The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company is taking its unique brand of luxury to the high seas with the launch of three lavish yachts, the first of which will arrive in late 2019. A unique venture for a hotel company, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection was created by maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen and will be operated by the Marriott International brand under a long-term agreement.
“The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality and the vessels are sure to be true stand-outs in some of the most glamorous ports around the world,” says Herve Humler, President and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service.”
Seven- to 10-day itineraries are being developed with an intent to combine the lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton’s luxury resorts and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation at both intimate and signature destinations alike throughout 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.
The specially designed small capacity vessel will measure 190 metres, accommodate up to 298 passengers, and feature 149 suites, each with its own private balcony. On-board service “will give new meaning to curated luxury travel,” promises managing director of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Lars Clasen.
Amenities will include 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. Additionally, the yacht will offer one-of-a-kind curated destination journeys through collaborations with local chefs, musicians and artists, allowing guests to experience the locations in unique and experiential ways, both onboard and ashore.
Reservations will open in May 2018.