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31st March 2020

IYC Addresses COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns for Yacht Charter Clients

The growing COVID-19 coronavirus crisis has travelers wondering if this will affect yacht charters. The leading global yacht company, IYC, encourages those that want to book a charter to do so.  
Unlike ports of call for cruise ships, no marinas have been closed to yacht charters. And yachts are actually considered one of the most hygienic and safest places to be under any circumstance. The diligent efforts from crew members around the clock ensure that each yacht is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to, and throughout every trip.  Each yacht is disinfected between groups on board, the air is purified on most yachts, and cleanliness standards are very high. Some of the yachts use special air filters that control reduce the spread of pathogens, the Ozone Generator can be taken room to room for extra sanitation.

“The safety, security and health of our clients is of the utmost importance to us,” says IYC CEO, Stefanos Makrymichalos. “ IYC will continuously monitor the situation especially with concerns to charters in affected areas.”

To alleviate the stress customers are feeling while booking their charters this year, IYC is offering their clients an option to purchase trip-cancellation insurance for their trip, should they change their mind and wish to cancel their charter.

The U.S. and other countries are tracking current outbreaks and updating their travel advisories when they believe travelers should cancel trips, reconsider travel, or exercise increased caution in certain destinations due to the virus. IYC suggests their clients look up the travel advisoryfor any country they have plans to visit. If their trip is not imminent, they should then take their time to asses the seriousness of the situation and make a decision to whether they should change their vacation plans or not.

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