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Yacht Charter in Alaska

Whether your visit to Alaska is the fulfillment of a once in a lifetime dream, or the start of an ongoing habit, a week, on your own personal Alaskan charter yacht, will be an experience to remember.

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Incredible Wildlife

Come aboard the Alaskan Story to get up close and personal with Alaska’s incredible wildlife. See humpback whales, brown bears, orcas, sea lions, harbor seals, Dall’s porpoises, eagles, and perhaps even wolves and moose.

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Crown Jewel Permits

Alaska Yacht Charters has all of the permits required to allow access to Alaska’s otherwise restricted-entry federal and state lands and waters. The Alaskan Story is one of only a few ships to have permits to cruise in Glacier Bay National Park.

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Premium Alaskan Cuisine

Using our saltwater fishing gear you can catch Dungeness crab or Alaskan spotted shrimp. The freshest available produce selected by our chef is often combined with the “catch of the day”, and is a highlight of every trip.

truly unplug

Each day ends in a quiet secluded anchorage.

You will have the opportunity to go for a hike or kayak along the shore viewing birds, marine life, and even Alaskan brown bears. Or you can stay aboard and watch a video, listen to music, or read a book from our extensive library.

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We are all in awe of the experience we had aboard the Alaskan Story. We all agreed the yacht and the crew are perfect. The fishing and animal sightings were phenomenal.

— The Crowleys, 2022 

Alaskan Story is a magnificent yacht! Chef Ryan Lindsay served five-star meals featuring the salmon, halibut, crab and shrimp that we caught. Food was made from scratch; and the desserts!

— The Leonards, 2022

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Wilderness Luxury

Wild experiences and restful rejuvenation.

Our 90-foot Westport yacht, the Alaskan Story, is large and fast, with spacious common areas for fishing, watching wildlife and scenery, or relaxing. The vessel underwent a million dollar refit to make her even better than new. Take a peek inside (and out).

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Let us steer you to a trusted, quality Alaska yacht charter—your own private cruise in the Last Frontier. All our overnight Alaska yacht charters are fully crewed and include guided exploration of Alaska’s wilderness. We are a team of award-winning small Alaska cruise specialists who helped pioneer adventure cruising in Alaska; let our expertise and firsthand experience be your guide for planning custom Alaska cruises. 

We offer the largest selection of Alaska charter boats carrying 8 to 100 travelers, and have curated the ships listed below (8- to 36-guest vessels) for our charter clients. From the Inside Passage and Prince William Sound, to sailings along the coast to Seattle, our custom private Alaska cruise options show you the state at its best. 

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Types of Alaska Charter Cruises

Design your own experience of North America’s premier wilderness. Our selection of Alaska yacht charters is curated with the best Alaska charter boats providing unparalleled access to remote wilderness areas as well as the highest level of safety and comfort. Craft your own private Alaska cruise to enjoy active exploration on naturalist-led shore hikes, sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and even snorkeling on select ships. Perhaps you’re seeking an Alaska luxury cruise or looking for the best Alaska cruise for families . Whatever your travel preference, we can accommodate. 

Where Alaska Charter Boats Can Sail

Our Alaska charter boats are primarily based in the Inside Passage , including Glacier Bay cruises , but we have private boat options in Prince William Sound, along the remote coastlines of Katmai National Park and sailing up from Seattle. On a private Alaska cruise ship, you can help set the route, but certain vessels are best equipped and staffed for certain areas. And note that our Alaska charter cruises are all overnight, no day-only bookings.

AdventureSmith’s team of experts can work with you to plan which Alaska charter boat works best for your group. We have everything from popular Juneau yacht charters to sailings out of Ketchikan, Sitka, Whittier or Cordova.

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Deals on Alaska Yacht Charters

How to get the best deal on Alaska charter cruises? Booking early is a must to secure vessels for charter space, but booking a charter often equals significant per-person discounts off standard cabin rates. Our experts know the nuances and span of private Alaska cruise options in the region and can link you to the latest Alaska yacht charter discounts. View our  Alaska cruise deals  to see what’s currently on sale. 

Alaska Yacht Charter Rates 

A full-boat charter has many advantages over an independently booked cruise, price being a big advantage in addition to exclusivity and flexibility. The trips listed on our website show rates per person, for travelers booking individual staterooms on prescheduled departures. But when you book a full Alaska yacht charter, each person will save 10 to 30% off these regular per-person cruise rates. 

Alaska yacht charters are typically planned and contracted at least one year in advance of the cruise departure date, but as long as space is available charter yachts in Alaska can still be secured. Charter rates vary by destination, season and availability. Off-season Alaskan yacht charters garner the greatest savings while high-season dates should be secured a year or more in advance. To get a jump-start on charter research, read our 7-step guide How to Charter a Yacht then consult our Alaska yacht charter specialists for the ultimate guidance.

Charter Terms & Conditions 

Terms and conditions are sometimes more strict with Alaska charter cruises (and a charter anywhere, for that matter) than they are for individual bookings. Expect to pay a charter rate that remains the same, whether or not you have enough travelers to fill all the staterooms. Cancellation terms usually require a nonrefundable deposit and payments as the cruise date approaches. Some Alaska charter boats require that one person be responsible for signing the charter agreement. Group travel insurance policies are highly recommended when considering a private Alaska cruise. Our experts will work with you and your group to make the charter process seamless and transparent. 

Combine Your Private Alaska Cruise with Land 

Complement your Alaska yacht charter with time on land, or plan a custom adventure based at a wilderness lodge. We offer scenic locations, authentic cuisine and unique lodge access by way of floatplane, helicopter, raft or boat. Visit Denali National Park as few visitors do, stay at the only lodge within Kenai Fjords National Park or opt to arrive to the most remote of lodges in true Alaska style—by floatplane. View all of our Alaska land tours to find a good fit for your interests.

Customizing Your Alaska Yacht Charter

If you are interested in larger vessels, private group departures and/or private stays at wilderness lodges, visit our Alaska trips  page. Additional Alaska charter boats may be available for your dates, so contact us for the most up-to-date options for custom Alaska cruises. As each private Alaska cruise can be customized to your needs, contact one of our experts to explore each ship’s charter options more in detail.

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Browse the curated Alaska yacht charter ships listed below. These vessels all under 50 guests are ideal for small groups seeking private Alaska cruises. Our team has personal experience aboard nearly every Alaska charter boat on this page, so we’re your best resource to booking your Alaska yacht cruise.  Contact us for a custom quote on Alaska yacht charters, or discover more about small ship Alaska cruises with up to 140 guests. 

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Popular Alaska Charter Cruises

Where to take an Alaska charter cruise? Ask our team… Our staff has decades of experience planning, booking and taking Alaska yacht charters. Because of our sales volume, we are preferred partners with cruise lines and can offer exclusive rates and a no-pressure conversation focused on finding you the right private Alaska cruise. We offer honest, unbiased information to help you compare routes, ships and amenities. Once you’ve selected your Alaska charter boat, we are able to help with all the details, including hotels, transfers, flights and additional tours, all at no extra cost to you. Browse some of our most popular Alaska yacht charter itineraries here, then contact us to receive a custom quote.  

The 6-day Sea Wolf Glacier Bay Adventure aboard the historic 12-passenger Sea Wolf is the only small ship cruise entirely inside Glacier Bay National Park. Paddle among glaciers, hike in old growth rainforest, explore tidal inlets and cruise among whales in Glacier Bay.

Cruise Alaska's Eastern Passages aboard the 11-guest Catalyst, a lovingly restored historic wooden research yacht. Go in search of glaciers, whales and abundant wildlife. As seen in National Geographic Traveler Magazine's Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime.

The 22-guest Safari Quest explores Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska's Inside Passage and Ford’s Terror Wilderness Area on this adventure cruise. Get close to Alaska’s impressive glaciers, plus hike, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and whale-watch with naturalist guides.

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Cruise Alaska and adventure beyond luxury. A yacht charter through the Inside Passage is an experience akin to the final frontier.

An Alaska yacht charter is ideal for those longing for pure stillness, tranquillity, and untouched wilderness. Cruise Alaska, the northernmost state of the United States, on a luxury yacht and navigate lush yet rugged natural landscapes that offer some of the most incredible scenery in the world. Breeze past giant glaciers and witness the region’s wonderful wildlife. You’ll set your sights on bears, whales, and bald eagles in their natural habitats. Spend a day fishing for fresh wild salmon or hiking mountains. Alaska is quickly becoming an “it” destination for adventurous cruisers who want to experience nature at its most pristine on their private yacht charter. The tranquillity and rawness of the Alaskan wilderness are a unique change from typical yacht charter destinations. An Alaska yacht charter will exceed your expectations with adventure, relaxation, and luxury elements.

Where can I cruise to during an Alaska yacht charter?

Alaska’s Inside Passage is considered one of the most scenic and popular stretches of coastline, snaking between the mainland and off-lying islands and islets to the southeast. Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage is as far removed as you can get from the favored Mediterranean and Caribbean superyacht cruising grounds. Alaska is the largest state in the U.S. regarding land and water, and the area is so vast that you can usually steer a solitary route, enjoying the complete wilderness onboard your charter yacht. This destination is perfect for charterers looking for completely secluded cruising grounds to unwind and be at peace with a group of friends or family aboard.

Hotspots to explore on an Alaska yacht charter

Exploring Alaska on a yacht offers a plethora of breathtaking locations to visit. Apart from popular destinations like Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, and the Inside Passage, here are some other locations worth exploring:

  • Tracy Arm Fjord This narrow fjord is located south of Juneau and is known for its towering cliffs, tidewater glaciers, and stunning scenery.
  • Kodiak Island Known for its rugged landscapes, Kodiak Island offers excellent opportunities for wildlife and bird watching, including bears, eagles, and whales.
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park America’s largest national park is a remote wilderness area with towering mountains, massive glaciers, and abundant wildlife.
  • Petersburg This charming fishing town on Mitkof Island offers a glimpse into Alaska’s fishing culture and is a gateway to the Stikine River and LeConte Glacier.
  • Sitka Rich in history and culture, Sitka offers opportunities to explore Russian and Tlingit heritage, as well as outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking.
  • Haines Nestled between the Chilkat and Chilkoot Mountains, Haines is a picturesque town with opportunities for outdoor adventures such as hiking, fishing, and wild animal viewing.
  • Baranof Island Located in the Alexander Archipelago, Baranof Island boasts stunning scenery, hot springs, and abundant wildlife.
  • Yakutat This remote coastal community offers access to the Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in North America, and excellent fishing and surfing opportunities.
  • Gustavus The gateway to Glacier Bay National Park, Gustavus offers opportunities for wild animal spotting, hiking, and kayaking in one of Alaska’s most iconic wilderness areas.

Contact an Alaska yacht charter broker

Northrop & Johnson has the largest fleet of Alaska yachts worldwide. Our brokers and yacht managers know the Alaskan region like no other brokerage. They can ensure that every aspect of your private yacht charter in Alaska is expertly taken care of. Our charter brokers will help select your ideal Alaska vessel and craft a bespoke itinerary that aligns with your desired experiences. Contact our brokers today to start planning your custom adventure in Alaska.

Other yacht charter destinations in the same region of Alaska

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Charter Highlights Alaska

  • Hike along trails to the freshwater Beaver Lake around the magnificent Desolation Sound
  • Hunt for oysters and clams in the warm waters of Desolation Sound Marine Park
  • Scuba dive around Pender Harbor, often referred to as the "Venice of the North" thanks to its complex maze of islands, coves, and reefs
  • Enjoy sea kayaking through the freshwater streams and lakes surrounding Pender Harbor
  • Host a fishing weekend on the Campbell River – the salmon capital of the Northwest
  • Explore the dramatic scenery of Chatterbox Falls, Vancouver Island

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Alaska – also known as The Last Frontier – is located on the northwest extremity of North America, bordering British Columbia and Yukon in Canada. It is the 49th and largest state in the U.S. It was admitted to the union in January 1959. Alaska is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Bering Sea, the Chukchi Sea, and the Beaufort Sea, offering some of the world’s most breathtaking coastal scenery. Alaska is the only U.S. state to border two nations. 

Where can I embark on an Alaska yacht charter?

A luxury charter in this region typically begins across the border in Canada’s Vancouver or Seattle, Washington, in the U.S. before cruising up the coastline and across the border into Alaska; alternatively, you can choose to board your luxury yacht in Alaska’s capital, Juneau. Wherever you decide to embark, as soon as you set sail, the world drifts far into the distance. On an Alaska yacht charter, it is all about timeless, majestic landscapes and the remarkable wildlife that has inhabited the area for thousands of years. From ancient snowfields, glaciers, and fjords to soaring eagles in lofty mountains, bears in dense forests to pods of whales escorting you through the wilds of America’s 49th state, Alaska, is one of the world’s most serene and otherworldly cruising grounds.

Why charter a yacht in Alaska?

Alaska offers breathtaking scenery, spectacular wild animals , and unmatched wilderness – making it an increasingly sought-after destination with travelers seeking an alternative vacation experience. Cruising Alaska’s coastline is to escape the crowds and enjoy nature in all its undiluted beauty. 

Admire and explore some of Earth’s most stunning natural landscapes, dramatic scenery consisting of majestic glaciers, incredible beaches, soaring mountains, and striking fjords. What makes this land even more remarkable is its wilderness: aboard your private crewed yacht, you will enjoy a tranquil experience far from the madding crowds. Additionally, you can reach places that otherwise would be almost impossible to visit. 

Alaska’s wild animals will leave you speechless: See whales breaching the icy waters, brown bears in their natural habitat, and spectacular bald eagles soaring overhead. Prince William Sound is a must-visit, boasting over 100 glaciers, islands, fjords, and more than 120 different species of animals.

Alaska is also one of the best spots for seeing the Northern Lights, especially if you follow the Alaskan coastline to the extreme north. It is considered the best destination to watch this dazzling show light up the night sky.

The remote regions of Alaska are visited by only a small number of people each year, and an Alaska superyacht charter offers the best way to experience the magic of this spectacular destination.

Chartering a yacht in Alaska will give you, your family, or your friends the most unique vacation experience. Discover this otherworldly destination on a crewed yacht charter with Northrop & Johnson. Contact our charter specialists today if you want to explore The Last Frontier and enjoy an unforgettable vacation experience. 

What types of yachts can go to Alaska?

Most yachts that travel to Alaska will be expedition vessels, purposefully built for cruising some of the world’s most remote destinations. However, superyachts and sailing vessels – built to ice-class standards – can also cruise this otherworldly destination. Alaska charter yachts will be purposefully designed for cruising icy waters in style, boasting refined onboard amenities and luxury interiors. Northrop & Johnson boasts the largest fleet of crewed charter yachts to Alaska, offering a luxurious way to experience the magic of this destination. Whether you want to cruise aboard a state-of-the-art expedition vessel, motor yacht, or sailing vessel, our charter specialists will be able to connect you with our ideal boat. Contact our team today; we will be delighted to assist you.

What to do and see on a charter in Alaska?

There is a wonderful selection of things to see and do on a yacht charter in Alaska, most centering around the great outdoors. Here are a few ideas:

Juneau is a coastal city in Alaska’s Inside Passage, which is a popular embarkation spot; however, it’s well worth taking a day to explore this destination either at the start or the end of your Alaska yacht charter holiday. The city is one of a handful in the world that has no direct road access to the world outside, making it truly unique. Highlights include the Juneau-Douglas City Museum and Alaska State Museum, both of which shine a spotlight on the region’s rich culture and heritage, the Last Chance Mining Museum, which explores Juneau’s Gold Rush history, and the Mt Roberts Tramway, which takes passengers 550m (1,800ft) above sea level, providing spectacular views. 

Mendenhall Glacier

Access the Mendenhall Glacier via helicopter and explore its 13-mile-long river of ice. The Mendenhall Glacier is one of many major glaciers that connect to the vast Juneau Ice Field. There are several trails to explore, taking you past cascading waterfalls, salmon streams, and wild animals . The Mendenhall Glacier is also a great destination for enjoying a dog sledding experience.  

Baranof Hot springs 

Located in southern Alaska’s Chatham Strait, you’ll find nine natural hot springs near a cascading waterfall. Set amongst picturesque wild animals , these restorative hot springs sit at the end of a ¼ mile trek. The springs also feature a cold plunge pool to cool down quickly after a long soak. 

Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory

The Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory is located in Tongass National Park, which also boasts the largest runs of pink salmon in Southeast Alaska – supporting the park’s high density of black and brown bears. The park includes several viewing platforms, while private guided tours are also available. Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory offers a rare opportunity to view endemic wild animals in their natural habitat, including bears, bald eagles, and harbor seals. 

Frederick Sound

The striking Frederick Sound is surrounded by towering 9,842ft (3,000m) mountains, with its glacier-fed waters abundant with krill and herring, ensuring superb fishing opportunities. It’s also a great destination for observing humpback whales, who migrate to this area to feed on its nutrient-rich waters. 

Northrop & Johnson can tailor a custom itinerary that includes your desired experiences. Contact our team of charter specialists today.

What wild animals can I expect to see from my Alaska charter boat?

Alaska’s rich wildlife is what makes an Alaska yacht charter so sought-after. Aboard an Alaskan yacht charter, you’ll have the opportunity to see a wide selection of ocean-dwelling marine mammals and land-based critters, including humpback whales, dolphins, seals, sea otters, walrus, bald eagles, falcons, snowy owls, hawks, brown and black bears, polar bears, wolves, moose and bison to name just a few. 

What national parks are the best to visit when chartering in Alaska?

There are several national parks in Alaska, offering superb opportunities for wildlife viewing and outdoor pursuits. Some of the best national parks to explore during a yacht charter in Alaska include: 

The Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

The Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve cover 3.3 million acres of wilderness, including temperate rainforests, soaring glaciers, wild coastlines, and rugged mountains. The park is located in Alaska’s Inside Passage and is part of a 25 million-acre World Heritage Site. Cruise the coastline of this stunning national park or explore inland protected areas. Glacier Bay offers limitless opportunities for adventure. 

The Denali National Park and Preserve

Covers six million acres of wild land spanning low-elevation taiga forest, high alpine tundra, and snowy mountains, including North America’s tallest peak, the 20,310ft (6,190m) Denali. Unfenced lands enable wild animals to roam free, ensuring superb opportunities for wild animal spotting. Enjoy outdoor pursuits in this pristine part of Alaska, or simply enjoy the park’s peace, tranquillity, and solitude. 

The Kenai Fjords National Park

Located at the edge of the Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai Fjords National Park’s crowning feature is its 40 glaciers that flow from the Harding Icefield. Enjoy guided hiking trails through the park’s icy interior, or hop on a snowmobile for the ultimate adventure. The fjord is also a popular migratory passage with humpback whales who feed on its nutrient-rich waters. 

The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

This vast national park spans 13.2 million acres, rising from the ocean to 18,008ft (5,488.8m). The landscape here is rugged and beautiful, marked by peak after peak and soaring glaciers. Wrangell Park is volcanic in origin; however, only Mount Wragness remains active, and steam vents can be seen near its summit. Historic mining sites pepper the park, providing a snapshot of the region’s history, while the park’s landscape offers a wealth of activities; hike, ski, or kayak, adventure is limited only by your imagination. 

Katmai National Park and Preserve

The Katmai National Park and Preserve in the southwest of Alaska was established in 1918 and is an important habitat for salmon and thousands of brown bears. Indeed, the park is North America’s largest protected population of brown bears. The vast wilderness is rich in environmental influences, offering diverse natural flora and fauna to explore. The region has been inhabited for over 9,000 years and, as such, boasts a history that is uniquely intertwined with the landscape. 

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Shimmering turquoise lakes, steaming volcanoes, and craggy mountains personify Lake Clark National Park and Reserve. Not only does the park protect local wild animals , but it also preserves the ancestral homeland of the Dena’ina people. Crescent Lake, deep in the park’s wilderness, is considered one of the park’s most scenic locations and offers a wealth of experiences, including fishing, hiking, wild animal spotting, and kayaking. 

What is the best time to cruise Alaska?

The seasons of Alaska each present unique experiences. From early June to the end of August, the Alaskan summer season inspires wonder and hope, with a lush green landscape and royal blue skies set against snow-peaked mountains. Wildlife awakens from the winter, and it’s a great time to explore the outdoors. The shoulder season – May and September – is also a fantastic time to visit. Winter in Alaska is the best time to view the Northern Lights and enjoy winter sports. Charterers will often select the month they wish to visit depending on the wild animals they hope to see and the activities they want to enjoy. If you want to charter a yacht in Alaska, contact Northrop & Johnson. 

What do I need to know about the Alaskan weather?

  • Average summer temperatures: 45F (7C) to 75F (24C)
  • Average winter temperatures: -10F (-23C) to 20F (-7C)  

Alaska experiences various weather conditions due to its vast size and diverse geography. Expect milder temperatures in coastal areas compared to inland regions. Alaska is known for its extremely cold winters, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and some regions experiencing lows of up to- 50F/-45C. On the other hand, summers can be mild, with parts of Alaska in the north experiencing the ‘midnight sun’  – several weeks when the sun never sets. Summer temperatures in Alaska have been known to rise to about 90F (34C). The Chinook Winds in the southeastern region can also bring rapid temperature fluctuations.

What airports are best for starting my Alaskan cruise?

Several airports in Alaska can accommodate international flights, private jets, and seaplanes. These include: 

  • Juneau International Airport (JNU)
  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
  • Ketchikan International Airport (KTN)
  • Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (SIT)
  • Seward Airport (SWD)
  • Homer Airport (HOM)
  • Petersburg James A. Johnson Airport (PSG)

How much is an Alaska yacht charter?

The cost of an Alaska yacht charter will depend on multiple factors, including the size of the vessel, its onboard amenities, the number of guests, time of year, cruising itinerary, desired experiences, and length of stay. Expect to pay a minimum of US$50,000 per week for a yacht charter in Alaska. Northrop & Johnson has a fantastic selection of private crewed boats for charter in Alaska. Contact our team for more information and help planning your luxury superyacht getaway.

What is the currency in Alaska? 

U.S. dollars are the currency of Alaska. 

What is the official language of Alaska? 

Alaska has several official languages. In addition to English – which was designated the official state language in 1998 – the U.S. state is also home to at least 20 official native languages. These include Eskimo Aleut, Haida, Tsimshian, and Athabaskan. 

What are the visa requirements to enter Alaska? 

The visa requirements to enter Alaska are identical to any other U.S. state. All non-U.S. and non-Canadian citizens must have a valid passport and apply for an ESTA, which can be obtained via an online application. When you book an Alaskan yacht charter with Northrop & Johnson, your charter expert will advise you on all the required visa requirements.

What is the internet connection like in Alaska? 

Compared to other parts of the U.S., Alaska’s internet connectivity can be poor. Many of Northrop & Johnson’s luxury yachts for charter in Alaska boast sophisticated maritime internet services, enabling you to stay connected as you explore the most remote frontier.

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You can escape the world and experience all the natural beauty Alaska has to offer on a private yacht charter. From the majestic humpback whales, soaring bald eagles, and fascinating brown bears to the stunning glacier scenes, Alaska will exceed your expectations. You don’t want to miss it, and we are ready to help you enjoy it.

At True North Alaska Charters, we are dedicated to giving you the adventure of a lifetime on one of our yacht charters. We understand the hustle of life can easily distract us from all that the world has to offer, and a tour of nature on one of our boats will allow you and your family to take a step back from all the stress you experience daily.

Contact  us today to experience the beauty of Alaska on a one-of-a-kind yacht charter. Let’s be a part of the solution to save nature rather than disregard it. 

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Chartering a private yacht in Alaska offers a unique and breathtaking way to explore one of the world’s last great frontiers. Renowned for its rugged beauty, abundant wildlife, and majestic glaciers, Alaska’s coastal waters present a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for those seeking a blend of luxury and wilderness exploration.

Unforgettable Alaskan adventures on a private yacht charter

Embark on an unforgettable Alaskan adventure aboard a private yacht charter, where breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and secluded coves await. Here’s a taste of what your custom itinerary can include:

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  • Hidden Coves: Discover secluded spots only accessible by boat.

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Get away on a luxury Alaska yacht charter and experience the magic of Alaska’s untouched wilderness. Begin your journey around the islands on the Inside Passage, where you can view majestic wildlife, from humpback whales to bears and otters.

Cruise from Juneau, Alaska’s capital, to Sitka and stop for some fishing, as you take in the breathtaking snow-capped mountains. Rest at Glacier Bay National Park and watch the gorgeous glaciers melt into sparkling icy waters, as your stress falls away.

The Alaskan landscape is an expansive wild-paradise, one of the last places on earth unspoiled by cities and crowds. With the world-class service and expertise of your superyacht crew, your Alaska yacht charter will inspire awe and wonder.


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  • Enjoy a night under the stars
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Design your exclusive itinerary then join us as we cruise the wildlife-rich shorelines and open waters of Prince William Sound or Southeast Alaska. Relax on board our spacious 78-foot Knight and Carver custom-built yacht while watching for the abundance of resident marine mammals like Killer whales, Steller sea lions, otters and over a hundred species of birds. Enjoy kayaking in peaceful coves, beach exploration or hike among old-growth trees.

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Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences

Float alongside humpback whales, sea otters, and seals. Watch Alaska glaciers as they “calve” before your very eyes. Our cruises include Alaska bucket list items as well as exclusive tours, gentle hikes, and day excursions in the coastal towns of Juneau, Ketchikan, and Whittier. Each trip is fully-customizable to the daily activities requested by our guests.

The Sea Mist

At the end of each adventurous day, you will be greeted by a quiet, cozy state room with down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets. Each suite has a private bathroom and generous closet space. Guests can spend time relaxing in their rooms, breathing in the fresh air on the deck, or enjoying cocktails and music in the salon with friends.

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What Our Visitors Have Said

What an amazing experience we had aboard the Sea Mist. It was truly a once in a lifetime trip! From the moment we stepped on board Jeff and Kate were warm and inviting hosts. The boat is clean and spacious while offering great spaces to get comfortable while aboard. We anchored in a cove where we saw tons of wildlife including a brown bear which was amazing. The food was outstanding and we regret not staying longer. This is a TRUE Alaska experience and we will be back to do it again.


Once in a lifetime and a one of a kind experience! Everything was absolutely incredible.

Words can’t describe and pictures hardly do justice. Everything was perfect from the moment we were met at the dock. Chef Suzette wowed us at every meal with her fresh culinary creations. Dining while watching glaciers calving and waterfowl dancing in the waterfalls were breathtaking. Captain Jeff is a fabulous host. Very in tune with his guests and what will provide their best Alaskan adventure. Whether you are looking to unwind and reflect on the wonder that is Alaska or seeking a more active itinerary, Captain Jeff and Alaskan Luxury Cruises delivers!

By far, this has been one of my favorite vacations. When planning our trip, I had no idea of the level of exceptional customer service we were going to receive. Captain Jeff, Kate and Chef Zach went OVER AND ABOVE WHAT WE EXPECTED. They did a wonderful job of making us feel at home. Five stars isn’t enough to give the crew of The Sea Mist.

The Sea Mist brings a new level of luxury to vacation. This trip is not your average trip, this experience will fill a spot in your soul that will linger with you for the rest of your days. That is rare to find in any vacation and rare to find in life.

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From the moment we stepped foot on the boat on a gloriously sunny day in Whittier until we stepped off a few days later, we were treated to amazing views, food, and activities. Captain Jeff has been on Prince William Sound for many years and put together an excellent itinerary for the interests of our groups, from hiking to kayaking to glacier viewing, everything was perfect for us

The beauty of the Sea Mist perfectly complemented the beauty surrounding us. She’s a beautiful custom yacht full of wide open spaces that are unexpected for a boat. Every detail is immaculate. There wasn’t enough time to truly enjoy all the comfortable seating areas around the boat. While the Sea Mist could likely comfortably carry 20+ people, the small, private group made us feel like royalty. In addition, the smoothness of the ride aboard the Sea Mist is unparalleled. We never felt like we were out on the water. This would be the perfect trip for anyone who otherwise struggles with seasickness.

I cannot rave enough about Alaskan Luxury Cruises. For this being my first time visiting Alaska, the experience was more amazing than I imagined. The whole crew on the Sea Mist were so hospitable and warm and welcoming. Kate did a fantastic job of making sure we were taken care of. And chef Dave made every meal with so much thought. I highly recommend booking the Sea Mist for a luxury Alaskan adventure.

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Discover the magic of Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard unforgettable Alaska yacht charters. There is nothing like experiencing breathtaking vistas firsthand as you cruise through narrow fjords and past towering blue glaciers.

From its vast landscapes to its labyrinth of wildlife, Alaska yacht charters will take you where you go to connect with nature. It is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, and Admiralty Island, which has the largest concentration of brown bears in the world.

Rent a yacht in Alaska to explore the wildlife and natural wonders. Private yacht cruises in Alaska offer a completely different type of experience compared to other destinations, but it is nothing less than awe-inspiring – there’s a reason why so many people put Alaska on their bucket lists!

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Explore the Inside Passage on a Private Alaska Yacht Charter

The scenery in Alaska is unmatched. On Alaska yacht charters you can see ice-capped mountains surrounded by lush forests with rushing waterfalls cascading into the deep blue ocean waters. You can kayak to a clear mountain lake that is fed by a melting glacier.

Alaska’s best attraction is most definitely a natural one: the outdoors. You will see majestic creatures like black bears, grizzly bears, deer, and bald eagles. As your private boat glides through the water, keep your eyes peeled for signs of aquatic wildlife. You will be able to see a variety of whales, such as humpback whales and orcas. More commonly, while you’re aboard one of our luxury Alaska yacht charters, you might spot porpoises, harbor seals, sea lions, or sea otters.

Alaska is the Perfect Summer Yacht Charter Destination

Alaska holds major appeal for those looking to reserve a tour on a private boat rental, but its greatest shortcoming is its extreme weather, making charter season only a few months long – from mid-May through mid-September.

Summer temperatures are pleasant with highs generally between 55-78° Fahrenheit. Nights are comfortably cool as the temperatures drop to the 50s, meaning you can spend your evenings outdoors or on the deck of the yacht, but you will need a jacket.

Alaska Crewed Motor Yacht Charters

The best way to see Alaska is by chartering your own private motor yacht. A private boat cruise is the ultimate way to explore the Alaskan scenery, from breath-taking glaciers to abundant wildlife and marine life.

If you wish to avoid crowds and spend a fun time full of adventures, let our charter brokers prepare a customize yachting package for you and your family.

Most of the available crewed motor yachts in Alaska are available out of Juneau and Sitka. Be prepared to experience an adventure of a lifetime!

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The Inside Passage runs from Juneau and Glacier Bay in the north to Ketchikan in the south and puts on a dazzling display of ice.

The coastal mountain ranges and islands of the Inside Passage offer opportunities for fishing, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and hiking.

Tracy Arm Fjord About 70 miles south of Juneau, you’ll find Tracy Arm Fjord, a narrow, inlet with towering, craggy walls. The fjord is fascinating all by itself, with waterfalls and national protected forests along the way. If you’re lucky, you might see a black or brown bear, harbor seals, or wolves in the adjacent Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness.

But the real reason to visit is the fjord’s glaciers. Tracy Arm is home to some of Alaska’s most photogenic glaciers, including Sawyer Glacier. Sawyer is an active tidewater glacier – which means large chunks “calve” off. And when you see it up close, you’ll have the chance to witness one of these massive bergs breaking off and crashing to the sea below, as it’s known to calf regularly.

Glacier National Park If you’re in search of glaciers, you’ll find plenty in Glacier Bay National Park. Located north of Juneau, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers many spectacular sights to see, including 7 active tidewater glaciers.

Glacier Bay is home to some of Alaska’s largest active glaciers. Grand Pacific Glacier – for instance – sits at the back coast of the bay. It measures two miles wide, with ice walls towering 15 stories. Grand Pacific’s neighbor, Margerie Glacier, though, is the star of the show.

Margerie Glacier is majestic, so no wonder it is a must-see sight for many charter boats. With an ice face measuring 25 stories tall, watching the glacier drop ice into the bay will take your breath away. Beyond the glaciers, the National Park is also an incredible spot for whale-watching, kayaking, and other water sports.

Juneau Juneau is Alaska’s state capital and one of the most beautiful cities in the state. The city can only be reached by airplane or boat, there is no road access. Juneau is the perfect base for starting your Alaska yacht charter.

You can’t visit Juneau without a trip to Mendenhall Glacier. Located just 10 miles from downtown Juneau, the glacier is part of the Juneau Icefield, a photographic panorama of steel blue ice that’s been here since the last Ice Age. More on Juneau .

Sitka Sitka is located on the outer coast of Alaska’s Inside Passage and lies at the heart of the Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rain forest in the world.   More on Sitka

Ketchikan Ketchikan, a lively fishing and logging community, is located in the southernmost city on the Inside Passage. Also called the “Salmon Capital of the World”, Ketchikan is known for fishing, beautiful scenery, and rich Native culture. More on Ketchikan

Hubbard Glacier Hubbard Glacier – north of Glacier Bay – is North America’s largest tidewater glacier. This is a massive giant you have to see to believe. Measuring 6+ miles wide, the glacier is continuing to grow, or “surge,” and Hubbard towers 40 stories tall.

Hubbard is also one of the most beautiful glaciers in Alaska, with jade blue and frozen sapphire hues. Not only does it wow with its vastness – it’s also a treasure to see up close. The Disenchantment Bay and journey into the fjord put on a show of wildlife. The fjord is home to seal and whale populations, and the region is well-known for its fishing.

Private yachts offer flexible itineraries, based on guests’ preferences. Here are samples of two popular charter routes:

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Whale watching in Alaska

You can find eight species of whales in the Alaskan waters. Some of the species live in the waters year-round, and some migrate to Alaska in the summer. The most common whales that you will see in Alaska are the Orca and humpback whales . More on whale watching in Alaska .

Seeing a Glacier Up Close and Personal

Most of the time yacht rental vacations include warm tropical waters, but this time around you’re in for something completely different. Nothing is more magical than cruising past towering glaciers while icebergs float on the water and chunks of frozen water crash into the sea below.

Inside Passage glacier, a yacht charter will bring you past walls of ice, stunning waterfalls, and wildlife sunning on floating chunks of ice as they take a break from splashing around. Bottom line, if you fancy yourself an explorer, chartering a yacht in Alaska will let you live your dreams.

Seeing Amazing Wildlife

Cruise through ancient forests and see wildlife in its natural habitat. Look for majestic creatures like black bears, grizzly bears, deer, and bald eagles on land. As your private yacht glides through the water, keep your binoculars ready in anticipation of spotting giant brown bears. Or, you may spy a black bear picking berries from a bush or a gracious moose ambling to the water for a drink.

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Experience the haunting allure of the intriguing ice age

From snow-capped mountains to intriguing totem poles, Alaska is brimming with astounding natural beauty and a plethora of unforgettable sights. Although you might imagine bitterly cold winds, prowling wildlife and towering glaciers in reality Alaska offers much more as well as a whole host of surprises.

This dazzling remote location is unparalleled in haunting beauty and is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing sailing destinations in the world. A yacht charter vacation to Alaska is the ultimate way to explore, as much of Alaska’s phenomenal coastline is inaccessible by road. Alaska offers a startling contrast to the popular cruising grounds of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean whilst remaining unmatched in beauty and outstanding grandeur. Intrepid travellers, lovers of the outdoors and nature enthusiasts will adore Alaska and charter yachts to this vast and solitary destination will be required to be durable and able to sustain glacial waters.

The capital of Juneau, located in the southeast of Alaska, is a town steeped in beauty and full of character. Inaccessible by road, this stunning town is perfect for exploring by yacht. Admire the awe-inspiring vistas of a town framed by tumbling hills, labyrinthine streets and thick forestation. South of Juneau lies the wonderful town of Ketchikan. Synonymous with the Alaskan totem poles, Ketchikan is brimmed with an array of carved wooden wonders and is the ultimate place to view the world’s largest collection which can be easily found as you meander around the town. To further experience the allure of the famous totem poles, visit the Totem Heritage Centre which is home to original and restored carvings which were rescued from abandoned native villages.

The world renowned Inside Passage is home to a myriad of breathtaking sights. From beautiful sunsets to a garden of glittering glaciers, this scenic stretch is a must visit on any yacht charter to Alaska. Entrenched with fjords, forests, mountains and elusive wildlife, nowhere in the world epitomises beauty quite like Alaska. Whilst visiting the Inside Passage, do not miss Admiralty Island where the world’s largest concentration of brown bears can be found in addition to the largest National Park in America .

Weather can be unpredictable here with no guarantees of seeing everything you might hope to when it comes to whale watching and wildlife spotting, though there is no doubt Alaska is home to an array of treasures. Keep your eyes peeled for frolicking humpbacks and pods of Orca plus on land creatures such as wolves, bears, eagles and moose. With opportunities for kayaking through icebergs, hiking through forests and traversing mountains, Alaska offers an abundance of unforgettable experiences, making it one of the most enticing upcoming charter destinations.

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Accommodation Details

Sleeps 8-9 guests in 4 guest staterooms, each with ensuite bathroom:

1. Top Deck “Master Stateroom” with Queen bed.  Accessed inside with stairs, and with a direct door out to the adjacent upper deck outside area with hot tub.

2. Lower Deck “Master Stateroom” with Queen bed.

3. One stateroom with two Twin beds, side by side.

4. One stateroom with two Twin beds, side by side, and an additional upper single bed. We suggest 2 adults maximum or 3 only with children in this stateroom.

Layout Diagram


Guests 9
# Of Crew4
Length95 ft / 29 m
Beam18.5 ft
Draft6 ft
Built - Refit:1973 - 2019
BuilderBayacco / Feadship
Cruising Speed10 knots (nautical miles per hour)


DinghySport Boat and 16' Lund with 40 hp
Paddle Boards2 (up to 8 on request)
Single Kayaks4
Fishing GearYes, notably with special SE Alaska permits for saltwater fishing of all species including salmon and halibut from the Sport Boat.

Pricing Terms

For up to 8 guests: “8 Day / 7 Nights”: USD $65,500 (7 24-hour days and nights, plus 2 hours as begin 10AM and end 12 Noon.)

For pricing with 9 guests, please inquire.

Rates are “all inclusive” of the yacht,  the services of at least   4 crew (Captain, Chef, plus 2), sport boat for up to 4 guests fishing (please inquire for sport boat details), 16′ Lund tender, a selection of kayaks and paddle boards, all fuel for standard itinerary, fishing, processing and freezing of fish caught, a hot tub, bait, taxes, standard meals and snacks, standard non-alcoholic beverages, one glass of  house  wine per person at each dinner, one case of beer for the charter  and any dock fees.  

Crew Profile

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GLACIER BEAR charters with at least 4 crew. GLACIER BEAR may additional crew at their discretion.

Captain / Owner Neil Nickerson (right in the photo), a former US Coast Guard Commander of cutters vastly experienced in SE Alaska, personally captains most charters. In the off season he teaches courses to professional mariners through a college.

Neil is joined by at least 3 crew members.

Additional Information

GLACIER BEAR has been a legendary charter yacht in SE Alaska for many years.

The Sport Boat is a game changer, and a major value added!

The Top Deck Master Stateroom with direct access to the adjoining outside area with hot tub is unique.

2019 refit: all new bedding, blinds, towels, lamps, and dinnerware.


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There is no better way to fully experience the pristine waters of Alaska than a charter yacht. Kayak, hike, watch whales & wildlife, photograph glaciers, fish, catch crab & shrimp, or just relax aboard one of our beautiful vessels. Our booking services are completely free, so why not contact us?


95 foot Alaska yacht charter cruising through the Inside Passage with up to 8 guests in 4 staterooms

GLACIER BEAR is available for private charter

M/V Snow Goose

64 foot Alaska charter yacht cruising the Inside Passage with up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms

SNOW GOOSE is available by individual stateroom or private charter

M/Y Dauntless

92' foot Alaska luxury yacht with capacity for 6-8 guests in 3 staterooms

M/Y Dauntless is available for private charter

M/V Sea Mist

78 foot Alaska charter yacht cruising Prince William Sound with capacity for up to 6 guests in 3 staterooms

M/V Sea Mist is available by private charter


85 foot classic Alaska adventure yacht with capacity for 8-12 guests in 4 staterooms

M/V Sea Star is available by individual stateroom or private charter

M/Y Wild Dawn

95 foot Alaska adventure yacht with capacity for 8-10 guests in 4 staterooms

M/Y Wild Dawn is available for private charter

Pacific Provider

160 foot Alaska adventure yacht with capacity for up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms

MY Pacific Provider is available by individual stateroom or private charter

78 foot Alaskan Yacht cruising the Inside Passage with capacity for up 8 guests in 4 staterooms

Sumdum is available for private charter

M/V Sea Wolf

97 foot Alaska small ship cruising through Glacier Bay with up to 12 passengers in 6 staterooms

Sea Wolf is available by individual stateroom or private charter

M/V Pacific Catalyst

75 foot Alaska small ship with capacity of up 12 guests in 6 staterooms

Pacific Catalyst is available by individual stateroom or private charter

M/V Northern Song

84 foot Alaska luxury yacht with capacity of up to 8 passengers in 4 staterooms

Northern Song is available by stateroom or private charter

M/V Midnight Sun

70 foot Alaska charter yacht cruising through the Inside Passage with up to 6 guests in 3 staterooms

Midnight Sun is available for private charter

M/V Discovery - SE

87 foot Alaska small ship with capacity for up to 10 guests in 6 staterooms

MV Discovery is available by individual stateroom or private charter

M/V Discovery - Prince William Sound

65 foot Alaska small ship cruising Prince William Sound with capacity for up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms

M/V Alaskan Story

Beautiful 90 foot charter yacht with room for up to 8 passengers in 4 staterooms

MV Alaskan Story is available by private charter

M/V Alaskan Song

96 foot Alaska yacht with capacity for up to 10 guests in 4 staterooms

Alaskan Song is available by private charter

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157' beautiful minesweeper with capacity for up to 24 guests

Mist Cove is available by individual stateroom or private charter

M/V Liseron

145' restored French minesweeper with capacity for 20 guests

MV Liseron is available by individual stateroom or private charter

Long range vessels with all the tools for chasing fish in both fresh and saltwater. Whether trolling, jigging, spinning, mooching or flyfishing, these yachts provide the very best access for fishing in Alaska.


53 foot Alaskan fishing yacht with capacity for 3-6 guests in 3 cabins

M/V Equinox is available for private charters

M/V Alaskan Harvest

80 foot Alaska fishing yacht with capacity for up to 12 guests in 5 staterooms

Alaskan Harvest is available for private charter

M/V Adventurous

Welcome aboard the Adventurous! The only charter vessel operating in Southeast Alaska built specifically to operate "extended" charter fishing and sightseeing cruises.

Alaska fishing yacht Adventurous is available for private charter

M/V Huntress

60 foot Alaskan fishing yacht with capacity for 4 to 6 guests in 3 cabins

MV Huntress is available for private charters

M/V Perseverance

83 foot Alaska fishing yacht with capacity for up to 8 guests in 4 staterooms

Perseverance is available by individual stateroom or private charter

While many of our adventure yachts would be considered comfortably luxurious, these vessels offer unparalleled suites and amenities.

M/Y Safari Explorer

145 foot luxury yacht with capacity for up to 36 guests in 17 staterooms

Safari Explorer is available by individual stateroom or private charter

M/Y Safari Quest

120 foot luxury yacht with capacity for up to 22 guests in 11 staterooms

Safari Quest is available by individual stateroom or private charter

Explore the complex fjords and waterways of Southeast Alaska and Glacier Bay under sail.

S/V Gypsy Wind

72 foot Irwin with capacity for 6 guests in 3 staterooms

S/V Gypsy Wind is available by private charter

50 foot Catalina with capacity for 6 guests in 3 staterooms

S/V Bob is available by the individual stateroom or private charter

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How to Charter a Boat

If you want to sail off into the sunset, at least temporarily, you need to understand how to get aboard first.

An illustration of the bow of a boat with three women with flowing hair and cocktails looking over a man playing a guitar and then off in the water, four other vacationers are sunbathing on inner tubes.

By Lauren Sloss

This time of year, it’s an inevitable thought: Life would be that much better out on the water. Specifically, on a boat.

Even if you have neither a boat nor boating experience, it’s never been easier to make your nautical dreams come true — whether you want a day trip on your local lake or a fully staffed multiday voyage in a far-flung locale. Here are the initial questions that will help you plan an adventure on the water.

Whom are you traveling with?

Thinking about the size and dynamic of your group is an important first step, even if you are simply going on a day trip. Will children be on board? How old? What about elderly parents?

Dan Lockyer, the chief commercial officer of Dream Yacht Worldwide , strongly encourages travelers to determine group size — and, ideally, get people committed — before booking.

“The location that you want to go to, the time of year that you want to go, the type of boat that you want will entirely depend on the makeup of the group that you’re sailing with,” Mr. Lockyer said.

Do you want to captain, or do you want a captain?

Different charter companies specialize in certain locations, types of boats, itineraries and services. Some companies offer the opportunity for a “bareboat” charter, in which you rent the boat and take on the navigation and provisioning yourself, while others exclusively offer fully staffed options, including a captain and a cook.

If you want to captain the boat yourself, almost all outfits require some kind of proof of sailing or boating experience, often in line with local regulations.

Edward King, 45, an executive at a streaming company based in San Francisco, is experienced in sailing the city’s waterways. But on vacation, he said he would prefer to let a captain and crew take the lead.

Mr. King said he appreciates a captain who is familiar with both the local waters — “they’ll know how to avoid sailing into a certain sandbar,” he said, — as well as the local attractions.

In contrast, Matt Blake, 38, a software engineer based in Oakland, Calif., was eager to grow his sailing experience during a recent trip to La Paz, Mexico, with his fiancée. He hired a captain but made clear that the captain was there to help and teach.

Where do you want to go?

“Do you want something that’s more culturally oriented? Nature oriented? An adventure trip?” asked Mary Curry, the voyage product director of Adventure Life , which offers small group tours and private trips on land and on water around the world.

That answer can determine your destination. Popular cruising grounds include the Caribbean, Croatia, Alaska and French Polynesia, but the sky — or the sea — is really the limit. For help narrowing your focus, travel advisers often have relationships with charter companies or outfits around the world, and sailing publications offer recommendations.

Kyla Malkani, who has had experience with charters working as a destination wedding planner, recommends consulting the concierge of waterfront hotels, particularly for short-term or day rentals.

“A lot of times they will have either their own fleet or they will have some sort of connection at a dock,” said Ms. Malkani, 37, who is based in Washington, D.C., and is currently working as a content creator and freelance event planner.

What kind of boat?

Where you want to travel and for how long will likely determine the kinds of boats that are available to you. Crucial at this point, too, is an understanding of the boat’s layout and amenities.

“You definitely want to choose the right kind of boat,” said Ms. Malkani. “If you want more adventure, a sailboat is nice. If you’re looking for a luxury party environment, a yacht is best. And if you’re looking for something smooth, for older people or with kids, a catamaran is great.”

David Barclay is a luxury travel adviser who has also chartered boats for his own vacations.

“You want to match what the travelers want to what the boat offers,” he said.

Perhaps a group of friends might not mind a catamaran with functional but not luxurious marine bathrooms, but a multigenerational group might prefer more high-touch amenities.

When should I book?

Often, charter trips are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that require a great deal of advanced planning.

“You may have a specific place you want to go, or a specific time of year you want to travel,” said Mr. Barclay. “And some places just aren’t good at certain times of year.”

Naturally, you don’t want to be at sea in the Caribbean during hurricane season, or in the Mediterranean during winter storms. But you also might want to avoid peak cruising seasons, too.

The first three weeks of August are quite popular, said Mr. Lockyer. “If you have some flexibility and can travel in early July, you’ll get the same sort of great weather, a greater selection of boats and the anchorages won’t be as crowded.”

How much does it cost?

Charter costs are incredibly variable, dependent on all of the factors coming into play: your boat type and size, your destination, your group size, the amount of crew you’d like and the amenities on board. That said, costs could range anywhere from $2,000 for a day on a sailboat to hundreds of thousands of dollars for a multiday mega-yacht charter. Have a budget in mind when beginning your research process.

What if I didn’t plan far in advance?

While advanced planning is encouraged, and often necessary for bigger boat trips, it’s possible to book a boat last-minute.

Boatsetter , an Airbnb-like platform for boats, is a good resource for last-minute bookings, especially for day trips, and even has an Instant Book option for down-to-the-wire bookings.

“If it’s for a special event, or around major holidays, you may want to book a month or two in advance. But for general bookings, you can find options within a week or two,” said Kim Koditek, Boatsetter’s head of brand strategy and communications, of the company’s overnight offerings, which appear on their platform under the luxury yacht charters category .

Ms. Malkani has used Boatsetter for some of her charters, most of which have been booked with a specific goal in mind.

“I’m a sunset chaser,” she said. “My husband and I just really love being on the water, and we always try to squeeze in some sort of boat day activity when we’re traveling.”

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