A luxury hotel brand based in Maryland on Monday announced its plans to enter the cruise business, boasting of its intent to be the only provider of luxury accommodations on land and at sea.
Chevy Chase-based The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., part of Marriott International Inc., will offer cruises and private charters on ships in The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, with its first yacht scheduled to sail in 2019.
The Ritz-Carlton plans to build three cruising yachts, with itineraries meant to combine the lifestyle of the brand’s luxury resorts with a yachting vacation. Trips will range from seven to 10 days, and the boats’ small sizes will allow them to call at places where large cruise ships usually can’t go, according to the company.
The small-capacity ships can accommodate up to 298 passengers, and feature 149 suites, each with a private balcony. Each yacht will also have two 138 square-meter penthouse suites. The yachts are also planned to have a restaurant by Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton in Wolfsburg Germany; a spa; and a lounge and wine bar.
Reservations will open in May 2018.