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Cannes Yacht Charter

Luxury Yacht Charters, Boat Rentals and Superyacht Charter in Cannes. Discover what makes Cannes so special as a yachting destination in this guide from Bespoke Yacht Charter

Pool at Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc
Cannes Port Panorama Croisette
Port of Cannes, France at twilight
Vieux Nice, rooftop view across to beach

Why Visit Cannes on a Yacht Charter?

Cannes is a very popular destination on any French Riviera yacht charter and the vast majority of yacht charter guests choose to spend a day or two in Cannes. Cannes is not just a destination for yacht charter vacations. It also plays host to a myriad of industry events, including the legendary Cannes Film Festival, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and the annual MIPIM Real Estate Exhibition. Yacht charters in Cannes are a very popular choice for all of these events, and as such, Cannes has a yacht charter season extending well beyond the usual summer holiday months. Please read on for Bespoke Yacht Charter’s Guide to Cannes Yacht Charters.

The Superyacht Destination

‘You can’t explain a painting. You have to feel it.’ – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

As with these words from Renoir, visiting the French Riviera can only be felt by experiencing it, going to see the same landscapes that attracted famous painters, dining at the same restaurants that hold Michelin accolades and chartering a yacht in the same bays that writers and poets gain inspiration from.

Cannes, a major superyacht destination in the south of France, is an excellent starting point for yacht charters on the Côte d’Azur. With easy accessibility to both Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and Cannes-Mandelieu Airport, Cannes has a well-established infrastructure for major conferences and events, and ample luxury offerings to satisfy any luxury yacht charter guest.

Superyachts in line in marina

Our Comprehensive Guide to Cannes Yacht Charters

Time ashore on a Cannes yacht charter can be spent dining at great restaurants from traditional French bistros to fine cuisine, browsing some of the best luxury boutiques on the Côte d’Azur or sightseeing at world-class art museums and galleries.

Bespoke Yacht Charter have over 14 years experience arranging yacht charters in Cannes for private or corporate clients, so we understand what makes Cannes an ideal base for your French Riviera luxury yacht charter.

Please enjoy reading our Comprehensive Guide to Yacht Charter in Cannes’ with useful tips about how to book a Cannes yacht charter and if you have any further questions, Bespoke Yacht Charter welcome any enquiries.

Why Charter a Yacht in Cannes

A visit to Cannes is a must-see during a luxury charter itinerary on the French Riviera. Cannes is a famous destination with a high profile and attracts a calling card of the world’s social and business glitteratti.

Cannes hosts two main world-class marinas – Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto – with developed infrastructure affirming its status as a premium yacht charter destination. Its’ location provides yacht charter clients an ideal opportunity to explore the French Riviera’s other popular yacht charter hotspots including St Tropez, Antibes, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, St Jean Cap Ferrat, Cap d’Ail and Monaco.

Onshore in Cannes

For yacht charter clients who have flexibility with dates, Cannes is lovely in the spring or autumn as the weather is still favourable without the summertime crowds on shore and you will save money with low-season charter rates. For charterers wanting to experience Cannes at its most vibrant, the town hosts a number of conferences and major events during the year when the population soars and the atmosphere is electric! Chartering a luxury yacht during MIPIM, MIPCOM, Cannes Lions or the Cannes Film Festival is the ultimate way to experience these festivals and events.

Onshore, Cannes has superb dining options ranging from Italian pasta eateries to Michelin-starred restaurants and an array of good nightlife including wine bars, casinos, trendy nightclubs and swish cocktail lounges. There are world-class luxury hotels, gorgeous Spas with luxurious treatments and French Riviera golf courses just 15 minutes drive away.

Cultural Sites in Cannes

Cultural and artistic sites include Musée de la Castre and Notre Dame de l’Esperance at Le Suquet, Espace Miramar and La Malmaison for art exhibitions, the cinematic Painted Walls (‘Murs peints de Cannes’) and the monastery and Fort Royal at the Îles de Lérins. Marché Forville, is a ‘must-visit’ as it’s one of the French Riviera’s best markets; vendors sell everything from cheeses, cured meats and fresh pasta to olives, flowers and Provençal vegetables.

Shopping is a highlight for many people on a yacht charter in Cannes, with a diverse selection of shops easy reached from Vieux Port ranging from high street brands, interiors and beauty to top designer labels and haute couture showrooms.

La Croisette is a major drawcard for Cannes – take a stroll and admire the grand palace hotels, stop for a cocktail at one of the beach restaurants, go shopping at chic boutiques or simply sit on the blue chairs under the palm trees and take in the panoramic vistas of the Bay of Cannes with a myriad of superyachts at anchor.

Fort Royal on Cannes islands

Yachts for Charter in Cannes

Whether you are searching for a sailing or motor yacht vacation with friends and family, or a crewed superyacht rental in Cannes for entertaining clients, contact us to discuss charter yachts in Cannes.

Bespoke Yacht Charter have a portfolio of over 2,000 luxury motor yachts, superyachts or sailing vessels from 25-metres to 100-metres available for charter worldwide including locally for Cannes, St Tropez, Monaco, Antibes and other French Riviera and Mediterranean yacht charter destinations.

Here’s a glimpse into some standout charter yachts based in Cannes:

Please feel free to contact our charter brokers today to discuss other Cannes yacht charter options.

Planning and Booking a Yacht Charter in Cannes

Aerial viewpoint Antisan yacht cutting through waves

Chartering a yacht in Cannes is an immersive experience in luxury – a charter yacht offers many different activities for different ages to enjoy, it’s a playground for thrill seekers or leisurely sun worshippers, a gastronomic journey for gourmands.

A charter yacht allows you to venture to dynamic places along the French Riviera coastline or cruise to secluded places away from the crowds. You have everything in one place all with exceptional comfort, a private chef and professional crew.

Bespoke Yacht Charter understand that planning and booking a yacht charter can be daunting, so we have listed some tips to help you to understand the costs and processes involved in chartering a yacht.

Use a reputable yacht charter broker

Bespoke Yacht Charter are well versed in the latest yachts for charter, crew, charter destinations, maritime regulations and charter paperwork. Your yacht charter broker will assess what you want out of your charter and have recommendations based on your budget and requirements. Our brokers are discreet, professional and skilled at arranging yacht charters for families, friends or corporate parties and want you to have an amazing time! Anything is possible if you ask.

Advisable to book your yacht charter well in advance

Bespoke Yacht Charter advise our clients to book their preferred charter yacht as far in advance as possible – often, in peak season the availability is in high demand. July and August are busy months, also major events such as Cannes Lions, MIPIM, MIPCOM, Cannes Film Festival, and Monaco Grand Prix have deadlines to submit paperwork for yacht berths so to avoid disappointment book far in advance.

Sirocco Yacht

Decide on how you will use your charter yacht

What size of charter party do you want to accommodate? What budget do you have? Are there specific facilities your charter yacht must have? Your yacht charter broker can advise you the best option to suit your charter guests.

Research your charter destination

Where do you want to go and what type of activities do you want to do on your yacht charter? Do you want to relax, visit cultural points of interest, have a fun holiday? Some yachts are only available to charter in specific areas. Your yacht charter broker in Cannes is an expert source of information for your interests and can tailor your itinerary to create your ideal French Riviera yacht charter experience. They offer a wealth of knowledge about restaurants, ideal times of the year to charter, shopping and sightseeing.

Be specific with your preference sheet

It’s essential you communicate your likes and dislikes by completing your charter preference sheet in detail so your yacht charter broker can ensure your exact requirements are met for your charter.

Selecting a charter yacht

La Digue Mangusta 92 yacht drone bow

Your yacht charter broker will give you information on a range of charter yachts they feel meet your needs based on yacht size, guest numbers, cruising destination, facilities, interests. Consider the overall use of your yacht – don’t be put off by the exterior or age of some yachts. Many older charter yachts have had world-class refits to bring them up to date and prove to be brilliant options at lower cost than newly launched yachts. Likewise, if you dream of a charter on the latest innovative yacht, we can arrange that seamlessly.

Signing the MYBA Charter Agreement

Your yacht charter broker will draft a MYBA Charter Agreement to set out your rights, obligations and regulations related to your yacht charter. This includes details of the yacht, taxes, payment terms and costs, dates, ports etc.

At this time, you will be required to pay part of the charter fee as specified by the broker, typically 50% of the base charter fee.

You can also arrange additional charter insurance through your broker to cover you for cancellation or curtailment.

APA (Advance Provisioning Allowance)

Under MYBA charter terms, clients are liable for additional costs – known as ‘plus all expenses’. This is referred to as APA, or the Advance Provisioning Allowance, and is additional to the charter fee.

Luisa yacht at anchor in Cannes with her toy selection

It covers the cost of provisioning (food & beverages), fuel (including cruising, fuel for generators at anchor, fuel for tenders and water toys), berthing and miscellaneous expenses.

The APA is typically 30% additional to the charter cost and paid prior to the charter, to enable the yacht to provision and book berths etc. depending on your preferences.

The Captain is responsible for managing the expenses and keeping receipts and advising about unused amounts. Fuel is only charged if it is used, food and beverage is customised so the cost is dependent on the charter client’s requirements. Unused funds are returned to the charterer.

Final Charter Payment

The final balance of the charter fee, VAT and the APA amount will be expected before the charter embarks, usually thirty days before the charter commences.

Recommended in Cannes

We’ve compiled a list of activities to enjoy in Cannes which you can view in the sections below.

Cannes Port Panorama Croisette

Shopping in Cannes

Shopping in Cannes is one of the top attractions with timeless finds, classic French brands and global designer labels competing for the most opulent window displays along some of the French Riviera’s most iconic streets.

From bespoke leather shoes to luxury watches, from haute couture fashion to up-and-coming labels Cannes is a Pandora’s box for shopaholics.

Rue d’Antibes is the main retail street through central Cannes and home to major fashion stores and lifestyle brands including Diesel, Zara, Kenzo, FNAC, Maje, Petit Bateau and Lacoste.

For indoor shopping, Galaries Lafayettes Cannes sells swimwear, accessories, homewares, casual and formal clothing and beauty brands. Monoprix nearby is a supermarket in essence but also sells accessories and clothing. The Galerie du Gray d’Albion is Cannes’ largest shopping centre with fashion, art and caféterias available for keen shoppers to peruse.

The Croisette is where you can find major global luxury brands for jewellery, leather goods, accessories and fashion spread along 2 kilometres of seafront real estate. Premium labels with boutiques on the Croisette include Ralph Lauren, Prada, Chanel, Burberry, Valentino, Escada, Dior, Omega and the fabulous Jean-Paul Gaultier store with interiors by Philippe Starck.

Berluti (29 rue du Commandant André) close to the Croisette, is a must-visit for customized leather loafers, oxfords and boots as well as briefcases. As one of France’s premium luxury leather houses their previous clients include Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cashmere specialist Eric Bompard (26 rue du Commandant André) is the place to go for scarves, jackets and ponchos for cooler days.

One street away, Déclic Depot (6 rue Victor Cousin) is one of Cannes’ best kept shopping secrets. A boutique selling vintage and gently-used luxury labels such as Prada, Chanel, Gucci and Versace you can find a leather handbag, jewellery, clothes or accessories for a fraction of the price of a new item. The store isn’t in a particularly prominent location so look for the pink and white sign stating ‘Dépot Vente’.

As well as premier brands Rolex and Omega on the Croisette, watch lovers should stop into Cresus on rue des Etats-Unis, or visit Charles’ workshop at Man vs Time (3 rue Gérard Monod) who has impeccable knowledge of bespoke watches and vintage timepieces.

Seasoned shoppers should note that France has only two regulated sales (soldes) during the year – in January (winter) and July (summer) with each sale lasting for three weeks. The discounts are graduated with bigger reductions offered as the sale continues.

Cannes also hosts a Shopping Festival each year where shoppers can enjoy fashion shows and season previews. Across the French Riviera, there are also great deals in autumn at the Grande Braderies (Jumble Sales) held in Juan les Pins, Antibes and St Tropez.

Shoppers are also entitled to claim a refund on the sales tax (VAT or TVA) on purchases of €175 made in a single store. Ask the sales assistant for a ‘Détaxe’ form and you can claim your refund at the border before you depart France.

Special conditions do apply, for example, you must be a non-European Union resident, 16 years of age or older and not have used the goods you purchased yet.

Day Trips on a Cannes Yacht Charter

Cannes is an ideal base for day trips to the well-known resorts along the French Riviera as well as lunch dates at some of the extravagant hotels on the coastline or visiting the peaceful Îles de Lérins just off the mainland.

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