APA stands for Advanced Provisioning Allowance. When chartering a yacht, the charter fee generally only covers the hire of the yacht, and any crew that come with it. So how do you pay for fuel or provisions for your trip?
This is where APA comes in. It is an additional fee which will cover all these extras, such as food, beverages, fuel, transfers, berthing costs, customs, communications…
APA (Advance Provisioning Allowance) is the standard structure to pay your expenses on a luxury yacht charter. The APA essentially creates a bank account for the Captain (and chef) on the yacht to provision on your behalf.
APA is generally calculated as a percentage of the charter fee, usually 30- 35% of the charter fee which you then pay in advance prior to embarkation. The captain will use this allowance to supply the yacht with all your requested provisions and fuel. Whilst on board, the captain will be in charge of the APA and has to keep any receipts necessary, as record for you, the guest. Your broker can also monitor this APA expenses for your benefit. The Captain should also keep you up to date as the charter progresses, of how much is being spent, and anything else you need to be aware of. At the end of the cruise there are remaining APA funds, will be returned to you prior to disembarkation.
Smoking on board is generally not allowed due to safety regulations. However many yachts permits smoking on deck. Please ask your broker on yacht’s smoking policy.
Luggage on board, we recommend you to use a soft luggage bags so to enables easier storage on board.
Childcare on board, while many yachts encourage charter guests to bring children on board of all ages, kindly note that crew is not responsible for babysitting. You can either plan to care for them personally, bring a nanny or outsource a service.
Pets on board are generally not allowed unless owners authorize to join or it’s a parrot on a pirate ship. 🙂
Watercrafts, tenders & jet skis, in most destinations, use of such water toys is only permitted subject to operator’s license according to local laws & regulations. Kindly liaise with your broker for more information.
Scuba diving is also subject to local law restrictions. However, even if your yacht is not equipped with such a service, you can easily arrange a “rendezvous scuba” experience via your broker or captain with a local shore based company.