The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will debut its first cruiseliner, the Evirma, in August.
The ship faced years-long delays amid COVID-19 and reports of budgeting issues.
See inside the upcoming "yacht" with a sushi bar, two-story penthouses, and a cigar lounge.
The booming cruise industry is about to get a luxurious five-star newcomer.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is bringing its exclusivity to the high seas with its new "yacht collection" cruise arm.
And you won't have to wait much longer to experience a floating Ritz-Carlton: Its first yacht, the Evrima, will sail this year.
It's been five years and a full pandemic since the brand first announced its intention to launch a yacht and cruise arm.
And after years-long delays amid COVID-19 and reports that the project ran $55 million over budget, the Evrima will finally set sail in August on a seven-night cruise around Greece.
The ship's sailings will generally span seven to ten night, but no two itineraries will be the same.
During the sailing, guests will receive the Ritz-Carlton treatment aboard the over 623-foot cruise ship, or "yacht" as the brand likes to call the Evrima.
To compare, Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, is 1,188 feet-long.
The Evrima is much smaller than the mega cruiseliners, but this size will allow it to access more desirable ports of call in locations like Greece and France, according to the Ritz-Carlton.
The ship can accommodate almost 300 passengers within its 149 luxury hotel suites at sea.
Imagine two-story penthouse lofts, suites with private terraces and whirlpools …
… large bathrooms with bathtubs, and living rooms that rival that of a luxury apartment.
All of the Evrima's staterooms will have terraces with views of the ocean, king beds …
… floor-to-ceiling windows, and tall ceilings, providing every guest with the promise of opulence.
Multiple suites can also be booked together to create larger "open-concept" rooms.
The Evrima leans into the brand's luxurious reputation with the promise of pampering …
… like cold towels and chilled mint water when you first step aboard the ship.
During warm sailing days, passengers can spend their afternoons in the whirlpools and infinity pool (or they could just opt for a water misting while they're sunbathing).
Passengers can also spend their time at sea lounging at one of the several common spaces, which include an open-aired observation deck, a cigar lounge, and a cocktail and piano bar.
The ship will also have spa rooms with private terraces, personal trainers in the gym …
… and a list of places to dine, like the European inspired "S.E.A" restaurant designed by the chef that runs the Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg hotel's three Michelin-starred establishment.
If you're not feeling a European tasting menu, you could instead opt for the sushi bar or the al fresco Mediterranean grill.
At ports of call, excursions will be led by local guides.
But if you'd rather stay aboard the ship, you can hang out at the marina, the ship's "private beach" with water toys.
Of course, this luxury comes at a cost.
You'll be paying Ritz-Carlton prices to experience the brand at sea: Itineraries range from a five-night cruise in February from Florida to the Bahamas starting at $4,100 …
… to an 11-night sailing in Turkey and Greece starting at $12,500. This price increases two to threefold for more expensive suites.
The Evrima hasn't started its inaugural season yet, but the brand already has plans to launch its next two cruise ships, the Ilma and Luminara, in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
Ritz-Carlton isn't the only hotel and hospitality company that'll be launching a cruise brand this year, although it's certainly the most luxurious.
In late-2021, Margaritaville announced its plans for a cruise ship, which will begin setting sail in May.
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