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Yes, you can! The “per person” cost of a yachting holiday is usually at or below the cost of a resort holiday, or ocean cruise, without the crowds. For an estimate of your cost, quote your holiday online and find out for yourself how affordable this unique adventure is with The Moorings.
That all depends on you. Your Moorings holiday can be tailored to fit your party and your preferences.
Whatever your needs, The Moorings is sure to have a yacht that is right for you. Choose from a fleet of monohulls and catamarans ranging from 37 to 58 feet, with 2 to 6 cabins. Visit our Yacht page for a complete listing of models.
Depending on your sailing experience, you may already be qualified to skipper a Moorings yacht. Simply fill out our online sailing CV . We will review your experience and tell you what you are currently approved to charter. You’ll also have the option of using our complimentary Friendly Skipper program. This service provides an experienced skipper who will accompany you for the first afternoon to familiarise you with the operation of your yacht (not available in the USVI).
If you do not have the experience required to sail the yacht yourself, or if you would just like to sit back and relax and let someone else do all the work, then you can hire a Skipper for your Bareboat Charter. With years of sailing experience and a wealth of local knowledge, our Skippers will be the ideal guide to your bareboat charter vacation. Learn more about hiring a skipper. You can also take a class with Offshore Sailing School, the Official Sailing School partner for The Moorings, to get qualified. Learn more about available Sail and Power courses.
You must be 18 years or older to charter with The Moorings. There must always be at least 2 over 18s onboard whether that is a skipper and yourself, or you and a family member / friend.
Absolutely! The Moorings offers a fantastic family holiday experience with amenities on board to accommodate all ages.
On our Crewed Yacht Charters, the crew will provide guidance in using the snorkelling gear, kayaks and other water toys and are experienced in serving families with children. The chef will design a menu to accommodate the preferences of both children and adults. Our By-the-Cabin Crewed yacht packages do have certain age restrictions and are not recommended for families with young children. Please speak to one of our Holiday Planning Specialists for details.
No, only service animals with proper paperwork are allowed for an additional fee. Please call your holiday planner for more information.
The quality of service should dictate the gratuity. As a guideline, we suggest an average of 15-20% of the total charter cost for Crewed Yacht Charters, and 15-20% of the daily Skipper fee for Skippered Bareboat Sailing or Power Yacht Charters.
The keynote is simplicity. Casual and breezy beach attire is certainly the order of the day on deck, though for evenings ashore, slacks or a sundress are appropriate. Rubber-soled shoes, as opposed to hard soles, are recommended aboard our yachts, so wear boat shoes or tennis shoes. You may find aquatic shoes convenient for beachcombing. Above all, protection from the sun is vital – lots of suntan lotion, wide-brimmed hats or sailing caps, and loose-fitting cotton cover-ups. For cool or windy evenings, a windbreaker comes in handy.
How to Book
You can arrange your charter online or by phone. While online, simply choose your destination, dates, yacht and book safely right here on Moorings.co.uk 24 hours a day. If you would prefer to request a reservation by telephone, call one of our Holiday Planning Specialists. They are standing by to assist you in planning the perfect yachting holiday. Hours of operation: Mon – Fri 8am – 8pm EST.
The Moorings preferred form of payment is Debit Card or Bank Transfer. Most major credit cards are accepted.
All destinations require a passport for entry unless of course you are a US citizen traveling within the US. For detailed entry requirements, call your Holiday Planning Specialist, visit the “Travel Notes” tab on the destination page you are interested in or check with the consulate or embassy of the nation you wish to visit.
Yes, our experienced holiday planners are very familiar with everything required to get you to your destination quickly and on time. The Moorings can assist in booking all of your travel arrangements, including air travel, hotel accommodations, taxi and ferry transfers, car rentals and land tours at the lowest fares available.
Due to our high volume of air travel, we have negotiated lower rates than those typically offered to the public.
Exclusive Plus – Exclusive Plus class yachts are up to 1 year old, and feature the latest innovations and complimentary WI-FI in British Virgin Islands, Thailand, Seychelles, and all Mediterranean locations (excluding Italy).
Exclusive – Exclusive class yachts have been in our fleet approximately 1 to 3 years and feature many of the same amenities as our Exclusive Plus yachts as well as complimentary WI-FI in British Virgin Islands, Thailand, Seychelles, and all Mediterranean locations (excluding Italy).
Club – Club class yachts have some of the Exclusive class amenities, and are generally 3+ years of age (up to 10 years in the Exotics and Mediterranean) .
Yes! Perfect for couples or singles, you can enjoy the experience of a Luxury Crewed Charter for the price of a single cabin.
The Moorings carries the most up-to-date equipment and all the extras a sailor or powerboater could ask for, including GPS satellite navigation systems, autopilots, The Moorings SailMate mainsail stacking system and CD players with cockpit speakers. Some even have generators and air conditioning. The below deck areas are modified from standard factory production models to give you more room, comfort, and luxury. Our newest models include flat screen TV’s and DVD players.
The Moorings is proud to announce that Free Wi-Fi is now included on all Exclusive and Exclusive Plus models, and all-inclusive Crewed Yachts in select destinations worldwide*, including the British Virgin Islands, Thailand, the Seychelles, and all Mediterranean locations (excluding Italy). Wi-Fi is also available for rent on our Club model yachts in participating destinations.*Internet connectivity and speed may vary within cruising grounds.
Located in the Travel Notes tab of every destination, you will find all of the information that you need to know when planning your trip to your booked destination.
Look under the section Arrival & Departure to find important information including arriving airport, servicing airlines, customs & immigration, airport transfers, taxis, ferries, etc… Or call one of our Holiday Planners who can help with your travel arrangements!
All destinations require a passport for entry. For detailed entry requirements, call your Holiday Planning Specialist, visit the “Travel Notes” tab on the destination page you are interested in or check with the consulate or embassy of the nation you wish to visit.
You will board the yacht at one of The Moorings’ marinas (or one of our partner marinas) in the yachting location you have chosen. Our Holiday Planning Specialists will be happy to assist with your transportation to and from the Marina.
You can board your yacht following your charter briefing and boat orientation. (Charter briefing and boat orientation times are listed in the Travel Notes section of your destination and can vary by each base.) For most locations, you can board your yacht at 12pm noon on the day the charter starts. Charters in the Bahamas & Tahiti board at 10am. Charters in the Mediterranean board at 3pm. Sail charters end at 11am on the day the charter ends (10am in Bahamas & Tahiti) and Power charters in the Caribbean end at 10am. If you are chartering in the Mediterranean, see the Travel Notes section for disembarkation times. You can also make arrangements for a sleep aboard with your Holiday Planning Specialist if your flight is arriving late in the day. Be sure to check out the Travel Notes section to learn embarkation/disembarkation details for your destination.
Yes, The Moorings is well known for the preparation we provide our guests. Prior to your charter departure, you will be given a complete chart briefing covering the local cruising grounds and we will answer any questions you may have about navigation, anchorages, prevailing conditions, clearing customs or any part of your desired itinerary. Then, you will be given complete boat orientation aboard the yacht you will be sailing, covering all the operating systems, including rigging, electrical system, water system, windlass, stove, head, dinghy, outboard, and emergency systems. Charter briefing and boat orientation times are listed in the Travel Notes section of your destination and can vary by each base.
Yes, depending on your destination you can expect to pay nightly mooring or docking fees. Docking fees average between $3-4 a foot in the Caribbean but can be much higher in the Mediterranean. Moorings can also vary greatly. They usually average about $35 a night in the Caribbean but can get upwards of $60 depending on the location. We offer some information in our Travel Notes tab section of each destination, but it is best to reference your cruising guide prior to and during your charter to learn the costs in your cruising area.
This depends on your cell phone carrier and your destination. To avoid disappointment, we recommend making arrangements with your cellular provider prior to your trip to activate an international calling plan that will allow you to use your phone in international waters without roaming charges. However, if you venture too far from land, you subsequently venture out of cell tower range. All of our yachts have a VHF (ship-to-shore) radio aboard for constant ship to shore communication.
All yachts are equipped with a VHF (ship-to-shore) radio so the base marina can reach you at any time during your charter. Make sure to leave all base contact information with someone at home so that they can easily reach you through our base marina in the event of an emergency.
Yes. We can assure you that delays or cancellations due to severe tropical disturbances are very rare. However, we do have a policy in place. Please contact one of our Holiday Planning Specialists for details. Although we do have this policy, we still advise all of our charterers to take advantage of the Redpoint Harbor Plan travel insurance (if applicable) when booking your holiday to ensure that any unforeseen circumstances that result in trip delays or cancellations, weather-related or not, are handled appropriately according to the conditions in the Redpoint policy.
Activities, Options and Extras
Bareboat & Power Yacht Holidays: On each Destination page, we provide sample itineraries that highlight the best locations for anchorages, coves, cays, harbours & marinas in that area. You can also obtain a cruising guide before you go to learn more about what your grounds have to offer and upon arrival talk with the base teams within your destination to finalize your sailing/cruising plans.
Crewed Yacht Holidays: This is the beauty of the private crewed yacht experience. When you board your yacht, the captain will sit down with you and develop an itinerary based on your desires – or you can leave it all up to your experienced captain. Weather permitting; the itinerary can be changed at any time if you wish to spend more or less time in any area. This is truly a private yacht at your command.
Depending on your yacht and destination, there are different activities and sports that are available to do. Fins for snorkelling are provided on every yacht however you will need to bring your own mask and snorkel. You can also reserve Stand-Up Paddle Boards, 1 & 2 person kayaks and various fishing gear. To find the most updated information on the Activities & Sports in your destination, visit the Water Sports Options page. You can book all of your activities and sports in advance when booking online or by calling one of our Holiday Planners.
Yes. Guests may purchase gift certificates by speaking with a Holiday Planner. Gift certificates are valid for five years from the date of purchase.
Gift certificates may be applied to charter payments , optional extras and more. Guests and their friends and family may redeem their gift certificates by presenting the certificate via email to a Holiday Planner and providing their booking number. Gift certificates cannot be redeemed onboard the yacht or at the base.
Yes, our provisioning services are very customisable. Visit our Online Provisioning page for more information. You will be able to create your full grocery list of everything that you will need for the length of your charter. If you would like to request items that are not online OR if you have special dietary restrictions, please call your Holiday Planning Specialist and we will try our best to assist you in your needs.
Crewed Yacht Charters: You will be supplied with preference sheets to complete prior to your charter. Meals will be planned according to your selections. Your chef can also accommodate special dietary needs (salt-free, low fat, gluten-free, etc…) and will be in personal contact with you prior to your holiday to make those arrangements. An ample supply of the beverages you request will also be stocked.
Night sailing is not permitted at any of our bases. Please ensure you are safely moored at least 1 hour ahead of sunset.
We are unable to organise diving for our customers. We recommend contacting a third party to organise all diving and required equipment
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