How Much Does It Cost?
Rates begin at $275 pp/day ($325 pp/day if it’s a 2-person yacht) with the typical cost being around $325-400 pp/day. And of course, the sky is the limit… as our yachts get larger and more luxurious, the rates increase to over $2,000/pp/day.
Can I Sail for Less Than a Week?
A week (7 nights aboard) is an ideal amount of time for savoring the pleasures of a yachting vacation. Our minimum getaway is 3 nights, and of course, you can go for as long as you want… how about a month? (back to top)
What Day of the Week Does the Vacation Begin?
You can begin and end on any day of the week. Charters typically begin and end at noon. (back to top)
How Early Do I Have to Book?
The sooner, the better. The yachts with proven track records get booked first so if you want your first choice, book it as soon as you can. Christmas, New Year’s and Spring Break weeks often book up a year in advance. Most people book about 6 to 8 months in advance. But if you’re one of those “wait until the snow falls” folks, give us a call for last minute availability. (back to top)
What Happens If I Have to Cancel?
If we can re-book the yacht, all of the funds you’ve paid are happily returned. If it is not rebooked, all funds paid are forfeited. Many people choose to buy travel insurance just in case an unexpected event disrupts their travel plans. (back to top)
Can the Chefs Handle Special Diets?
Absolutely yes! The chef tailors the menu to your personal preferences and requests. They are experienced in working with all types of diets - vegetarian, South Beach, diabetic, vegan, low-fat, gluten-free, etc. Just tell us what you need. (back to top)
Is This a Good Vacation for Kids?
THE BEST… you're sailing in the Magic Kingdom. We brought our own children on a yachting vacation for the first time when they were 4 and 6 years old. Kerri, at age 4, did not even know how to swim, yet with a half hour of the captain's attention, she learned to snorkel and has barely come up for air since! She graduated college as a marine biology major. Our "girls" are now having families of their own, and our family times together on a yacht continue to be a time of bonding, sharing, spirited fun, and adventure.
Our crews will offer special kids menus and activities - Pirates of the Caribbean Day, treasure hunts, fishing derbies, Follow the Leader Sunrise adventures, stargazing, beach barbecues, guided hikes and snorkels, and more. And, if you hav e picky eaters, our chefs can create special kids menus. (back to top)
Are the Rates Lower Any Time of the Year?
Rates are typically 10-15% lower in the Caribbean from May 1st – November 15th. Rates in the Mediterranean are usually lower in May, June, September and October. (back to top)
When Is the Best Weather for Sailing in the Caribbean?
The Caribbean is a year-round destination with temperatures only varying slightly between winter and summer. If your clients are considering a vacation in mid-August through October, we recommend that they sail in the Grenadines as these islands are typically below the tropical storm region. (back to top)
Do I Have to Charter the Entire Yacht or Can I Join a Group?
Our specialty is private yachts, and we have yachts that are ideal for as few as two guests. Ocean Getaways does not offer “join-a-group” yachts. (back to top)
What About Seasickness?
Seasickness is rarely a problem when you choose a destination that matches your seaworthiness. For example, in the Virgin Islands, you’ll be sailing on a large, stable yacht in calm, protected waters. We sail for only a few hours at a time, never out of sight of land, and then we anchor in sheltered bays where the yachts are virtually motionless. But if you are susceptible to motion sickness and truly worried about a greenish tint in the gills, consult your physician or pharmacist about preventive medications. (back to top)
Can I Learn to Sail?
Absolutely! Our captains welcome you to join in and willingly teach you the ropes. Some of our captains are certified sailing instructors and can offer you a very structured course if that’s what you want. (back to top)
How Can I Keep in Touch with Home or the Office While I’m Away?
Most of our yachts are equipped with cellular or satellite phones as well as having Wifi onboard. Your Blackberry or Iphone will roam in most of our locations. Be sure to let us know what you need before you book a yacht. All communications costs are additional to the charter price. (back to top)
I’m a Certified Scuba Diver? Can I Dive From the Yacht?
If you’re an avid diver, you’ll want to request a yacht that offers scuba and has either a divemaster or instructor aboard as well as all of the gear. If you just want to dive once or twice, then we can set up a rendezvous dive boat to pick you up at your yacht and take you diving. This costs about $90 pp/dive. (back to top)
Can I Get Certified in Scuba?
We have a select number of yachts with scuba instructors aboard. Because of the hours of “classroom” time required to become certified, we recommend that you do the coursework at home. You can then complete the diving part of the course during your vacation. (back to top)
Do People Ever Feel Trapped On A Yacht?
Here’s what one of our client’s said, “I was afraid that I would feel claustrophobic on a boat, even trapped. It was exactly the opposite...I have never felt so much space or freedom.” The yachts themselves are spacious and luxurious. Since we’re only sailing for a few hours each day, you have plenty of opportunity to get off the yacht and explore. (back to top)
What If Someone In My Group Is Just Not a Water Person?
We’ve had people aboard who never got wet! What they told us was they appreciated the escape...the opportunity to relax on a luxurious floating resort and see islands that can only be accessed by yachts of this size. They enjoyed the camaraderie, the meals and the never ending pampering. Instead of in the water activities, they went off exploring the islands and shopping. We’ve had non-swimmers learn to swim and snorkel because of the supportive and enthusiastic nature of the crew. (back to top)
How Do We Pack?
Life aboard is very casual so you’ll need less than you think. After you book, we send you a very detailed brochure on the yachting life – hints on what to bring, how to pack, what to expect, etc. (back to top)
Is Smoking Allowed?
Smoking is allowed on the exterior of most yachts. For safety and comfort reasons, smoking is not allowed in the interior of the yachts. (back to top)
Still have a question?
E-mail us or call 239-896-7278