Ritz-Carlton has debuted its first luxury yacht-style cruise ship now three years behind its original schedule.
The first vessel, named Evrima, set sail on October 15th from Barcelona, Spain, on its inaugural voyage from Nice, France.
Evrima has been touted as a luxury “cruising yacht” rather than a cruise ship, due to its smaller passenger capacity and luxurious amenities. It was one of three vessels ordered in 2017 by the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain’s new luxury cruise brand Ritz-Calton Yacht Collection at the Hijos de J. Barreras (HJB) shipyard in Galicia, Spain.
The specially-designed Evrima measures 190-meters and can accommodate up to 298 passengers in 149 suites all with a balcony a floor-to-ceiling windows.
Delivery of the Evrima was originally planned in November 2019, but the project was delayed initially by about five months due to cost issues and challenges with shipyard management changes. Then the pandemic happened.
Ritz-Calton Yacht Collection is still planning on a three-vessel fleet, however construction of the next two vessels will now take place at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Sant-Nazaire, France with deliveries in 2024 and 2025.
“We are thrilled to introduce The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and usher in an exciting new chapter for this beloved brand,” said Chris Gabaldon, Senior Vice President for Luxury Brands, Marriott International. “The Ritz-Carlton has long been rooted in innovation and service excellence, guided by a commitment to be at the forefront of delivering transformative travel experiences. As we continue to evolve our legendary brand, we could not be more excited to give our guests the opportunity to experience The Ritz-Carlton in a new way.”
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