Best Private Yacht Charter for the Caribbean!

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There are more than 28 island nations in the Caribbean and over 7,000 individual islands. When vacationing in the Caribbean, people usually only see a few islands at one time; and if they choose to fly there, they usually only see the one they land on. One choice that many people do not know to consider is a private yacht charter Caribbean vacation.

Many experienced boaters know that this is the best way to vacation and explore the Caribbean at your own pace, but you don't have to be experienced at sailing for this to be a viable option for you. You can charter a private yacht that is manned, or if you are experienced, you can go "bare-boat" and sail it yourself. Either way, bring along some friends and split the cost, and this private yacht charter Caribbean vacation can be one of the best experiences of your life.

In this article, we are going to look at some of the best choices available to you so that the next time you want to explore the Caribbean, you will have all the info you need for a private yacht charter Caribbean style.

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A private yacht charter in the Caribbean can be done by yacht owners who are willing to take you out and be captain and crew for you, or it can be companies who charter yachts for a living. They will also provide the crew for you, or if you can prove you have all the right experience, you can captain the yacht yourself. Either way, a private yacht charter Caribbean allows you to explore the islands at your own pace.

1. What Is a Private Yacht Charter?

2. What Is the Difference Between a Cruise and a Yacht Charter?

3. Are Yacht Charters Expensive?

4. What Kind of Yacht Should I Charter?

5. Are Yacht Charters Family Friendly?

How We Reviewed for Our Private Yacht Charter Caribbean

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The following Private Yacht Charter Caribbean reviews are based on features they offer, the design, reviews, and price. We believe we have offered an unbiased list to help you in your decision when it is time to charter your first (or next) yacht.

Overall Price Range

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The price range for yacht charters is from around $10,000 to well over $1,000,000. This depends on size, amenities, crew, etc.

What We Reviewed

  • Camper and Nicholsons International-Silver Angel
  • Amel-83m Limited Edition 272 Superyacht
  • Fitzroy Yachts-Ohana
  • 95 Meter Custom Lurssen
  • Yachtzoo-Drumbeat
  • SOLANDGE Lurssen
  • Hargrave Custom Yachts-Renaissance
  • Burgess-Attitude
  • Northrop and Johnson-Harle
  • Ocean Independence-Cristobal
Camper and Nicholsons International-Silver Angel

Features

Draw on more than 100 years experience with Camper and Nicholsons International. They have over 600 yachts available to charter including the Silver Angel. Built in 2009, this 64.5m motor yacht has 7 guest cabins and a capacity for 12 guests. It has 19 crew members and such features as a central staircase that unites all 5 decks, a state-of-the-art galley, fully equipped gym, and formal dining areas. The amenities are almost too many to list; they include a spacious sun deck, an oval jacuzzi pool lined with sun pads, fresco dining areas, jet skis, and scuba diving gear. You will have a uniquely modern and elegant experience in the beautiful Silver Angel.

Pros

  • 100 years' experience charter company
  • State-of-the-art galley
  • Water sports equipment available onboard
  • Many extra features

Cons

  • Available for the Caribbean only in winter

Where to Book

AMELS 272 Limited Edition - underway, Mediterranean

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Features

Built by the leading Dutch shipyard, Amels, the 83m Limited Edition 272 Superyacht is all you could ask for, and more. This mega yacht has 5 accommodation decks in total, with 10 cabins and a 12 guest capacity. It has a 25 person crew, plus the captain. This ocean jewel not only features a central staircase that connects all 5 decks, but it has a round glass elevator that takes you from lower deck to the sun deck. The 272 features an elegant Tim Heywood exterior design, and a modern, relaxed Winch Design luxury interior. There is 43 meters dedicated owner's deck with 300 square meters of luxury space, an 8 person spa pool and 200 square meters of deck space. It also has a Beach Club, a landing helipad, fitness and spa center, a luxurious theater, and much more!

Pros

  • Elevator
  • Tim Heywood exterior
  • WiFi connection
  • Helipad

Cons

  • Must call broker for availability

Where to Book

Fitzroy Yachts-Ohana

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Features

Ohana is a stunning 49.7m luxury sailing yacht built by Fitzroy Yachts in 2012. With a capacity for 10 guests, she boasts 5 staterooms and 8 crew members. Ohana has a proven charter record and her crew boasts excellent customer satisfaction. Ohana turns head with her grey hull and whitewashed oak interior. She has a sleek design that will satisfy even the most seasoned sailors and is available to charter the Caribbean in winter.

Pros

  • Excellent crew reviews
  • User-friendly search tools available from Fitzroy online
  • Careful attention to detail

Cons

  • Available only in winter for the Caribbean

Where to Book


95 Meter Custom Lurssen

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Features

This 95m (312 ft) custom mega yacht, was built by Lurssen in 2014. Its exterior styling by Espen Oeino is immaculate, and it also features a breathtaking interior design by Raymond Langston design. The 95 features a removable stainless steel jaguar that sits proudly on the bow, representing the owner's interest in the Jacksonville Jaguars. This mega yacht accommodates 12 guests in 7 staterooms and has a 28 member crew. This yacht won at World Superyacht Awards 2015 for Best Motor Yacht of above 75 meters LOA. It is Lloyd's register and MCA compliant and has amenities such as a lavish beauty spa, basketball court, DJ station, extensive indoor and outdoor dining options, sundeck jacuzzi, and many more.

Pros

  • Large crew
  • Award Winner
  • MCA compliant
  • Many available amenities

Cons

  • Not clear when available without calling a broker

Where to Book

Yachtzoo-Drumbeat

Features

This sailing yacht, Drumbeat, offered by Yachtzoo is 53m of intelligent design by the Dubois/Alloy Yachts team. Dedicated to performance, entertainment, and leisure, the designers have created a beautiful, and fast, yacht. She accommodates up to 11 guests with 5 passenger rooms and has a max speed of 14 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots. The Drumbeat has a 10 man crew that offer impeccable service. She is a home away from home with an elegant design and relaxed atmosphere. She is available to charter in the Caribbean in winter.

Pros

  • Excellent crew reviews
  • Elegant design
  • Relaxed atmosphere inside and out

Cons

  • Available only in winter Caribbean

Where to Book

SOLANDGE Lurssen

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Features

Famed German yacht builder, Lurssen, built the Solandge motor yacht in 2013. This magnificent 5 deck yacht has a timeless Espen Oeino exterior Superyacht design with an interior designed by Aileen Rodriguez. She is 85m in length with a max speed of 17.5 knots. She accommodates 12 guests in her 8 elegant staterooms and has a 29 person crew. The Solandge's main feature is a 50' lighted sculpture called The Tree of Life. This sculpture runs from the tank deck to the bridge deck and was envisioned by the owner and completed by Rodriguez designs. This yacht has fantastic interior spaces, opulent decor, numerous dining areas, elevator, dance floor, DJ station, a fully equipped gym, and much, much more.

Pros

  • Tree of Life sculpture
  • Elevator
  • DJ station
  • Good for families

Cons

  • Unclear availability without calling a broker

Where to Book

Hargrave Custom Yachts-Renaissance

Features

The Renaissance by Hargrave Custom Yachts is a 35m motor yacht that has a max speed of 21 knots and a cruise speed of 17 knots. It accommodates 10 guests in its 5 cabins and has a 5 man crew. This one has many unique features including a 10-foot bar with barstools, ice maker, subzero beverage drawers, wine cooler, glass and liquor storage, and a sink. It also has a barbeque center with 2 grills and more subzero drawers and built-in cooler chest. The Renaissance is perfect for sun worshippers or those who prefer enjoying the outdoors with shade; providing plenty of space for both. The Renaissance is available to charter in the Caribbean in winter.

Pros

  • Best for adult travelers
  • Good open deck and shaded deck space
  • Fast

Cons

  • More for adults than children

Where to Book

Burgess-Attitude

Features

Attitude is a 45.72m luxury yacht built by Trinity Yachts and delivered in 1997. She has a max speed of 20 knots and can accommodate up to 12 people and has 10 crew members. The interior design of this beauty was created by Dee Robinson, and Setzer Yacht Architects designed the exterior, along with Paragon Design developing the naval architecture. Attitude has a modern design with accommodations that are both relaxing and inviting. It features plenty of space for sun lovers on deck as well as plenty of well-appointed shaded areas to enjoy the Caribbean breeze. It is available to charter for winter in the Caribbean.

Pros

  • Great for families
  • Relaxing feel
  • Fast

Cons

  • Winter only in the Caribbean

Where to Book

Northrop and Johnson-Harle

Features

Northrop and Johnson delivers a tremendous selection of yacht charters from cozy schooners to fully manned vessels with crews trained to cater to your every need. The award winning Harle is a good example of what they have to offer. Harle is a luxurious, comfortable, and private 44.5m motor yacht and one of the finest ocean-going yachts in the world. Built by world leader Feadship, this yacht offers a unique layout and unparalleled performance. It has six luxurious staterooms and can accommodate up to 12 guests. It has a large jacuzzi and multiple sunbathing options, or have some water fun with the wakeboards, wave runners, or one of the tenders. Harle has 9 crew members and entertainment, relaxation, or play, is never in short supply. Harle is available to charter in the Caribbean in winter.

Pros

  • Award Winning
  • Good for families
  • Water sports equipment available

Cons

  • Available for the Caribbean only in winter

Where to Book

Ocean Independence-Cristobal

Features

The fastest growing company in ocean yachting, Ocean Independence, has the largest sales and charter fleet. Founded over a decade ago, they currently have 16 offices for your convenience and have a global reach to assist you in all your yachting needs. Cristobal is just one of their many yachts available for charter and is available for Caribbean year round. Cristobal has a top speed of 24 knots and a cruise speed of 16 knots. She can accommodate 8 guests in her 4 staterooms and she has 5 crew members. All staterooms have TV's, entertainment systems, and full en suite facilities. The aft area is dedicated to relaxation; while the starboard side boasts a Teppanyaki grill, a large bar, sink, fridge, and ice maker. Cristobal also has a gym and a huge LCD monitor that serves as an open-air cinema.

Pros

  • Global Broker
  • Year-round Caribbean
  • Fast and fun

Cons

  • Fewer amenities than some larger yachts

Where to Book

The Verdict

Our private yacht charter Caribbean review has covered some beautiful yachts! We have covered everything from luxury yachts to sailing yachts and covered small (er), medium, and some Megayachts. Choosing a favorite private yacht charter Caribbean company, or choosing a certain yacht is a difficult choice, but after this article, you should be equipped with plenty of info to make your charter dreams come true.
 
All the charter yachts mentioned here are available, as well as many others. If you have your heart set on one of these and it is not available on your dates, reach out to any of these charter brokers and they will be more than glad to help you find one to accommodate your needs.
 
As far as our final verdict is concerned, it was hard to decide between a sailing yacht, a motor yacht, a luxury yacht, or one of the mega yachts. So many beautiful choices! After much discussion and research though, we finally made our decision. We decided to go big or go home. We chose the 95 meter CUSTOM by Lurssen as our favorite for this private yacht charter Caribbean. There are so many amenities and extras on this yacht, you can hardly list them all. Now, the 95 meter is not cheap, but if you split with friends, it can get much closer to being affordable. After all, it has a capacity of 12; so grab 11 friends and call that broker today.

Of course, we don't want to end our review yet, because choosing a mega yacht may not be the dream you had in mind. So, as a bonus, we are going to tell you what our favorite choice is for a smaller yacht for a family or group. We chose the Cristobal from Ocean Independence. This "little" beauty is perfect for a family or a small group of 8 and has well-appointed comfortable accommodations. It is fast too. So go have fun on a private yacht charter Caribbean for your next vacation. You will be glad you did.

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