Private Yacht Charter Updates & Safety Information
We are excited to get back to cruising and helping you plan an unforgettable private event on the water in Miami! As we resume rentals for all luxury vessels, please know that the health and well-being of our guests and crew members is our number one priority. We are closely monitoring the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as our local health departments and authorities on the best practices while operating. Our ample yachts feature multiple decks with indoor and outdoor spaces. We will continue to assess, refine, and update our standards to keep you safe as new information is available.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
Per current guidelines, our 60” round tables will be set six feet apart for six guests, as opposed to our previous ten, which will offer ample room and additional space between guests.
Our flow-through dining arrangement will allow us to control the number of guests in the dining area at any one time, as well as the flow to stations, which will limit lines and guest contact.
All employees are required to do a self-check prior to the start of their shift. All staff uniforms will adhere to CDC guidelines. This will include masks constantly and gloves while handling food that will be disinfected/changed for every event.
Cleaning & Sanitation
We will be providing hand sanitizing stations throughout the vessel, at boarding on the dock, on every deck, as well as near food and beverage areas.
We will have a specialized team thoroughly clean and disinfect key surfaces and areas before and after each event, with two hours specifically designated to ensure that this task is prioritized.
To maintain cleanliness throughout the event, cleaning specialists will be tasked with ongoing cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch and common areas, which include but are not limited to handrails, backs of chairs, doorknobs, bars, counters, high tops, low cocktail tables, coffee tables, bathroom sinks, toilet handles, etc. These tasks will be completed per the CDC and Miami-Dade County guidelines.
Our bathrooms feature ample individual stalls. These areas will fall into our 30-minute cleaning guidelines and will be maintained and serviced by our cleaning specialists. Bathrooms are equipped with disinfectant soap, hand sanitizers, and disposable hand towels.
Glassware, flatware, and tableware will be washed, disinfected, and steam cleaned before and throughout the event. Rolled up flatware and water glasses will be provided for each guest and presented individually at each place setting.
Welcome drinks are freshly poured upon boarding in sanitized glassware. To curb the need for congregating at the bar or making long lines, our staff will be providing cocktail service to all guests, as well as handing out welcome drinks.
All food and drinks will be handled, presented, and served to guests to minimize cross-contamination. Butler-passed hors d’oeuvres will no longer be passed. Instead they will be arranged as a station. All platters and food stations will be staffed with an attendant behind plexiglass who will be responsible for personally serving each guest.
Our new and improved buffet techniques will feature plexiglass to protect the food while guests are served by a gloved attendant. Tables will be called one at a time to prevent crowding. Our existing procedures will ensure that our buffet is staffed to serve guests individually and erase the need for self-service. This measure will prevent serving utensils from coming into contact with any guests.
Our bread, salad, coffee, and dessert will be served tableside, eliminating the need for self-service. Salt, pepper, and condiments will be individually packaged for each guest.
If additional steps are required, we are happy to provide them as requested.
You are having an event! You found your venue, and you decided on a date. What’s next?
Well, for me, this is the fun part. This is when we set “The Vibe” think décor, what feeling do you want your guests to have? What is the purpose of this event? Do you have an ambiance in mind? Those are the first steps to distinguishing the vibe and essence of your event.
My name is Stephanie Diaz and I am the event manager at Biscayne Lady Yacht Charters. I have been with the organization for over 10 years and am excited to share with you what I think creates a great event. This is the time to bring out those Pinterestboards, scroll through social media, and roll out those screenshots you have been saving. I always encourage my clients to share these images with me so I can get a feeling for their event inspiration.
The keyword here is inspiration. Are you admiring a centerpiece, lighting, tablescape, entertainment, etc.? These are all elements of your event that your coordinator can guide you through. Keep in mind, this is your event, and we can customize it for you. Something to remember during this time, is that these are photos for inspiration. Many of these photos have been edited or set up for an editorial purpose. They are not necessarily the most practical for every event, and that’s okay. This is all you need, to create the perfect event with YOUR unique twist.
One of the things I like to do during the next step is determine the flow of the event. What is the flow? When the guests come to your event, where will they go, what will they see, smell, or feel? We love to give guests a great first impression! At Biscayne Lady Yacht Charters when your guests are about to board the yacht, they are greeted with a red carpet. This makes them feel welcome. This says luxury! They are then welcomed by a smiling face and guided to get a glass of champagne, or welcome drink to get the party started. If you are hosting a MexicanFiesta, then Margaritas are the perfect greeting drink. As we welcome them upstairs, they smell the ocean breeze; they hear the ocean. This sets the mood. Your guests are now taking in the elements and feeling relaxed. They get upstairs and what do they see; beautiful café lights hanging over them, they take in the surrounding views, and they hear the music playing. Creating the atmosphere, we specifically designed for them. They are then immersed, and the mood is set.
Shortly thereafter, we start passing some beautifully presented hors d’ oeuvres. Once again, tying in our theme, and making your guests feel like you’ve thought of every detail. Your guests will be mixing and mingling, ready for whatever is about to happen next. For many of our events, this is the highlight. After a long week of conferences and meetings our guests are simply here to relax and unwind. For some this could be the start of a grand event like a wedding or special birthday.
Another thing we love to do is tie your menu to your event theme. “Havana Nights” is one of the most popular event styles in Miami. To us “Havana Nights” means Mojitos, a Latin Jazz Band, a Cigar Roller, and one of our Cuban inspired menus with grilled skirt steak, chimichurri and sweet fried plantains.
Speaking of dinner, the dining room is a great place to bring your event inspiration to life! From lighting to your tablescape, this is the perfect place to add your special touch. For a corporate event this could mean we do centerpieces or a napkin in your company color. For a wedding this can mean specialty linen, custom centerpieces, and a dressed up sweetheart table.
The key here is to remember that no event is the same, every event is different, and most importantly this is your event. This means you can make it special, unique and exactly as you have imaged it to be. After working with Biscayne Lady Yacht Charters for a decade I can honestly say, no two events are the same. That’s the beauty of this creative process, and as your event coordinators, we are here to help navigate you to arrive at the desired outcome. Once you arrive, on the day of your event, the hard part is done. This is your time to relax, enjoy and leave the rest to US!
By Senior Event Manager