The New Cruise
I’ve never cruised before, as I never had a burning desire to be on a ship for more than a few hours at a time but there are a host of new ships and yachts and they have definitely peaked my curiosity.
New ships from traditional cruise brands like Celebrity‘s Edge and Norwegian‘s Bliss are rolling out this year. New entries to the industry include ships like Virgin’s Scarlet Lady and the Yacht Collection from The Ritz-Carlton, which are due to set sail in 2020.
It was back in June 2017 when the Ritz-Carlton first announced its entry into luxury yachting and cruises – stating that they were bringing the award-winning luxury hotel brand’s service and timeless style to sea.
The new beauty on the water
The Ritz-Carlton, part of Marriott International, said this about their new venture into the cruising industry “This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service.”
These renderings are beautiful.
Here are some more images of the ships and suites
These cruise suites look like a hotel room…or a condo in Toronto (square footage and all).
- Private terrace overlooking the ocean
- Centrally located on the yacht
- Luxury custom king bed sleep system
- Double vanity bathroom
- Dedicated Personal Assistant to coordinate the Yacht experience
- Complimentary high-speed internet
- 24-hour in-suite dining, espresso machine, complimentary coffee and teas, and a refrigerator provisioned to your preferences
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.
Highlights of the ‘Caribbean Shore Collection‘ itinerary include an exclusive tour of the Aruba Aloe in Oranjestad, Aruba. They then pair the tour with an aloe-based treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Aruba.
What also makes this attractive is that due to the intimate size of the first of three yachts, it will call (or dock) at unique locations typically not accessible to large cruise ships. Think of destinations such as Portofino, Italy, St. Barths in the Caribbean and the old town of Cartagena, Columbia.
The specially designed small capacity ship will measure 190-meters, accommodate up to 298 passengers, and feature 149 suites, each with its own private terrace.
So what do you think? Have you cruised before? If you have, would you want to have this experience for yourself?
If you have never cruised, would this type of luxury offering make it easier for you to try?
Reservations are now open for the inaugural season of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. For more information, or to book, please email, your preferred travel agent, at [email protected]