The Ritz-Carlton takes to the sea with cruising business
The first of three cruising yachts by Ritz Carlton is scheduled to take to the sea in 2019
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, part of Marriott International, Inc., has entered into the luxury yachting and cruise business – bringing the luxury hotel brand’s service to sea.
Created by The Ritz-Carlton in collaboration with Oaktree Capital Management and maritime operator Dolce Cruise Management Ltd., The Ritz-Carlton will provide luxury hospitality service under a long-term operating agreement.
The first of three cruising yachts in this series is scheduled to take to the sea in 2019.
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. Voyages will range from seven to 10 days.
The specially designed small capacity vessel will measure 190m and accommodate up to 298 passengers, and feature 149 suites, each with its own private balcony. The yacht will also feature two 138m2 duplex penthouse suites, with interior finishes jointly designed by The Ritz-Carlton and cruise ship design firm, Tillberg Design of Sweden.
The Ritz-Carlton yachts will feature a restaurant by Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg; a Ritz-Carlton Spa; and a Panorama Lounge and wine bar.
Additionally, the yachts will offer curated destination journeys through collaborations with local chefs, musicians, and artists, allowing guests to experience the locations both onboard and ashore. Reservations will open in February 2018.