Chartering for Business Jul 27, 2017 @ 09:58

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 All you Need to Know About Luxury Yacht Chartering

Scottish writer Kenneth Grahame famously wrote “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

When it comes to business, there’s nothing half so much worth doing than chartering a yacht.  Whether your goal is to impress potential customers or reward staff, chartering a yacht for business purposes makes a statement unlike any other.  Chartering is ideally suited for high end corporate use – offering exclusivity, privacy and security along with 5-star cuisine and service.

But chartering a luxury mega yacht for your company can be a daunting task.  The best approach is to hire the services of a professional broker – someone to do the work for you.  But there are numerous choices, and many details, to consider when picking a charter company.  Here’s a start:

KNOWLEDGE OF THE INDUSTRY:  Does the charter consultant you’re considering have strong and intimate knowledge of the business, the yachts, and the destinations?  Are they listening to you and convey a genuine understanding of what you are looking to achieve?  Listen to your gut feelings on the relationship.  It’s got to feel right from the start.

EXPERIENCE:  A charter company that has strength in years will be your most knowledgeable and reliable choice for a successful sailing experience.  A time proven organization will know the current trends of the industry.  They will have strong relationships with the yachts, the captains, the crews, and chefs.  They will be able to find you published and unpublished specials and discounts and pass those savings onto you.  While some charter companies only charter from their own fleets, the best will offer hundreds of other vessels available for your consideration.

PRIVACY:  This may be one of the most valuable amenities of luxury yacht chartering – and something not possible with most land based travel.  Your yacht is the ultimate combination of pampered luxury and adventure.  It is the perfect opportunity to relax, spend time and pamper yourself and others, team build, and create memories with the people around you while you connect to the ocean and natural environment that surrounds us.  The options are limitless, so make sure your wishes are met.  Your charter company should also work closely with you to make sure that all accessibility and security needs are addressed in detail throughout the experience.

CLIENT SERVICE:  Make sure your charter company is committed to you and your business or vacation investment all throughout the experience – and especially after the ship has left the dock.  Should you need support for any number of reasons, your charter consultant should be available to you 24/7 to help resolve a situation.

REPUTATION:  One of the most important factors is to be sure that there is a high standard of ethical business and financial transparency.  Look for unsatisfactory reviews and possible legal action regarding the company.  Check the charter company’s standing with international yachting ethics organizations including the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA), Charter Yacht Brokers Association International (CYBA), and International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA). Research their business standing with the Better Business Bureau.

YOUR ROLE:  Now that we’ve looked at what to consider when choosing a yacht charter company, here’s things you can do on your end to ensure that the best experience is had by all:

  • Give as much information as possible about your charter needs and desires to the broker. This helps them to find you the best possible yacht for your trip.
  • When considering destinations, flexibility often makes for the best trip.  Charter clients often have a set idea of location and/or itinerary that may not work with best with the dates (or season) available to travel.
  • Make lists of all the special needs of everyone traveling – especially dietary, accessibility, and medical concerns.  You do not want to find out about someone’s allergy at sea!
  • When choosing the yacht and crew, be sure to ask for – and review – any prior charter reviews of the yacht and/or crew.  The captain and chef and chief steward should have a good charter history – either together or separately.
  • Be aware that there are many yachts options for charter.  The more details about what appeals to you, as well as details about your budget – will help in narrowing down all of options and finding the perfect match.

If you have a strong working relationship with your yacht charter consultant, and your needs, preferences, food choices, and activities are attended to throughout your trip – the dreams and experience you are hoping to create will be achieved.  Bon Voyage!

Executive Secretary is excited to assist Seven Seas Luxury Yacht Charters in unveiling their unrivalled support for Assistants booking on behalf of companies and employers.  Seven Seas Yacht Charters is eager to see what your requirements may be, and ensure you receive exemplary service, therefore have launched a survey in conjunction with Executive Secretary.

As a ‘thank you’, for taking your time to send your responses, Seven Seas will enter you into a prize draw to win a $500 Visa Gift Card!

*This post is sponsored content from Seven Seas Yacht Charters

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Lucy Brazier

Lucy Brazier is the founder of the leading global publication for Administrative Professionals - Executive Secretary Magazine - as well as its spin-off international conferences for top-level Assistants - Executive Secretary LIVE - now running annually in London, Johannesburg, Australasia and the USA. Lucy campaigns worldwide to change the perception of the Assistant role within companies and to promote the career progression for Administrative Professionals that they deserve. As a Publisher, Speaker, and Chairperson, Lucy has transformed the way that thousands of Assistants think about themselves all over the world. Lucy has huge experience in chairing and facilitating conferences & networking events and also speaks and trains on many topics relating to Assistants and their role. Lucy has spoken at over 500 events in over 40 countries. For full list of speaking topics or for further enquiries please contact Matthew Want at [email protected] or visit http://executivesecretary.com/lucy-brazier/

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