Is There Room At The Top For More Luxury Ships?

Ritz-Carlton signs for two more ships for their yacht collection before even sailing the first one.

Pandemic, wars, fuel prices, inflation? None of those things slow down the rich.


Before launching their first yacht, the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection today announced the expansion of its fleet with the addition of two newbuild superyachts, Ilma and Luminara, slated to set sail in 2024 and 2025, respectively.


According to a press release, these superyachts will be constructed in collaboration with a world-renowned shipyard, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, in Sant-Nazaire, France. The release stated that there is also an option for additional vessels.


Chantiers de l’Atlantique will carry out all production and development, including enhanced design and sustainability features, guided by the highest shipbuilding and marine engineering practices within the ultra-luxury sector.


The announcement comes as The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection prepares to launch its first superyacht, Evrima, this summer.


Douglas Prothero, Chief Executive Officer for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. “We are thrilled to work with Chantiers de l’Atlantique on the development of our second and third superyachts, Ilma and Luminara.” “They are a like-minded organization committed to excellence and a custom quality process and program that will help execute our vision as we thoughtfully expand our portfolio.”


Tim Grisius, Global Officer for Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Development, and Real Estate, Marriott International added, “The addition of Ilma and Luminara represent significant growth for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, and we look forward to collaborating with management and Chantiers de l’Atlantique on the creation of these world-class vessels.”


The specially designed superyachts feature the highest space ratios at sea, with 228 suites, each with its own private terrace, and will offer a high percentage of larger suites, with two new, spacious upper suite categories measuring up to 100 square meters (1,076 square feet) in size. Both vessels will showcase modern craftsmanship and interior finishes imagined by London-based architect and design firm, AD Associates, and award-winning lighting designer, DPA. Finland-based yacht stylist, Aivan, developed the exterior design of the newbuilds, taking inspiration from the elegant aesthetics of private yacht design.


The onboard experience will reflect the sublime comfort and legendary guest service for which the iconic Ritz-Carlton brand is recognized. Having the highest staff-to-guest ratios in the luxury cruising category, Ilma and Luminara will provide nearly one staff member for every guest. In addition to unparalleled accommodations, the new superyachts will include five restaurants, six bars, a wine vault, and signature spaces found on Evrima such as an expanded marina with a new mezzanine feature, a Ritz-Carlton Spa, and a special space for Ritz Kids programming. For special events, groups can enjoy an exclusive cocktail reception on the yacht’s expanded bow.


Reaffirming The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s commitment to implementing sustainable practices throughout the business, each vessel will be fitted with four dual-fuel engines and utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG) as its main fuel source, significantly reducing emissions as compared to traditional practices. Additionally, the yachts will include advanced water treatment systems, an efficient heat recovery loop, LED lighting, and more, with the goal of minimizing environmental impact. Reservations for the 2024 season of itineraries will open to the public this fall.


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