The 190-meter vessels, due in 2019, will accommodate up to 298 passengers in 149 suites. Image Credit: Ritz-Carlton
Delivery of the first ship in Ritz-Carlton’s new luxury cruise ship line has been delayed due to project cost issues and challenges with shipyard management changes.
Ritz-Calton Yacht Collection has confirmed that the inaugural sailing of the first vessel will now take place in June 2020, nearly five months later than initially planned.
The vessel, named Ritz-Carlton One, is the first of three luxury “cruising yachts” ordered by the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain at the Hijos de J. Barreras shipyard in Galicia, Spain. The specially-designed vessel will have an overall length of 190 meters and come with luxury accommodations for up to 298 passengers.
Delivery of the Ritz-Carlton One was initially planned for November 2019.
The new vessels will mark Ritz-Carlton’s entry into the luxury yachting and cruising market.
“The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection was recently informed by Hijos de J. Barreras shipyard that it is facing delivery and project cost issues. With additional challenges around the former shipyard management, both the new Board of Hijos de J. Barreras and the Board of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection are working cooperatively towards a long term solution for the shipyard,” Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection said in a statement provided to gCaptain. “As a result, we have been forced to re-schedule the debut of the yacht’s first voyage and subsequent voyages through June 13th, 2020.”
Ritz-Carlton says the Ritz-Carlton One’s first voyage will now take place on June 14th, 2020. The company is offering guests who have booked cruises from February 5th through June 13th either a full refund or an opportunity to rebook on a future cruise.
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