Ritz-Carlton is set to become the first luxury hotel brand to get into the world of cruises. But these are not really cruises. We’re talking smaller and much more luxurious. The first of three Ritz-Carlton yachts will set sail in February 2020. Two more yachts are expected to launch the following year.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection promises to to combine the luxury lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation. Each yacht will feature 149 suites, each with its own private terrace, and accommodate up to 298 guests in a relaxed, casually elegant atmosphere. You can expect a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa, and a restaurant by three Michelin-starred chef Sven Elverfeld of The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg.
Douglas Prothero, Managing Director of the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection told Forbes that “most voyages range from 7-10 nights and no two itinerary routes will be alike.” Destinations planned for the first yacht include the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, Latin America, Canada and the Northeastern United States.
Ritz-Carlton yachts will be some of the smallest, most luxurious products in the market, and the size of the yachts will allow greater opportunities for exploration at more intimate ports, such as Monte Carlo, Portofino, the island towns of Corsica and the Balearics.
Now let get to the price. As expected, it will not be cheap to enjoy the luxury of Ritz-Carlton out at sea. A 7-night cruise in the Caribbean for example starts at $4,600 per person, A 7-night cruises in the Mediterranean starts at $5,800 per person. If you want to book, then reservations are already open.
Loyalty program benefits are also expected, but information is not yet available. They are expected to announce loyalty benefits for members of Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and SPG.