Ritz-Carlton Group 190M “superyacht cruise” hit water

Luxury hotel chain Ritz-Carlton has celebrated the landmark occasion of its debut cruise “superyacht” touching water for the first time. The group has announced plans to launch an all-inclusive superyacht experience cruise in 2020.

The group revealed construction is well underway on the group’s first “superyacht”, which is being built at the Hijos De J Barreras shipyard in Spain. The vessel’s keel laying ceremony was marked in January.

The 190-metre vessel is set to embark on its inaugural cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Bridgetown in February 2020. The 10-night programme will follow the arc of the Caribbean islands and include stop-offs in Santo Domingo, San Juan, Charlestown and Fort-de-France. The vessel will accommodate 290 passengers in 149 suites, including two 159 square metre penthouse suites.

The as-yet-unnamed cruise “superyacht” will now see extensive outfitting and finishing ahead of entering service. Swedish studio Tillberg Design is leading work on the interiors and has been charged with emulating Ritz-Carlton’s on-land hotel aesthetic for its new maritime properties.

The company also revealed that the “yachts” will be available for private charter outside of the cruise programme, which will visit the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Northern Europe.

According to renderings, the first vessel will feature a number of luxury superyacht features, including a swimming pool, spa and gym to create an “all-inclusive superyacht experience”.

There will also be an “onboard dress code” in operation ranging from “yacht casual” to “yacht sophisticated”. The result will be “the slower pace lifestyle of a superyacht,” according to the company.

President and chief operating officer of the Ritz-Carlton hotel company Herve Humler said, “This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalised service.”

The company emphasised that all renderings are artistic concepts and that “all features, plans and specifications are subject to change without notice”.