The cruise experience is something that’s been reinvented more times than anyone can count. There are VIP options, family-friendly cruise liners, adventure trips, and pretty much everything else under the sun that you can think of. It’s hard to completely retool the cruise experience but that’s what the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.
Initial trips will run from 7-10 days and will navigate the same waters as mega yachts, with the inaugural itineraries running from Greece to Spain, the Caribbean, as well as throughout New England and the Canadian Atlantic. If you’ve ever stayed in a Ritz-Carlton property then you already know that they’re the finest hotels around. What does this mean for the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection? It means that guests can expect a cruise experience unlike anything they’ve seen before.
World-famous chef Sven Elverfeld will be creating a pop-up version of his 3-star Michelin restaurant Aqua aboard one of the ships. Each of the ships will have four luxury tenders to shuttle passengers to and from the short. Destinations will include overnight stops at cities so passengers can explore restaurants and dining experiences on land if they choose.
One of the drawbacks of a typical cruise is that they’re crowded and you’re up in everybody’s business. That won’t be the case with the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. The hydraulic rear of the ship will be able to move up and down so passengers can swim in the ocean if they choose. There will be private spaces throughout the boat. The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection ships will only carry 298 passengers (at most) per trip and that will have a price tag of $5,600/person for single cabin. However, there will be modular walls in certain cabins so you can expand luxury cabins for more space if you’re willing to spend $$$$.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is poised to bring the company with the best hospitality on the planet to the cruise experience. Ritz-Carlton employees bend over backward for their guests and if even a fraction of this hospitality is extended to their cruise liners I can see this exploding as an industry.
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