The active travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations, also specializes in small ship and private yacht charters to such destinations as Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Panama, Galapagos, Mediterranean and Antarctica.
Todd Smith, founder, explained that on a private cruise charter groups select their own travel dates, traveling companions and itineraries, plus a full yacht charter (for 12 to 20 or 20 to 48 guests) can mean savings of up to 50 percent off of regular per person cruise rates. Larger small ships accommodate groups of between 48 and 148 passengers making them ideal for big family reunions and special celebrations.
Helpful information on chartering a small ship or yacht can be found online at: Small Ship Charter Cruises.
Typically charters are planned and contracted at least one year in advance of the cruise departure date, but as long as space is available a small ship can still be chartered most anytime. Off season charters garner the greatest savings while high season dates should be secured a year or more in advance.
Charters can be adapted to, among others, affinity groups, clients with special needs and secured as company incentives. Alumni groups, zoos and museums hire charters for their travel programs. Travel agents or group leaders can earn free berths by organizing charter cruises for clients and friends.
Cruise itineraries, on board programs, activity levels and even food service can be customized to a group’s interests, ability and budget.
Smith explained that AdventureSmith Explorations charter cruises are crewed charters, outfitted with an experienced and professional crew including naturalist guides for shore excursions.
“We do not offer bareboat charters. We believe that the captain, guides, chef and crew are an integral part of expedition cruising and that their experience and expertise are essential to a safe and successful voyage,” said Smith.
Alaska charter cruises are best from May through September. Costa Rica and Panama charter cruises operate year round with the high season running from December to March. Galapagos charters are available year round with access to a vast selection of motor yachts, sailing vessels and small ships. Mediterranean charter cruises are best booked between April and October. Antarctica explorations, Australia and South Pacific charters are also possible however these destinations favor larger expedition ships and therefore require larger groups.