Your guide to superyacht charter

Having recently announced our new partnership with Camper & Nicholsons International, we wanted to bring the best of the boating world to the forefront of this month’s newsletter. Our partnership means you can now enjoy a seamless journey from sky to sea, organizing your private jet and yacht charter in one simple process with two world-class experts in luxury travel, both global leaders in their respective fields.

Whether you’re new to yacht charter or an old hand, this at-a-glance guide will navigate you through the ins and outs of yacht charter and inspire you with the best places to charter this summer. If you would like to find out more information about anything mentioned, please feel free to get in touch with one of our Account Managers. 

What to charter?

The great appeal of a CNI charter is that it is tailored to you, and incorporates all the elements that are important to you. Half the fun is dreaming up where you want to go, what you want to see, what foods you want to savor, what new sports you want to try your hand at, which beaches, historic buildings and fantastic boutiques you may want to visit. Your charter broker will help you establish which yacht, destination and itinerary will work for your charter party; browse the table below – an at-a-glance guide to the different ‘types’ of yachts and how they may complement your charter..

Type of yacht Who will it suit? Why?
Large, modern motor yacht Families, first-time charterers, large charter groups Large, spacious, stable and designed for pure comfort. Equipped with peerless watersports and entertainment facilities
Smaller, performance yacht Those who want to explore more of the coastline in a shorter timespan and are looking for the real kudos and adrenalin that goes with superyacht chartering Sleek lines, enviable style and power, and speed at the touch of the throttle makes them a popular choice out at sea and in port
Megayacht Exceptionally large charter parties or corporate charters The ultimate in size, facilities and luxury, these vast yachts can accommodate larger parties and have anything and everything from swimming pools to discos, cinemas, conference rooms, spas and gyms
Explorer motor yacht Intrepid explorers keen to discover the world's remotest oceans Built for pure fun and adventure, the new breed of exploration yacht will escort you in absolute luxury
Modern sailing yacht Those who want the size, comfort and facilities of a modern motor yacht but with the flexibility to unfurl the sails on occasion All the amenities of a motor yacht with the undisputed appeal of sailing
Classic sailing yacht Those wanting a genuine sailing experience or who want to capture the real romance and thrill of yachting These may not have quite the level of luxury or comfort of a motor yacht but for genuine sailors there is surely no other choice

Where to charter?

The following destinations give you a snapshot of each cruising ground and what it can offer. The more popular destinations are great for all-round charters – combining watersports with great beaches, gourmet restaurants and a good dose of local culture. However, if you want your charter to focus on something in particular, such as wildlife, golf, archaeology or nightlife, you will need to be more discerning in your choice of destination.

Caribbean

Just whispering the word ‘Caribbean’ conjures images of swaying palm trees backing onto soft beaches, sparkling blue waters and the taste of delicious rum punches. With a colorful mosaic of culture and cuisine, every island has a character and charm that is totally unique.

A haven for waterborne travelers, coral reefs teeming with fish and isolated rocky coves are ideal for all manner of watersports. With a balmy climate, steady easterly trade winds and an abundance of secluded anchorages, the Virgin Islands entice sailors, big-game fishermen and divers. Further south, the Leeward Islands are ideal for island hopping from tiny deserted bays to fashionable harbors. From the sophisticated French island of St Barts to the unpretentious, old-world charm of Antigua, the Leeward Islands are an exotic concoction of modern chic and laid-back charm. The Windward Islands are strewn down the eastern Caribbean, stretching from Martinique in the north to Grenada in the south, with the Grenadines archipelago lying in between. The islands are superbly undeveloped, supremely unspoilt and sufficiently inaccessible to stay that way.

Airport suggestion: Bridgetown Grantley Adams Intl

Indian Ocean

The main cruising grounds of the Indian Ocean are split into two halves – the Seychelles to the west and the Maldives to the east. Just south of the equator, the archipelago of 155 islands that make up the Seychelles is widely regarded as one of the most stunning locations in the world. Island hopping provides the perfect opportunity to experience the subtle changes between the pristine islands, where powder-white sand beaches, fringed by crystal clear water and coconut palms, provide a major draw. Like a string of pearls scattered over the sparkling Indian Ocean, the many islands of the stunning Maldives are a rich melting pot of culture and natural beauty. Perfect for pure escapism, spend unashamedly lazy days on the beach or below the water which are teeming with colorful fish.

Airport suggestion: Seychelles International Airport

The Bahamas

The Bahamian chain comprises 700 islands and cays scattered over 100,000 square miles of Atlantic Ocean in a gentle east-to-west curve just 50 miles south of Florida. The shallow waters are home to more than 30 diving destinations, unspoiled reefs, shallow fishing waters, a plethora of wrecks, and the spectacular Blue Holes. Providing the perfect combination of lively fun and laid-back charm, the cosmopolitan capital of Nassau and neighboring Paradise Island lie in stark contrast to the peace and solitude of the many uninhabited islets and cays.

Airport suggestion: Nassau Lynden Pindling International

The Amalfi coast

The Amalfi coast is an outstanding stretch of Mediterranean landscape, where vertical precipices plunge into the sea, mountain ranges frame the horizon and picturesque local towns buzz with life and culture. If the beguiling beauty of the coast becomes monotonous, visit the array of local towns - making sure to stop off at Positano, Sorrento, Cetara and Praiano. The Amalfi is a popular charter destination, combining exquisite scenery with a good dose of local culture. An historic island filled with Mediterranean colour and a cove-studded coast, Capri is a legendary idyll. Famed for its Italian designer fashions and rugged beauty, it has attracted attention throughout the centuries, from Roman emperors to Hollywood stars. Adventurers can explore the ‘Grotta Azzurra’ - a hidden cave accessed through an underwater cavity, where the water creates a scintillating blue light that illuminates the cavern.

Airport suggestion: Naples

READY TO SET SAIL? Enquire now

If any of these ideas have caught your eye or if you would prefer to explore a completely tailored itinerary to suit your charter party, get in touch with us using the contact details below. Whatever the time and wherever the place, combining the sea and sky has never been so straightforward. Your feet will hardly touch the ground.

+1 888 247 7278 | charter@airpartner.com

 
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