How the superyacht set have sailed by way of the pandemic, from the Med to the Caribbean

However, the Caribbean has its own problems: “Because of different governments, there are strict regulations that differ from port to port,” says Daphne d’Offay, Senior Charter Manager at Ocean Independence. Americans have therefore stayed close to home and have “a lot more local Florida charters – the Keys, Gulf Coast”.

The Bahamas are also a hit with both US owners who couldn’t visit the Mediterranean during the summer and Europeans who don’t want to get caught up in the Caribbean red tape during their Christmas charter (you only have one government to deal with have to deal).

Although it is also no walk in the park to get to the Bahamas. “The protocols we have been dealing with are constantly changing,” says d’Offay. “Despite the changes, the local contacts and agents we have are our lifeline. When we follow the procedures, we rarely find that you are turned away, if at all. “

And once you’re in, you’re in. If the changing rules make it difficult to leave, there are, as Grossman put it, worse places.

Caroline White is deputy editor of the world’s leading superyacht magazine BOAT International

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