Coronavirus: What is a Social Distancing Yacht Charter?

Social distancing yacht charters are expected to become the future of holiday travel amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Yachts are hygienic, self-contained and controlled environments that can offer extremely limited contact with other people. Where could be better for a social distancing vacation?

Experts predict that social distancing measures as a result of COVID-19 will continue until long after travel restrictions are lifted, and the world comes out of the self-isolation lockdown.

In fact, it’s likely that socially disruptive measures will continue to affect travel and vacations until a COVID-19 vaccine is developed and distributed across the globe.  But until then, how will people adjust to social distancing vacations? For the yachting industry, it’s likely COVID-19 will stop causing travel disruptions sooner than other areas of the travel sector such as hotels or cruises. That’s because yachts are sterile and self-contained, and yacht charters are private, exclusive and offer flexible itineraries that allow you to choose where you charter.

In the context of Coronavirus, what factors are impacting yacht charter?

The biggest factor affecting yacht charter are travel restrictions. 

Travel bans, regional restrictions and airline suspensions might stop charter guests from being able to travel to meet their yachts.

As well as aviation, the travel restrictions also affect ports, meaning that many yachts are currently unable to leave marinas or move freely between ports.

When travel restrictions are lifted, we can expect many people turning to private yacht charter in favour of hotels, cruises or other luxury travel options. 

That’s because yacht charters are the ultimate Social Distancing Vacation.

What is a Social Distancing Yacht Charter?

We’ve coined the term ‘Social Distancing Yacht Charter’ to set out how yacht charters will be affected after we come out of quarantine, and what you can expect from a yacht vacation in the era of pre-vaccine Coronavirus.

But what exactly is a Social Distancing Yacht Charter? A Social Distancing Yacht Charter is similar to a normal yacht vacation, but it involves a few key differences. These are put in place for your health, safety and peace of mind while chartering.

1. Preventative health and safety measures on board your yacht

Already, we’re seeing more health and safety measures being introduced to help ensure a safe and hygienic environment on board charter yachts. These include: 

  • Sanitizing the yacht regularly, including a full decontamination of the yacht after charters.
  • Sanitizing provisions on the dock before bringing them on board the yacht
  • Control over who steps on board the yacht
  • Daily temperature checks for crew

In the future, we may see new measures being introduced for yacht crew. These include:

  • COVID-19 diagnostic testing 
    Already, rapid-result Coronavirus diagnostic test kits are becoming available to yacht crew. As they start to become more widely accessible, we can expect more tests to take place to ensure yacht crew are diagnosed with a negative COVID-19 result before charters take place.

2. End-to-end private transport

Once you’ve arrived in your destination, private cars/minibus will be on hand to transport you from the airport to your embarkation point.

Minibus & Van transportation Montenegro

3. More time mooring or at anchor, rather than berthed in port.

Until this becomes more widespread, your charter yacht will probably spend more time at anchor or moored close to shore to avoid busy ports. 

This also means that destinations with lots of coves, bays, and good anchorage spots will be popular for yacht charters. where there’s plenty of little islands and secluded beaches that create great places to spend a night out of a port.

While on your yacht, you will probably be spending less time on shore. This opens up so many possibilities when it comes to enjoying your yacht to the fullest, and taking advantage of the huge range of leisure and entertainment facilities at your disposal.