The first of Ritz-Carlton’s Yacht Collection ships hit the water for the first time recently at a shipyard in Vigo, Spain. Cruises don’t begin until February 2020, but reservations are open for one of the newest luxury cruise lines around.
They will be newest and finest small cruising vessels afloat.
The new ships will be customized, in keeping with the line’s mission to create a bespoke ship that reflects “the lifestyle of the Ritz-Carlton’s luxury resorts and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation.”
ELEGANT CRUISE LINERS
The small elegant cruise liners are planned for the custom fleet. Each will feature 149 suites with private terraces. Destinations for the first ship include the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Canada, and the northeastern United States.
Ritz-Carlton is not new to cruising.
- A superbly elegant dining salon was featured on the United States Lines SS Leviathan, built initially as Hamburg America Line’s SS Vaterland was an ocean liner which regularly crossed the North Atlantic from 1914 to 1934. Only with the Ritz-Carlton suburb cuisine onboard the Leviathan, there was no wine to accompany your fabulous meal. The Leviathan, during the madness of “Prohibition” in the United States, a “dry ship,” from 1920 to 1933. This was a significant disadvantage for American flagships.
- Thirsty Americans moved toward ships – all European and Japanese liners – which featured fully stocked bars.
- Holland American Line’s elegant trans-Atlantic liner SS Rotterdam featured a chic Ritz-Carlton ballroom and lounge. The framed liner crossed the Atlantic, cruised during the winter months including an annual Around the World Cruise.
Some highlights of the new Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection include:
- Only 298 guests and 248 crew
- No main show lounge
- A plunge pool on every outdoor deck
- Unique marina-style platform with direct access to the water, similar to superyachts
- Five restaurants including Aqua by Chef Sven Elverfeld
- 24hr room service
- Complimentary WiFi and shipboard gratuities
- The yacht will also feature two 158 square-meter lavish penthouse suites, each with its private whirlpool.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection guests will enjoy an all-inclusive luxury sailing experience including spacious accommodations, onboard activities, and entertainment, multiple dining venues, onboard gratuities, and WiFi. Voyage prices will vary based upon the itinerary and season.
- Guests will explore charming harbors, exclusive beaches, outdoor adventures and inspired destination-based itineraries crafted from the localized perspective of the experts at The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.
- he cruise company will offer new worlds, cultures, tastes — the serene quietude of an underwater ecosystem, or the excellent flavors of an unexplored cuisine. Along the way, discover another side of yourself.
Some sample prices: Seven-night cruises to the Mediterranean (Athens to Venice) start at $5,900 per person; Iceland and the Arctic Circle, $6,100 per person; and the Caribbean (Cartagena, Colombia, to Bridgetown, Barbados), $4,600 per person. Prices are based on double occupancy and exclude port fees.
- The stateroom costs includes onboard activities and entertainment, dining, beverages, gratuities, and WiFi.
Info: The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, (833) 999-7292.