Crewed yacht charters
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The ultimate bespoke vacation on the water
Our fully crewed yacht charters are designed for those seeking an exclusive, exceptional and remarkable vacation of a lifetime. Step aboard our premium, fully crewed private yachts, where your every desire is catered for.
Immerse yourself in your destination and enjoy a different view every day. Relax on a spacious deck with a cocktail while our professional crew takes care of every detail for you and your guests.
Our expert team is on hand to guide you through every planning step so your vacation goes smoothly from the start.
Contact our experienced team, who can make your dream vacation a reality.
Life onboard with our crews
You will enjoy a relaxed experience on board our crewed yacht charters. You can make yourself at home as much as you want. Our crew will provide discrete, five-star service that respects your privacy, while attending to your needs.
It’s your vacation and our crew blend into the background so you can enjoy time with your guests.
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Design your unique vacation
With our crewed sailboat charters, you can design a vacation that no one else can replicate. This is personalization at its best. Make every part of your crewed sailing experience unique, from the itinerary to creating a mouth-watering gourmet menu. We tailor to your preferences.
We have hand-selected the world’s finest destinations and experts in arranging sailing vacations. Our dedicated crewed charter team can create your dream vacation wherever you want to sail, including the Caribbean, Bahamas, Central America, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, Pacific and Asia.
What is a crewed yacht charter?
A crewed yacht charter involves reserving a high specification, well-equipped, premium catamaran or monohull yacht for private use by you and your guests.
Your yacht comes with its own highly experienced captain and hostess, who will take you on an exclusive tour of your destination. Your professional crew will prepare and serve delicious cuisine and make sure your cabins are spotless every day.
Our crewed yacht charters give you the opportunity to tailor your route, fine dining, drinks menu and water toys, where you can add the latest hi-tech gadgets.
We can accommodate up to 12 guests comfortably – you and your guests can retire to modern, double cabins, each with their own bathroom. You can relax together in spacious dining and lounge areas, as well as find plenty of room to sunbathe on deck.
Our professional crews
We handpick the crew for our crewed sailboat charters, selecting those with the best sailing experience and hospitality skills. Destination expertise and a passion for the region is also important.
Before you depart, you will have a chance to meet your crew and talk to them about your vacation. Our captains are experienced sailors who specialize in their destination and put your safety first. Our hostess team are experienced chefs who are used to dealing with guests used to high service standards.
Our crews are your personal tour guides and they can’t wait to share their knowledge on where to visit, what restaurants to try and where to see the best marine life.
Let us help you plan your crewed vacation. Contact our crewed experts.
How we pick our crews
Our crews are passionate about delivering five-star hospitality. Your vacation is your time to relax and get away from it all. We carefully handpick our crews for their excellent customer service to make this a reality. While you have fun with your friends and family, they will be quietly in the background making sure the details are looked after on your crewed sailboat charter.
Your experienced captain
Our captains are friendly, welcoming and highly experienced sailors with professional accreditations and certifications. They have extensive knowledge of the local destination and focus on your safety. They are responsible for sailing, mooring, checking the weather forecasts and plotting the route.
Think of our captains as personal tour guides with a deep love of their destination, which they can’t wait to share with you on board your crewed yacht charter. They can tell you where to watch the sunsets, enjoy a beach picnic away from the crowds, the best coral reefs and the finest local dining spots, making it the perfect customized vacation.
Your skilled hostess
Our hostesses are from around the world and have often lived and sailed in many countries, giving them endless inspiration and ideas. Their cuisine qualifications and life experiences mean they have a wide repertoire of dishes, including Caribbean and Mediterranean favorites, as well as high-end cuisine using local ingredients where possible.
Our hostesses can prepare a delicious world for your palate, including cooked or continental breakfasts, carefully crafted appetizers, fresh seafood lunches and fine dining with fabulous desserts. Fresh fruit is on hand throughout the day, while snacks are served at regular intervals. You certainly will not go hungry on our crewed yacht charters! Your vacation dining will look out of this world and taste delicious.
Get to know some of our crews
Our crews have joined our crewed yacht fleet from different backgrounds, bringing with them interesting stories and skills from their corporate lives:
● Meet the crew of Luna and read about their authentic connection to the BVIs and their love of Mediterranean, Caribbean and Spanish-influenced cuisine.
● Meet Kate and Cyrus and learn how their thirst of adventure led them to becoming part of our crew and about their Lagoon 42, CruiseNautic.
● Meet the couple behind our BVI crewed yacht Allende and hear why they adore their full-time sailing jobs.
Read a customer review of a crewed charter in Tahiti.
Your dining experience forms a large part of your vacation enjoyment. When you book, you will be asked to list your dining, snack and beverage preferences. You can still try local specialties, while also enjoying home comforts on your premium yacht charter.
A crewed sailing vacation set in an exquisite destination deserves a menu to match. Read a customer review of a crewed charter in Tahiti.
You may want a creole experience if you’re in the Caribbean, BBQ lobster if in the British Virgin Islands, delicious olives and pasta in the Mediterranean and pho if in Asia. Whether you want to try new dishes or book a favorite local chef for a special occasion, we can arrange whatever you wish to share with your guests.
Relax on board and enjoy tasty delights on your private yacht, or dine in some of the destination’s finest restaurants. Let us help you plan your crewed, personalized vacation.
Designing your dining experience
When your booking is confirmed, we will start working with you to create meal plans tailored to your tastes for your crewed yacht charter.
To help you tailor your menu, you will receive preference lists for food, snacks and drinks so we can stock up on your favorites. You can talk to the crew about your ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner before you depart.
If you want to celebrate something special, invite a local chef on board or want to try a specific style of cuisine, we can do the research and book for you.
If you want to dine out at the finest local restaurants, our crew can advise on the best and make bookings for you.
Our crews’ specialties
Our crews come from all over the world and have amassed their skills with many chefs and kitchens. Get to know some of our hostesses and meet the crews on our crewed yacht charters.
We have so many destinations for a crewed sailing charter, here are some of our favorites when it comes to thinking about the local restaurants:
- Italy’s endless cuisine delights. You don’t have to stick to pasta and pizza in Italy. Try the fresh Caprese salad, seafood, fragrant limoncello liqueur and roasted pork to name but a few dishes. Taste the amazing flavors of Naples
- Lobster in the BVIs. Tour the lobster festival in November in Anegada, enjoy conch fritters on Tortola, taste pulled pork on Jost Van Dyke or dine on steak in Virgin Gorda. Explore the British Virgin Islands’ best restaurants
- Asian fusion delicacies. From dim sum to massaman curries, this is the region where the streets are heaving with tasty foods wherever you turn. Try noodle dishes, green Thai curries or chicken with rice. Take a look at our guide to Thai street food
What is the difference between a crewed yacht charter and a bareboat charter a hired crew?
A fully crewed yacht charter is a custom package featuring a premium yacht from our crewed fleet with a dedicated crew or crew on rota. The crew works with you to provide a personalized vacation in terms of itinerary and menu, taking care of the sailing and meal preparation.
A bareboat charter with crew is a different experience from our bespoke crewed charters. You are responsible for your yacht and hire a captain to sail for you and a hostess to serve meals.
What’s included in a private yacht charter?
- Ship’s bar: Our bar is stocked with house spirits, wines and beers and we can stock the bar to include your preferred brands of champagne, spirits and wine so your guests have their favorites to hand
- Personalized menu: Our food is of exceptional quality with local, fresh produce. We can assist with specific requests, such as customizing the menu
- Tailored itinerary: Tell us what you want to see in your chosen destination and we can suggest an optimal route, or ask our professionals for insider knowledge and advice
- Daily cleaning: Your crew will make up your bed and clean your cabin each day
- Onboard: You’ll be served with quality dishes and glassware
- Water toys: Your yacht will be equipped with two paddleboards and a kayak
- Air-conditioning: Enjoy airy main saloons and cabins when the heat gets too much on deck
- Entertainment centers: Flat-screen TV and DVD player (on some boats/destinations)
- Wi-Fi (on some boats/destinations)
Every private yacht charter is different, from snorkeling hotspot tours or special occasion celebrations. Whatever your needs, we’ve got the hottest contacts book in the sailing vacation world.
What our customers say
“Sailing with Kate and Cyrus was an incredibly memorable experience. Every night we enjoyed another bay to snorkel or kayak and a wonderful sunset, eating wholesome, freshly made delicious dinners. Everything was fabulous. Would I do this again? Absolutely.”
“The food, the cocktails and the company were 5-star. This trip was like sailing with friends. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
“We’d dreamed of our sailing vacation on LUNA for months. When the adventure started, it was clear it would be better than we ever dreamed. Fabiola and Nim are incredible hosts. Fabiola is a thoughtful and skilled chef. Every meal is beautiful, fresh, and perfectly planned and presented.”
“Thank you all for the best vacation ever! You are all so nice and easy! The settings were all great, food was fantastic, you all said “yes sure” to every request. Thank you.”
“Our deepest thanks for making our week so special. The service, fun and experiences were unparalleled and you managed to make an incredible week among close friends even better.”
FAQSee all our FAQs
What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?
Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.
Who makes up the crew on a crewed yacht charter?
Your crew includes a skipper to sail the boat for you and a personal chef. If your chosen yacht is over a certain length, there may be an additional hostess in the crew. All our crews are handpicked for their expertise in sailing, cuisine and customer service, as well as destination knowledge.
What is included?
- Yacht and dinghy
- Crew: Skipper and on board chef
- Meals and drinks: Full board with all meals, snacks and drinks included depending on the boat and destination. Particular drinks and brands can be sourced on request
- Watersports: Snorkeling equipment, sea kayak and paddleboard
- Entertainment: Flat-screen TV/DVD player entertainment centres and Wi-Fi (on some boats/destinations)
- Air conditioning
- Linen: Two sets of linen, towels and beach towels per cabin per week are provided. If you wish for more, we can talk to your about your preferences and advise
- Cleaning: Housekeeping services for communal areas and cabins
- Fees: mooring ball fees, depending on itinerary
When will the meals be served?
Meals will be served to suit your needs, although times may vary according to your preferred itinerary. Snacks are also served and available on board.
Can I book a special cuisine for one night?
We will do our best to source a specialist chef to make your dreams come true whether that is local or international cuisine. If you are celebrating a special milestone, such as a birthday or anniversary, let us know on your preference list pre-charter and we can arrange cakes, champagne and many other items that help you mark the occasion.
What is the cancellation policy?
We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Our cancellation policy is:
You are liable for all payments due and unpaid at the date of cancellation. Should you give notice of cancellation or fail to pay the balance, Dream Yacht Charter will retain the full amount of all payments made. If the yacht is re-let, then you may receive a refund that takes into account monies paid or due and any incurring fees.
a) Should the Charterer give notice of cancellation of this Agreement on or at any time before commencement of the Charter Period the Charterer shall remain liable for all payments due prior to and unpaid at the date of cancellation. Should notice of cancellation be given by the Charterer or should the Charterer fail after having been given notice to pay any amount payable under this Agreement the Owner shall be entitled to treat this Agreement as having been repudiated by the Charterer and to retain the full amount of all payments made by the Charterer.
b) Without prejudice to the Owner’s remedies in (a) above, if the Owner is able to re-let the Yacht to another Charterer for all or part of the Charter period then the Owner or the Broker/Stakeholder on his behalf shall refund to the Charterer such net balance as is due to the Charterer after re-letting which is to be calculated upon the following basis:
The original Charter Fee, net of commissions, shall be deducted from the net hire for the Charter Period due to the Owner from the re-letting. To this figure is to be added all reasonable additional expenses, including commissions, incurred by the Owner on re-letting. The figure as calculated will be deducted from the monies actually received from the Charterer and any remaining credit balance due to the Charterer will be repaid. The intention is that the Owner shall not receive less in net proceeds from any re-letting than would have been received if the original Agreement had been fulfilled. The Owner shall use his best endeavors to re-let the yacht and shall not unreasonably withhold his agreement to re-let, although charters which may reasonably be considered detrimental to the yacht, its reputation, its crew or its schedule may be refused.
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