Created by The Ritz-Carlton and maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen, in collaboration with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is entering into the cruise industry with the launch of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.
The first ship will cruise a wide variety of destinations depending on the season, including the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Due to the intimate size of the vessel, the yacht will call at unique locations typically not accessible to large cruise ships, from Capri and Portofino to St. Barths and the old town of Cartagena. With a relaxed pace, that includes both overnight and daytime ports of call, guests will be offered a uniquely curated destination experience.
The yacht measures 190-meters, can accommodate up to 298 passengers and feature 149 suites, each with its own private balcony. The yacht will also feature two 138 square-meter lavish duplex penthouse suites, with modern craftsmanship and interior finishes jointly designed by The Ritz-Carlton and leading cruise ship design firm, Tillberg Design of Sweden.
Throughout the journey, guests will indulge in a cruising style that is unparalleled in the ultra-luxury cruise and private yachting sectors. The Ritz-Carlton yachts will feature a restaurant by Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg; a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa; and a Panorama Lounge and wine bar, offering a wide variety of on-board entertainment.
The first of three lavish cruising yachts in this series is scheduled to take to sea in the fourth quarter of 2019 for which Marriott International will be the only provider of luxury accommodations both on land and at sea. Reservations will open in May 2018. The ships of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection are also available for private charter.