Caribbean Yacht Charters FAQ's
If you are like most of our yacht guests, the experience of being aboard a yacht charter is new, and you have TONS of questions about what to expect. We have tried to consolidate all that information about our Caribbean charters into the section below. See what people say about our yacht charters to get a sense of the trip. There are a lot of pages on this site that offer various information about the many aspects of yacht charters in the Caribbean,
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Where Do We Fly into for a BVI Crewed Yacht Charter?
Most of our yacht charters that plan a BVI itinerary begin and end on the East End of St. Thomas at Compass Pt Marina. The boat will be at a dock so that you can easily step aboard with your luggage. The airport code for St. Thomas is STT and there are direct flights from Boston, Newark, JFK, Charlotte, Atlanta and Miami to name a few.
Will We Be Sailing Out Into the Ocean Away from Land?
Not really. The US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands are all very close together with the maximum sail time between islands about 2 hours. You will always be surround by and looking at other islands and cays while sailing. That’s really what makes the sailing here so beautiful and interesting – the emerald green hills and the ultra blue water are breathtaking to behold.
Not at all! The captain and crew are there to sail the boat for you. If you are interested in learning about sailing and want to participate, the crew will be more than happy to share their knowledge with you. But if you are looking for a completely relaxed time during your yacht charter, you can kick back with a drink in your hand and let the crew do all the work.
Is There an Age Limit for Children?
Most of the boats ask that children be “water safe” meaning that they have a child life preserver or swim floatation aids. To be on a boat for a week, children should be comfortable around water.
Do the Locals Speak English?
Yes. It may be a little difficult to understand because they accent their words differently, and they have developed their own patois over the years. For instance, “dem” is used to make a word plural: “Look at deh dolphin dem play in den watah!” A common greeting is “Wha whan?” short for “What’s going on?” West Indians always begin conversations with “Good Morning,” “Good Afternoon” or “Good Night,” and they consider it rude to just say, “Hello” or begin speaking without this formal greeting.
Will the Crew Be Able to Handle Special Diets?
Yes. All of our chefs pride themselves on being able to cook for any pallet and can prepare meals that are gluten free, vegetarian, paleo, etc. You will be given the opportunity to express your dietary preferences, food allergies, etc on the Charterer’s Information Form, a- 3 page document that you fill out before the charter.
Can You Swim Underneath the Islands? (Yes, an Actual Question!)
They go all the way down! But some of the smaller cays have wonderful caves and grottos and swim-throughs that seem as if you could swim all the way underneath them!
How Much Is Normal to Tip the Crew?
The standard for the industry is 15 to 20% -(of the total charter fee) similar to the hospitality industry at large. The crew really do judge their performance on the tip that they receive. When you see how hard the crew works for you around the clock…you will want to reward their service. Cash is preferred as most crews do not have local bank accounts here to deposit checks.
Is There a Safe on Board?
None of our yachts have safes on board. However, theft onboard is very uncommon. The boats are at anchor or on a mooring at each destination, and it would be quite difficult for someone to come aboard and steal anything.
What Time Do We Board the Boat and Disembark?
The charter contracts all state Noon to Noon as the start and end times of the charter. Similar to the check-in and check-out times at a hotel: you can arrive later than the check-in time, but you can’t arrive earlier. And you can disembark earlier than Noon, but not after.
Many times the yacht crew will have dropped off charter guests the day before, and need every minute of the turn around time to get the boat cleaned and prepared for the next guests. The same goes for dropping off guests…the crew need the next 24 hours to get the boat ready again for the next charter.
What Will the Itinerary Be? Can We Discuss This with the Captain?
Caribbean yacht charters really are all about the guest experience, and they are tailored specifically to maximize everyone’s pleasure during their time on board. With great food and drinks, beautiful sailing and wonderful itinerary stops, a BVI crewed yacht charter is one of the best vacations for families and friends to spend uninterrupted time together in the most relaxing and fun way possible.
What’s the Difference in Trip Type?
A full-board charter is the perfect vacation for those who like to kick back and have all of the logistics taken care of for them. The menu for the week is crafted around your likes and dislikes based on a group preference sheet, and all food and beverages consumed on board are included in this vacation. Provisioning is done ahead of time by the yacht crew, so from the moment you step on board your only concern should be locating the beer cooler.
A half-board charter is ideal for those who would like to have some meals provided for on-board, but would also like to eat on-shore at local restaurants or maybe do some of their own cooking. On a typical half-board the crew prepares on board all breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners. All on-board drinks and incidental costs are included in the cost of a half-board charter.
A captain only charter is exactly what it sounds like- a fully licensed and experienced captain is on board to take you safely to the destinations of your choice, and you get full use of all of the toys and amenities on board the yacht.