BVI Crewed Yacht Charter
Sailboats up to 2 guests
Sailboats 2-4 guests
Sailboats up to 6 guests
Sailboats up to 8 guests
Sailboats 8 guests or more
Captain Only Yachts
Luxury Yachts
Motor Yachts 2-4 guests
Motor Yachts up to 6 guests
Motor Yachts 6 guests or more
Honeymoon Yachts
Family Yachts
Diving Yachts
 

Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to our most frequently asked questions.

  What does all-inclusive mean? What will my itinerary be like?
  What does captain only mean?   When is the best time to charter?
  Where does my charter start and end?   Should I plan a sailing vacation even though
I’m not a big sailor?
  When does my charter start and end?   Can I scuba dive from the yacht?
  Why are charters counted in nights?   Do I need a passport to travel to the
British Virgin Islands?
  Can I charter for more or less nights than
7 nights?
  What does a courtesy reservation or hold mean?
  Are the given rates negotiable?   How do I book a charter?
  What kind of food can I expect?   How do I pay for my charter?
  Are special diets available?   What should I pack?

Q: What does all-inclusive mean?
"All Inclusive" means the fee includes the yacht, Captain, Chef, all meals, snacks, open bar (!), use of all toys and amenities listed for that yacht, fuel, water, moorings, ice. Not included are your airfare, ferry and taxi to the yacht, gratuity (15-20% is common), island trips and drinks or meals ashore. Open bar means that all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are included except for special requested premium wines, liquors and champagne. The amount and variety will vary depending on the cost of the charter with larger, more expensive yachts providing finer wines and premium liquors. Please have a look at http://www.caribbeancruisingvacation.com/included.html for more information.

Q: What does captain only mean?
"Captain only" means the fee includes the yacht, the captain and use of all toys and amenities listed for that yacht, but does not include all other expenses such us provisioning (for you and the captain), fuel, water, moorings, ice, etc. Other items not included are your airfare, ferry and taxi to the yacht, gratuity (15-20% is common), island trips and drinks or meals ashore. You are responsible for the provisions, cooking (or dining ashore) and cleaning up the boat at the end of the charter. Please have a look at http://www.caribbeancruisingvacation.com/captain-only-charters.html for more information.

Q: Where does my charter start and end?
It depends on the yacht and how many people are in your group. Most yachts are flexible and can start and end your charter on St. Thomas, USVI and on Tortola, BVI depending on what works best for you. Special request for other islands to start from are possible, but have to be discussed with the yacht. Because of US Coastguard regulation, crewed yachts are only allowed to sail with a maximum of 6 guests on US waters. Therefore, charters with more than 6 guests have to start and end in the BVI.

Q: When does my charter start and end?
Your charter will start at noon and end at noon. You can start and end on any day as long as the yacht is available. If your flight arrives later than noon, you can board the yacht at that later time, but you can also decide to arrive a day before your charter and stay in a nice hotel or resort . This enables you to start your charter the following day at noon, rested and refreshed. We can assist by recommending hotels and resorts that suit your needs.

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Q: Why are charters counted in nights?
Since your charter will be from noon to noon, we count your charter in nights (or 24 hour days). Most charters are 7 nights: Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday, etc.

Q: Can I charter for more or less nights than 7 nights?
Yes! Most crewed yachts have a minimum of 4 nights. To calculate your rate, just divide your 7 nights rate by 7 and multiply it with the number of nights you want to charter. Please note that charters less than 6 nights are subject to a 10% premium in addition to the daily rate. Some yachts offer a discount if you sail 2 or more weeks.

Q: Are the given rates negotiable?
No. The cost of the yacht will be the same regardless of whether you book through a broker or directly with the yacht. The price is set by the yacht owner and not the charter yacht agency handling your booking.

Q: What kind of food can I expect?
All crewed yachts have excellent chefs on board and your meals will be prepared with fresh high quality ingredients. Most gourmet meals on board will be better than what you can find in our local restaurants. Please have a good look at the sample menus that every yacht provides on their web sites as it gives you a very good indication of what you can expect. Before your charter you will fill in a preference sheet so the chef knows exactly what your group likes and dislikes and can plan the menu accordingly.

Q: Are special diets available?
Yes! Most yachts can accommodate vegetarian, low sodium or low fat requests. Also, most chefs will prepare something different for children, if they are picky eaters. Some yachts offer Kosher, Vegan, Gluten free or other menus. However, this should be requested prior to booking.

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Q: What will my itinerary be like?
This is your private charter and there will be no standard itinerary! Your itinerary will be based on your preferences of activities. Your crew know the islands very well and can guide you and make recommendations on where to go, but it is still up to you how long you want to sail and what other activities you want to do. Please look at http://www.caribbeancruisingvacation.com/attractions.html for more information about our islands. We can also provide you with some sample itineraries.

Q: When is the best time to charter?
The peak tourist season is December to May, but this has more to do with the weather in North America and Europe than it does with the reliably balmy Virgin Islands’ weather. Christmas, New Year, Easter weeks and during the American Spring Break are the peak season weeks and need to be booked far in advance. Our off-season runs from mid August through the end of October, which is hurricane season, with greater chance of storms or hot weather and not much breeze. Our ocean temperature is very comfortably warm throughout the year, but if you want to swim or snorkel for hours, April till July are your best months as sea is at its warmest then. Please click on http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/42/climate/Caribbean/British-Virgin-Islands.html for more information on our climate.

Q: Should I plan a sailing vacation even though I’m not a big sailor?
Absolutely! The Virgin Islands are gorgeous and there is much more to do than just sailing. There are dozens of beautiful anchorages and beaches to enjoy, many excellent spots for diving and snorkelling, a variety of shore excursions are available, you can go shopping or hiking and you can always find something going on in the evening. The best way to visit these islands and anchorages is with a yacht and the crewed yachts offer so much more than sailing! Our islands are more sheltered from the open ocean than other Caribbean areas. They are close to each other and there are numerous quiet and flat calm anchorages with pristine white beaches. You rarely need to sail more than an hour or two to get from one anchorage to the next. Often, you will anchor somewhere for lunch and snorkelling. After a short afternoon sail, you will arrive in a different anchorage ready to enjoy cocktails and dinner. Alternatively you can decide to charter a power yacht if sailing is not your thing.

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Q: Can I scuba dive from the yacht?
That depends if the captain or chef is a Dive Master or Dive Instructor and offers diving. If you are a certified diver you only need a Dive Master on board that can dive with you. For those of you who are not certified and would like an introduction to diving, a Dive Instructor can do a resort course or get you fully certified on the boat. All other yachts can offer Rendezvous diving, whereby a dive company picks the divers up from the yacht to do a 1 or 2 tank dive. This is ideal if not everyone in your group wants to dive, because they then do not need to wait for the divers to return to do other activities.

Q: Do I need a passport to travel to the British Virgin Islands?
Yes! As of 1 Jan 2006, all American citizens travelling to the BVI require a passport. It is no longer possible to enter with only a birth certificate and picture ID. Citizens of the USA, Canada and most European countries do not require a visa. However, citizens from some other countries are required to have a visa to visit the BVI. Please click on http://www.gcfi.org/56th/BVI_and_USA_visa_requirements.htm for more information.

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Q: What does a courtesy reservation or hold mean?
If you are interested in a crewed yacht, you can make a courtesy reservation without obligation. This will place the yacht on hold for your dates and give you time to make a final decision and arrange flights. The hold is valid for one week, but can be extended if you need additional time.

Q: How do I book a charter?
When you are ready to book your charter, we will e-mail a contract for you to sign. The signed contract can be e-mailed or faxed back to us and your first deposit paid. Charters that are booked 6 months or more in advance require a 25 % deposit and charters of less than 6 months in advance require a 50% deposit. The final payment is due 45 days before your charter starts.

Q: How do I pay for my charter?
Most charters are paid for by credit card (we can send you an authorization form). We accept Visa and MasterCard. Other payment options are wire transfer (I can send you the instructions) or you can send a US Cashier's Check or US$ Money Order by FedEx or DHL.

Q: What should I pack?
Not much! Most people bring too many clothes they don’t wear on charter. Be sure to pack light as storage on most yachts is minimal. Please be sure to pack a hat or cap(that won’t blow off!), sun glasses, sunscreen, t-shirts, bathing suit, shorts, sarongs, insect repellent (for the beach at sun-set), flip-flops or water shoes and casual evening wear. Beach towels will be provided on board. Squashy luggage is essential, like a duffel bag that will fit into a drawer when not in use. Please email info@caribbeancruisingvacation.com if you have more questions!

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