Ritz-Carlton to offer pinnacle of ultra-luxury cruising from 2019 - March 2018
GoCruise – 12/03/18
The Ultra-luxury sector of the cruise industry is certainly continuing to grow, with more lines emerging and new ships being built all the time. Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn and Silversea all cater to this sector in different ways, with spacious ships, exceptional service, personal butlers, gourmet food, fine wines and opulently-designed interiors – not to mention expertly-crafted itineraries.
Last year, the luxury hotel brand, Ritz-Carlton, which is owned by Marriott, outlined intentions to launch their own cruise product, with the first of three brand new ultra-luxurious yachts scheduled for delivery in 2019. These vessels will operate a range of seven and ten-night sailings to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Caribbean, South America and North America. Their intention is to break the mould of the cruise industry by offering experiences that are unlike anything else currently available.
For starters, despite each vessel being 623ft in length, they will only accommodate a maximum of 298 guests. Each guest will be accommodated in a spacious suite, each complete with its own terrace, high ceilings, twin bathroom sinks and plenty of space to call your own. The modern-design interior areas will be spacious, airy and offer the perfect place in which to relax and unwind. The Ritz-Carlton Spa will offer an unparalleled detox experience, with a range of luxury treatments available.
Perhaps the jewel in the crown, however, is the dining experiences that will able available on board. The line will be pooling together some of the best experiences available from their land-based hotels to offer a distinctively gourmet experience. Renowned three Michelin-starred chef, Sven Elverfeld, will be transferring to the ship from the Ritz Carlton hotel in Wolfsburg, at which he is currently applying his trade at the highly-prized Aqua restaurant. Sven Elverfeld will have his own onboard restaurant, in which each of the 298 guests will be able to enjoy an elevated gourmet experience.
Then there is the itinerary enrichment, with a range of in-port experiences that will heighten the cultural insight of your cruise. Local chefs, artists and musicians will come aboard to enhance your cruise, much in a similar way to that of a river cruise. Unlike other cruising experiences, however, these ships will travel at a much more leisurely pace – stopping in four ports in a week or six-seven ports over ten days.
The experiences will also be much more personalised than your average cruise as well, with crew that will determine the desires of the passengers. There will be active experiences including snorkelling, diving and mountain biking; as well as more sensory experiences with museum and gallery visits or, for example, stepping into a field of lavender in Provence.
Finally, the considerably smaller size of the Ritz-Carlton yachts enables them to dock directly in the heart of each destination. Unlike the larger ships, guests on board the currently unnamed Ritz-Carlton yacht will be able to dock outside major attractions and within city centres.
Details of the Ritz-Carlton cruising experience are still be unveiled, but the impact the line will have on the ultra-luxury sector be monumental. GoCruise is the go-to place when it comes to cruising, with a range of offers and unparalleled expert advice to offer.
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