10 Tips for a Fun Yacht Charter Vacation With Kids

10 Tips for a Fun Yacht Charter Vacation With Kids

A yacht charter vacation is a fantastic way to relax and bond with your family. But if you plan to travel with kids, you'll need to do a bit of extra planning to ensure their safety and enjoyment. Using these tips for going on a yacht charter vacation with kids, you can plan a trip that progresses smoothly and is fun for all.

Choose a Kid-Friendly Destination

When it comes to yacht charter destinations, your options are practically endless! If you're not sure where to go, here are a few popular kid-friendly places we recommend.

The US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands is one of the most kid-friendly yacht charter locations around. Go on a Mermaid Swim wearing sparkly tails, meet seals and other sea life at a marine park, go zip-lining through St. Thomas, and much more!

Italy

This boot-shaped Mediterranean country has food, wine, and beautiful scenery that parents will love. But it's also home to numerous museums, theme parks, and beaches where kids can play the day away.

The Caribbean

The Caribbean features numerous islands, some better suited for adults, others better suited for kids. We recommend islands like Jamaica, which has a family-centered culture and lots of personality, and the Cayman Islands, famous for its beaches and turtle farms where kids can interact with the friendly green sea creatures.

Greece

Like Italy, Greece is known for its good food and breathtaking views. But what will interest kids the most is its intricate history! Greek folklore is full of gods and goddesses and action-packed tales. You can take your little ones to visit the temple of the great lightning God Zeus or the Panathenaic Stadium, where the Olympics were once held after being founded by the ancient hero (and popular Disney character) Hercules.

Include Kids in the Planning Phase

If your child is old enough to talk, try to include them in the planning of your trip whenever possible. For example, if you're split between visiting Italy or the Bahamas, let them have input on which they'd prefer. Not sure if you should visit an onshore museum or zoo on Day 2? What does your child think? Including your child in the planning phase will make them feel like they're being responsible and helping out. It will also make them more excited for the trip, since they'll have a clearer picture of the fun journey that awaits!

Pack Plenty

Many travelers overpack for their yacht vacation. But when traveling with kids, this may not be a bad thing! Kids tend to be messier, clumsier, and more prone to losing things than adults. And if your child spills a drink on their shirt or takes a tumble into the dirt, you'll need extra apparel for them to change into. We recommend bringing more than you think you need for items like clothes and pacifiers, which are easy to misplace or get dirty.

Follow the Rules

Another tip for going on a yacht charter vacation with kids is to follow the rules outlined by the crew and make sure your kids follow them, too. Here are a few common rules you may hear:

  • Wear a life vest on deck.
  • Never run on the boat.
  • Head inside during bad weather.
  • Never go swimming alone.
  • No kids on the foredeck alone.

Before you board, sit down with your child and tell them about the rules in a simple and easy-to-grasp way. Make sure to explain why they need to follow the rules rather than plainly telling them, "Don't do this." For example, you can say something like, "Please don't run on the boat, or you could fall and get hurt!” When kids understand the result of an action, they're less likely to do it.

Wear Sunscreen and Lifejackets

Traveling on the water is tons of fun, but the sun and sea can pose a risk to your child without the proper precautions! Your child should wear sunscreen whenever they're outside, even if it's cloudy or rainy, as UV rays can still sneak past overcast clouds. They should also wear a life vest when on the deck or in the water. With sunscreen, a life vest, and parental supervision, you can keep your child safe during your yacht trip.

Look for a Yacht With Kid-Friendly Safety Features

Some yachts are more child-friendly than others. You may want to look for a yacht with features like netting and gates to prevent your kids from freely wandering or falling, kid-friendly entertainment like water toys, and smaller beds.

Plan Ahead for Childcare

You love your kids, and you love to spend time with them! But occasionally, you could use a little alone time to relax and unwind. You may want to visit a fancy restaurant, take a romantic stroll, or visit a club with just you and your partner. But you can't leave your little ones alone when doing this. And while some crew members may be happy to watch your kids for you, they aren't being paid to babysit—and shouldn't be expected to. 

For this reason, you should plan your childcare ahead of time. If you're traveling with other family members, you can ask them to watch your kids for you while you're out and about. Alternatively, you can hire a nanny to oversee your kids during the trip.

Play on the Yacht

There are plenty of ways to have fun on a yacht. Many yachts will have games on board for you to play, and you can bring games and toys from home as well. Some yachts also have TV, allowing you to host a family movie night. And if you have music to play, why not have a dance-off or do karaoke?

Splash in the Water

While on a yacht, you'll be surrounded by water. Admiring the waves is one way to pass the time, but you can also hop in and splash around! There are numerous activities you and your kids can try in and on the water, like swimming, snorkeling, and water skiing. Many yachts will provide basic gear, but you can also rent items like skis and boards for a small fee.

Explore the Shore

Of course, you can also leave the yacht and visit the nearby coastal towns and cities. Visit museums to learn the local history, restaurants to taste traditional cuisine, or famous monuments for photo ops.

Start planning your next family vacation by reaching out Seize the Day Charters. Our brokers can help you find a private yacht charter in popular locations like France, Greece, Italy, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and more. We'll work with you to find a charter that best suits your needs and your budget!