Like many industries related to tourism and leisure, the Mediterranean yacht charter business has been heavily affected by the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. While a few lucky people were able to escape to seas for an isolation charter, most yacht charters so far have been either cancelled or postponed. For the past several weeks and in view of the high level of uncertainty, we have had to discourage our clients from considering immediate yacht charter bookings because the right thing to do was to stay home and to comply as strictly as possible with the measures taken by the various governments around the world. The effects of these measures are slowly beginning to have an impact and some countries are in the process of easing their restrictions for the first time. It is still far too early to know when the season will finally kick off in the Mediterranean, but we can look forward to better days and we thought we should answer some of the most frequently asked questions about a Mediterranean yacht charter and coronavirus (Covid-19).
Is a yacht a safe place to spend my summer vacation?
The industry is taking protective measures very seriously and boat owners as well as crew members are currently being briefed about health and safety protocols in order to keep everyone safe onboard. In particular, we can expect crew members to be checked for temperature and regular deep cleaning with sanitizing agent to be carried out on board.
What is the cancellation policy if I decide to charter a yacht for this summer?
Which destination should I choose for my yacht charter?
For our American clients, who usually spend their summer in the Mediterranean but would prefer to avoid long distance travel this year, we can advise them on yacht options in the Caribbean or the Bahamas.
The way forward…
Boats have been stranded in ports or shipyards for many weeks and Captains and crew members are looking forward to setting sail again. While our team is ready for a resumption of activity with an expected increase in the number of charters for the latter half of the summer, the situation will ultimately depend on travel regulations and the opening of borders.
For further information and guidance regarding chartering a yacht in the Mediterranean during the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, please contact our team by email using firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +33 787 482 650.