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Inspired by a warm September and a delayed start to the new school year, on-board holidays in the Mediterranean have been a popular choice for Floating Life’s European clients.
Although September is normally regarded as the start of a rather uncertain period, the charter company has enjoyed a fully booked season continuing through to October. This proves that yachts and yacht holidays are in high demand for European clients and that they are the ideal choice for holidays that can be enjoyed in safe, secure surroundings. The situation is mainly driven by a desire to spend the summer holidays in a safe, isolated location providing relaxation and peace of mind far removed from the COVID-19 nightmare.
Andrew Pezzini, CEO of Floating Life, said, “At first we thought that the Mediterranean season would end in late September. But in fact October is fully booked, exceeding all our expectations”.
There was also uncertainty about the Caribbean charter season.
“The marinas are opening up to yachts in fits and starts, while the travel restrictions now in place in many countries have made charter vessels pretty inaccessible by air.
“We’re highly satisfied. The charter holiday solution has attracted the attention of many newcomers trying out maritime holidays for the first time. Many of them have reached our company through our website, and once they got to know us they had no further hesitation in choosing their holiday,” Pezzini added.
Floating Life handles all the logistics, creating bespoke packages to fulfil every requirement, organising land-based outings, pleasure trips and excursions with tourist guides if desired and booking meals in special locations, presenting all the details before the yacht sets sail.
As a result of COVID-19, this year has seen many more Italian, Austrian, German and British clients than the usual Russian and American. Manuel Maiano, head of charter at Floating Life, noted, “This year has seen a particular emphasis on families and fewer groups of friends looking for a fun holiday. Many clients have requested secure, powerful connections so they can log in to school websites without fear of interruption and continue to work remotely while out at sea or at pleasant moorings.”
Additionally, this year, the list of on-board “must-haves” includes a whole range of water toys, masseurs and personal trainers. There is also a high demand for expert chefs who can create refined, varied menus that enable clients to remain on board without feeling the need to berth anywhere.
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