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Travel Like A Yachtie: 5 Awesome Destination Recommendations From Yacht Crew

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Superyacht charters are crewed by teams of highly trained yet fun-loving ‘yachties’ who do the hard work of making VIP dream vacations a reality. It takes skill, commitment, and an adventurous spirit to provide 5-star service 24-hours a day while living year-round in shared cabins in the bow of a ship. That’s why yachties are carefully selected for being highly personable, discreet, and professional.

Being a yachtie definitely has its perks. Not the least of which is travelling the world by sea and visiting amazing places. So who better to recommend your next vacation destination?

phinisi sailing yacht at sunset
Dunia Baru at sunset

We’ve asked crew members to share their favourite corners of the globe with us. Here’s what they said:

“After working so long in this industry, I would have to say Paxos is my favourite destination. Paxos is a very beautiful Greek island with crystal clear waters, nice beaches, traditional villages and a lovely small town which gives you the opportunity to walk, enjoy the view and explore the tradition of the Ionian Sea.” – Captain Nikos Tsoukalas

“I would say my favourite cruising destination would have to be Croatia. Island hopping every other day, being able to tie up to trees close to the shore and the amazing picturesque old towns make for a really great summer destination!” – Deckhand Devon Hunt

“It would be a very hard decision between Norway and the Maldives! I’m an avid diver [and] the diving is second to none in the Maldives. And well, Norway is just Norway! Absolutely fantastic.” – Chief Officer Jenny Matthews

“THE AMAZON! The world’s largest tropical rainforest and South America’s most beautiful landscapes. Before leaving Venezuela to join the yachting industry, I went backpacking for eight days to ‘La Gran Sabana’ 8km from the Brazilian border. This National Park has the most amazing and breathtaking views I’ve ever seen in my life. If you ever go, you must visit the following: Angel Falls (the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall) and Mount Roraima!” – Stewardess Sam Mujica

“I think that my favourite destination is Zakynthos because it is a beautiful island with excellent, clean beaches, very beautiful sights such as Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach, the Blue and Keri caves, and Turtle Island. Also, Zakynthos has a traditional and very lovely town where you can explore and learn the traditions of the island.” – Chef Fotini Pilarinou.

aerial shot of Shipwreck beach in Zakynthos, Greece
Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos

Wherever your wanderlust ultimately takes you, a yachting holiday should be at the top of your travel itinerary. That’s because yachties elevate your vacation to an escape into a carefree paradise.

Whether it’s the trays of iced teas and cocktails that appear as if out of nowhere, or the fresh-baked cakes and cucumber sandwiches at afternoon tea, or the newspaper laid out for you at the breakfast table, yachties go above and beyond to take care of every detail so all you have to do is sit back and relax.

For more vacation ideas visit our destinations page.

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