The first summer of the new decade is upon us, which for many travellers typically means preparing for their well-deserved seaside vacations. But, this shall be an atypical summer; as the world copes with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and many travellers reorganize their summer plans opting for a more private and intimate vacation amongst family and friends.
As many begin searching for such alternatives, private yacht charters are being considered as a safer alternative to the over-crowded, large hotels.
However, many still wonder if it is safe to charter? Is chartering truly a safer vacation option? What are the necessary precautions to keep in mind?
Our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected, and we are committed to help avoid any future contamination, which is why we will address many growing concerns surrounding chartering a yacht during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Is A Private Yacht Charter truly a safe travel vacation option?
We are navigating uncertain times, and there is no completely safe option when it comes to travel. However, a private yacht charter is a more exclusive and isolated experience, where you and your guests will be able to vacation whilst having limited exposure to others.
Your time on charter is spent primarily interacting with those aboard your vessel as you cruise from one exotic destination to another with the option of going onshore to explore sites of interest at your discretion, making chartering a private yacht a safer means of vacationing whilst still practicing safe social distancing.
Are there any safety precautions to be taken?
First and foremost, whether it’s your first time chartering a yacht, you’re a yacht aficionado, or a guest aboard someone else’s yacht – we all can agree that good yacht etiquette is appreciated by everyone, and will make for a better yacht charter experience for all.
Additionally, all yachts we offer for charter are always kept to the highest standards of hygiene. With the recent coronavirus pandemic, yacht owners and captains have mandated that crew implement deep cleanings after any usage to ensure each yacht is properly sanitized and disinfected. As always, the crew’s primary concern is the safety of the guests, and secondarily that everyone has an unforgettable experience.
We urge all customers to use common sense – if you or any guests are not feeling well, you should not be traveling, particularly if you are showing any COVID-19 symptoms.
Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty breathing (severe cases)
How flexible is YachtLife if I decide to not go ahead with my charter?
YachtLife is working with owners to ensure flexibility with any changes that may arise. If you have a charter booked, and you contract COVID-19 or you are unable to travel to your destination due to travel restrictions, YachtLife will work with owners to negotiate a refund or a credit towards a future charter.
Furthermore, for those who are planning chartering a yacht in the Mediterannean, due to these currently uncertain times, the MYBA has outlined a special addendum to their Charter Agreement stating that: changes to the charter area, or the rescheduling of the charter, or if an agreement on these two points is not reached, that the charter should undergo a no-penalty cancellation. All parties will need to agree to this new addendum and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Rest assured that you have our full support as we move forward collectively through this, and we are doing everything in our power to protect both our charter clients and owners.
YachtLife will be providing a regional and country-by-country update on current restrictions in all areas in which we operate. This table will be updated regularly as we receive updates and we hope will be a helpful resource for our customers.
Should I plan for a 2020 summer charter vacation?
In unprecedented times such as these, we remain optimistic as we look forward to the summer season. As of the writing of this article, cases in Asia are becoming more contained, but Europe and the USA are now considered the epicenters of the current pandemic.
We are hopeful that healthcare workers and governments will be able to work together and partner with the private sector to contain and treat this pandemic so life may resume back to normal in the next several weeks.
If you already have a charter booked, we recommend staying in constant contact with your charter broker for any updates on changing travel and charter policies. As you consider your summer travel plans, we recommend the same – stay in contact with your YachtLife broker, and as we weather this storm together, we will remain a resource for you and always remain objective in helping you plan the safest and most enjoyable vacation for you and your guests.
We look forward to moving past the difficult time and assisting you in any way we can.