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Booking a yacht charter can appear stressful. There are so many different options, as well as different types of charter yacht costs that may lead you to give up the search all-together! In this article, we want to focus on the difference between all-inclusive and non-inclusive charter costs.

The essence of all-inclusive yacht charters have become the epitome of indulgence and relaxation, with complete transparency on costs. But you will almost always find motor yachts and sailing yachts outside of the caribbean will be non-inclusive. Allow us to break it down for you!

The two Different Types of Charter Yacht Costs

When considering charter yacht costs, it’s crucial to understand the distinction between APA (Advanced Provisioning Allowance) and VAT (Value Added Tax) on non-inclusive yacht charters. As well as what is included on all-inclusive yacht charters.

Non-Inclusive Yacht Charters: APA is an additional expense covering fuel, food, beverages, berthing fees, and other variable costs incurred during the trip. It is usually paid upfront and managed by the yacht’s captain to ensure smooth operations and meet your preferences. On the other hand, VAT is a mandatory tax levied on the charter fee, typically ranging from 5% to 25% depending on the cruising location. It is essential to factor this into your overall budget.

All-Inclusive Yacht Charters: These charters bundle all expenses within the initial charter fee.  They encompass most onboard services, meals, fuel and (most) beverages. This offers guests a transparent, hassle-free experience without worrying about variable costs. Please keep in mind All-Inclusive charters are often found mainly in the Caribbean.

The Allure of All-Inclusive Yacht Charters

All-inclusive yacht charters have been gaining immense popularity among discerning travelers seeking an elevated and stress-free vacation. The appeal lies in the seamless package they offer. They encompass not only the luxurious yacht and professional crew but also all onboard amenities, meals, beverages, fuel, and select water activities.

This comprehensive approach ensures that guests can fully immerse themselves in the mesmerizing beauty of their chosen destination without worrying about budgeting for various extras.

One of the primary attractions of all-inclusive yacht charters is the transparency they provide. When you embark on an all-inclusive journey, you can rest assured that the total cost of your vacation is disclosed upfront. This means there are no unexpected expenses or hidden fees that might dampen the experience. The peace of mind offered by transparent pricing is a significant factor that appeals to those looking for a worry-free escape.

Customization to Suit Your Desires

While all-inclusive yacht charters offer comprehensive packages, they still allow for personalization to cater to individual preferences. From choosing the destination and itinerary with your captain, to selecting specific cuisine and activities. You will have the freedom to customize your all-inclusive yacht charter experience according to your desires.

Charter Yacht Costs for Non-Inclusive Charters

Although all-inclusive charters make the booking and payment process seamless, non-inclusive charters allow for a more customized charter experience. You have the ability to decide a bit more how much you’d like to spend on the Provisions, fuel etc. 

You can decide just how many nautical miles you’d like to travel (because of fuel), what types of wines / specialty meals you would like to have, how many nights in a berth you would like to spend (for easy access on/off land for evenings out), etc.  

For non-inclusive charters, these additional costs to consider are APA (Advance Provisioning Allowance) and VAT (Value Added Tax).

APA is a pre-paid amount, typically around 20-35% of the charter cost. This is intended to cover the various expenses during the trip, including fuel, food, beverages, berthing, and other incidentals.

VAT is simply a one-time-fee, an additional tax applied in certain destinations, varying based on the location of the charter. VAT will be a set one time price you pay.

At Uncharted, we always make sure that you are ALWAYS aware of which options presented are all inclusive, or non inclusive! 

Ease of Booking and Professional Expertise

Booking an all-inclusive or non-inclusive yacht charter is a seamless process thanks to the expertise of charter brokers. Thats Us!

We have extensive knowledge of the industry and destinations, ensuring you receive a smooth and efficient booking experience. Our insight and guidance is to help you select the perfect yacht and crew for your dream vacation, making the entire process stress-free and enjoyable.



While all inclusive charters have no hidden costs, travelers can embrace the allure of the Caribbean or other exotic destinations without financial concerns.  On the other hand, Non-Inclusive charters allow for a more customized charter experience. With location fees depending on where you choose to charter(taxes aka VAT), provisioning amounts, and fuel use to be at your discretion. 


Caitie Rosko, Contributing Writer and Co-Founder of Uncharted Collection


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