FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What kind of company is Del Rio Yachts?

Del Rio Yachts offers luxury yachts and boats for memorable charters or cruises—whether you’re splurging on a storybook wedding for up to 1,200 guests or an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime dinner for two. 

We will host your special event on your own elegant “private yacht” rather than in a landlocked restaurant or crowded catering hall. Best of all, you and your guests will be wined and dined with a view of the harbor’s star-studded skyline. It truly is an event no guest will ever forget.

Are events on yachts more expensive than those held in banquet halls?

Having your event aboard a yacht or boat isn’t necessarily more expensive than having it in a banquet room. Different factors come into play that affect prices, including the type of yacht, menu selection, length of cruise and entertainment. If you compare our price packages to a banquet room offering the same menu and details, you’ll see that our packages are competitive. But of course we offer something that no banquet hall ever can—a moving panorama of the glittering New York, New Jersey or Connecticut skyline.

How long are the events held aboard yachts?

This is completely up to you. Del Rio Yachts will suggest how much time is needed to completely execute your event. Our suggestions will factor in all details of the occasion. For example, a corporate cocktail reception can easily be held, start to finish, on a three-hour cruise. But if you’re having your wedding on board, including ceremony, cocktail hour, sit-down dinner, full open bar, dancing and all other formalities, we recommend a minimum of five hours.

Does the boat rock during the cruise?

Guests take a very special voyage, but we remain within one mile of shore at all times. The land masses on either side buffer the yacht from rocking. Once underway, the trained captain of the vessel will navigate the river to provide a smooth ride. You can rest assured that you’ll be able to balance a glass of 
champagne and shrimp cocktail without a hitch!

How can I preview the yacht?

Once you have an initial telephone consultation with one of our event coordinators, we will email you information to review. After your review, we will set up an appointment to show you the vessel of your liking.  One of our event coordinators will meet you on the yacht and explain all details and answer any 
questions you might have.

How do I reserve a yacht?

Once you decide on a yacht, time and date, we will place a hold for you. Your hold will become a legal agreement once we receive the deposit and contract for that yacht. If another client makes a request for your yacht on the same date before we have received your deposit and contract, we will contact you and provide a 24-hour window to submit your deposit and contract. If we don’t receive your deposit and contract within the 24-hour window, we will then have to forfeit your hold and make the yacht available to the next client.

What do you recommend for entertainment?

Entertainment on the water is a careful consideration. There’s already so much to see and do on the yacht that whatever you choose has to be scheduled at just the right time so it doesn’t interfere with the flow of the cruise and the sights it offers. One of our event coordinators will be happy to work with you on options. 

We will then set up and coordinate all entertainment for your event so that the entire experience is stress-free for you. We have every choice you can imagine, whether you prefer a live band, DJ, magicians, tarot card readers or caricaturists. We have seen it all, booked it all and can provide it all—and that includes meeting equipment such as microphones and podiums and wedding details such as cakes and fresh flowers.

Will we have the yacht to ourselves?

Different boats have different options but generally, you will have the yacht to yourself. On larger yachts, you may book the whole yacht or choose to have a private deck while another event is hosted onboard.  

We are happy to assist you with these decisions and look forward to helping you plan your charter.

What months do you operate?

We operate all year long.  Our charters are held rain or shine.  All of our elegantly appointed yachts are air-conditioned in hot weather and heated when it’s cold.

How far in advance should I book my charter?

The sooner you book, the better. Our calendar fills up fast, especially in popular party seasons. By January of every year, most of the prime Friday and Saturday nights during the summer months are already booked—though sometimes we may have rare cancellations that free up a prime date. Call us as soon as you know what you’d like. We’ll help make your dream come true.

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