Crewed Charter Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a crewed charter and a bareboat charter?
A crewed charter is a vacation which includes a Captain and Hostess/First Mate. Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, and drinks are prepared and served for you and can be customized to your requirements. A bareboat charter is a boat you “rent” on which you sail, provision, cook and Captain yourself.
What city or island do I fly to?
We can assist with finding the best rates with the least amount of stops once we know where you are flying in from. You can either fly into St Thomas (code STT) or Beef Island Tortola (code EIS). If you fly into St Thomas you will have to catch a ferry to Tortola but it is usually cheaper and sometimes requires a hotel stay.
How do I get to the yacht from the airport?
We feel your holiday should begin as soon as you arrive. Our crew will greet you at the airport and arrange on your behalf the fastest, easiest, and least expensive transportation to the yacht.
How do I make crewed charter reservations?
Reservations can be made via phone or email. Our preference is email as we are often out sailing. Once a reservation has been made we will send you a contract to complete. A 50% non refundable deposit is due at booking. The remaining 50% is due 60 days before the trip by check, bank draft or cash.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancel your charter, the deposit is non refundable unless the yacht is rebooked by another party. If we are able to rebook for the same dates, the deposit will be refunded. If you need to change your booking dates a fee may be charged.
Does Utopia have air conditioning?
Utopia does have air conditioning, but it is not required when anchored out in the cooling trade winds. Air conditioning requires us to be dockside and using shore power or the use of a generator or engine to run full time and past guests have told us they do not wish to listen to a noisy generator. Each stateroom is equipped with 2 fans and has plenty of ventilation and air flow.
Do I need a passport?
Yes, as of December 31, 2006, all citizens traveling to the Caribbean must have a valid and current passport.
Vacationing on a boat is a unique and laid back experience. Since most guests wear bathing suits most days, you will not require much.
Here are some suggestions
Duffle bags or soft sided suitcases are preferred.
We prefer no shoes while aboard. Sandals/flip flops for the beach, restaurants and bars.
For dining out, light casual clothes, mostly shorts and button up shirts or sundresses for the ladies. Smart casual is the norm at most fine dining establishments.
Caribbean sun is hot. Bring plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses and hats.
Any medications you require.
Travel size toiletries.
All linens and towels will be provided by your crew.
We have a wide selection of music available but bring an iPod or a few of your favorite CD's if you prefer