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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Ritz-Carlton launches cruise holidays

The luxury hotel company will operate three lavish yachts from 2019

The first of the custom-built yachts is a 298-passenger vessel with 149 suites – each with an ocean-facing balcony. Courtesy Ritz-Carlton
The first of the custom-built yachts is a 298-passenger vessel with 149 suites – each with an ocean-facing balcony. Courtesy Ritz-Carlton

Soon, you can set sail on a Ritz-Carlton vessel that combines the amenities of a luxury resort with the vibe of a cruise vacation. The hotel company, which is part of Marriott International, announced on July 4 that it will take to the sea in 2019 – becoming the only luxury hotel operator in the cruise industry.

The first of the custom-built yachts is a 298-passenger vessel with 149 suites – each with an ocean-facing balcony – and two penthouse suites with a living space of almost 1,500 square feet. Guests can enjoy meals at the three-Michelin-starred Sven Elverfeld of Aqua restaurant; massages at the signature Ritz-Carlton spa; and music in the Panorama lounge and bar.

Grand suite.
Grand suite.

The cruises will last between 7 and 10 nights. The ports of call and specific cities are yet to be announced, but destinations include the Northern Europe, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, and in the United States, the New England area. Each voyage will be curated to include interactions with local chefs, musicians and artists on-board and ashore, so guests can make the most of each locale.

The vessels boast contemporary interiors, crafted in collaboration with marine architecture firm Tillberg Design of Sweden, which has also designed for ships such as Queen Mary 2, and companies such as Costa Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Reservations open in May 2018 for the inaugural 2019 cruise, which the Ritz-Carlton has created in collaboration with Oaktree Capital Management and maritime operator Dolce Cruise Management.