5 Yacht Charters to book for your next group trip
There’s a lot to be said for planning a charter yacht cruise for your next trip. It has all the benefits of cruising – seeing multiple cities in one go, only having to unpack once, and getting the most out of land and sea – with the access, privacy and flexibility of a smaller boat. Whether you’re looking to sail to Antarctica on a superyacht, a European canal barge or a catamaran tour of the Mediterranean, the specialist charters below will make you feel like a boat owner (without having to sailing on your own boat).
Collective Sailing Travel Co.
This New York-based sailing specialist plans private charters (as well as cabin-bookable group trips) on 45- to 65-foot monohulls and catamarans that visit more than 40 archipelagos and coasts around the world, including including Belize, Sicily and French Polynesia. . Depending on the dates, a 57-foot monohull that can accommodate eight people for a week on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia will cost between $15,000 and $32,000.
Since 2008, EYOS has been organizing trips to distant places like Antarctica and Papua New Guinea on equipped superyachts. Expect some serious bells and whistles: helicopter hangars (for heli-skiing excursions), ice-class hulls (for breaking up polar ice beds) and Triton submarines, which bring guests safely safety more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the ocean. Supporting a 156-foot expedition yacht that can accommodate 12 people for about eight days in Antarctica costs $212,000.
In August, this newcomer to the charter scene launched two Ecuadorian itineraries on a pair of 128ft luxury yachts; a third yacht will arrive in early 2022. Each has nine cabins and visits largely unexplored ports along five of the country’s coastal regions. For $152,800 you and 17 of your friends can have a yacht all to yourself for seven nights.
With an inventory of more than 16,000 yachts in sought-after sailing regions (Caribbean, Thailand, Mediterranean), this digital platform connects vacationers with boats of all types and sizes maintained by professionals. Prices start at around $1,000 per week for a canal barge in Europe and top $280,000 per week for a 154ft superyacht in the Caribbean.
Like an Airbnb for personal watercraft, this San Francisco-based company offers some 140,000 boats in more than 9,300 locations around the world. For a seven-day charter around Mykonos, aboard a 12-person catamaran, you can expect to pay around $11,130.
This article originally appeared in the September/October 2021 issue of Condé Nast Traveler. Subscribe to the magazine here.