Cruising is not usually associated with corporate yacht charters in Cannes, however during several festivals, in particular Cannes Lions, cruising is becoming more and more important to clients. Instead of holding a private lunch for VIP guests onboard the charter yacht in port, now yacht charter clients want to be able to host these lunch meetings in total privacy at anchor! Add in a short cruise along the French Riviera coastline with a glass of champagne and as if by magic that elusive deal is done! Other yacht charter clients host shore based events in St Tropez and want to use the yacht as not just a venue but transport too! Here things get competitive! Most yachts hosting event charters are able to cruise with a maximum of 12 guests. However, there are a handful of charter yachts which hold a special permit allowing them to cruise with more than this. This is done under strict license by the flag state and involves quite a bit of additional security red tape to adhere to so there are only a handful of yachts willing to go through this process. So having briefly discussed earlier the necessity to book early in order to secure a great berth, if yacht charter clients wish to cruise with large numbers (up to 49 and one yacht 100!) then booking early takes on a new meaning! Please note that for the largest events such as MIPIM and Cannes Film Festival, it is not possible to cruise on any yacht due to the number of charter yachts squashed into the port, it’s not possible to leave again once they’re in until the end of the event. But for all others, cruising is becoming a very popular. During Cannes Lions for example, there is a tradition of hosting brunches at the beaches in St Tropez on the Thursday. Many charter yachts cruise down to Club 55 and Bagatelle and all race back to Cannes at the end of day, Captains and Crews joining in the fun of competition and everyone wanting to be first back in port!