10 Best Yacht Charters for Large Groups (12+ Guests) Presented by Louis Lamprell

🕦 Jul 9, 2024

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Louis has a fantastic knowledge of the charter yacht market. He has participated in many yacht shows and inspected hundreds of yachts. His memory of specific details and his excellent networking skills enable him to secure deals quickly, especially when time is of the essence. Louis has a good mix of professional and friendly attitude and a great reading of client needs, reflected in the many 5-star client reviews where he is specifically mentioned!

Hvar Marina, Croatia

Yachts featured in this Article

Name Guests Length Price
Riva 38 158 ft €60,000 per week + expenses
Karizma 36 157 ft €60,000 per week + expense
Lupus Mare 32 141 ft €65,000 per week + expenses
Symphony 34 172 ft €75,500 per week + expenses
Aretha 30 148 ft €75,500 per week + expenses
Freedom 22 258 ft €100,000 per week + expenses
Running on Waves 45 210 ft €105,000 per week + expenses
Anthea 20 170 ft €128,000 per week + expenses
Variety Voyager 71 223 ft €247,600 per week + expenses
Saluzi 32 226 ft €480,000 per week + expenses
Motor Yacht Lupus Mare with water toys.jpg

EU Regulations Restrict Number of Guests on Yacht Charters

If you’re looking for a yacht charter that can accommodate a large group (more than 12 guests), you might already have noticed that they aren’t easy to find everywhere in the Mediterranean.

For example, the maximum capacity on almost all yachts in Greece is 12 guests.

This is due to one thing: stringent EU regulations, which effectively make it close to impossible to have more than 12 people on board a yacht charter, even on yachts with 20 cabins.

The stipulations basically require yachts to have commercial licenses comparable to cruise ships.

This includes safety equipment with Titanic parameters and additional requirements that private boat owners are not willing to fulfill.

Sailing Yacht Running on Waves under full sail

Find More Options for Large Groups in Croatia and Turkey

However, this is not the case for 2 locations in the Mediterranean: Croatia and Turkey!

Because the Croatian coast does not impose any limits on large-group charters, there are plenty of options for yachts for larger groups.

These yachts typically have a capacity for 12 to 20 guests, and some can accommodate over 50 guests.

Finding the Right Yacht for a Larger Group

Traveling with a large group along the Croatian coastline can be challenging on a small, cramped boat.

Luckily, Croatia offers a wide selection of larger yachts, including motor yachts, catamarans, and sailing yachts.

These vessels provide spacious cabins, open decks, and an array of water toys, ensuring guests enjoy a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Check out ALL charter yachts for large groups 12+ guests

10. Riva

Riva is a 158-foot custom-built motor yacht (2018) with a cruising speed of 9 knots. She accommodates 36 guests in 18 cabins: 3 Masters, 11 VIPs, 3 Twins, and 2 Pullman Cabins –  a great and flexible cabin layout for families!!  She has a crew of 11.

Highlights of Riva are her stunning sundeck with an open-air Jacuzzi and sunbeds for everyone.

Her design is super nice, focusing on a natural feel with lots of wood, bright fabrics, and plants. She truly feels like a floating summer holiday resort!

Riva also comes with a Jet Ski.

Riva is a really great option for a large group wishing to share an affordable charter vacation in Croatia – split the bill, and you are looking at only €1,666 per person for a 1-week of luxury accommodation AND island hopping in places where luxury hotels ashore are super expensive!

Jetski
Jacuzzi

Riva

From €60,000/week
10+ cabins
158 ft
Custom
38 guests
Built: 2018

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  • Riva on Anchor in Croatia
  • Riva Sundeck with Jacuzzi
  • Riva Upper Deck with Sun Loungers

9. Karizma

Karizma is a 158-foot custom-built motor yacht (2016). She underwent a refit in 2023 and is in brand-new condition.

She accommodates 36 guests in 19 cabins, some of which are convertible. Two triple cabins are excellent for families with small kids.

Highlights onboard Karizma is her great deck space (across 4 decks) with a Jacuzzi and more than enough sunbeds for everyone.

For those seeking adventure, Karizma is equipped with 2 Jetskis, water skis, seabobs, paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling gear.

A floating platform/dock extends her swim deck, making accessing the water and launching water toys super easy!

Jetskis: 2
Jacuzzi

Karizma

From €60,000/week
10+ cabins
157 ft
Custom
36 guests
Refit: 2023

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Motor Yacht Anthea Open-air Jacuzzi
  • Anthea Open-Air Jacuzzi
Motor Yacht Anthea Al Fresco Dining
  • Anthea Al Fresco Dining on Main Deck
Motor Yacht Anthea Chef's amazing food
  • Anthea 5-Star Menu

8. Lupus Mare

Lupus Mare is a 141-foot motor yacht built in 2011 and refitted in 2022. She accommodates 32 guests in 15 cabins and has a crew of 10.

Lupus Mare is a great value for money yacht, featuring a selection of luxury facilites usually only found on yachts double her price.

She’s got an on deck Jacuzzi, a beautiful classic sauna, a fully equipped indoor gym, and a large cinema room with seating for everyone.

Her water toy selection include a Jet Ski, kayaks, paddleboards, seabobs, floating mats and snorkeling gear, all easily launched from her aft swim platform.

Lupus Mare is a super popular charter yacht with excellent client reviews!

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

LUPUS MARE

From €65,000/week
10+ cabins
141 ft
Custom
32 guests
Refit: 2018 and 2022
200 Litres/Hr

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Motor Yacht Lupus Mare with water toys.jpg
  • Lupus Mare with Water Toys
Motor Yacht Lupus Mare sauna
  • Lupus Mare Sauna
Motor Yacht Lupus Mare Jacuzzi
  • Lupus Mare Open-Air Jacuzzi

7. Symphony

Symphony is a 172-foot motor yacht built in 2020 with a refit in 2024, – She is NEW!

She accommodates 30 guests in 15 cabins (13 doubles and 2 twins) and has a crew of 12.

Symphony is only a small step up in price from Riva and Karizma but a big step up when it comes to onboard amenities.

She has 2 Jacuzzis, rarely seen on yachts, an outdoor bar, an indoor cinema, and great wellness facilities, including a sauna, massage salon, and outdoor gym.

Symphony also comes with a Jet Ski, waterskis for both adults and kids, several seabobs, kayaks, and paddleboards.

All these water toys can be easily launched from her swim deck.

Jetski
Jacuzzi

SYMPHONY

From €75,500/week
10+ cabins
172 ft
30 guests
Refit: 2024
100 Litres/Hr

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Motor Yacht Symphony with 2 hot tubs on deck
  • Symphony with 2 Hot Tubs on Deck
Motor Yacht Symphony on deck gym
  • Symphony Outdoor Gym
Motor Yacht Symphony on deck massage
  • Symphony with Massage on Deck

6. Aretha

Aretha is a 148-foot motor yacht built in 2018 and refitted in 2024—she is also NEW!

She accommodates 30 guests in 15 cabins and has a crew of 12.

Just like MY Symphony above, Aretha features 2 Jacuzzis side by side on the deck. This is a super detail on a yacht charter for a large group!

She also has an outdoor bar with a bartender, an indoor cinema, and a fully equipped gym, as well as a sauna and massage salon.

Her water toy selection includes 1 Jet Ski, wakeboard, seabob, waterskis for both adults and kids, 6 paddleboards, 6 kayaks, and floating mats. Everything is easily launched from her aft swim platform.

Jetski
Jacuzzi

ARETHA

From €75,500/week
10+ cabins
148 ft
30 guests
Refit: 2024
100 Litres/Hr

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Motor YachtAretha foredeck from above with sunloungers and waterslide
  • Aretha Foredeck & Waterslide
MY Aretha Bar and Bartender
  • Aretha Outdoor Bar with Bartender
MY Aretha massage room
  • Aretha Massage Room

5. Freedom

Freedom is a 158-foot motor yacht built in 2019 and refitted in 2022. She accommodates 22 guests in 11 cabins and has a crew of 12.

Personally I think Freedom is one of the nicest charter yachts for large groups currently on the market. Her popularity confirms this!!

The sundeck on Freedom has a pool, a large jacuzzi, two open bars, a fitness studio, a sauna, and a cinema/gaming room. The space can either be used as a health and well-being area for yoga and fitness (and smoothies!) or alternatively a lively venue for entertainment (and cocktails!).

If you love water sports, Freedom offers 2 Jet Skis, 2 SeaBobs, water skis, a wakeboard, a tube ride, a Ringo ride, 4 paddleboards, 2 electric paddleboards (Lampuge), 2 E-foils (Audi E-Tron), a canoe, and a waterslide.

Jetski
Jacuzzi

Freedom

From €100,000/week
10+ cabins
158 ft
Custom
22 guests
Refit: 2022
80 Litres/Hr

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Motor Yacht Freedom aft deck plunge pool / jacuzzi
  • Freedom Aft Deck Plunge Pool
Motor Yacht Freedom aft deck jacuzzi
  • Freedom Foredeck Jacuzzi
  • Freedom Indoor Jacuzzi

4. Running on Waves

And now to something a little different: Running on Waves is a 210-foot tall ship (sailing yacht) launched by Gdansk & Jaroslaw Filipiak shipyard in 2011.

Perfect for event charters, Running on Waves offers spacious accommodation for up to 45 guests across 18 cabins. With a large crew of 19, your every need will be catered to. Note that Running on Waves’ main cruising areas are Croatia, Greece, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

Running on Waves is a spectacular vessel. She has three masts and looks incredible under full sail. She is perfectly designed for a large gathering to have a great time, with Spa facilities, a Movie Theater, a fully equipped gym, a conference room, and a hot tub on the deck.

Running on Waves offers a great value charter deal considering the bill can be split in 45!!

Jetski
Jacuzzi

RUNNING ON WAVES

From €105,000/week
10+ cabins
210 ft
Gdansk
45 guests
Built: 2011

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Sailing Yacht Running on Waves under full sail
  • Running on Waves under Full Sail
Sailing Yacht Running on Waves outdoor hot tub
  • Running on Waves Ondeck Hot Tub
Sailing Yacht Running on Waves indoor Bar
  • Running on Waves Indoor Bar

3. Anthea

Anthea is a 170-foot motor yacht built in 2021 – another NEW luxury charter yacht. She accommodates 20 guests in 10 cabins with a crew of 12.

If you have a crush on a yacht, I have one on Anthea. She is a super stunning yacht with incredible attention to detail and a very high level of service. The onboard Chef, Pave Turic, has worked in fine dining for 30 years, and his food is to die for!

Anthea offers a great selection of water toys and equipment for on-water activities, including 2 seabobs, 2 Jet Skis, SUPs, snorkeling and fishing equipment, wakeboards, water skis for adults and children, and a floating beach.

The gym and Finnish sauna on the main deck make it easy to upkeep the health regimes. AND The on-deck hot tub, outdoor cinema, and bar make it easy to keep having a great time!

Jetskis: 2
Jacuzzi

ANTHEA

From €128,319/week
10+ cabins
170 ft
Custom
20 guests
Built: 2021
100 Litres/Hr

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Motor Yacht Anthea Open-air Jacuzzi
  • Anthea Open-Air Jacuzzi
Motor Yacht Anthea Al Fresco Dining
  • Anthea Al Fresco Dining on Main Deck
Motor Yacht Anthea Chef's amazing food
  • Anthea 5-Star Menu

2. Variety Voyager

VARIETY VOYAGER is a 223-foot steel motor yacht built in 2012 at the Greek Psarros Shipyard.

She is a clear winner and a rarity when it comes to guest capacity, accommodating 71 guests across 36 cabins.

Her crew of 32 provides white-glove service.

Her spa and fitness suite, located on the lower deck, offers massage, sauna, and some fitness equipment.

VARIETY VOYAGERS’s dedicated spa therapist provides hair, face, and nail treatments.

This is a perfect yacht for large celebrations, which will take center stage on the main deck, which features both a bar with a bartender and a residence DJ!

Variety Voyager

From €247,650/week
10+ cabins
223 ft
Custom
71 guests
Built: 2012

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Motor Yacht Variety Voyager Sun deck
  • Variety Voyager Sun Deck Lounge
Motor Yacht Variety Voyager On deck bar
  • Variety Voyager Central On-Deck Bar
Motor Yacht Variety Voyager al fresco dining
  • Variety Voyager Al Fresco Dining

1. Saluzi

And now to number 1 on the list: This is both a significant jump in price and in luxury!

Saluzi, a 226-foot motor yacht built by Austal in 2003. She accommodates 32 guests in 16 cabins and has a large crew of 34.

Note, Saluzi charters in Greece, Turkey, Croatia, France, Sardinia and Corsica.

I love Saluzi’s bright, modern interior and exterior design. She truly feels like a floating palace. Her sun deck is especially sleek, with beautiful sun loungers, 2 hot tubs under umbrellas, and a central bar.

She also features excellent spa facilities, a gym, a movie theater, and a Jet Ski, among other water toys.

Jetski
Jacuzzi

SALUZI

From €480,000/week
10+ cabins
226 ft
Austal
32 guests
Built: 2003

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MY Saluzi main deck with central bar and sun loungers
  • Saluzi Main Deck with Central Bar
MY Saluzi sun deck with jacuzzis
  • Saluzi Sun Deck with 2 Hot Tubs
Motor Yacht Saluzi spa room
  • Saluzi Spa Room

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