What are crewed yacht charters ?

Crewed yacht charters are the charter of a luxury yacht with your very own crew, who provide a range of services, including, but not limited to: -cooking meals tailored to your individual tastes (often world class chefs work on yachts) – offering beauty and massage services – chief stew whose role is to ensure your charter vacation has all of your needs met – laundry staff – service staff – dive instructors – toys experts (get the inflatables out and ensure everyone is having fun) – fitness instructors – yoga experts. The list of talent goes on.

Yacht Crew -They have a wealth of knowledge

Part chauffeur, part event-planner, part tour-guide… the life of a private yacht crew member is nothing if not varied. Yacht crews are carefully selected, highly skilled individuals who are there to ensure charterers get the most out of their yachting experience. Their role is multifaceted but generally includes:

  • Preparing high quality meals
  • Serving drinks
  • Cleaning: cabins, showers and bathrooms cleaned anytime you leave; deck spaces washed regularly)
  • Maintaining the yacht and keeping it safe
  • Assisting with water toys (Jet skis, Kayaks, Inflatables etc.)
  • Providing expertise based on insider knowledge
  • Planning ahead so you don’t have to
  • Entertaining children
  • Booking restaurants, taxis, helicopters etc.

Recommending the best spots for swimming and dolphin spotting, organising mainland activities, or securing entry to exclusive restaurants and venues around the world... there really is no limit to what the crew brings to the yacht charter experience.

Yacht Crew Are Adaptable

Yacht charters can be tricky. Their success is sometimes affected by adverse weather conditions, equipment malfunctions or necessary changes of plan. But the flexibility of yacht chartering is part of its charm. A good crew is adaptable and equipped to deal with the unexpected. Whether it be:

  • Planning a new route for a safer or more enjoyable passage
  • Finding dinner reservations, or providing quality meals on board while you enjoy stunning views from a private setting
  • Organising spontaneous trips to destinations of your choice: it’s all part of the bespoke yachting experience
  • Coming up with fun activities on board
  • Welcoming unexpected guests

On crewed yacht charters crew members are always on hand to assist you during your travels. Furthermore, for those who want to be left in peace to enjoy quality time with family and friends, the separate cabins/crew quarters ensure guests can relax in privacy.

With as few as two crew members, the stewardess can prepare cereals and croissants fresh from the bakery for breakfast, as well as a picnic for lunch.

How many crew do I need to have a luxury service on a yacht ?

The abilities of the crew will, of course, be limited by the size of the yacht chartered and the number of crew onboard. For example:

With a crew of over ten people

  • The chef has support in the galley (i.e. a sous-chef)
  • And can therefore prepare all meals to a high standard.
  • It wouldn’t be uncommon for a gourmet burger to be requested at 3am!

However, for a crew with only one chef…

  • They might not deliver both a formal lunch and formal dinner.
  • So, it may be preferable to dine onshore once a day.

With a crew of two…

  • Approx. 8 guests could happily lounge away on a 20-metre yacht.
  • In this case, the captain is responsible for driving and safety. The second crew member has multiple roles: cleaner, steward, deckhand etc.
  • As they cannot do this all at once, making it clear what matters most to you is the key to a successful charter.
  • E.g. The Sunseeker REHAB, located in the South of France, has two crew. Onboard, the stewardess can prepare cereals and croissants fresh from the bakery for breakfast, as well as a picnic for lunch.

With a good yacht broker supporting and guiding you, they will ensure you are clear on the realistic capabilities of the yacht crew, ensuring your individual needs are met.

How to make sure you get the most from the team on your crewed yacht charters ?

Before booking your charter, ask your broker:

  • What is the reputation of the charter yacht for hiring a good crew?
  • How many chefs there will be, and what their specialties are
  • If other crew members have any specialist skills (water sports, massages, personal training etc.)
  • For their combined years of experience
  • If there have been any complaints made against them
  • What is the reputation of the captain (a great captain has often been on the same yachts for years and a crew is only as good as the Captain that leads them)
  • To review crew members’ CV’s if you have any concerns

Remember, the crew knows the yacht owner’s standards, but not yours. Giving the broker an idea of your preferences will better allow them to select the right crew for you.


  • In terms of gratuity, crew members do expect a tip and are often working towards it
  • The standard in the industry is 10% on top of the charter net fee
  • If your guest / client is a keen tipper, let your broker know. This can be passed onto the crew to further incentive them to provide a first class service

A fully crewed yacht charter provides an experience unlike any other

While a luxury yacht’s facilities rival that of an upscale hotel, the service on private charters really goes the extra (nautical) mile. Hotel staff are unable to prioritise you over other guests, meaning your requests might be lost amongst a sea of others. On a private yacht, there are no ‘other guests’. Crew members are there for you and you alone, making for a uniquely personal and attentive experience.

Private yacht charters also provide a sense of freedom you wouldn’t find in, say, a villa. While many plan their yacht charter to coincide with an event, such as the action-packed Monaco Grand Prix, Cannes Lions or the star-studded Cannes Film Festival, others opt for a more relaxed approach, going where the wind takes them and selecting their destinations en route.

Many choose to book a charter to coincide with an event, such as the action-packed Monaco Grand Prix, Cannes Lions or the star-studded Cannes Film Festival.


Assuming the crew and yacht have the capabilities, you, the charterer, decide whatever floats your boat! Ultimately, the fully crewed luxury yacht experience cannot be beaten, especially if you select the right crew, with the assistance of the right broker. 

With years of expertise, local knowledge and a wealth of strong relationships around the world, 212 Yachts are well equipped to find and secure the perfect yacht charter for you.

Contact us today to plan the trip of a lifetime!

Written by

Lewis is the Fleet Manager at 212 Yachts. He is originally from the UK. He previously worked on superyachts and traveled the world extensively by yacht. He has excellent knowledge of super yacht destinations, on and off the beaten track and what can be achieved on a yacht charter. His knowledge of boats and the maintenance required, ensures he applies the highest standards to the boat charter fleet he manages on the French Riviera. This means that you’ll always have a great day out with 212 Yachts. Lewis has previously lived in Cape Town and now lives in the South of France with his Wife and dog Leo. He loves organising smooth charters and nothing brings 'me more joy than seeing the smiles on clients faces after an amazing experience on the water'. His core value that aligns perfectly with the company is to always make that extra degree of difference, "this is how we make sure you’ll be beaming from ear to ear when you’ve experienced a 212 Charter! I hope that we can welcome you on board soon and provide you with an unforgettable experience. If you are looking for any assistance for your next charter, or you’re overwhelmed looking into your first charter, no matter how big or small, please ask for me when you get in touch."

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