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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Yacht Rental for You 

When it comes to luxury vacations, few things can top a luxury yacht rental. Choosing the best one for your time on the water doesn’t have to be hard. 

Because the experience is more luxurious, chartering a yacht is more costly than a typical boat rental or shared cruise option. That means there are many factors to consider before booking a private luxury yacht rental. 

In this article, we share our top 4 tips for choosing the best yacht rental for you. 

1. Do Your Research 

Before you commit to any one yacht, take some time to do your research. Look up reviews to make sure the yachts you’re considering are favored by past guests.

It’s important to know what kind of experience other people had so you can make an informed decision. 

Additionally, make sure that the vessel you choose has a great concierge, captain and chef. How can you determine this? Call the concierge. In doing so, you’ll hear their voice and get a true feel for the professionalism and service you can expect aboard the yacht. 

Ask questions! This is the best way to determine if a yacht is right for your needs.

2. Choose a Location

It’s easy to get carried away when chartering a yacht – after all, who doesn’t love indulging in a little bit of extravagance? However, it’s important to remember that there are additional costs if the yacht isn’t near your home. 

If you’re seeking a yacht off the coast of Italy, that will cost a bit more than chartering a yacht stateside. Yachting in the Caribbean is often a bit more expensive than chartering a yacht in the US. 

Travel costs can add up, so choose your location first and then begin your yacht search from there.

3. Consider Your Needs 

The type of vessel you choose should depend on what kind of experience you’re looking for. Ask yourself:

  • How many guests do I want aboard? By the way, Top Shelf can accommodate up to 12 guests with 4 private cabins.
  • How many meals do I want to have while on board?
  • Will the charter be more adventurous or more relaxing?
  • Do I need special accommodations for the young or the elderly?
  • What kind of water toys do I want to use?
  • Do I want to cruise in calm waters or do windy conditions not bother me?

Understanding your yachting needs will help you ask the right questions when speaking with concierges.

 4. Think About Extras 

When choosing the best yacht rental for you, don’t forget to factor in extras. Most yachts offer a wide variety of cruises, from bronze to platinum, enabling their guests to add on any extras they might like.

Extras can be things like upgraded cuisine (think leveling up from seafood to wagyu steak). It could also be ensuring fine wine or hard-to-get whiskey is on board. Extras could be onboard entertainment or experiences like bringing along a masseuse or golf pro to take swings off the bow.

Tips for Choosing the Best Yacht Rental

Whatever you desire can be accommodated, and preparing your list of wants will make it easy to find the best yacht rental.   

With all this information in mind, finding the best luxury yacht for your needs should be a piece of cake! And of course, we hope you choose Top Shelf!

Secure your charter date or reach out to Cruise Concierge Karen with your questions.

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