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Charter your own cruise


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on a cruise with only your friends and family? Wait what…. you can do that? Sure can, and it’s not as difficult or as expensive as you might imagine it to be. Read on for answers to cruise charter questions people often ask us.


Chartering your own cruise is not as difficult or as expensive as you might imagine it to be.


What kind of cruise options are there?

There are three main kinds of charters.

  1. A crewed charter that is captained with a crew.

  2. A bareboat charter that you have to crew yourself. These are normally catamarans or yachts.

  3. Lastly, there are dive boat charters which are always crewed.


Why would anyone want to charter their own cruise? The pro’s…..

There are some big advantages to arranging your own cruise.


  • You get to be onboard with a group of friends, family or associates that you know. You get to control the size of the cruise vessel, the number of people on board and you get to customize the itinerary. Feel free to eliminate or add an island adventure as you please.

  • With covid being a travel issue, being able to be on a smaller ship with fewer people reduces your risk. There won’t be unknown people boarding the vessel at different port locations and you can ensure all friends and family are aligned with your Covid management expectations. For example, everyone has to be vaccinated.

  • There can be financial benefits for the cruise organizer. We often negotiate reduced pricing or a free voyage for the organizer when we’re booking private charters for our clients.

What are the issues associated with chartering your own cruise? The con’s….

The organizer of the cruise charter is committed to selling out the entire cruise in order for the trip to be confirmed. There is often a quick turn around between booking the charter and receipt of the deposit. This requires a good level of organization and the ability to get all friends and family to commit to a deposit.

  • There is the risk that the organizer does not sell enough cabins in the required timeframe.

Where can you go on a private cruise?

Anywhere there is water, you’ll be able to find a private cruise. Population locations for cruise charters are Croatia, Greek Islands, Caribbean and the South Pacific.


What would I need to do to book a private cruise?

  • First, gather a group of friends, family or associates keen to take a cruise together.

  • Second, decide on destination/s.

  • Third, call Mandy to plan.

How many people do you need to charter a private cruise?

It depends on the boat you are chartering. For example, a 40ft vessel with 4 cabins only requires 8 people. You can charter vessels that have from 2 to 40 cabins, up to hundreds on the much larger ships.


How much is it going to cost? Don’t you have to be rich to charter a cruise?

The cost of the charter is split amongst the cruise group. Often cruising on a private charter can be cheaper than if you booked the same cabin on the same boat with other people.


A private charter is often cheaper than the same cabin on the same trip with other people.

How hard is it to book a private cruise?

Easy, call Mandy. This is what she does all day, every day. She is very experienced in knowing the where, why and how of the cruise industry. She works with the clients to meet budget expectations, cabin requirements, itinerary development and book any transportation requirements for pre and post cruise.


Private charters offer a fun and relaxing travel opportunity.

Private cruise charters are a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the company of people that you want to spend time with in your chosen location. We hope that you now have a better idea of how to go about booking a private charter. It isn’t out of your reach, and it’s not only for the rich and famous. Mandy is always available for discussing travel opportunities for you and your family. If you would like more information, please give her call.