Yacht holidays the modern way: Five of the best new ways to set sail

Yacht holidays are high on the agenda for the modern traveller. There must be more to yachting than OAP cruise ships and millionaires right?!

With travel providers continuously looking for new ways to satisfy the experience-hungry modern traveller, we explore five of the best yacht holidays to uncover the globe by boat. 

Yacht holidays - Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Girl looks out onto Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

YACHT HOLIDAYS – THE YACHT HOP
YACHT HOLIDAYS WITH THE BUCKETLUST

The BucketLust takes the traditional flotilla model, by definition, ‘a group of like-minded sailors’, and gives it a youthful twist. Bringing together a fleet of adventurers, party lovers, trend setters and trail blazers, they explore the globe, afloat, together.

The Bucketlust live by their motto “not all vacations are treated equal”. They recognise that vacations for the modern traveller are more than just a holiday. They’re a way of life, a religion, a passion, an unrelenting desire. As such, they plan their itineraries, adventures and parties with the experiential factor in mind. More than just yacht holidays, you’ll enjoy a week long floating festival. Think parties, sailing and adventure. Whilst you’re at it, you’ll check off fresh and unique destinations on your bucket list.

Join them on their upcoming voyages to the bucketlist destinations of St Martin (St Martin, St Barts and Anguilla) and the Med.

Yacht holidays with The Bucketlust. Photo Credit Roam Travel PR via The Bucketlust
Yachts of The Bucketlust raft up in trademark formation on ‘The Sardinia Route’. Photo Credit Roam Travel PR via The Bucketlust

THE IMMERSIVE CULTURAL VOYAGE
CULTURAL CRUISES WITH PEREGRINE ADVENTURES

Intrepid Travel is renowned for taking explorers off the beaten track to discover the world’s most amazing places. Their sister company, Peregrine Adventures, adopt the same ethos; offering completely immersive yacht holidays at sea. 

Peregrine’s fleet of small ships carry no more than 50 travellers. This enables guests to visit small ports that big ships can’t reach and uncover little-known towns and villages in some of the world’s best travel destinations. As part of their commitment to sustainable tourism, in 2018 Peregrine Adventures banned all single-use plastics on board its Adventure Cruising charter trips; cloth bags and refillable water bottles are provided. An ethos we can certainly get on board with.

One of Peregrine Adventures. Image credit - Peregrine Adventures
Yacht holidays with One of Peregrine Adventure’s shall ship fleet. Image credit – Peregrine Adventures

THE AIRBNB OF THE SEAS
YACHT HOLIDAYS WITH CLICK&BOAT

Dubbed the ‘Airbnb of the seas’, French owned Click&Boat makes chartering a yacht more accessible to those who aren’t millionaires. The innovative peer-to-peer platform connects yacht owners to potential charterers. The concept allows boat owners to hire out their yachts when not in use. As a result it’s often up to 30% cheaper for travellers to hire a boat via Click&Boat than a traditional yacht charter company. Its tech savvy approach attracts a newer, younger audience

Millennial’s make up the largest age demographic of bookings for the company who facilitate ever more off-the-beaten track weekends away. Consequently, adventurous travellers can discover hotspots that are better enjoyed or can only be reached by boat, such as cruising along the Adriatic to discover Croatian islands or Greek island-hopping.

*Relevant qualification for the country in which you charter / the waters in which you cruise required.

Yacht holidays with Click&Boat
Plan your own itinerary with Click&Boat

YACHT HOLIDAYSTHE FRESH APPROACH TO CRUISING
CRUISE WITH U BY UNIWORLD

According to U by Uniworld, “life’s too short to stay in one place” and we couldn’t agree more. They’ve shaken up what it means to cruise bringing immersive, fun, sleek and adventurous travel to a new generation. They currently offer two river based itineraries; one discovering the sights of the Netherlands and Central Europe and the other exploring Paris and the Seine. On board,U by Uniworld provide guests with a wide variety of experiences including mixology classes, yoga, wine tastings, farm-to-table dining and more. Whilst on shore, guests explore their destinations through culturally immersive excursions.

A pioneer in sustainable tourism, U by Uniworld reduce waste by doing away with traditional paper itineraries using WhatsApp, email and an app for internal communication with their tech-savvy guests.

Cruising with U by Uniworld. Image credit - U by Uniworld
The aft deck of a U by Uniworld boat cruising the canals of Europe. Image credit – U by Uniworld

THE LIFE CHOICE – WORK ONBOARD A SUPERYACHT
TRAIN WITH UKSA

You yearn to travel, to meet people from all over the world and you enjoy life on the ocean wave. If you’re looking for a long term way to live and work abroad, why not work on a yacht? Working on board a superyacht affords you the opportunity to visit many a destination on your wishlist. Not only that, you’ll do it in style and with a stable income. Renowned as a ‘work hard, play hard’ industry, if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you love the ocean and you don’t get sea sick, this might just be the route for you. Learn more about it via UKSA who offer professional training for a life at sea.

Superyachts in glamorous Portofino, Italy
Superyachts in glamorous Portofino, Italy
Contemporary Class Editor, Bethany Silcox, in superyacht uniform, Port Hercules, Monaco.
Contemporary Class Editor, Bethany Silcox, in superyacht uniform, Port Hercules, Monaco.

– By Bethany Silcox

Having been comfortable running around the deck of a yacht since the age of three, and with a career stint on superyachts under my belt, I find I am asked a lot of questions about life at sea. From how to work on yachts to how to buy a yacht and everything in between. These are my recommendations for the modern traveller in search of ocean adventures“. Bethany Silcox – Co-founder & Editor of Contemporary Class Magazine and ex superyacht crew member based in Europe, the Middle-East and Asia.

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