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If you’re looking for yacht party planning tips, you’re in the right place. 

Whether you’re celebrating a milestone birthday, an engagement, or just looking for an excuse to gather your friends for a truly memorable event, a yacht party is the epitome of venue choice. 

Unlike events on land, yacht party planning comes with a few unique considerations. To make sure your event is the best it can be, we’ve outlined fie key tips.


1. Choose the Right Yacht

Capacity and Layout: Ensure the yacht can comfortably accommodate your guest list. Consider the layout for socializing, dining, and entertainment. Remember there is a difference between a “party boat” and a “yacht party”. Depending on the kind of event you seek, choose the boat the fits your vision.

Amenities and Facilities: A yacht with a variety of features will enhance the party experience. From space to fit live entertainment to an onboard sound system, ask about virtual or in-person tour options to see the vessel before booking.

2. Meet The Crew

What makes a vessel a yacht, as compared to a big boat? The crew. We’re going to call a spade a spade here: a professional crew offers five-star service unlike any other boating experience. Regardless of whether you use a professional event planning company or do the yacht party planning yourself, having the experience and access to the crew will considerably improve your experience as host. We recommend opting for a yacht that has an executive chef and entertainment options to streamline your time.

3. Yacht Party Planning: Menu and Beverages

Speaking of streamlining, one of the best parts about yacht party planning is handing the heavy lifting off to the Chef. Unlike catering companies, an Executive Chef on a yacht simply needs your preferences and then customizes a menu to your liking. You don’t have to choose from a set menu and it’s much easier to develop a gourmet spread and top shelf bar without any lists and restrictions.

For added ease, ask the Cruise Concierge to take down any special brands of wine, liquor, beer and other beverages. The crew will stock the bar with exactly what you seek, and of course, drinks are all-inclusive on a yacht.

4. Theme and Decor: Yacht Party Ideas

There is no limit to your options when it comes to theme and decor aboard a yacht. Yacht party ideas often include an air of sophistication with themes like Great Gatsby or All-White Parties. The beauty of a yacht is that you don’t need a theme for the party and decor if you don’t want one, because the opulence of the vessel and beauty of the views is already beyond compare.

5. Entertainment and Activities

A carefully curated playlist, DJ or band can set the right mood for your yacht party. For smaller events, a playlist will more than do, as guests will be tuned into the sounds of the waves and wildlife more than the music. For larger parties, consider a DJ or small band. Yacht party planning is quite simple in terms of activities, since guests can enjoy anything from water sports to sunning, dancing, lounging or enjoying any number of on-board experiences you wish to add. 



Yacht party planning is easier than it may seem. Thanks to a dedicated concierge and full crew, the yacht does most of the work for you.

If you’re seeking an exceptional way to celebrate life’s special moments, offering a blend of luxury, adventure, and exclusivity at a yacht party is definitely going to do the trick.

Of course, if that party is going to take place anywhere near the Southeast United States, we hope you’ll consider utilizing OUR yacht, Top Shelf Motor Yacht! Concierge Karen is already looking forward to speaking with you.

Call or Text: 1-843-474-6644


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