yacht chartering | ALL You need to Know

how to charter?

Are you looking to transform the sea into your personal floating playground?

Look no further than Royal Yacht International for a seamless yacht charter experience. Our expert brokers can help you set a budget, choose top-notch destinations, and select the perfect yacht. With our customised yacht routes and knowledge of different types of yachts, we can ensure your every desire is met.
Be aware of the base prices advertised online - our team can help you navigate the intricacies of pricing, provisioning, and fees for a worry-free experience. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure on the sea with Royal Yacht International.

Working with RYI

Our expert RYI brokers can create a bespoke itinerary tailored to your desires. With access to top-notch destinations and knowledge of different types of yachts, we guarantee an unforgettable adventure. Our crewed yacht charters are perfect for those who love being on the water in breathtaking locations. Enjoy expert chefs' gourmet meals and personalized itineraries. We make travel enjoyable, creating unforgettable memories.

Where to go?


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what to do during your charter trip?

When chartering a yacht, it's essential to consider the available onboard activities and amenities. Yachts often provide a variety of water toys, board games, card games, as well as a curated selection of movies and music for entertainment. If there are specific water sports or toys that your clients prefer, we can ensure their availability, even if not initially included. Please note that certain cruising areas may have restrictions on motorised water toys like WaveRunners. Additionally, while most yachts do not offer scuba diving directly onboard due to insurance liability, the captain can arrange for local dive companies to facilitate diving experiences.

what to do at sea?

Experience endless water-based excitement as certain yachts offer an array of thrilling water toys. From paddleboards, kayaks, and water trampolines to Waverunners and water skis, the options are vast.

For instance, the family-friendly 50-metre Benetti FANTASEA great array of water-toys and other amenities such as the custom inflatable jet ski /seabob docking station make her an excellent choice for socialising and entertaining with loved ones. Including wakeskates, paddleboard or jetboard, but also seabobs and jetskis, she is available for a weekly rate of €300,000.

In the event that a yacht's listing does not include your desired toys, it may be possible to request their addition for an agreed-upon fee negotiated in advance.

what to do on land?

While chartering a yacht, there are numerous activities you can enjoy on land. Explore charming coastal towns and immerse yourself in the local culture by indulging in sightseeing excursions or visiting historical landmarks. Delight in culinary adventures by dining at authentic local restaurants, savouring the flavours of the region. Take leisurely walks along picturesque beaches, basking in the sun and enjoying the soothing sound of the waves.

Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, the possibilities for on-land activities are endless during your yacht charter journey. You also have many special events to consider and plan your holiday around. The options are limitless, from the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix to the Cricket World Cup and the esteemed America's Cup. No request is deemed unthinkable when it comes to tailoring your experience

frequently asked questions

the crew

The crew is crucial for a successful charter, surpassing the importance of the yacht's choice. They play diverse roles, from diving instructors to personal trainers, and offer extensive knowledge of the cruising area. Their hospitality turns first-timers into repeat customers, and they provide meticulous attention to detail and round-the-clock service.

When to book your charter?

Yacht charters have two primary seasons: summer (May to October) and winter (November to April). Peak demand in summer is in July and August, while winter sees high demand during the holidays and into the New Year. Book at least six months to secure your preferred yacht and dates; famous yachts may be fully booked even a year in advance. Check for events coinciding with your charter, as they can affect availability.

Sailing or Motor?

Motor yachts exude speed, power, and luxury, making them ideal for entertaining large groups. In contrast, sailing yachts offer a romantic, traditional experience with surprising spaciousness. Your broker will help you choose the perfect yacht tailored to your preferences and needs for a fulfilling charter adventure.

Chartering with children

When chartering a yacht for a family getaway, consider entertainment options for children. Look for child-friendly facilities and itineraries. Choose a yacht with amenities like cinema rooms, water toys, and swimming pools. Ensure the crew is suitable for children. Your charter broker can help select the right yacht and crew for a memorable family vacation.

Chartering with pets

While some guests want to bring their pets on charters, not all yachts can accommodate them due to regulations and owner preferences. Even on pet-friendly yachts, well-behaved pets are crucial to maintaining the yacht's condition. Communicate your pet plans to your broker for assistance in securing a suitable charter and understanding contractual obligations.

food and drink 

With the APA package, your chef and crew provide tailored onboard dining. Whether you fancy alfresco dinners or beach picnics, they ensure a memorable gastronomic experience. For onshore dining, your broker can recommend and reserve top-notch restaurants. Share your preferences early for stocked favorites and dietary accommodations.

How to set your budget?

Typically, the cost of spending a week on a yacht can range from tens of thousands to several million dollars.

However, the pricing of yacht charters is influenced by factors beyond superficial features that may initially captivate you. These factors encompass the size and type of the yacht, its age, the crew size, and the available amenities. Additional charges may apply for luxurious amenities like hot tubs or pools and recreational toys such as jet skis or personal submersibles. Moreover, specialised crew members like scuba dive masters or yoga instructors can further contribute to the overall cost.

It's important to note that online prices for yacht charters usually display only the base cost, which covers the yacht and crew. Additional expenses such as food, drinks, fuel, dockage fees, taxes, VAT, and onshore expenditures are typically not included. An Advanced Provisioning Allowance (APA), typically around 30% of the charter price, is billed in advance to cover these costs. Guests often receive a partial refund of this amount if it is not fully utilised, such as in the case of unexpected weather conditions resulting in less fuel consumption.

Gratuities are another consideration and are separate from the APA. These are paid in cash at the end of the trip, usually given to the yacht's captain for distribution. The recommended gratuity amount ranges from 10% to 25% of the base charter yacht fee, with customs varying by location. Your broker can provide specific guidance on gratuity practices in different regions, ensuring you are well-informed.

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a few information on board


Yachts typically provide standard wireless access, but availability may be limited in certain areas. If you anticipate regular internet use or need high bandwidth during your charter, please notify us in advance. Upgrades, subject to availability, may incur charges based on your specific needs.

satellite television systems

While we aim to offer uninterrupted services, global signal strengths and differences in yacht satellite receiver capabilities may impact reliability. If satellite television is essential for your charter, please consult your broker to avoid potential disappointment.

smoking on board

Smoking is restricted to outdoor decks and designated areas on certain yachts to ensure safety and compliance. Smoking inside cabins and staterooms is strictly prohibited on all yachts as a security precaution.

why are shoes not allowed on yachts?

Superyacht teak decking requires careful maintenance due to its delicate nature. Crew members wear specialized boat shoes onboard to prevent damage, and some yachts may provide them for guests.

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