet (24.5 – 30.5 m) long model is more expensive, and its price will be $80,000 and $120,000.

As you can expect, a weekly charter rate for over 100 feet (30.5 m) long superyacht is at least $100,000 and often more expensive. Renting a super-luxury mega yacht longer than 200 feet (61 m) goes from at least $300,000 to over $1,000,000.

In rare cases, you can find a charter fee discount offer. It is always time-limited, typically when a particular boat has a gap in the charter calendar due to an unexpected cancellation.



As you can expect, the charter destination plays a significant part in charter costs. For example, Mediterranean and Bahamas yacht charters prices are more competitive, while places without large charter fleets will be more costly.

Typically, all charters outside the USVI and BVI will be expensive since cruising permits and taxes for remote destinations are higher. Finally, sailing to Alaska can be pricey since renting is available only for half a year because of the harsh weather. You will probably need to make a reservation in advance.

Trip duration

Trip duration

In most cases, the yacht charter is for seven to ten days on average, but sometimes owners accept a shorter duration. In such rare cases, a minimum stay is five days.

The trip length directly affects the charter costs. If the primary price included two hours of sailing , you should count on a 50% higher rate when deciding to use the yacht for three hours.

Be aware that the yacht charter price won’t go down for longer holidays, so you won’t get a discount and pay less when renting the boat for a longer period. The price for a week is the same whether you rent a boat for a week, two weeks, or a month.


Yacht charter prices vary depending on the season, like most other touristic services. Therefore, you can expect higher rental costs during the high season. However, you should be careful with dates since they are not the same for all destinations.

For instance, high seasons in the Caribbean are New Year’s Eve, Christmas, and all February. On the other hand, you should count on the highest prices in July and August when you plan to sail in the Mediterranean.

The yacht charter rates are often higher during famous festivals, carnivals, and shows. The most expensive destinations based on dates include:

  • Olympic destination
  • The Film Festival in Cannes
  • Grand Prix in Monaco
  • America’s Cup

If you only want to use a yacht during your vacation, you should plan sailing carefully. Sometimes, only a difference of one week can significantly affect the charter costs.

In other words, you can rent a boat the first low season week when the weather conditions are still the same as the previous high season week. However, it will cost you 15% to 30%, or approximately $6,000 to $30,000 less, depending on the yacht length.

The number of passengers

The number of passengers

The group size is a primary thing you should consider before renting a yacht since it will directly influence the yacht type you need.

For instance, a monohull boat is ideal for a small family, but a group of 8 to 10 will need at least a catamaran. Finally, you should pick out a large yacht when planning a big party for many people.

All-inclusive or plus expenses

1. all-inclusive.

It is a complete service you can get for your money. In this case, the rates include:

  • Accompanying crew
  • Meals and snacks
  • Open standard bar drinking
  • Onboard watersports equipment

Be aware that there are some limitations regarding excessive consumption as well as consuming champagnes, extraordinary brands, and vintage wines.

A standard crew gratuity of 15 to 20% of the charter rate is excluded from the all-inclusive charter. Finally, you will need to pay separately for the final cleaning, insurance , dockage, and necessary taxes.

All-inclusive is an excellent option for renting monohull charters, catamarans, and yachts under 80 feet (24.5 m).

2. Plus expenses

This service typically includes:

  • Yacht with the crew
  • Yacht insurance

In this case, you should pay for all operating expenses at cost, including:

  • Food and drink
  • Consumables
  • Communications
  • Dockage, cruising taxes, port fees, and port agent fees

Typically, the owner will charge these extra costs from an Advance Provisioning Allowance, increasing the yacht charter fee by 30 to 35%.

It is the most often option on motor yachts, higher-end sailing yachts, and superyachts since the overall costs significantly vary, depending on the number of passengers and their demands.

This term includes many different equipment and amenities, like:

  • Paddleboard
  • Underwater sea bob
  • High-powered smaller boat (yacht tender)
  • Personal submarine

Some super luxury yachts can also come with:

Since the primary price doesn’t include these toys, you need to pay for the required ones.

Other factors

The owner will always recommend you to consider paying for optional extras, like:

The outboard engine – It will cost you €80 (approximately $90) to the charter cost but save you from rowing ashore in case of an accident.

Safety net – It is necessary equipment if you sail with children, which will cost you €80 (approximately $90) for one.

Adding crew – Paying for a cook or hostess can be convenient for a private cruise if you can afford it. That satisfaction will cost you €100 (approximately $110) a day, but keep in mind that the chef’s daily allowance is slightly higher.

Skipper – A professional help is always welcome, so you should consider hiring a skipper to find the best routes and places worth visiting.

Food costs for the crew – You should need to include the food for the crew on the paying list.

Yacht chartering is an excellent way to vacation and discover exotic islands and beautiful waterfront towns. You should pick out a boat of the proper size and a reputable yacht broker to help you with the organization. It is an expensive but ultimate pleasure you will remember for life.

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How Much Does It Cost to Charter a Yacht?

Charter cruises aboard small ships and yachts have exploded in popularity in recent years and this trend will certainly accelerate given current concerns about traveler health and safety. The most common question we receive from travelers is “How much does a private cruise cost?” or “How much does it cost to charter a yacht?” There are many factors that will determine the cost of a private cruise charter including destination, yacht type and size, the length of the cruise, the season and timing of the cruise and several other considerations.

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How Does Destination Affect the Cost of a Private Cruise?

Destinations such as Belize , the Mediterranean and Northern Europe’s England, Ireland and Scotland are easy to reach and have lots of yachts to choose from (for example, the average 10 Mediterranean yacht charter options seen here is curated but more than 25 options exist in total), so they will be the most cost effective. This ease of access and competition among yachts keep costs lower. Alaska small ship cruises or Galapagos cruises are more remote and have more complicated operational logistics and thus will cost more. For instance, in Belize you can book a yacht charter for as little as $400 per person per night whereas a private cruise in the Galapagos will start at about $600 per person per night and go up from there. 

Seen from above a small white Belize catamaran floats in crystal clear ocean water in front of a tiny palm tree covered island, a popular option for private charter.

How Does Ship Size & Type Affect How Much It Costs to Charter a Yacht?

One of the most significant factors affecting the cost of a private cruise is the yacht itself. Intuitively, more luxurious yachts will cost more while more simple yachts are more affordable. Similarly, larger yachts cost more, although this can be offset by splitting the costs among a larger group of travelers. Using the example cited above, a Galapagos yacht charter can start at $600 per person, per day, for a simple yacht such as the 16 guest Beluga and go as high as $1,000 per person per day for the luxurious 20-guest sister ships and prestigious Relais & Châteaux members Origin, Theory & Evolve . As prices get higher, expect larger cabins with view windows and upscale amenities, more deck space, award-winning cuisine with five-star service and sometimes onboard Jacuzzi, sauna and workout facilities. 

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Timing & Seasonality Influence the Cost of a Private Cruise

The timing of when you charter a yacht will affect the price. Holidays and high season will cost the most, while off-season and shoulder season will offer the most affordable prices. Of course, this will depend on the destination. For instance, a private Alaska yacht charter in Glacier Bay National Park aboard the historic Catalyst & Westward costs about $525 per person per day in the shoulder season vs. $655 per person per day in the high season.  

The Length of a Yacht Charter Will Affect the Price

Yacht charters are priced per day or per week, and as the cruise gets longer the per-day price comes down. Shorter trips of less than one week are less expensive overall but will cost more per day. For instance a 4-day private Galapagos cruise aboard the Coral I & Coral II costs about $510 per person per day, whereas an 11-day charter aboard the same ships is about $460 per person per day. When you factor in flights, park fees and other expenses this difference is even larger (see next topic). You also might not be able to truly customize the trip length depending on your destination and time of year; many small ships stick to fairly strict sailing schedules during their prime sailing seasons, so thus may require you to commit to a weeklong yacht charter.

Be Aware of Extra Fees when Considering the Cost of a Private Charter

As mentioned earlier, the price of a private cruise is typically quoted as per week or per day. However, this doesn’t always tell the whole story when considering a full-boat private charter cruise. The advertised prices of many charters start at a base price and do not include the costs of food, drinks, fuel, local taxes and park fees, etc. These costs can sometimes account for up to 30% of the overall cost.

In the Wild West of internet shopping for yacht charters, be aware of this sometimes-deceptive practice.

Other costs that most charter researchers don’t consider are the cost of getting to your destination, travel insurance and crew gratuities. Travel insurance is especially important because charter terms can be more strict than standard cruise bookings. Crew gratuities can average 10-20% of the overall cost to charter a yacht. All private cruises chartered through AdventureSmith Explorations are inclusive with food, fuel, taxes and crew included in the price. But in the Wild West of internet shopping for yacht charters, buyers should be aware of this sometimes-deceptive practice. 

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Plan Ahead to Secure Your Best Date & Price on a Charter Yacht

As the small ship expedition cruising industry matures, private cruises are the next logical evolution of up-close and experiential travel by yacht or small ship. The thought of sharing a private cruise with an intimate group of friends and family is very appealing, and we foresee this style of travel’s popularity only increasing. The benefits of a private cruise include exclusivity, flexibility and savings, but the only downside for some last-minute researchers is that you typically have to book farther in advance to ensure the ship can be available for your group. To get the best date and price when you charter a yacht, we recommend you book early and talk to an expert with experience in full boat charter cruises . Contact us anytime to receive a personalized charter recommendation from our team, or continue exploring the process in our blog post How to Charter a Yacht in 7 Steps .

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Hi Angel, Thank you for your question. We offer both scheduled departures and private charter options in the Caribbean . Embark from ports in Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, the West Indies and British Virgin Islands. An Adventure Specialist will be in touch to help you narrow down the many Caribbean travel options. In the meantime, you can browse all our cruise and land tour options through our Caribbean Trip Finder and learn even more about chartering a ship in our blog How to Charter a Yacht in 7 Steps .

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Browse some of our popular yacht charters, but note the rates listed on each page are per-person (non-charter), unless otherwise indicated. And as with any private cruise, itineraries will be flexible for your charter dates and group. Start your private cruise search, and finalize all the details and costs with our team of experts at AdventureSmith Explorations. We’re here to assist you book the best charter cruise at the best price. All you and your group need to determine is where you want to sail!

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A yacht charter cost may seem daunting, but there are actually many ways to save money and find affordable yacht holidays!

You may be wondering:

Can anyone have an exciting, exotic, fun, instagram-worthy sailing holiday without breaking the bank with a high yacht charter cost?

The answer: absolutely. But wait - Isn’t yachting only for super-rich people?

Luckily, no. Affordable yacht holidays are not a myth. You can find reasonable yacht charter prices that make amazing sailing holidays accessible to many! You just need to know how to find the best deals.

There are six main factors that influence the final yacht charter cost, and if you’re savvy - you can save a lot of money!

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6 Factors that affect your yacht charter cost

There are a number of things that come into play with yacht charter prices. But the good news is that many of these elements are things that you can work to your advantage! 

Boat type  

If you’re looking for affordable yacht holidays, the type of yacht you choose can determine how much you’ll pay.

Sailboats are typically cheaper than motorboats, and past that the type of sailboat you choose also matters. Monohulls are a much more cost effective choice. At an average price of 400€/day, versus the 750€/day average price of a catamaran - you’re looking at saving around 2,500€ for a seven day charter if you go with a monohull instead of a catamaran. 

The bottom line: If you don’t need high-end luxury finishes and a ton of space, opt for the monohull. You can still have fabulous and affordable yacht holidays with this classic sailboat design.

Keep on reading:   the differences between catamarans and monohulls

While it may seem obvious that bigger boats will be more expensive, it is one of the best ways to save money on your yacht charter cost.

A 34/35 ft. boat might go for about 2,000€/week, whereas a 40 footer might rent for about 3,200€/week for the same dates.

So if you need 3 berths, you’ll find a range of options between 34 ft. to 46 ft. They may all sleep the same amount of people, but have a different number of heads (bathrooms). By choosing the smaller length, just 5 ft. less, you can save around 1,000€/week. 

The bottom line: Many people overestimate how much space they really need. While a large kitchen and indoor living area may seem nice, you’ll probably be spending the majority of your time outside! Also - remember, when picking your yacht, what really counts is the number of berths and heads. Similar boats can have large rate differences depending on the length. If you’re willing to sacrifice a few feet, you can save yourself a pretty penny.

Another seemingly simple tip, but be advised that newer boats are typically more expensive than older boats.

Rates tend to drop the older the boat gets. While younger yachts might be shinier and more modern, it’s going to cost you. However, this is not the most important factor that goes into yacht charter prices. 

The bottom line: If you don’t need a fancy, state-of-the-art yacht, look for older, well-maintained boats that have lower rates. At Yacht4Less, however, we recommend renting a yacht not older than 5 years old when possible, as older boats are more likely to have a mechanical issue due to normal wear and tear, no matter how well maintained they are.

If  you can be flexible on the timing of your yacht charter then you can save a lot of money on your yacht charter cost and have a much more affordable yacht holiday. Because yacht charters are in much higher demand during summer months or periods of good weather, prices will spike dramatically during those times. For example, our sister company's 2015 built 40ft. sailing yacht will cost about 1,700€/week in the shoulder months of April and October. Then between July and August the price increases to about 3,200€/week, nearly doubling. 

The bottom line: Book the shoulder season to save up to 50% and still get the best of your destination. Also - the rate changes depending on the season are on a spectrum. It’s not just black and white, in-season prices or out-of-season. Oftentimes it’s on a sliding scale, and just booking a week or two outside of the traditional high-season can save you money! 

There are many different yacht charter types available, for example - bareboat , by-the-cabin , luxury crewed , or skippered charter , and depending on your needs you may be able to leverage that to find better yacht charter prices.

Bareboat and by-the-cabin are the most economical options. With crewed or skippered charters, you’ll have to pay extra for the staff and their meals. 

The bottom line:   For experienced sailors, you can save money by being your own skipper! Miss out on the added fee of professional crew and be the chef and the captain during your charter. If you need sailing expertise, you can just hire a skipper instead of a full crew to save some money. That way you get the help you need, without any extra frills. 

If you are just a single traveler or a couple, you could consider a by-the-cabin charter, where you’re effectively sharing the yacht.

If you go this route, you’ll only have to pay for your share, similar to a hotel room. If you're a bigger group, consider asking friends or family members to join you, then you can split the costs even more. 

Where you want to go can play a big role in the yacht charter cost. Usually the closer the destination, the cheaper your airfare to get there will be. Don’t pick far-off exotic locales if you’re trying to stay on a tight budget. 

You can also pick locations that have favorable exchange rates or lower costs in general.

Certain locations will have more opportunities to anchor for free in bays, coves, and other types of anchorages. For example, Greece has almost non-existent mooring fees while Italy and Croatia have more full-service marinas and will be more expensive.

The bottom line: Before booking check with your charter consultant for an estimate for fuel, mooring fees, etc.

Or do your own research about the estimated cost of provisioning and dining out in a specific country. It can be a trade-off sometimes though.

For example, Mallorca often has cheaper flights but marinas and cost-of-living there is more expensive than other locations. So make sure you weigh all the associated costs that you may encounter during your yacht charter to evaluate the true savings of one location versus another.

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We at Yacht4Less are yachting-lovers and long-time industry veterans. Here are our best tips to keep your yacht charter cost down and have affordable yacht holidays:

Whether it is Black Friday, Christmas, or New Years, etc. there are often discounts offered throughout the year. It may differ each year, depending on what our charter partners offer, but we make sure to inform clients accordingly.

The   best way to learn about any available promotions is to sign up for our email list! Be the first to know about any special offers as soon as they’re up for grabs. 

Yacht4Less offers a number of other types of discounts as well.

If you’re booking far in advance, you may qualify for Early-Booking discounts. On the other hand, if you’re running late in booking, you might find some Last-Minute discounts.

These are great if you don’t have a particular destination in mind, as charter companies usually offer last-minute deals on cancellations or surplus inventory.

There are also Long-Term Booking discounts, where 2 week charters usually get an additional 5% discount and more reductions can be offered on longer duration charters. 

Lastly there’s Loyalty discounts. Yacht4Less always offers the best deals possible for all customers but repeaters and multi repeaters get a little bit extra (reductions wise or might get freebies such as a free SUP.  

Other than the boat price, the overall charter price includes obligatory and optional extras. Cost of obligatory extras (i.e. end cleaning, transit log, local taxes, charter pack) may be different between two boats, even if it includes the same things. 

Other items such as bed linen, towels and outboard engine, are sometimes included in the price and other times offered as optional extras at an additional cost.

When comparing two similar yachts/offers, you may be able to get more value by picking the boat that has more extras included and/or an overall lower cost of extras (obligatory and optional).

Avoid overnight moorings and free-swing in natural anchorages. In the BVI, a mooring ball may cost around $25 dollars a day, which you can save by anchoring out. 

Take advantage of your yachts’ fully equipped kitchen and split your meals (have some on board / some at restaurants ashore). You can also save by having pre-dinner cocktails aboard instead of paying restaurants high-markups. 

Invite friends to come with you and then to split the cost! Oftentimes a larger and more luxurious boat is cheaper than a smaller and older one when shared with more friends. It’s a win-win situation! 

Now that we have a better idea about the factors that shape the boat rental prices around the globe as well as some extra tips to save even more money, it's time to have some inspiration. Where can you set sail from? What are the boat rental rates this season? All this and much more at our detailed country guides below: Top Mediterranean destinations

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Whatever your budget permits. 

Overall it is very possible to have an affordable yacht holiday if you follow our advice to keep yacht charter costs down. All you need to do is pick the right boat, destination, charter type, time of year, and book with Yacht4Less for the best promotions and prices available! 

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Private yacht charter prices vary sigificantly, based on the size of the yacht, the type of yacht, how many crew, and where the yacht is cruising. There are also high and low season rates. We only arrange fully crewed luxury yacht charters, and for all bookings the yacht charter price, "charter fee", includes the cost of the yacht, the crew, and the yacht's insurance. There are other costs such as local taxes, gratuities and possibly expenses based on the type of yacht and where the charter occurs.

It's a common question our specialists answer - "How much does a yacht charter cost". As you can tell on the brief outline below about luxury yacht charter prices it's a complicated answer - one which our specialists are happy to explain in great detail for you.

If you are ready to speak to someone to answer your specific questions, our charter specialists are available to you at no additional cost and we are happy to share the experience we have gained over the last twenty years. Just click below to contact us to discuss details, expected charter rates, and any additional costs with you at any time without obligation. With access to every available crewed charter yacht worldwide and decades of experience, we'll have the answers you need.

Private Yacht Charter Costs- "Plus Expenses" Rates.

For this type of pricing, the basic charter fee covers the yacht (equipment and amenities), its crew (plus their meals), and insurance coverage for the yacht charter.

Additional costs will include the running expenses for the yacht during the charter including fuel for the yacht, generators, tenders, water toys, dockage, port fees, and all other consumables like food and drinks. These are all considered charter expenses.

These other costs incurred are charged "at cost" with no markups. This provides fair pricing for all clients based on their activities and what is consumed or purchased by the yacht for them. A charter where the charterer wishes to cover large distances and/or wants to consume the very finest wines will obviously incur higher expense costs than a charterer who travels short distances and has more modest tastes in food and wine. Of course during your charter, at any time your captain can keep you up to date on expenses being accumulated.

A deposit "advance provisioning allowance or APA" is made by the charterer along with their final payment which is used by the yacht to pay for expenses in preparation for, and during, the charter. Any unused funds in the APA are returned to the charterer at the end of the charter, and if more is required the charterer will be asked for additional funds. The amount of the APA is listed on the charter agreement.

It is hard to predict such expenses in advance so this system has proven to work very well for the majority of yachts and guests. The charterers themselves control the costs, and the captain updates them as frequently as desired during the charter. Our charter specialist will be able to provide an outline of expected charter costs beforehand.

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Can Rates Be "All Inclusive" ?

YES, Some yachts, typically smaller sailing yachts or crewed catamarans in the Caribbean, are priced using "All Inclusive" rates. This is sometimes called "Caribbean Terms" based on its main usage in that charter destination. These all inclusive prices are rarely seen outside the Caribbean. The fixed nature of that location allows some yachts to predict the running costs of a charter vacation. That said, the prices vary typically by season and the number of guests who will be aboard a specific charter.

For yachts using this type of pricing, the basic charter fee also includes all food, beverages, and fuel. Selections of wine and liquor vary by yacht but may be requested and included in the rate, or a known upcharge will be shared beforehand. Your specialist will communicate these nuances when quoting the rate for any yacht.

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Have you ever dreamed of cruising the seas aboard a luxury yacht? Recognized as the domain of the wealthy elite , a yacht can cost $30,000 a week for a “small” 60-foot model. Price tags for yachts can go as high as $4.8 billion, which is the price of History Supreme, a 100-foot long vessel crafted from solid gold and platinum and owned by Robert Kuok, the richest man in Malaysia.

Plus, if you purchase a yacht you have to consider dock fees, maintenance, fuel and repair costs, as well as the cost of a crew to run it. United Yacht Sales reported that the cost of ownership runs around 10% of its value. So a $1 million yacht would cost roughly $100,000 per year, which would include employing a professional captain or yacht manager for voyages. The bigger the boat, the higher the costs, of course.

All these costs, obviously, would be prohibitive for all but the world’s wealthiest individuals . But how much does a yacht charter cost? Is chartering a yacht a viable alternative for people with money to spend on a luxury vacation?

How Much Does It Cost To Go on a Yacht Charter?

The cost to charter a yacht varies widely depending on several factors — it can run from around $10,000 to $4 million a week.

When you charter a yacht, you don’t have to pay for maintenance or repairs, and you can enjoy the benefits of a private yacht voyage without investing millions to own the vessel.

The global yacht charter market size was valued at $14.42 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach $15.71 billion in 2023. But how much does it cost to go on a yacht charter? The answer will depend on several factors.

Yacht Charter: All-Inclusive or Plus Expenses?

Just like when you go on a cruise or book a vacation at a resort, you have choices between “all-inclusive” pricing or “plus expenses,” sometimes called “separated charges.”

However, unlike at a resort or on a cruise, when you charter a yacht “plus expenses,” you’ll typically pay an upfront fee for food, beverages, sporting equipment, activities and excursions. This way, you don’t have to think about costs or pulling out your wallet or smartphone while you’re on your voyage. This type of pricing is called an Advance Provisioning Allowance.

Using an APA for your journey is the more common pricing model, since it allows for a tailored experience with your favorite foods and beverages, according to Elite Traveler.

If you are going the all-inclusive route, make sure you know what is included, as it may vary. Likewise with the APA model, you will want to make sure that fuel and dockage are also covered. Dockage fees may vary depending on where you are going and even the time of year that you’re traveling.

APA fees also include digital connections for satellite internet and streaming. It’s nice to “get away from it all” on a yacht, but you may want to maintain communications with your family, friends and colleagues, continue conducting your business while you’re on the high seas or just stream Netflix in the evening.

Insurance and Taxes

Even if you use the APA pricing model, you can still expect some additional expenses. You may want to invest in travel insurance to protect your trip if you have to cancel. And, depending on your port of departure and destination, you may have to pay Value Added Tax (VAT) which can be as much as 22% of your cost.

So, bottom line, how much does it cost to charter a yacht?

Prices for “plus expenses” charters from Northop & Johnson run from $44,000 per week for a 92-foot yacht with 5 staterooms, up to nearly $2.7 million per week for a ride on the 377-foot AHPO. The AHPO says it can accommodate 16 guests. Unfortunately, most yachts can only carry a maximum of 12 passengers, regardless of size and accommodations on the yacht, due to maritime laws.

That means the price to charter a $44,000 yacht would come out to roughly $3,666 per person.

Compare this to the price of a 7-day cruise, which costs on average about $1,659 per person.

What Other Factors Influence the Price of a Yacht Charter?

As with cruises and other vacations, there are other factors that affect the price of your yacht charter, including the size of the boat, the location you’re traveling to and the time of year that you plan to book your yacht charter.

Yacht pricing also has other considerations, such as the experience and size of the crew, the age of the yacht and even its design. Sailing catamarans are much less costly than yachts with motors, for instance. And the onboard amenities, luxuries and overall design will also affect the costs of your yacht charter.

Here are some of the factors affecting the price of your vacation getaway:

Size of the Yacht

It makes sense that the size of the yacht is the biggest determining factor in price. You can expect the fare to go up the longer the yacht is.

Onboard Amenities and Reputation of the Yacht

Just like luxury hotels and resorts — and even cruise ships — the more amenities and onboard water toys the yacht includes, the higher the price. A yacht with an onboard DJ, like the 312-foot O’Pari, can cost $1.1 million or more.

Yachts that have been owned by famous people, have distinguishing characteristics in their design or have otherwise developed a reputation as a trendy and desirable vessel may also cost more to charter.

The Yacht’s Destination and the Time of Year

Where the yacht is traveling, as well as the time of year, can affect the costs. These two factors are connected, because certain destinations cost more during their busy seasons.

For instance, if you are traveling to the Mediterranean during the summer months, it will cost more than other times of year. During the North American winter months, many people want to escape to the warmth of the Caribbean, so anyone cruising out of North America might pay more between December and March. And if your trip is tied to the holiday season or special events like the Cannes Film Festival, you could pay even more.

The size and experience of the crew can also make a difference in the price of your trip. Don’t forget to include gratuities for the crew when you are calculating your total costs. Worldwide Luxury Yacht recommends tipping 15% to 20% of your base charter rate, not including APA cost.

How Much Is a Yacht for a Day?

If these numbers seem out of range, don’t despair. You may be able to experience the glamour and luxury of a yacht charter for a shorter duration.

Most luxury yacht companies only charter their ships for a week or more. However, some companies allow you to charter yachts for a day at vacation destinations. For instance, if you are vacationing in the French Riviera, you can charter a yacht for under $2,500 per day.

Does chartering a yacht sound like a dream come true? Keeping these prices in mind can give you goals to shoot for.

At the very least, your next luxury cruise may sound like a bargain compared to the rates to charter a yacht for a week.

Brooke Barley contributed to the reporting for this article.

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  • September 20, 2023

Exploring the open waters on a private yacht offers unparalleled luxury and freedom. The cost of chartering a yacht varies based on factors like yacht size, destination, and duration. 

Beyond expenses, understanding the elements influencing pricing can help in making an informed decision for your dream yachting experience. Let’s unpack these prices in this guide!

How Much Does It Cost to Charter a Yacht?

Yacht rentals encompass a broad spectrum of starting prices. Thus, charters begin at around $10,000 weekly for compact sailboats and catamarans, while the pinnacle of opulence, motor superyachts, can exceed $150,000 weekly or more.

What Are the Two Types of Yacht Charter Price Structure?

In yachting, two crewed charter options exist: “All-Inclusive” and “Plus Expenses” experiences. What do these terms entail? Let’s take a brief look to understand them better:

All-Inclusive Yacht Charters

Certain charters, particularly those for catamarans and monohulls in the Virgin Islands, provide all-inclusive pricing. This covers guests, meals, drinks, water sports, and fuel expenses. However, dockage and taxes are typically billed separately from the main rate.

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Plus Expenses Charters

Larger motor yacht rates don’t cover operating costs, which require separate payment. For upscale charters, the initial cost encompasses the yacht alone. Extra expenses like food, bar, fuel, dockage, and taxes are billed independently. 

Often, these costs are covered by an Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA), which typically is 35% of the base rate, paid before the charter starts.

What Are the Different Factors That Affect Yacht Charter Prices?

Embarking on a yacht charter voyage is an exciting endeavor that promises luxury, adventure, and the thrill of exploring open waters. As you set out to plan your dream yachting experience, it’s essential to understand the various elements that influence yacht charter prices. 

From the type and size of the yacht to the destination and duration of the charter, several key factors come into play, shaping the cost of your maritime escapade.

Yacht Type and Size

The type and size of the yacht you choose are fundamental determinants of the charter cost. Yachts come in various categories, including motor yachts, sailing yachts, catamarans, and monohulls, each offering distinct features and amenities. 

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Motor yachts often offer more space, speed, and modern conveniences, which can contribute to higher charter rates. On the other hand, sailing yachts and catamarans provide a more traditional sailing experience and can be an appealing option for those seeking a more relaxed pace.

Destination and Itinerary

The geographical location you intend to explore significantly impacts the charter price. Popular yachting destinations like the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and the South Pacific have varying demand levels throughout the year, influencing pricing accordingly. 

High-season periods, characterized by pleasant weather and bustling tourism, can lead to higher rates, while off-peak seasons might offer more budget-friendly options. Moreover, some destinations require longer travel distances or involve additional permits and fees, all of which can contribute to the overall cost.

Charter Duration

The duration of your yacht charter plays a pivotal role in determining the final price. Charter rates are typically quoted every week, with options for shorter or longer durations available. 

Extended charters might offer more favorable rates per week compared to shorter getaways. Moreover, some yachts may have minimum charter durations during peak seasons, so it’s essential to consider your desired travel duration when budgeting for your yacht charter.

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Time of Year

The time of year you plan your yacht charter adventure can significantly affect pricing. Yachting destinations experience high and low seasons, influenced by weather patterns, holidays, and local events. 

High-season periods, often coinciding with pleasant weather and vacation periods, tend to command premium prices due to increased demand. Alternatively, opting for an off-peak or shoulder season can result in more affordable charter rates while still enjoying a delightful yachting experience.

Yacht Amenities and Services

The onboard amenities and services provided by the yacht contribute to the overall charter cost. Yachts equipped with luxurious features such as spacious cabins, gourmet kitchens, Jacuzzis, water toys, and professional crews tend to have higher base rates. 

The quality of service, crew expertise, and additional offerings can elevate the charter experience but may also add to the total price.

Crew and Staff

The crew and staff onboard play a crucial role in enhancing your yacht charter journey. The size and expertise of the crew, including captain, chef, deckhands, and stewards, can impact the cost. 

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A highly skilled and attentive crew can provide exceptional service, ensuring a memorable and comfortable experience throughout your charter. While these services contribute to the cost, they often contribute significantly to the overall enjoyment of your yachting adventure.

All-Inclusive Versus Plus Expenses

Yacht charters offer different pricing structures, with “All-Inclusive” and “Plus Expenses” options. All-inclusive charters encompass costs like food, drinks, water activities, and fuel in the base price, simplifying budgeting and planning. 

Conversely, Plus Expenses charters have a base rate covering the yacht alone, with additional costs for provisions, fuel, dockage, and other expenses. Understanding the pricing model that aligns with your preferences and needs is essential for accurate budgeting.

Running Expenses and Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA)

For larger motor yachts, operating costs are often separate from the base rate. These expenses encompass food, beverages, fuel, dockage, port taxes, and more. Typically covered by an Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA), which is around 35% of the base price, these costs are paid before the charter begins. 

This approach allows for flexibility in provisioning and ensures that operational expenses are adequately covered during the journey.

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Additional Costs Considerations in Charting a Yacht

Embarking on a yacht charter promises a luxurious and unforgettable experience, but it’s essential to consider not only the base charter cost but also the additional expenses that may arise during your journey. 

Beyond the initial price, there are various factors and costs to keep in mind to ensure a seamless and well-budgeted yachting adventure.

Operational Expenses

While the base charter cost covers the yacht itself, operational expenses are often separate. These expenses encompass various aspects of the charter, including fuel, provisioning, dockage, port fees, and more. 

Depending on the charter type and destination, these operational costs can vary significantly. Understanding these expenses is crucial for accurate budgeting and to ensure that you have the necessary funds to cover them.

Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA)

For larger motor yachts, operational expenses are often covered by an Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA). This allowance, typically around 35% of the base charter price, is paid upfront before the charter begins. 

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The APA serves as a fund that the crew uses to cover expenses throughout the journey, such as food, beverages, fuel, and other operational costs. Any remaining funds from the APA are usually returned to you at the end of the charter. 

Clear communication with the yacht’s crew regarding APA usage is essential to manage expenses effectively.

Crew Gratuity

While crew gratuity is discretionary, it’s customary to reward the hard work and exceptional service provided by the yacht’s crew. The recommended gratuity amount usually ranges from 10% to 20% of the base charter price. 

The gratuity is typically given to the captain, who then distributes it among the crew members. Expressing your appreciation for the crew’s efforts through gratuity ensures a positive rapport and acknowledges their dedication to making your charter experience memorable.

Food and Beverages

For charters that operate on a “Plus Expenses” basis, provisioning for meals and beverages is an important consideration. Discuss your culinary preferences and dietary restrictions with the yacht’s chef before the charter to ensure that your needs are met. 

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The cost of food and beverages can vary based on your preferences, the number of guests, and the duration of the charter. Incorporating this aspect into your budgeting allows you to enjoy delectable meals without unexpected financial surprises.

Water Toys and Activities

Many yachts offer a range of water toys and recreational activities to enhance your charter experience. These can include jet skis, paddleboards, snorkeling gear, fishing equipment, and more. 

While these amenities provide entertainment and excitement, they may come with an additional cost. Inquire about the availability and pricing of water toys and activities in advance to plan for any desired experiences.

Berth and Port Fees

When visiting different ports and marinas during your charter, you may encounter berth and port fees. These fees are associated with mooring the yacht in specific locations and can vary depending on the destination and the amenities offered by the port. 

Being aware of these fees and including them in your budgeting ensures that you’re prepared for any unexpected costs that may arise during your journey.

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What Are the Different Types of Yachts?

Embarking on a yacht charter opens up a world of luxury and adventure, with a range of yacht types to choose from. Each type offers unique features, amenities, and sailing experiences. 

Understanding the various types of yachts available can help you select the perfect vessel for your dream maritime journey.

Motor Yachts

Motor yachts are known for their speed, power, and luxurious features. These yachts are equipped with powerful engines that allow for swift and comfortable cruising. Motor yachts offer spacious interiors, state-of-the-art amenities, and ample deck space for relaxation and entertainment. 

With a focus on comfort and convenience, motor yachts are ideal for those who prioritize a smooth sailing experience and desire modern luxuries.

Sailing Yachts

Sailing yachts provide a classic and elegant way to explore the open waters. Driven by the wind, these yachts offer a serene and graceful sailing experience. Sailing enthusiasts often appreciate the traditional aspect of these vessels and the opportunity to engage in hands-on sailing. 

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Sailing yachts come in various sizes, from smaller vessels perfect for intimate charters to larger yachts with multiple cabins for group travel.

Catamarans are characterized by their twin hulls, offering enhanced stability and spacious interiors [ 1 ]. These yachts are known for their comfort, especially when at anchor, and are popular choices for families and groups. 

Catamarans often have multiple cabins, spacious living areas, and outdoor lounging spaces, making them ideal for those seeking a relaxed and sociable charter experience.

Monohull yachts feature a single hull, offering a traditional and authentic sailing experience. These yachts are known for their graceful lines and timeless charm. While they may have slightly less interior space compared to catamarans, monohulls excel in their sailing performance and agility, making them a favorite among sailing purists who appreciate the art of navigating the waters under wind power.

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Superyachts epitomize luxury and opulence. These massive vessels often exceed 100 feet in length and feature a plethora of amenities, including multiple decks, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, helipads, and more. 

Superyachts can accommodate larger groups and are often equipped with a crew to cater to every need. While the charter rates for superyachts are typically higher, the level of luxury and extravagance they offer is unmatched.

Expedition Yachts

Expedition yachts are designed for those seeking off-the-beaten-path adventures. These rugged vessels are equipped to explore remote destinations and endure challenging conditions. 

Expedition yachts combine the comforts of a luxury yacht with the capability to navigate through polar regions, remote islands, and exotic locales. If you’re an adventurer at heart, an expedition yacht can provide you with the opportunity to explore uncharted waters and experience the thrill of discovery.

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Classic Yachts

Classic yachts evoke a sense of nostalgia and history. These yachts often have elegant lines, rich wooden interiors, and a timeless charm that harks back to a bygone era of yachting. 

While they may not boast the same modern amenities as newer yachts, their unique character and craftsmanship make them a favorite among those who appreciate the vintage allure of sailing.

Is Chartering a Yacht Worth It?

Chartering a yacht offers an unparalleled experience of luxury, freedom, and exploration on the open waters. The opportunity to tailor your journey, enjoy personalized service, and discover unique destinations makes yacht charters a remarkable investment in memorable experiences. 

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While the cost can vary, the chance to escape the ordinary, indulge in stunning surroundings, and create lasting memories with friends or family often makes chartering a yacht well worth the investment for those seeking a truly extraordinary vacation.

In the world of yacht charters, costs vary based on factors like yacht type, destination, and services. Understanding these elements helps in budgeting and making informed decisions. Whether seeking relaxation or adventure, clear cost considerations lead to a tailored yachting experience within your means.

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Price Breakdown: How Much Does It Cost to Charter a Yacht?

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Do you find yourself daydreaming about fruity drinks on white sand beaches, surrounded by crystal-clear ocean as far as the eye can see?

It’s probably time to take a vacation.

Booking a yacht charter is the perfect way to relax. Why not take a trip to indulge your every whim in the tropical paradise you’ve been craving?

We can make it happen for you.

You’re probably wondering how much this little excursion will set you back. The truth is, the cost to charter a yacht varies depending on a few factors.

The Cost to Charter a Yacht by Type of Vessel

All of our vessels are sleek, modern, and high-end luxury yachts. However, they do vary as far as size and onboard amenities — that’s where the price difference comes into play.

We have more intimate boats available from $844.21, like the 38′ Lotus Lagoon catamaran out of Hawaii. This beauty carries six guests and comes equipped with paddle board gear, snorkeling equipment, and complimentary beverages and snacks.

If you want to bask on the bow of a bigger boat, you might find something like our California-based 108′ Monte Fino is more up your alley. Flat screen televisions, plush staterooms, a jacuzzi, and spacious lounging areas are all available for up to twelve guests on charters from $7,937.49.

The Cost to Charter a Yacht by Trip Length

The length of your trip also affects the cost to charter a yacht. For example, the base price of the Lotus charter mentioned above is $796, which includes two hours of sailing. If you want to sail for three hours, the price will increase by half to $1,194, and go up accordingly for every hour you add on.

What if you want to go out for a few days, or even a few weeks? We offer multi-day charters and excursions to many exciting destinations for a base price of $13,000 per day, excluding gratuity and any provisions or catering.

You could putter around exploring the Channel Islands for a few days, or you could go even further. Why not discover the best of Hawaii’s hidden gems on a week-long coastal cruise? You can head to Greece, Italy, Mexico, or wherever the wind may take you.

Other Factors Affecting the Cost to Charter a Yacht

Say you fall in love with a particular vessel, located in Marina del Rey, but you want to cruise around San Diego. We totally understand. We’ll move it for you, which will incur an additional fee.

Which type of sailing you want to do will also affect the cost to charter a yacht. Base prices listed are for sailing in the harbor. For coastal sailing, an extra hourly fee will be added to your rate.

Keep in mind that Luxury Liners operates in the spirit of complete transparency. When you book a yacht charter with us, there are no hidden fees. Everything is displayed before you pay, and the price you see is the price you get.

Bring Down the Cost to Charter a Yacht by Booking with Us

Our mission is to bring you the most high-end vessels at the best prices. We’re ready to help you book your dream charter today.

Want to see what we have to offer? Have a look at our yachts page to see our prices and learn more.

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8 of the Most Luxurious Yacht Charters in Thailand

T hailand is one of the best yacht charter destinations in the world. If you’re looking to experience a yachting vacation in Southeast Asia, consider booking these luxury yacht charters in Thailand with some of the best boats available for rent.

With over 1,000 remote islands and crystal clear waters filled with vibrant marine life, Thailand is one of the top charter destinations in the world. While the traditional yachting crowd might still be going on Caribbean yacht charters for their fix of winter sun, Thailand is slowly becoming a popular alternative cruising destination for luxury private yacht charters and scuba diving charters.

Whether you’re looking for a casual bareboat charter or want the most luxurious superyacht experience money can buy, there are plenty of vessels available to rent privately from Thailand’s main yachting hubs such as Pattaya or Phuket. Take a look at some of the dreamiest luxury yacht charters available for cruising in Thai waters now.

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1. mes amis.

Delivered in 2007 by New Zealand’s Fitzroy Yachts, Mes Amis is a sailing sloop with a modern design by Ed Dubois. Guests can enjoy the warm waters of Thailand thanks to a toybox carrying the likes of kayaks, wakeboards and SUPs, before soaking up the sunshine in her ample outdoor spaces including a fold-down swim platform. A covered al fresco dining area is perfect for staying out of direct sun while still enjoying stunning views.

Capacity: 10 guests & 6 crew

Cost: USD 125,000 per week

How to rent: Cecil Wright brokerage, cecilwright.com

2. Navis One

Navis One offers charter itineraries in beautiful locations around Thailand, from the Similan Islands and Phuket to Koh Phi Phi, Phang Nga, Koh Lanta, Krabi and Tarutao National Park, all the way down to the Malaysian island of Langkawi. Guests will be able to explore all of these breathtaking destinations to the full, thanks to Navis One’s helipad and impressive toybox carrying Jet Skis and SeaBobs as well as fishing gear and scuba diving kit . Built by Soraya Yachts in 2018, this modern superyacht is designed with elegant indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces, including a top deck Jacuzzi tub.

Size: 46.5m

Capacity: 12 guests & 10 crew

Cost: USD 200,000 p/w

Charter agent: Northrop & Johnson brokerage, northropandjohnson.com

Bilgin Yachts’ Mia Kai is instantly recognisable at sea thanks to her glamorous, champagne-hued hull. She is equally eye-catching indoors, with her air-conditioned interiors finished in elegant, traditional wood panelling. But the best views are enjoyed from the sun-protected top deck, complete with an al fresco dining space and a hot tub. A toybox carrying gear for fishing, diving, waterskiing and wakeboarding as well as Jet Skis and a banana boat will ensure all guests are entertained while on board.

Size: 29.5m

Capacity: 8 guests & 8 crew

Cost: From 58,700 USD to 71,700 USD + VAT

Charter agent: Mia Kai is independently chartered. Visit www.mymiakai.com .

4. Guillemot

Sleek sailing sloop Guillemot was delivered by Dutch shipyard Vitters in 2004. Her most recent refit was in 2021 and saw her interiors totally redesigned and refreshed for charter guests’ benefit. An on-board highlight is the split-level master cabin, featuring a private study and walk-in wardrobe. Above deck, she is well equipped for warm-weather cruising thanks to a dedicated swim platform and an expansive fleet of water toys – including scuba diving gear.

Capacity: 10 guests & 7 crew

Charter agent: Camper & Nicholsons brokerage, camperandnicholsons.com

Launched in 1999, Xanadu’s classic style interiors were last refitted in 2019 to ensure she has all the modern amenities to please today’s charter guests. This includes a toybox carrying all the latest gadgets from Jet Skis, SUPs and kayaks to gear for diving , snorkelling and fishing. Xanadu’s standout feature is the flybridge, complete with a barbecue grill, sun pads and al fresco dining space for outdoor entertaining, while a unique element is the skylight in the master cabin that allows guests to stargaze as they fall asleep. The cosmopolitan crew, complete with a Thai chef who can serve local dishes , will help fully immerse guests in their charter experience in Thailand.

Capacity: 8 guests & 6 crew

Cost: EUR 70,000 per week + expenses

Charter agent: Simpson Marine, simpsonmarine.com

Azul V is one of the biggest boats available to charter in Thailand and indeed all of Southeast Asia. The 48.3 metre CRN motor yacht first hit the water in 1996, but underwent an extensive refit in 2015 which earned her a World Superyacht Award. Her classic-style, air-conditioned interiors are paired with a standout sun deck boasting a hot tub with a swim up bar. Other on-board highlights include a gym for waterside workouts and a well-stocked toy box for water sports.

Size: 48.3m

Capacity: 12 guests & 11 crew

Cost: 180,000 USD + 25% APA

Charter agent: Asia Yacht Agency, azul-v.com

7. Maritimus

Maritimus is a nifty 23.77 metre Princess motor yacht delivered in 2012. Her compact size makes her ideal for smaller groups wanting to discovering hidden coves and anchorages inaccessible to bigger vessels, and allows her to explore further thanks to an impressive top speed of 32 knots. Maritimus’ on-board spaces were last refitted in 2021 and are equipped for indoor or outdoor entertaining, complete with a top deck cocktail bar . The submersible swimming platform meanwhile enables easy access to warm Thai waters for swimming, fishing or paddle boarding.

Size: 23.77 metres

Capacity: 8 guests & 3 crew

Cost: THB 300 -350,000 + VAT per day

Charter agent: Contact Boat Lagoon Yachting, boatlagoonyachting.com

8. Camara C

First launched by British builder Yarrow & Co in 1961, Camara C is a prime example of a classic “gentleman’s yacht”. The charm of her traditional canoe-hull design and wood-panelled interiors are complemented with up-to-date amenities thanks to her refit completed in 2022. Guests have a fleet of water toys to choose from during their charter, including fishing gear to catch your own dinner and enjoy a fresh al fresco meal on the stunning sundeck. With tropical-grade air conditioning, a steel hull and a cruising range of over 4,000 nautical miles, Camara C is the perfect vessel for discovering the Thai islands in old-school style.

Size: 32 metres

Capacity: 12 guests & 6 crew

Cost: EUR 60-70,000 per week + expenses

Charter agent: Contact Fraser brokerage, fraseryachts.com

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

– How much does it cost to rent a private yacht in Thailand?

Costs vary greatly depending on the type and size of vessel and the location and length of the charter. A private yacht charter in Thailand can cost anywhere from USD 1,400 a day to over USD 100,000 a week.

– How much does it cost to rent a yacht for a day in Thailand?

Charter rates for renting a private yacht for a day in Thailand can range from USD 1,000 a day to over USD 100,000 a day.

(Main image: Mia Kai; Featured image: Mes Amis/ Christopher Scholey)

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Who owns the ship that struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore?

By Megan Cerullo

Edited By Anne Marie Lee

Updated on: March 26, 2024 / 5:05 PM EDT / CBS News

The collapse of  Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge on Tuesday after being struck by a cargo ship has raised questions about who owns and manages the ship, as well as on the potential impact on one the busiest ports in the U.S.

Called the Dali, the 948-foot vessel that hit the bridge is managed by Synergy Marine Group, a Singapore-based company with over 660 ships under management around the world, according to its website . The group said the ship was operated by charter vessel company Synergy Group and chartered by Danish shipping giant Maersk at the time of the incident, which sent vehicles and people tumbling into the Patapsco River.

"We are horrified by what has happened in Baltimore, and our thoughts are with all of those affected," Maersk said in a statement to CBS News Tuesday, in which it also confirmed the ship was carrying cargo for Maersk customers. The company had no crew or personnel aboard the ship.

The Dali, which can carry up to 10,000 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, was carrying nearly 4,700 containers at the time of the collision. It was operated by a 22-person, Indian crew. It was not immediately clear what kind of cargo the ship was carrying. 

Who owns and manages the Dali?

The Dali is owned by Grace Ocean Private, a Singapore-based company that provides water transportation services. The ship was chartered by Danish container shipping company Maersk at the time of the collision.

Synergy Marine, founded in 2006, provides a range of ship management services, including managing ships' technical components and their crews and overseeing safety, according to S&P Capital IQ. Its parent company, Unity Group Holdings International, an investment holding company, was founded in 2008 and is based in Hong Kong.

Where was the ship headed?

The outbound ship had left Baltimore and was headed for Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, Synergy Marine Group said in a  press release . 

How busy is the Port of Baltimore?

In 2023, the Port of Baltimore handled a record 52.3 million tons of foreign cargo, worth $80 billion, according  to the office of Maryland Gov. Wes Moore. The port is also a significant provider of local jobs. 

The top port in the U.S. for sugar and gypsum imports, it is the ninth busiest U.S. port by the total volume and value of foreign cargo handled. All vessel traffic into and out of the facility is currently suspended, although the port remains open and trucks continue to be processed within the its terminals, according to a statement release by Port of Baltimore officials. 

What is the potential local economic impact?

Directly, the port supports 15,300 jobs, while another 140,000 in the area are related to port activities. The jobs provide a combined $3.3 billion in personal income, according to a CBS News report . The Port of Baltimore said Tuesday that it is unclear how long ship traffic will be suspended.

The disaster also caused chaos for local drivers. The Maryland Transportation Authority said all lanes were closed in both directions on I-695, with traffic being detoured to I-95 and I-895.

How could the bridge collapse affect consumers and businesses?

Experts say the bridge collapse could cause significant supply chain disruptions.

"While Baltimore is not one of the largest U.S. East Coast ports, it still imports and exports more than 1 million containers each year, so there is the potential for this to cause significant disruption to supply chains," Emily Stausbøll, a market analyst at Xeneta, an ocean and air freight analytics platform, said in a statement. 

She added that freight services from Asia to the East Coast in the U.S. have already been hampered by drought in the Panama Canal, as well as risks related to conflict in the Red Sea. Nearby ports, including those in New York, New Jersey and Virginia, will be relied on to handle more shipments if Baltimore remains inaccessible. 

Whether ocean freight shipping rates will rise dramatically, potentially affecting consumers as retailers pass along higher costs, will depend on how much extra capacity the alternate ports can handle, Stausbøll said. "However, there is only so much port capacity available and this will leave supply chains vulnerable to any further pressure."

Marty Durbin, senior vice president of policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said that the bridge is a critical connector of "people, businesses, and communities."

"Unfortunately, its prolonged closure will likely disrupt commercial activities and supply chains that rely on the bridge and Port of Baltimore each day," he said in a statement.

What other industries could be affected?

Trucking companies could be severely affected by the disaster. 

"Aside from the obvious tragedy, this incident will have significant and long-lasting impacts on the region," American Trucking Associations spokesperson Jessica Gail said, calling Key Bridge and Baltimore's port "critical components'' of the nation's infrastructure.

Gail noted that 1.3 million trucks cross the bridge every year — 3,600 a day. Trucks that carry hazardous materials will now have to make 30 miles of detours around Baltimore because they are prohibited from using the city's tunnels, she said, adding to delays and increasing fuel costs.

"Time-wise, it's going to hurt us a lot," added Russell Brehm, the terminal manager in Baltimore for Lee Transport, which trucks hazardous materials such as petroleum products and chemicals. The loss of the bridge will double to two hours the time it takes Lee to get loads from its terminal in Baltimore's Curtis Bay to the BJ's gasoline station in the waterfront neighborhood of Canton, he estimated.

Cruise operators are also being affected. A Carnival cruise ship that set off Sunday for the Bahamas had been scheduled to return to Baltimore on March 31. Carnival said Tuesday it is "currently evaluating options for Carnival Legend's scheduled return on Sunday." The company also has cruises scheduled to set sail from Baltimore through the summer. 

Norwegian Cruise Line last year introduced new routes departing from the Port of Baltimore. Its sailings are scheduled for late this year. The company said the Key Bridge collapse doesn't immediately require it to reroute any ships.

Who will pay to rebuild the bridge?

President Biden said Tuesday that the federal government, with congressional support, would pay to rebuild the bridge.

"We're going to work with our partners in Congress to make sure the state gets the support it needs. It's my intention that the federal government will pay for the entire cost of reconstructing that bridge," Biden said in comments from the White House. "And I expect the Congress to support my effort. This is going take some time. The people of Baltimore can count on us though, to stick with them, at every step of the way, till the port is reopened and the bridge is rebuilt."

—The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Megan Cerullo is a New York-based reporter for CBS MoneyWatch covering small business, workplace, health care, consumer spending and personal finance topics. She regularly appears on CBS News Streaming to discuss her reporting.

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How Trump Is Scrambling to Raise Cash

The former president is facing converging financial crunches as he and the Republican Party confront a shortfall against President Biden and the Democrats.

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By Shane Goldmacher and Maggie Haberman

As many as three nights a week, Donald J. Trump has been hosting private dinners at Mar-a-Lago, schmoozing with some of the Republican Party’s biggest financiers as he races to address a sizable cash shortfall against President Biden.

There is no request for money from the attendees at these meals, which have included Larry Ellison, the billionaire co-founder of Oracle, and Pepe Fanjul, the sugar magnate, according to people familiar with the sessions. But advisers to Mr. Trump’s campaign and his super PACs hope the charm offensive will eventually pay political and financial dividends.

One of the most pressing issues facing Mr. Trump is the financial disparity he and allied groups now face with Mr. Biden and the Democratic Party. Mr. Biden’s campaign announced on Sunday that it entered March with $155 million cash on hand with the party, after raising $53 million in February. The Trump operation has not released a more recent total, but his campaign account and the Republican National Committee had around $40 million at the end of January.

Mr. Trump enters the general election ahead of Mr. Biden in public polls . But Mr. Biden has taken full advantage of one of the benefits of incumbency, both socking away cash and building out a political operation earlier than his challenger.

Despite years of professing massive wealth and boasting of his desire to “drain the swamp,” the deeply transactional former president is leaning yet again on the cash of others, turning Mar-a-Lago into a staging ground for billionaires and others with their own agendas. One potential leverage point with the biggest G.O.P. financiers is the package of tax cuts Mr. Trump signed into law in 2017. Many of those cuts expire at the end of 2025, and Mr. Biden has vowed not to extend them for the nation’s highest earners.

Money often winds up mattering less in presidential races than in down-ballot races. Voters pay attention to the candidates naturally, especially Mr. Trump, and the key states all wind up awash in advertising by the fall.

Yet recent presidential contests have been so excruciatingly close that everything has mattered, and Mr. Trump is preparing to face an especially large avalanche of Democratic spending this year. Just a single union this week announced plans to spend $200 million , ten times what the main Trump super PAC had on hand. A cash edge can help Democrats tilt or expand the battleground map in their favor.

In a sign of the Trump orbit’s urgent need for cash, at least two donors who made seven-figure pledges to support Mr. Trump this year were nudged to see if they could cut an eight-figure check — meaning $10 million or more — instead, according to a person familiar with the request.

It is an unusually perilous moment for Mr. Trump.

The former president is facing converging financial crunches just as he has become the presumptive Republican nominee. The first is the political cash situation. The others are far more personal.

Mr. Trump recently posted a $91.6 million bond in a civil case in which he was found liable for sexual abuse and defamation of the New York writer E. Jean Carroll. He also must summon the resources to post a roughly $450 million bond, the judgment in a New York civil fraud case against his businesses, in the coming days. And he has mounting legal bills as his first criminal trial nears. Mr. Trump’s Save America PAC, which has been paying his lawyers and those of some witnesses, is set to run dry by summer at the current pace of spending.

Some Trump allies predict they will have enough campaign cash to win, even if it’s less than Mr. Biden.

“Hillary Clinton way out-raised President Trump but he connected with the American people and that was the difference right there,” said Tommy Hicks Jr., a former Republican National Committee co-chair and finance director.

Brian Ballard, a Republican lobbyist, fund-raiser and Mar-a-Lago member, said Mr. Trump was “incredibly engaged” in the political money fight.

“He understands the one advantage the Biden campaign has is financial resources,” Mr. Ballard said, adding “and he understands we need to do all we can to negate that.”

To prepare for the fall, Mr. Trump’s advisers have embarked on an aggressive and speedy takeover of the R.N.C. that included installing his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, as co-chair, with the intention that she’ll focus in part on shoring up fund-raising. The Trump team imposed mass layoffs in some departments on Monday, and is shipping all of the party’s finance and digital fund-raising staff to the former president’s Florida headquarters by the end of the month.

In a sign of the early Democratic edge, Mr. Biden traveled to Wisconsin this week to promote the 44 party and campaign offices they are opening in the state, at the same time Mr. Trump’s team was laying off or forcing the R.N.C.’s regional political staff to reapply for their jobs.

For now, the Trump operation is ramping up its program for bundlers of midsize donations and planning to conserve cash costs by holding fewer rallies than they did at the end of the primary season.

On Thursday, Mr. Trump formed a new joint fund-raising account with the national party and roughly 40 state parties, calling it the Trump 47 Committee, allowing him to directly raise money in chunks of more than $800,000. A splashy dinner in Palm Beach is being planned in early April to fill the new account’s coffers. One person familiar with the planning said donors have pledged more than $25 million.

Mr. Trump himself is said to be concerned about the fund-raising gap between his orbit and Mr. Biden’s, although he has told advisers that he believes he and his allies will ultimately raise what they need, according to one person with knowledge of the discussions.

But some top donors remain hesitant. Among their privately expressed concerns is a fear that large donations could wind up covering Mr. Trump’s legal fees, even as his advisers have publicly said the R.N.C. won’t do so. Mr. Trump’s main super PAC has, as of January, refunded more than $47 million of the $60 million it had received before the 2024 run began to Mr. Trump’s PAC, which is paying Mr. Trump’s lawyers.

So far, Mr. Trump has reported only a limited well of major contributors during the 2024 race. He has, in the meantime, become increasingly attentive to them.

He recently had a meeting with one of the world’s richest men, Elon Musk, and a brief backstage encounter with Jeff Yass, a billionaire investor in TikTok. Mr. Trump said on CNBC that he and Mr. Yass had not spoken about the company, though he later posted on social media regarding his skepticism about federal legislation that could ban the app, especially if it would benefit the parent company of Facebook.

On Super Tuesday, Mr. Trump’s main super PAC, Make America Great Again Inc., rented out a room at Mar-a-Lago for some of the larger donors to mingle in. Mr. Trump stopped by and thanked some of them, including Trish Duggan, a prominent Florida philanthropist and Scientologist, who has contributed more than $5 million, according to a person who was in the room.

The night he won the New Hampshire primary, Mr. Trump gave shout-outs in his victory speech to the casino magnate Steve Wynn and the hedge fund manager John Paulson, both of whom are billionaires.

“You know what? Put him at Treasury,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. Paulson that night. The April fund-raising dinner, which was first reported by Bloomberg , will be hosted by Mr. Paulson.

On the night of the South Carolina primary, Woody Johnson, the billionaire owner of the New York Jets to whom Mr. Trump gave an ambassadorship during his term, stood behind Mr. Trump.

Another billionaire and regular at Mar-a-Lago, Ike Perlmutter, is supporting a separate super PAC , Right for America, that is being run by Trump ally Sergio Gor. Mr. Trump blessed Mr. Perlmutter’s effort, despite the fact that its existence has caused tension within the broader Trump circle.

The general election cash chasm was apparent in the advertising announced in March.

The main Trump super PAC has purchased about $380,000 in radio advertising targeting Black voters in three states this month. The Biden campaign has announced a $30 million ad campaign over six weeks — a nearly 100 to 1 edge in the first stretch of the race.

That ratio does not include the roughly $500,000 the pro-Trump super PAC spent on an ad that trolled Mr. Biden the day of his State of the Union speech, questioning whether the president would live to 2029, when his second term would end. The provocative commercial exemplifies what underfunded groups typically do: Spend symbolically to generate free media coverage.

Some Republican donors have emphasized that wealthy contributors may write large checks, but they often don’t want to see that fact disclosed, given the controversy that attaches itself to Mr. Trump. A number of donors faced public blowback in 2016 for their support.

An official with the Trump super PAC would not say whether Mr. Yass has given money to the group, but a person close to the campaign said he is expected to make a seven-figure contribution. It’s unclear if that would be to a super PAC or a dark money group that does not have to identify its donors.

After Mr. Musk’s meeting with Mr. Trump was reported, Mr. Musk wrote , “I am not donating money to either candidate for US President.” But should he choose to donate, Mr. Musk, too, could decide to give to an entity in which the money cannot be tracked.

Not everyone is on board just yet.

“Can I just have a moment to be sad over Nikki not being in the race?” the hedge fund executive and G.O.P. financier Ken Griffin said at a conference in Florida this week, referring to Mr. Trump’s last major Republican rival, Nikki Haley. But Mr. Griffin predicted that Mr. Trump would win this fall and left open the possibility of backing him.

The current financial situation is a reversal of the one in 2020.

Back then, it was Mr. Trump who held the White House and had amassed a $187 million advantage by roughly this same point, creating a far larger gap than Mr. Biden has built now. But spending decisions by the Trump team and a deluge of Democratic giving inverted that by the fall .

The Republican National Committee announced that last weekend — the first since Michael Whatley was installed as chairman, and Ms. Trump as co-chair — was its strongest for a fund-raising weekend since 2020. Ms. Trump said on Fox News that she had personally received pledges of $2.7 million.

And a Trump campaign spokeswoman said that February had been its strongest month for small dollar fund-raising of the race. Records show the previous high for online fund-raising was last August, when Mr. Trump raised $22.3 million.

Still, Democratic donors have been pouring money into Mr. Biden’s coffers. The Biden campaign announced it had raised more than $10 million online in the 24 hours after the State of the Union address.

To put that sum in perspective, it more than doubled the biggest day Mr. Trump had in 2023, when his mug shot was released from his Georgia indictment, and he raised $4.2 million online.

Shane Goldmacher is a national political correspondent, covering the 2024 campaign and the major developments, trends and forces shaping American politics. He can be reached at [email protected] . More about Shane Goldmacher

Maggie Haberman is a senior political correspondent reporting on the 2024 presidential campaign, down ballot races across the country and the investigations into former President Donald J. Trump. More about Maggie Haberman

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