We’ve all been there, dutifully going about your work day when the delightful thoughts of exploring the rugged Mediterranean coastline or cruising the turquoise Bahamas on your very own floating palace start to creep in, the exclusivity of luxury yacht chartering has always fascinated me, what makes a yacht charter so exclusive, how exclusive really is it and who is privy to this holiday of a lifetime? Well, after some research and experienced gained from working in the industry, we at 212 Yachts have found the answer to those questions!

First of all, its important to understand what exactly constitutes a luxury yacht, a luxury yacht is a vessel over 20 metres, and which is accompanied by a professional crew.

Taking an outside looking in approach, the first discernible factor that makes a luxury yacht charter so exclusive is the cost involved, the luxury experience and customer service like no other doesn’t come cheap, therefore the exclusivity of a yacht charter is already on show as not everyone will be able to afford it! Of these people, there is another factor creating a smaller subset, this of course is travel. As most luxury yachts are based in the most aesthetically pleasing destinations in the world where natural beauty is on display across every horizon, if you are considering a yacht charter you must be willing to travel, not that it takes much convincing to visit the stunning French Riviera, the cultural and historical hub of Athens, the secluded coves of Croatia or any of the remarkable destinations available to you worldwide! Just belonging to this group itself would give anyone an unparalleled sense of exclusivity.

A luxury yacht is a vessel over 20 metres, and which is accompanied by a professional crew.

Now what truly makes a yacht charter exclusive is the process of actually chartering your dream Luxury yacht, from working alongside a professional charter broker who understands the finer details and takes what is truly important to you into consideration to find the perfect yacht for you, having a masterfully crafted itinerary prepared by a captain with years of sailing experience, having a list of your preferences, down to how you like your morning cup of coffee served liaised with the crew so that they can meets and exceed your wildest expectations, and this is all before you set foot onboard!!

Once onboard you have a crew who is totally dedicated to making sure that you have a truly once in a lifetime experience, the level of customer service you will experience on board is unrivalled by any 5 star hotel or resort worldwide. The crew’s job is to cater to your every need. From welcoming you on board with a friendly smile, cooling towelette or refreshing beverage, to preparing and serving meals, to keeping the yacht in tip-top shape for the duration of the cruise. These are just a given.

The captain onboard has years of sailing experience and will expertly navigate and display his knowledge of the local areas showing you the ‘hot spots’ and ‘hidden gems’ alike! If you would like to take a laissez faire approach the captain will diligently prepare an amazing itinerary for you, or if there are places that you would just love to check off your bucket list he/ she will be delighted to take you there too.

The onboard captain and crew look after your every need, no matter how specific!

A top-class chef will also be provided on board, serving up a veritable feast, freshly prepared every day. Each meal will be catered to your specific preferences and will be guaranteed to leave you counting down the hours until the next meal! Should you wish to sample some authentic local cuisine on land, the chef can arrange this for you too.

One of the most endearing traits of the exclusivity associated with a luxury yacht charter is that you the world seems to revolve around you while on board. From the moment you step on board the whole experience has been tailored to cater for your specific preferences and needs. Thanks to an extensive preference sheet that you will have filled out before chartering the crew will have your favourite food, drink, snacks and desserts on board and waiting for you. From how you like your morning coffee to the activities that you would like to do that day the crew will strive to meet and exceed any customer service expectations you may have.

Once onboard the yacht, the contract that you will have signed prior states that for the duration of your charter the yacht will in essence be your very own private yacht. This means that you have complete and unrestricted access to any and all of the amenities onboard. Chartering a luxury yacht means you have your own personal retreat, no queues, no waits, no waiting for service, everything is organised to ensure you have the luxury experience of a lifetime!

The exclusivity experienced onboard a luxury yacht stems from the private, personal experience that is created just for you, where crew and captain alike will do everything within their power to make sure you truly have the experience of a lifetime and memories to cherish for years to come!

Lewis Smith

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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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