, 2022-05-12 02:00:00,
Where once guests felt lucky to escape on a superyacht for a week, today’s charterers are taking lengthier trips than ever. Industry experts discuss why charter clients are now spending more time on board and reveal the epic multi-month adventures at sea they’re helping book now
“The increase is obvious,” says Rita Luskovic, head of charter at Princess. “I’ve worked in this industry since 2014, and I’ve never had so many enquiries for long-term charters. It just really picked up when the pandemic hit.”
And Princess isn’t the only brokerage house to notice a shift in bookings since Covid-19 appeared. YPI reported that as many as 41 per cent of its 2021 clients booked in for longer than one week, with another brokerage citing an increase in month-long charters from five per cent in 2019 to 15 per cent of all charters booked last year. Quite the gear change, when the length of an average charter trip is usually seven days.
Available for charter with Camper & Nicholsons from $54,500 a week, longer trips organised on Imagine have included a five week voyage sailing through the South Pacific
Credit: Camper & Nicholsons
Remote working and pent-up holiday days are a couple of factors that have allowed charterers to take more time off work. “With the advance in telecommunications, entire families are now capable of combining work, school and play while enjoying their preferred cruising destinations,” explains Ocean Independence senior charter broker Hanneke Maljaars, who describes these clients as “a growing generation of charterers.”
More time on board also means that charter guests can satisfy life-long desires to visit bucket-list destinations or try out adventurous activities such as submarine diving or heli-skiing as part of their itineraries. This is where yachting travel experts like EYOS Expeditions and Pelorus get involved, helping brokers organise excursions to remote Pacific islands or the North and South Poles.
Based in French Polynesia, Dardanella can be chartered from with $115,000 per week with 37 south.
Credit: 37 south
“Really it’s a return on an investment,” explains Elise Ciappara, head of yacht expeditions at Pelorus. “We’re finding more and more people, having been stuck at home for so long, really want to maximise their time on board. And being on board for longer gives you much more freedom.”
Some of the longer charters Ciappara is currently organising include six weeks on 31 metre classic explorer Togo…
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