Most cruises suffer from the same issues. Staterooms are too small, common areas get crowded and food options become limited. Ritz-Carlton, Marriott International Inc.’s flagship luxury brand, is setting out to change all of that.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection was just announced and will feature three small, ultra-luxury ships that are being called “anti-cruise ships.”
These ships will feature laid-back itineraries, open-concept designs, larger living quarters and as many dining options as the larger ships. Simply put, they’re the ultimate luxury ships.
The ships will be 632 feet in length, and will carry up to 298 passengers in 149 suites. Compared to the 650 passengers that small cruise ships typically carry, these ships will make for very open, quiet and intimate voyages.
There will be no staterooms on these ships, rather all living quarters will be called suites. And justifiably so.
Food and beverage areas, rather than being cramped and walled-in, will follow an open concept that will create a much more spacious environment.
The ships’ aft marina will provide a relaxing settings for guests to lie in the sun, order drinks and participate in water sports.
Luxurious lounges will be found on the ships, including “The Living Room” which will provide guests with a quiet and intimate setting with a high-design feel.
Of course, no ships is complete without the owner’s suite. This ultimate luxury suite will feature wraparound panoramic windows and a private plunge pool.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will not be ready to set sail until 2019, but guests will be able to book reservations sometime in 2018.