The ultra-luxe Ritz-Carlton hotel group announced it would be building luxury yachts – ships for the non-cruiser.
Public spaces include a yacht-like marina platform where the glass doors open to a sweeping staircase that leads to the pool deck and every suite will have a verandah.
While no itineraries that have been listed, the brand will no doubt, be offering its guests exclusive shore experiences in the Caribbean, New England and Europe.
But the brand is not the first to create luxury yacht experiences – Crystal, SeaDream and Nour El Nil are some of the brands which have created these bespoke experience. Take a look at what’s onboard these amazing new yachts.
Crystal Yacht: Crystal Esprit
The Crystal Esprit is a small ship which sails into remote areas around the Mediterranean. It can accommodate 62 passengers and 91 crew members. It was launched in 2015 which resembles a contemporary boutique hotel. There are 31 staterooms on board in 5 different categories. The dress code on board Esprit is casual. The Crystal Esprit cabins are designated as suites. The standard suites on board are available in four categories. Butler services are available for all cabins on board who are responsible for restocking of in-suit mini bars and delivery of room services. Toiletries on board are provided by the Italian high-end label, ETRO. Crystal Esprit has several dining venues which include an outdoor café, main dining room, grill, self-service snack spot and 24-hour room service. The Yacht Club Restaurant is the main dining room on board which offers waiter-served breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also a spa onboard where you can get massages as well as medical consultations.
Nour El Nil: El Nil
The Nour El Nil brand has four stunning ships which accommodate between 16 to 20 guests. The ships sail The Luxor and the Nile Rivers. The brand was just voted as named as the Best Cruise in the World by National Geographic. These beautiful sailing ships will take you to remote destinations in Egypt which include Esna which is famous for the small ancient Temple of Khnum, a swim in a remote part of the Nile and even a visit to the Crocodile Museum which is near the temple dedicated to the god Sobek. The ship is decked in traditional Egyptian textiles and has chandeliers hanging from the canopy of the ship. You’ll dine on local fare under the stars on white linen covered tables on the ship’s top deck. The rooms are spacious with clean white day beds and decorated with Egyptian antiques. It’s truly a unique experience.
SeaDream Yacht Club: SeaDream I & II
SeaDream Yacht Club is the ultimate in all-inclusive luxury boutique cruising, or yachting, as they like to put it. With a maximum of only 112 guests, the discreetly sophisticated, casual and unstructured approach to life onboard makes you feel like you are on your own private yacht. Eating is a major part of any cruise but even more so with SeaDream, where each meal is a culinary sensation, made with the finest ingredients and cooked a la minute. Breakfast and lunch are served in the outdoor Topside Restaurant and dinner is served in the elegantly appointed Dining Salon, or out on deck weather permitting. Onboard facilities include double or single day beds outside on the top deck, salt-water pool, jacuzzi, golf simulator, library, casino, 2 restaurants, 4 bars, SeaDream Spa, Boutique, gymnasium, a retractable marina featuring hobie cats, jet skis, kayaks, a swimming platform and snorkeling equipment. The Yacht Club Stateroom has a separate living and sleeping area as well as a writing desk and a marble-lined bathroom stocked with Bulgari products.
Ritz-Carlton Yachts: TBC
This is the height of luxury – the Ritz-Carlton hotel brand are branching out into building three super luxury yachts. The company has appointed the Tillberg Design of Sweden to create the ship – a company which has designed ships for Viking, Norwegian, Azamara, Costa and Cunard. Owner and executive project director Fredrik Johnson said, “we’re designing these ships to turn heads.” The ship will accommodate 298 passengers in 149 suites and compared to Ponant, another leading luxury cruise brand, the new ships will be 200 feet longer. The suites will have verandahs as well as high ceilings and certain touches which guests can see if they’ve stayed in one of the Ritz-Carlton’s hotels. Not much more has been released about the ship but we’re definitely excited to see them.
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