Superyacht marinas remain open amid virus fears

Unlike some cruise ports, superyacht marinas remain open amid coronavirus fears. An expert says it’s because yachts are more hygienic and less monitored than cruise ships.

Hillary Hoffower

The coronavirus pandemic may be shutting down some ports of call for cruise ships, but it’s not stopping luxury yacht marinas from staying open.

No marinas have yet to be closed to yacht charters, Stefanos Makrymichalos, CEO of superyacht firm IYC, told Business Insider. The major difference between cruise ports and marinas here is the average passenger count each sees hitting the docks on a daily basis. There are upwards of 12,000-plus cruise passengers traveling through major cruise ports a day, Makrymichalos said, while yachts on average host only four to 30 passengers.

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Superyachts. Photo by mali maeder from Pexels

Superyachts. Photo by mali maeder from Pexels

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