The cuisine on a superyacht is one of the greatest parts of a charter, and one of the few times in life you will have a professionally trained chef cooking everything your palate desires. Long leisurely meals on the deck gazing across the water and surrounded by family and friends is one of the greatest joys there is on a superyacht, and the crew will endeavour to make it one of the most memorable and enjoyable. From the impeccable silver service to the exquisite meals made with the freshest produce, you can be certain that the taste will linger long after the charter ends. Here we take a look at exactly what it takes to create one of the world’s most high-end dining experiences.
At this point in 2020 we’re all acutely aware of the fact that New Year’s Eve won’t be quite the same as it usually is. Cities across the world have announced the cancellation of their traditional firework displays, and parties, whether at home or out on the town, are unlikely to go ahead in most countries. Yet amid the doom and gloom, there is some great news…superyachts are gearing up for the most creative, lavish and fun-filled New Year’s charters ever. After a year that many of us would rather forget, what could be better than seeing in 2021 with your closest friends or family aboard a superyacht whose sole mission is to make New Year’s Eve utterly unforgettable?
The Caribbean and Mediterranean have been yachting havens for decades, and rightly so. With their sun-drenched beaches, their culture-filled towns and villages, and their glorious cruising grounds it is no wonder yachts are lured to their hallowed shores. Yet a growing demand for new and more exotic yacht charter destinations is driving a whole new side to the superyacht industry. Remote Pacific atolls, Alaskan fjords, Antarctic icebergs and wildlife-laden jungles are now tantalisingly possible.
The Italian Tax Authority’s new changes to VAT on superyacht charters has been delayed until November 2020, which is good news for yacht charterers. The new changes will mean that yacht charters in Italy will be subject to the country’s 22% VAT (Value Added Tax) rate, and that flat-rate reductions will no long apply. While this was originally set to come into force in June 2020, it will now begin from November 1st 2020. Which means all yacht charter contracts signed up until October 31st 2020 – for charter beginning at any time in the future - will still benefit from the lump sum VAT scheme.
For decades, superyachts were seen as the ultimate indulgence, where opulence, parties and rich cuisine formed the core of the superyacht experience. Yet long before Covid-19 put a halt to lavish parties, superyachts were starting to be seen as the ultimate wellness space. Now more than ever guests aboard luxury yacht charters are finding a safe and immaculately equipped space where they can unwind, eat well, de-stress and exercise. This isn’t enforced social distancing, this is about precious time to focus on your own health and well-being.
As of 16th June 2020, the Italian Tax Authority has imposed new changes to VAT on superyacht charters. The new changes mean that yacht charters in Italy will be subject to the country’s 22% VAT (Value Added Tax) rate, and that flat-rate reductions will no longer apply.
The industry is set for a boom in Caribbean superyacht charters this winter. As the Covid-19 pandemic loosens its grip on major parts of the world, people are looking a few months down the line to where their families can experience a safe, fun and socially distanced luxury holiday. Superyachts by their very nature offer seclusion and an escape from the masses, and with new health and hygiene protocols firmly in place, it is expected that Caribbean charters will be highly sought after. The Caribbean has long been one of the world’s top superyacht cruising grounds, but in the wake of COVID-19 it is proving even more alluring for a winter superyacht charter in 2020, and here’s why: