Most sailing yachts and Catamarans in the
Caribbean are offer on an all inclusive basis. This includes all
operating expenses and provisions with the following exceptions:
- Guest Communications-
Many yachts now
provide some level of internet access. This range varies from finding
a shoreside hotspot to full onboard WIFI. Bandwidth range varies greatly.
Guest bringing Cell phones, should inquire
with their carrier to determine coverage prior to arrival. Many plans
even those with "worldwide coverage" , are not supported without
- Dockage, when requested-
Dockage on the Day of departure and return are usually
at the boats expense when utilized. Those wishing the convenience
of a berth in a marina to facilitate shore side activities or Air Conditioning
without a generator should plan to pay additional for this.
- Shoreside activities-
including island tours,
dinner or drinks ashore, taxi from the airport, about anything not onboard
is typically at the guests additional expense.
- SCUBA Diving- See
notes specific to each yacht on the price lists and boat pages.
If "Rendezvous Only" Diving directly from the yacht is not
- Taxes, & Cruising Fees- British
Virgin Island rates average about $45.00 per person per week winter.
These are increasingly paid by the yacht on inclusive charters. Elsewhere
fees are being added my many destinations including the St. Vincent
& the Grenadines , Grenada, St. Lucia, Anquilla.
- Fine Wines and Champagne-
and rare spirits. The Quality of wines included in the Ships standard
Bar varies. Typically more expensive yacht serve better quality wine.
If your beverage requests are for small quantities, the quality provided
tend to be better. Discuss this with 1st Class Yachts.
For short term charters. Most Crewed yachts charge a 10% surcharge for
charter less than 6 days in length.
In the Greater Caribbean
- Bar Beverages- are
generally not included outside the Virgin Islands and a few sailboats
which charter the winter season in St. Maarten. Bar beverages include
all juices, mixers, soft drinks as well as alcoholic beverages.
- Relocation Fees-
When charged, 1/2 the normal daily charter fee is typically accessed
for a yacht to relocated outside their normal charter area unless multiple
charters or longer term charters are arranged.
In the Virgin Islands
Most power Yachts are
offered "All Inclusive" with the same exceptions noted
for sailing yachts. Plus a limit of the hours of cruising
per day or week. Additional time motoring is normally not
needed but, if you want to see and be seen additional hours of
cruising are available at cost. Few motoryachts anywhere else in the
world are offered under all inclusive terms.
Expectations of the quality of provisions as well as the substantial
fuel consumption of these larger motor yachts dictate that all expenses
are charge in addition to the charter fee rather that doing a "cost
average" method which most sailing yacht use. Expect an additional
25% to 35% of the basic charter fee for expenses. An accounting of expenses
is available upon reasonable request prior to the the end of charter,
as well as prior to disembarkation. Expenses are drawn against your deposit
of your anticipated expense deposit which are normally due with the final
deposit usually 45 days prior to charter.
Cost of provisioning on
these "plus all expense"
charters are noticeably higher in Antigua than in St. Martin or the
US & BVI's. This $5,000 or $10,000 difference in additional
expense may not be realized if a relocation fee is charged however.
We feel this location decision is "of note" when
considering destinations and cruising areas.
Charters shorter than 6 nights
on motoryachts are normally prorated on the basis of a 6 day week. Example,
a 5 night charter costs 5/6th of the normal charter fee, when accepted
by the yacht.
Standard Charter Fees
Weekly rates are quoted, 7 nights and 8 days usually. Your time
onboard usually runs from Noon to Noon unless other arrangements are made.
Charters may be of any
length, however shorter charters encounter price surcharges,
and acceptance by the yacht must
and New Years Rates and Terms
Most yachts require minimum term
charter over these holidays. 7 nights to 2 weeks are typical minimum
lengths. Price surcharges,
occupancy over these holiday periods often apply.
special conditions are quoted individually and are not listed on
Plan early for holiday
charters to avoid Disappointment!
Most Larger yachts (8 or more guests)
have booked one or more of their holiday weeks by early June.
Sailing yachts able to comfortably accommodate
10 or more guests frequently
book holiday weeks over a year in advance!
Crewed chartering is a service-oriented business and, as in any service
business, a gratuity is appropriate and appreciated. Most guests
are comfortable with a tip of between 10 % and 20% of the charter fee,
but the decision, of course, is up to you.