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The Ritz-Carlton Goes to Sea

Ritz-Carlton, the luxury hotel chain with 91 locations worldwide, announced last week that reservations are open for the inaugural season of the brand’s all-inclusive yacht experiences. The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will set sea in early 2020 with voyages to the Mediterranean, Caribbean and northern Europe.

“The opening of reservations marks an exciting milestone for the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, which is set to redefine luxury at sea,” Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection CEO Doug Prothero said in a press release. “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 first of three yachts will be a 623-foot, 10-deck beauty with 149 guest suites. Swedish firm Tillberg Design is heading up the project, which is set to be complete in 2019. There will be a full-service spa, floor-to-ceiling windows, and in-suite espresso machines. Once at sea, each suite will have a Personal Assistant to meet clients’ every need, from dinner reservations to coordinating onshore adventures.

“This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel,” Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company President and COO Herve Humler said when the plan was announced last year. “The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality and the vessels are sure to be true standouts in some of the most glamorous ports around the world.”

Fares range from $3,100 for a four-night voyage from St. Lucia to Barbados, to $10,100 for a 12-night voyage along the St. Lawrence River and Atlantic coast between Montreal and Boston. The yachts can also be booked for private charters.