You Can Book A Trip From Fort Lauderdale Aboard This Ritz-Carlton Super-Yacht
Few brands do luxury better than The Ritz-Carlton. And now, the hotel company is expanding its services from land to sea through The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.
Beginning June 11, travelers can secure their spots aboard three ships currently being custom-built in Western Spain before the first docks in Fort Lauderdale.
“The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is designed to combine the lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton’s luxury resorts and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation,” says Doug Prothero, CEO at The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. “Onboard, guests will experience many of the same comforts as they would at any Ritz-Carlton property around the world.”
Those comforts include an onboard spa operated by The Ritz-Carlton and the Michelin Star-winning restaurant Aqua by chef Sven Elverfeld, based in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The first 298 guests aboard the 623-foot ship will leave from Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 1, 2020, for a four-night Caribbean sail to Bimini, Bahamas, and Key West. Once the yacht returns to Fort Lauderdale, it will take a 10-day cruise to destinations including the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, and more. Once all three ships are in circulation, they will take on trips to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Latin America, Canada and the Northeastern U.S.
While the concept is similar to a traditional cruise ship with offered excursions and amenities, Prothero says “the intimate size of our yachts places us between ultra-luxury ships and super-yachts, so we are essentially recreating the yacht experience in a cruise world.”
Using world-famous super-yachts as the design inspiration, Ritz-Carlton and veteran cruise ship design firm Tillberg Design of Sweden have created 149 onboard suites that look more like city apartments than cruise corridors. The most luxurious of the variety are two The Owner’s suites, 518-square-foot penthouses offering large private terraces and whirlpools, dining rooms, double vanity bathrooms, fully stocked refrigerators and personal assistants.
“The style of service, delivered by the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, is personalized and anticipatory,” Prothero says.
Book the inaugural voyage leaving Fort Lauderdale in early 2020—which starts at $3,300 per person, not excluding taxes, fees and port charges—at ritzcarltonyachtcollection.com.
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