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THE RISING DEMAND FOR CHARTERS IN 2024
Why the surge in popularity? The answer lies partly in the world's return to normalcy post-pandemic. Clients are eager to reclaim their leisure time in style and yacht charters are the ultimate expression of this. Privacy, luxury, and adventure are abundant on a luxury yacht, and discerning travellers know this only too well.
Our data points to a clear trend: availability for summer 2024 is already tightening in charter hotspots like the Amalfi Coast and French Riviera. It has been a common trend for us to see a surge in bookings shortly after the new year but we are currently seeing a shift.
Early booking has transitioned from a recommendation to a necessity for those seeking flexibility in their booking, and a choice of the most exclusive yachts to choose from.
The most sought-after vessels on the charter market are already receiving bookings for 2024 with some enquiries even extending into 2025, underscoring our recommendation for prospective charterers to act swiftly.
Moreover, the yachting landscape is evolving. New destinations are emerging on the luxury travel circuit, offering fresh and exhilarating experiences. From the unspoiled shores of Southeast Asia to the icy wonders of Antarctica, these exotic locales are rapidly gaining popularity.
Yet, the choice of yachts in these regions is still relatively limited, creating an exclusive niche. This unique combination is leading to such destinations being swiftly reserved by those eager to embark on these rare and exceptional voyages.
PREPARATION IS KEY
An early booking for your summer charter offers the luxury of time, allowing you to thoughtfully choose your yacht, destinations, and activities without the stress of last-minute decisions.
At Ocean Independence, our global presence is marked by experts in 14 offices worldwide, combining an extensive knowledge of the global charter market and a local knowledge of the world's most exclusive destinations.
Our in-house expertise, coupled with a vast network of seasoned Captains and industry professionals, empowers us to plan your charter to the finest of details while navigating any potential challenges.
From balmy private islands and beach clubs only accessible by boat, to choosing your perfect menu and wine list on board, collaborating closely with your Charter Broker will ensure you experience the satisfaction of arranging premier activities, venues, and experiences well in advance.
FINDING THE RIGHT YACHT FOR YOU
Choosing the perfect yacht for your charter is essential; it's about matching your unique needs and desires with a vessel that feels like it was made just for you. It's a balance of practical considerations and personal taste.
WHAT MATTERS TO YOU?
Think about what's important for your experience. Do you prefer motor or sailing yachts? Are there enough fun watertoys on board? Is the yacht in your dream destination? Can it comfortably fit your guests? Are you planning on bringing children? These aren't just details; they are the keys to unlocking your perfect yachting experience and the more detail you provide to your Charter Broker, the better refined your selection of yachts will be.
DESIGNS THAT CONNECT YOU TO THE SEA
The most popular yachts are those that bring the ocean to you whilst delivering unadulterated luxury every second you are on board. We're talking about wellness facilities, world-class crews, floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views, expansive decks that play host to decadent alfresco living, and social spaces designed for both parties and peace. The right yacht doesn't just ‘float your boat’, it goes beyond basic expectations, indulges your desires, and provides a true connection to the sea.
All exceptional charter yachts have a few things in common: inviting interiors, spaces filled with natural light, and unique touches that make them stand out.
Whether it’s the sheer opulence and endless amenities of an 86m mega yacht like MAN OF STEEL, the timeless charm of a classic like MARALA, or a sleek and contemporary superyacht like LEL, each yacht will offer a truly unique experience.
BEYOND THE YACHT
At Ocean Independence, we understand that luxury is not just about the opulence of your surroundings, but the richness of your experiences. Each yacht charter we curate is unique, tailored to individual tastes, preferences, and desires. Our commitment is to transform your vision into a bespoke yachting adventure.
CURATING YOUR ITINERARY
Designing your itinerary with us begins with a conversation. Our Team of seasoned charter experts listens intently to your aspirations – be it a Greek odyssey, two weeks of chic sophistication and rustic charm on the Amalfi Coast, or a serene expedition through the fjords of Norway. We plan every last detail, from the daily activities to your wine choices on board, your itinerary will be totally unique.
Our expertise extends beyond traditional charter routes. Imagine diving into gin-clear waters off an uninhabited Caribbean island, and exploring vibrant coral reefs under the guidance of a professional marine biologist. Picture a private beach barbecue, with a world-class chef preparing a feast under the stars. Or envisage a sunset helicopter tour over the majestic landscapes of New Zealand, landing on your yacht just in time for a gourmet dinner prepared by your personal chef. These are not just fantasies; they are the kind of exclusive experiences we craft.
While previous years have seen bookings remain steady before the new year and pick up in January, the trajectory for yacht charters in 2024 is one of earlier bookings in November-December 2023, with Clients securing their preferred yachts. At Ocean Independence, we stand at the forefront of this evolving market, and are ready to guide you to your next extraordinary adventure.