The synonymity of the Ritz-Carlton to luxury is not bound to land. With the launch of not one but two ultra-luxury cruisers, the brand of luxury hotel group Mariott will forever change the way we cruise on the high seas. Ilma and Luminara will join the first Ritz-Carlton vessel, Evrima, that is due to set sail in summer 2022. This mega cruiser will take shape at French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique to a design by Aivan, the Finnish studio founded by Feadship Pi designer Jarkko Jämsén. While Evrima is a massive 623 ft ship like no other, the pair of schooners won’t be anything less lavish as the yachts will have 228 suites, each with its own private terrace.
Both Ilma and Luminara will come with a high percentage of larger suites, with two new categories measuring 1,076 sq ft. According to Boat International, Chantiers de l’Atlantique is very proud to design and build these medium-size – ultra-luxury cruise vessels and initiate a new partnership with The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection” said the yard’s general manager Laurent Castaing. “These ships will provide the highest quality standards and comfort level to their guests and simultaneously be at the forefront of environmental performances.”
“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,” said Tim Grisius, Marriott’s mergers and acquisitions global officer. In addition to opulent suites and open spaces onboard a luxury cruise liner, the superyachts will flaunt an expanded bow and marina, five restaurants, six bars, a wine vault, a Ritz-Carlton Spa, and Ritz Kids programming.
Ritz-Carlton has effectively created its own luxury world where visitors can experience the good things in life. The all-inclusive Caribbean and Mediterranean itineraries will range from an unforgettable seven to 10 days. Ilma and Luminara will set sail in 2024 and 2025, respectively, and run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their primary fuel source to reduce emissions. In addition to the four dual-fuel engines, these mammoth ships will be equipped with water treatment systems, an efficient heat recovery loop, and LED lighting, ensuring the ships have a reduced environmental impact.