FAQ – Shared (Cabin) Charters

You’re going on a sailing vacation!

It’s a big decision, there’s a lot to consider. We’ve consolidated answers to common questions about our sailing charters below.

Shared (Cabin) Charter Frequently Asked Questions

A cabin or shared yacht charter is renting a private bedroom and bathroom on a crewed yacht (with a captain and chef.) These vacations are offered on sailing catamarans that are designed to live aboard with several areas for lounging, relaxing and enjoying the ride! All of the catamarans also have a smaller boat, the “dinghy”, to transport you from the yacht to shore (always a short ride.)
Inherently, we find the guests on board have similarities and get along well. Every one tends to enjoy being around the ocean, enjoy vacationing and enjoy some adventure. The typical age ranges quite a bit from 30’s to 60’s. The crews on shared yachts rotate, but are all professional and ensure the guests have a nice vacation.
While these vacations are not adult-only, the guests are typically all adult couples and sometimes adult singles. There is no minimum age for some packages and others have a minimum age of 17. We encourage small families to charter a private yacht as we have affordable options
On the shared crewed yachts, the menus are somewhat standard with allergies and dietary restrictions considered. The chefs are very experienced and often formally trained. They can usually meet any requests and dietary restrictions, plus enjoy creating an impressive presentation.
There are two packages offered for the shared yachts. One option includes all alcohol. The second option includes table wine and local aperitifs during meals. Which package is offered depends on which yacht is available in the destination and dates you prefer.
The itinerary is a set itinerary designed to visit and experience the main attractions of each cruising area, along with some off-the-beaten-path locations. The itineraries allow for activities such as sailing, snorkeling, relaxing, bar hopping, exploring, ect. The crew know the territory very well and can make adjusts during the vacation, depending on the weather or clients’ requests. The duration is usually a week (7 nights), which is a good amount of time to explore the cruising area without feeling rushed.
A great attribute about a yacht vacation is that you can choose your level of activity! Do you want to relax all day with a book, or do non-stop water sports all day, or somewhere in between? Every yacht is equipped differently, but most yachts tend to include basic waters sports like snorkeling equipment, stand up paddle boards or kayaks and floats. Every destination also offers several onshore activities. You can partake in the beach bars, hike, beach comb and definitely explore the unique natural and historical attractions.
The destinations where yacht vacations are offered are chosen because they offer an experience that is good for vacationing. Some locations have very short distances between the islands which makes the waters well protected against swells. Some locations have longer distances between islands for those that want to enjoy longer sails in more open waters; even those distances are accomplished within a day. For clients concerned about seasickness, the British Virgin Islands is our top recommended location because of the short sails.
The cost of cabin / shared vacations vary depending on the location, season and size of vessel. Generally, the cost is $3,800 - $4,200 per couple.
The cost of a cabin / shared yacht vacation does not include anything you do ashore, transfers to the yacht, and gratuity. Some packages do not include a couple of meals and / or some beverages - we will provide specifics with a quote. Gratuity of 15% - 20% is customary when the service merits it. The crews work hard to ensure your vacation exceeds your expectations.
Yes and it is recommended! You can purchase trip insurance from one of our recommended companies for approximately 7% of your vacation cost, See Link. Although no one expects to cancel their charter, last minute emergencies do happen. All companies have a no refund policy at a certain time before the charter. There are only a small percentage of charters that are cancelled, but in these cases the outcome is much better with trip insurance involved.
In the BVI many yachts are equipped with WiFi for a fee. Throughout the BVI and USVI there are also some WiFi hot spots. WiFi service is not available in more remote cruising areas, but please check with our Charter Experts.
You’ll only see pirates if you’re watching Pirates of the Caribbean during your trip! The areas where charters are offered are areas that are safe for visiting. Nowhere is “crime free” so we recommend normal precautions: be aware of your surroundings, lock the boat / dinghy when you go ashore and don’t leave valuables out in plain sight, and don’t walk in dark or sketchy areas