Are You Ready to Book a Caribbean Sailing Vacation?
Before you contact your broker I encourage you to think a bit about your cruise and preferences. Below I’ve listed a few things you’ll want to convey to your broker to help expedite the process to a successful conclusion.
Have an idea of where you want to cruise
You’ll find a good selection of charter yachts based in cruising grounds with relatively calm seas, interesting destinations, and where good air transportation is available. For example some of the more popular boarding ports in the Caribbean are the Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenada.
I always like to recommend the Virgin Islands for first time charterers. My reasons for that are as follows:
- The Virgin Islands are easy to reach by air
- The sailing is in well protected waters with comfortable anchorages and a variety of thing to see and do, which are no more that an hour away
- The Virgin Islands cruising grounds extends 45 miles east to west with approximately 45 islands in that span with hundreds of anchorages
- This area offers the most selection of yachts in the Caribbean
Be prepared to provide information about your charter party
It’s important to know how many people are in your charter party, but more importantly, the number of cabins required is key. If there are children in your charter party you’ll want to provide their ages in order to take advantage of any possible discounts. You’ll also want to mention any possible special consideration required for the seniors in your party.
Other things that are important for your charter broker to know
- Are the charter dates you provide flexible and if so by how much?
- Are there any extremely tall guests in your charter party?
- Is there any special health or dietary conditions to be considered?
- Is there an interest in Scuba diving and to what degree?
In general you’ll want to describe the purpose of this cruise and what you expect. The more information you can provide your charter broker, the better chance your broker will have in providing you with a list of yachts to perfectly match your preferences.
One last point
Charter yacht brokers, have access to all the same yachts all around the world. The yacht's owners establish and publish their own charter rates. A broker's commission is paid by the owners, which does not affect the published rates quoted. Therefore, there is no price advantage to be found dealing with more than one broker at a time, it only adds to duplication and confusion. This also holds true for groups having more than one person in their charter party searching for a yacht.
If the charter broker you selected is responding in a prompt courteous manner providing pertinent and useful information, then stay with him while he works toward assisting you in finding that perfect yacht.
Thank you for your time, I hope you found this blog helpful. I look forward to your comments. For more information about booking a Caribbean sailing vacation call Dennis at Charter Sailing Unlimited using our Toll Free #: 888-856-8310 or Local #: 317-745-1990. You can also contact us by going to our "Information Request" page.
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