By Dana Niland
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection celebrated the laying of its inaugural yacht at the Hijos De J. Barreras Shipyard in Vigo, Spain this week.
Representing a first for a luxury hotel operator, the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection brings the brand to the seas with a bespoke small-ship cruise experience.
The collection is slated to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019.
“We are delighted to commemorate this milestone as we embark on our journey to bring The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection to life,” said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “The keel laying marks the realization of a longstanding dream for The Ritz-Carlton brand as we bring our guest experience and service ethos to the seas through these highly unique luxury vessels and one-of-a-kind on-board amenities and experiences.”
Reservations for the first of three yachts in this series will open in May.
The inaugural ship will cruise a wide variety of destinations depending on the season, including the Caribbean.
The specially designed, small capacity vessels will measure 190-meters and feature 149 luxury suites to accommodate up to 298 passengers.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will offer voyages ranging from seven to ten days, combining signature Ritz-Carlton service and amenities onboard with uniquely curated destination experiences.
The ships of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection are also available for private charter.