Yes. You Can Afford a Private Catamaran Yacht Caribbean Vacation.
Frequently, there are opportunities to read yet another article about the latest yacht bought or built by some billionaire like ‘Eclipse’ the 553′, $1.5B yacht owned by Roman Abramovich or ‘Azzam‘ the world’s largest yacht at 590’ that ‘only’ cost $600 million to build.
Sure we can read about them, look at photos, drool and maybe even dream about being rich enough to own one of these extravaganzas. But, really how can successful people, that are far from being the ‘average or typical’ enjoy a luxurious yacht without spending their fortune that they have managed to accumulate through hard work and sacrifice.
By the way, contrary to the general public’s opinion you can’t spot a millionaire by looking for a fancy car, a Rolex watch or an expensive suit. The bulk of American millionaires, of which there are an estimated 3.5 million, drive unremarkable domestic automobiles and cringe at the thought of spending more than $1,000 for a watch.
Sometimes you’ll read about a chartering a yacht instead. I know, we’ve also read about those too and chartering these super mega yachts costing $500,000 or more per week. Still, that is out of most people’s price range.
Many people think they can’t afford one after reading all those articles and decide go on a vacation at an exclusive all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean. I did some research on the Internet to find out what it’d cost to stay 8 days and 7 nights in one of those places.
To be fair, I made sure that the accommodations came with an ocean view that was no more than a 300′ walk to the beach and included 3 meals a day and beverages. I found 3 likely possibilities on three different islands – Virgin Gorda, St. Lucia and Antigua – all of which my wife was willing to go to if I was willing to take her. The costs ranged from $9,500 to $24,000 for the week for a getaway with just you two.
Definitely not inexpensive, perhaps its a splurge for a big anniversary or to give yourself a present after the last child has graduated from college.
All three locations have lovely views as you look out your windows – that never change, a shared beach with 100’s of other people and plentiful buffet breakfasts and lunches that are only available at certain times, and a planned romantic dinner – on Thursdays, at 7:00 pm.
And, its a single location. Hotels don’t move.
What isn’t included are any excursions such as scuba diving, fishing, guided tours, exploring other islands, water skiing or windsurfing or access to off island shopping in case there’s a need for ‘retail therapy’. Oh, you can get most of these for an additional charge.
OK. So how can you take a private yacht vacation that’s all-inclusive, where the views are always changing as you hop from island to island, the food is prepared by your personal chef, where you can explore uninhabited islands and cays, set sail in any direction you choose, create your own itinerary, have unlimited access to scuba diving, snorkeling, secluded palm lined white sandy beaches, tropical drinks all without breaking your bank or spending the kid’s college fund? (It’s tempting though, right?).
Simple. You get together with 7 of your closest friends and charter a 60′ private catamaran sailboat for a week in the British Virgin Islands, for about $3,200 per person.
Now this is an all-inclusive vacation that comes with setting your own itinerary, captain and crew including a personal chef.
There was a time when sailing a catamaran was like camping on the ocean but no more. It’s luxurious, fun, relaxing and you get to go where you want to go, when you want to go, and do the things you want to do when you get ‘there’.
Why a Caribbean catamaran charter?
1. They are luxurious private yachts with separate walk around cabins that have their own bathrooms, entertainment systems including TVs, stereos, DVD players, air conditioning and views out the windows to die for.
2. They are fun. I mean how many times do you want to walk up and down the same beach holding hands. On your charter you can walk on as many beaches as you want. She wants to sunbathe, he wants to scuba dive and you can have both!
3. All-inclusive means all the food and drinks you want, prepared fresh right before your eyes. You choose the foods you want prior to you even leave home for the trip. Do you like lobster, scallops, fresh fish, lamb chops, tropical fruits and drinks, scrumptious desserts and other tasty delights? It will be waiting for you on the ship when you arrive!
4. Go fishing, scuba diving, skiing, water boarding, windsurfing, sunbathing, exploring uninhabited islands, secret coves and bays and secluded beaches.
5. The views are never the same as you have a 360′ look at the beautiful turquoise waters as you sail over open waters from island to island.
Ok, so maybe that’s still more than the average family of 4 can spend on their vacation and is probably more appealing and affordable to the affluent demographic than the ‘ordinary person’. Yet, it is hardly as extravagant as owning a super yacht and could be considered one of those ‘vacations of a lifetime’. My wife Ellen and I, along with our two daughters took an Alaskan cruise that cost almost as much per person. Did I mention the other 3,000 people that tagged along with us?
We are professional yacht charter brokers assisting elite clients for their ultimate dream vacation search and specialize in luxurious yacht charters in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Greece and the Mediterranean. Call 800-478-2029 to book your charter.
Here’s a couple links to catamarans available for Caribbean sailing vacations. You can see for yourself that it’s definitely not going to be any kind of a camping trip!
57’ Catamaran ‘Flow’
76’ Catamaran ‘Akasha’
59’ Catamaran ‘The Best Revenge 5’
In addition to our company being in the business for 18 years, the founders of Barrington Hall Yacht Charters, Andrew & Gaile Buys, were captains in the Caribbean chartering their own catamaran sailboat for over five years. We have extensive knowledge about individual boats including motor yachts, catamaran sailboats and mono-hulls sailing in the Bahamas, BVI, Greece and the Mediterranean and we love what we do! To book your dream catamaran yacht vacation call us to on 800-478-2029 or visit us on the web.