When the Ritz-Carlton announced the construction of three luxury yachts in 2017, fans of the popular American hotel chain were surprised, and immediately excited to hop aboard. Now, four years later, after pandemic-related delays and rumors of overspending, the first ship is finally ready to set sail this summer and prove that five-star hospitality can exist on the high seas.
The 623-foot-tall cruise ship, geared euro, will embark on its inaugural cruise in the Mediterranean on August 6, but the Ritz-Carlton couldn’t resist flaunting its pre-luxury interiors. Much like a luxury hotel, this beautiful giant hotel comes complete with 149 spacious suites that can collectively accommodate up to 298 guests.
Each suite has a private balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings, which together create a light and airy feel. A high percentage of larger suites will be available, but you’ll also be able to choose one of the many loft suites that provide two floors of space for endless in-suite entertainment. Best of all, if you’re traveling with the family, you can combine nearby suites to form a larger, open-plan residence.
Ritz-Carlton users can expect to find the brand’s signature king-size beds, double decker baths, and high-threaded linens. Not to mention there are soundproof walls to ensure your privacy throughout the flight.
Most trips range from seven to 10 days. according to season, euro He will visit the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. Destinations will vary along the way from the Spanish Balearic Islands to the French Riviera to the coasts of Costa Rica. Furthermore, since the ship is slightly smaller than other ships, it will have access to coveted ports of call such as Mykonos, Saint-Tropez, and St. Barts and more.
At each destination, you’ll be able to take part in intimate group tours of the hotel’s elevated Shore Collection. Of course, if you prefer to explore independently, the Concierge Ashore team can help arrange private experiences or customized events by working with local guides to create a more comprehensive and personal itinerary.
As for the layover time on the plane, euro It offers an eclectic range of ESPA spa treatments and even has its own restaurant called SEA, the latter led by Chef Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, a three-star Michelin restaurant at the Ritz Carlton, Wolfsburg, offering five-course tastings paired with fine wines and champagne.
Every element of the luxury yachting experience has been carefully considered during construction euroDouglas Prothero, CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Yachting Group, said in a statement. “This attention to detail and innovation, and our commitment to providing immersive and highly personalized cruises, will put The Ritz-Carlton Yachting Group into a league of its own, promising unforgettable vacations for both longtime cruisers and those new to space.”
When it comes to price, prices vary depending on your destination, but a seven-day Caribbean cruise is on board euro Starts at $5,100 per person in a double suite. The other two yachts in the Ritz-Carlton fleet are also in production and are scheduled to hit the seas in 2024 and 2025, respectively. All three yachts will also be available for private charters.
Five star hospitality, really.
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