The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company announced the opening of reservations for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. Having conquered the hotel industry, they aim to transform the luxury cruising industry with a leisurely cruising style, the legendary service of The Ritz-Carlton, and heavenly destination ports around the world.
“As the first luxury hotel company to bring the legendary service and ambience of its resorts to sea, we are thrilled to offer guests a new way to create memories with The Ritz-Carlton,” said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader for The Ritz-Carlton. “From the yacht’s design, to programming onboard and ashore, every aspect of the voyage has been carefully created to embody the signature service and casual luxury of a Ritz-Carlton resort. We look forward to officially welcoming guests onboard The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection as we open reservations.”
You are encouraged to check out The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection website for the cruise itineraries starting February 2020. The idea is to provide several distinct itineraries so guests have the option to book back-to-back voyages without repeating ports, allowing them to explore a wider range of destinations and delve into the local culture at each port.
“The opening of reservations marks an exciting milestone for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, which is set to redefine luxury at sea,” said Doug Prothero, CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. “Whether you are looking for culture, adventure, or the chance to go off the beaten path, we are thrilled to be able to invite guests to explore the world with The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.”
The inaugural voyage is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Bridgetown, Barbados during 5th – 15th February 2020.
The secret weapons are the three bespoke yachts in The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection that each accomodate only 298 guests, whose onboard experience will reflect the sublime comfort and unparalleled level of individualized guest service for which the iconic Ritz-Carlton brand is recognized, with one of the highest staff-to-guest service ratios in the cruise industry.
The aim is for a relaxed, truly luxurious cruise on a chartered private yacht rather than a monolithic, amusement park, mega-ship with 18 decks and 6,500 passengers.
The specially designed yacht will measure 190-meters long with 149 suites, each with its own private terrace. There will be two 158 square meter, lavish Owner’s Suites, each with its own private whirlpool, modern craftsmanship and interior finishes jointly designed by The Ritz-Carlton and leading design firm Tillberg Design of Sweden.
Many ports are unable or unwilling to receive the huge ships for fear of eco-damage and dilution of luxury experience e.g. Venice.
The nimble Ritz-Carlton vessels can sail into coveted city harbours around the world, and the relaxed pace offers both daytime and overnight ports-of-call, giving guests more flexibility for their time on land.
The first yacht will cruise a wide variety of destinations, including the Caribbean, Latin America, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Canada and North-eastern United States. Voyages will range from seven to ten nights with ports including Barbados, Cartagena, St. Maarten, Lisbon, Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Mykonos, Portofino and many more.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection guests will enjoy an all-inclusive luxury sailing experience including spacious accommodations, onboard activities and entertainment, beverages, multiple dining venues, onboard gratuities, WiFi and watersports from the yacht’s marina.
Signature experiences available for an additional fee include a culinary experience at Aqua, the signature restaurant designed by Michelin-starred chef Sven Elverfeld, spa treatments, and immersive excursions offered through The Shore Collection.
Each itinerary is packed with unique programming at each destination, from the Christening Celebration on the Inaugural Voyage to the Monaco Grand Prix, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, exploring the yachting playgrounds of the Greek Isles, Balearic Islands and French Riviera, as well as celebrating the holidays in the Caribbean.
Cruise prices vary, based upon the itinerary, season and of course, the size of suite. Don’t forget to add a chunk of extra cash for additional excursions and shopping during your voyage. Then, you still have to make your way home from distant ports…..How do you fly out of Cartagena with two huge seafaring trunks?
Inaugural Voyage — Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Bridgetown, Barbados (10 days):
The Owners Suite GBP £29,446 (USD $38,600)
The View Suite GBP £14,546 (USD $19,100)
The Grand Suite GBP £12,646 (USD $16,600)
The Signature Suite GBP £10,546 (USD $13,800)
The Terrace Suite GBP £6,546 (USD $8,600)
Truth be told, any voyage even on a “conveyor belt cruise” is still more luxury that the vast majority of the population experience but The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection ostensibly aims to be at the ultra-luxe and niche, pinnacle of the market. Short of your personal ocean-going yacht, this is about as AlphaLuxe as you can get.
What’s more? The Ritz-Carlton Yachts will be available for private charter so one could really be your personal ocean-going yacht….
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).