How To Charter Guide

Envision yourself aboard a luxurious private yacht cruising in the most beautiful waters of the world.

You’re in charge. This holiday is forged by your desires and driven by your inner senses. Are you adventurous? Do you prefer solitude? Are you on board for sheer relaxation? Ask yourself these questions and share answers with your Nicholson charter specialist:

  • Who will join you and for how long?

  • Do you prefer the gleaming white beaches of Anguilla or the energy and breezes of Antigua?

  • Are you infatuated by the lure of the Seychelles?

  • Are you charmed by the romance of the South of France?

  • Do you want to dance in the nightclubs of St. Martin?

  • Do you desire daily dives to the reefs of Fiji?

  • Is snorkeling in a crystal-clear lagoon among your pastime wishes?

It is our pleasure to tailor a holiday and assist you in selecting the perfect yacht while customizing the itinerary to your whims and dreams. From your first wishes as you step aboard to your very last vision of paradise, we’ll hold your hand and navigate you to an unforgettable charter experience.

Start here!

Use our Yacht Search to narrow your selection of the yachts. Call or email if you prefer, and tell your charter broker what you’re looking for. We’ll guide you through the yachts and itineraries available and work with you to design the cruise of your dreams.

Ask all the questions you can think of. Your broker will become your friend and has been aboard the yachts, knows the crews, and is familiar with the sailing areas. Every detail is managed to perfection.

Here’s what your broker needs to know to find the best options for you:

  • When you want to go.

  • Where you want to go.

  • The number of people in your party.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I really need to work with a broker?

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really need to work with a broker?

You may have seen charter yachts advertised in magazines. Nicholson brokers have access to those, plus hundreds of yachts that you don’t see there that are available for charter all over the world. There are no exclusive listings. All brokers have access to the same charter yachts at rates set by the yacht owners as published on industry websites.

What type of charter are you interested in?

A Private Yacht with a Full Crew: Nicholson Yachts Worldwide offers private yachts for charter with a permanent captain and crew.

If we discover “the perfect spot,” can the itinerary be modified?

It’s your vacation. You set the schedule and itinerary and you can make changes. Talk with your captain each morning to go over your options and make plans for the day.

What does it cost me to book my charter through Nicholson?

There is no charge to you for the broker’s services. The yacht owner pays the broker’s fee.

Will I/we be allowed to take the helm?

Most captains enjoy and encourage guest participation – even beginners!

Will I need a passport?

Current regulations require you to bring a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of charter.

What sets Nicholson brokers above other brokers?

Nicholson Yachts Worldwide has been matching charter yachts with appropriate guests for decades. With a broad network of professional and personal relationships with charter yacht owners, captains and crews worldwide, Nicholson charter specialists have been onboard the yachts they recommend and can match a yacht, captain and crew to your desires and personality. Our in-depth knowledge, coupled with close attention to your wishes, ensures you an exemplary holiday at sea.

How much does a crewed yacht charter cost?

Yacht charters can accommodate any budget and any group. It’s important to understand all the related costs.
All-inclusive charter rate under Caribbean terms defined:
Rate includes services of captain & chef/hostess; three meals and snacks each day on board the yacht; all drinks, including standard brand wine, beer, liquor and mixes; onboard watersports equipment (scuba diving is additional); all on and below deck amenities
Rate excludes cruising and clearance fees; dockage and mooring; fuel; premium alcohol and particular gourmet foods; SATPHONE if available; delivery fees can apply; crew gratuity, usually between %15-%20 of charter rate

Definition of charter rate with plus-all expenses:

Rate includes vessel and its amenities, services of captain and crew
Rate excludes provisions and alcohol; cruising and clearance fees; mooring and dockage; VAT if applicable; SATPHONE if available; fuel; crew gratuity, usually between %15-%20 of charter rate
Advanced Provisioning Allowance (APA) of from %15 – %40 of charter rate is added to account for these costs. Yacht captain is responsible for tracking receipts and refunds and overages. Clients may put leftover APA toward crew gratuity.