Start saving your hard-earned dollars: The Ritz-Carlton just announced it's setting sail in 2019. The luxury hotel chain is taking its unparalleled service and resort experience to sea. The small fleet of custom-built ultra-luxurious yachts sets out to blur the lines between yachting and cruising.
While the idea of cruising is not everyone's cup of tea, especially in the high-end market, Ritz-Carlton is determined to change that: "We will be one of the smallest, ultra-luxury cruise ships in the market … and we're hoping to attract those who wouldn't consider a mainstream cruise, but would entertain a highly-curated yacht style experience," Herve Humler, president and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Company, told Town & Country. "Through collaborations with local chefs, musicians, and artists, guests will get to experience the locations in unique and experiential ways, both onboard and ashore."
Why flock to a single exclusive resort destination when you can experience a handful? The ports of call predicted to be on the hotel chain's ultra-curated itineraries include smaller destinations like Capri, Portofino, and St. Barths, which are typically off-limits to larger cruise ships.
Not yet sold? Take a tour of the lavishly built yachts that will overhaul the luxury cruising industry.
Each custom-built yacht offers an intimate journey with space for only 298 guests.
Accommodations include 149 suites, each with its own balcony, and several luxurious duplex penthouses.
Luxury amenities including The Ritz-Carlton Spa and elevated dining, including a restaurant from three Michelin-starred chef Sven Elverfeld.