Boutique Design - September 2017 - 14
RITZ-CARLTON SHIPPING OUT
Sea, ho! Marriott Intl. is taking its Ritz-Carlton luxury brand to the water. The
hotelier has unveiled plans begin operating three intimately scaled yachts
that will wave The Ritz-Carlton flag, with the first launching in late 2019.
The brand's in-house designers are working with high-profile cruise ship
creator Tillberg Design of Sweden on the first ship. "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 personalized service,"
says Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton
Hotel Co. LLC.
The debut small-capacity vessel will measure
620-plus ft., accommodate up to 298 passengers
and house 149 suites, each with its own private
balcony. The yacht will also feature two 1,442-sq.ft. duplex penthouse suites. Its size will allow the
yacht to access locales that are typically off limits
to large cruise ships, such as Capri and Portofino
in Italy, St. Barts in the Caribbean and Cartagena,
Each of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
vessels will also be home to a restaurant by Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three
Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg; a Ritz-Carlton
Spa; and a Panorama Lounge and wine bar.
The maritime venture was created by Ritz-Carlton alongside maritime
experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen, and is being backed by funds
managed by Oaktree Capital Management.
"The Ritz-Carlton is known for its legendary service and high standards,"
says Prothero, who is co-managing director for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. "We are delighted to collaborate with The Ritz-Carlton as our hospitality
operator in offering the most exclusive yachting experience to be found at sea
in a venture that will give new meaning to curated luxury travel," adds Clasen,
the collection's other managing director.
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