Useful charter tips for the summer season
As the summer season is fast approaching now is the time to plan your charter. And to help you get started, Camper & Nicholsons International experts share their top tips for cruising.
Nothing speaks more in volume than personal recommendations and with the arrival of spring inspiration is rife to plan your summer getaway. All along the sparkling coastlines of West and Eastern Mediterranean, Camper & Nicholsons International yachts for charter take centre stage.
The best deals
If you are more inclined to spending time away from the peak rush then why not look into an out of season charter. Charter broker Sussie Kidd suggests stepping aboard in June: "For the most part of the month low season rates apply, but the colours of the Mediterranean are bright and vibrant, the water has warmed up and the crowds have not yet arrived." Other subtle advantages of a June charter are the friendliness of the people ashore ahead of the busy season. Sussie continues: "The markets are abound with the delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables such as the famed open market at the cours Massena in the old town in Antibes." Why not consider chartering the 37m (121'4) The Snapper or the 43m (139'9) Hana in Western Mediterranean.
As the peak season subsides and September and October come into play, the East Mediterranean takes centre stage on the cruising map. Here the season is extended just that little bit longer and the cruising grounds of Greece and Turkey can be enjoyed until late October in most areas. Charter broker Diana Brody recommends the East Mediterranean once the crowds have left and the coast is clear: "Don't forget to include September and even October in Greece or Turkey – the waters are still warm, the weather beautiful and the crowds have diminished." The weather still offers a great sun that allows for that lovely, relishing warmth rather than the more intense sun of the height of summer and makes a superb alternative getaway.
Where to be seen
Charter broker Pierre Hurel believes that Monaco's new yacht club will be at the centre of the social scene this coming summer; "One of the most hotly anticipated venues in the Mediterranean is the new Monaco Yacht Club set to launch this summer." Offering guests an even more memorable experience ashore, the grand opening and range of social activities that the Yacht Club de Monaco is renowned for will begin with the launch of the club at the traditional summer cocktail for YCM members in June 2014. Located directly in front of the Yacht Club de Monaco’s new building on Quai Louis II, the YCM Marina is an ideal port of call for Yacht Club de Monaco members and visiting yachts, with its 26 berths for superyachts from 25m (82') to 60m (196'1).
The perfect yacht for guests to soak up the hedonistic summer days on the Riviera, which also offers pampering and spa services, is 63.4m (208') Polar Star.
Need for speed and island hopping
If indulging in more than one place is your thing, then the first destination that springs to mind to spend an island hopping charter holiday is the Cyclades in Greece. Made up of 39 islands in the Aegean Sea, the combination of steady winds, dramatic landscapes and natural harbours makes these Greek islands a perfect destination on 36.45m (119'9) Whispering Angel. Ideally situated for island hopping, these islands are blessed with an astonishing wealth of historical sites and legacies left by countless successive civilisations over the course of five millennia. Rocky, arid landscapes promise breathtaking views with stunning white buildings offset by bright-blue church domes perched above aquamarine waters.
Nevertheless, there are many other gems in the Mediterranean worthy of consideration such as Corsica, Sardinia, the Aeolian Islands or Sicily. Charter Marketing Manager, Céline Laffin recommends making the most of all the marvels to be explore; "If time is of essence then a charter on one of the faster yachts in the C&NI charter fleet is a must. Recommended sportsers include the 45.7m (150'9) Vantage, with her van Dutch chase tender, or the 31m (100') Friday and RG 512, both capable of speeds of up to 30 knots."
Charter Marketing Manager, Alex Garro proposes the Balearic Islands of Menorca, Mallorca and Ibiza for a summer charter. "The Spanish islands include some of the most exciting cities, spectacular beaches, freshest seafood and richest cultures in the world. A charter holiday there is vibrant, flamboyant, peaceful and idyllic in equal measure." With the extension of the Spanish Matriculation Tax for charter yachts in place, chartering in Spain with Camper & Nicholsons International is a breeze. Available yachts for the summer season include the sought-after43m (141') CD Two, the 36.6m (120') Elena Nueve and the 40m (131') sailing yacht Philanderer.
Off the beaten track
Extremely sought-after and still maintaining a reputation as one of the last unspoilt Mediterranean destinations, Montenegro's rugged mountainous peaks, deep canyons, old winding towns, dramatic fjords and crystal clear waters draw in the glamorous elite. With a strong reputation for exceptional service provided by an experienced and enthusiastic crew who hold a wealth of knowledge in hospitality and watersports, the 45m (147'7) Atlantic Goose and 50m (163'8) JO are the perfect yachts for cruising Montenegro north to Croatia. Also renowned for creating memorable journeys around the Eastern Mediterranean is the 36.02m (118'2) Metsuyan IV. For further information on cruising through Montenegro and Croatia, keep an eye out for the SpringSummer issue of SEA+I, which will have a special focus on these spectacular cruising grounds.
For more information on the destinations or charter yachts featured, please contact your nearest charter broker.