Ritz-Carlton Ventures Into Luxury Yachting

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, one of the foremost names in luxury travel, is set to expand to the high seas with a new small ship, luxury cruising operation.


Set to launch in time for the 2019 cruise season, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will focus on visiting smaller ports in popular cruise regions with a trio of bespoke yachts. Current plans call for the first 2 yachts to sail the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Canada and New England, with the third cruising the South Pacific on 7- to 10-night voyages.


Measuring 190 meters and able to accommodate up to 298 passengers, the ships will be co-designed by the hospitality operator and Tillberg Design of Sweden, with construction at the Barreras Shipyard in Vigo, Spain. Each will feature 149 suites with private balconies (including 2 duplex penthouse suites) and the interior finishes and craftsmanship will be true to the Ritz-Carlton’s brand of modern luxury found in its 94 hotels and resorts worldwide.


Painted black reminiscent of a privately owned mega-yacht rather than a traditional small cruise ship, cruisers can expect the brand’s legendary service and high standards to match its sleek aesthetics, Onboard facilities will include an intimate restaurant by Michelin-starred Chef Sven Elverfeld, a panorama lounge and wine bar, as well as a Ritz-Carlton spa. Initial renderings also show an infinity pool at the back of the ship, a helicopter landing pad and a marina platform with kayaks and a Riva/Muskoka-style tender.


The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is the latest entrant to the luxury cruise industry, a segment dominated by leading brands such as Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Seabourn and Silversea Cruises.


For more information, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/yachts.

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