his week the Ritz-Carlton Hotel revealed plans for its luxury cruise line, with three ships aimed to set sea starting in late 2019. Somewhere between a private superyacht and a small ocean liner, these ships will accommodate the “the 1% of global travelers,” according to Bloomberg.
With larger rooms, more dining options, and common space for guests to relax onboard, the new The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has been designed in an attempt to defy all cruise ship stereotypes.
“This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in the press release. Ahead, a look at one of the designs for the cruise boat, created by the firm Tillberg Design of Sweden.
The cruise lines will explore the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and New England. Trip itineraries will offer less time at sea, and more time to explore the smaller ports.
Unlike most cruises, rooms will not be called staterooms, but rather, suites. There will be 149 suites onboard, accommodating up to 298 passengers — and two 138 square-meter duplex penthouse suites. Intimate spaces will be created for dining and drinking, and guests can go and eat whenever they wish, rather than the traditional set meal times that are so customary on cruises.
During each trip local talent — such as chefs, artists, and guest lectures — will join for a variety of entertainment throughout the cruise.
As partnerships are still forming for day activities and excursions, prices are yet to be set.
The first of the three ships will set sail in late 2019, however reservations will open starting May 2018.
by Sarah Jacobs