Ritz-Carlton is launching hotels on three massive luxury yachts

By Tom Wadlow
Marriott’s Ritz-Carlton business is claiming to be the first operator of hotels on land and at sea, this having purchased three huge yachts which it w...

Marriott’s Ritz-Carlton business is claiming to be the first operator of hotels on land and at sea, this having purchased three huge yachts which it will turn into floating hotels.

The first of three lavish cruising yachts in this series is scheduled to take to sea in the fourth quarter of 2019, with bookings being taken from May of next year. Prices for the 7-10-day trips are as yet unknown, and the yachts will also be available for private charter.  

“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,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer 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.”

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. 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.

The specially designed small capacity vessel will measure 190-meters, 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 cruise ship design firm, Tillberg Design of Sweden.

For more information, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/yachts.

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