Ritz-Carlton’s new luxury ‘yacht’ will begin sailing this week with fares starting at $4,600 per person — see what it’ll be like sailing aboard the floating hotel

Christopher Cypert

  • The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s first cruise ship is setting sail on October 15 after years of delay.

  • The 623-foot Evrima “yacht” will have 149 suites to accommodate almost 300 travelers.

  • The luxury cruise market has been “off the charts” as more companies continue to unveil high-end cruise brands.

Ultra-luxury cruise travelers who have been eagerly awaiting the delayed debut of Ritz-Carlton’s first cruise ship can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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The luxury hospitality company’s first cruise ship is finally setting sail on October 15 after years of delay amid COVID-19 and reports that the project ran $55 million over budget …

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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… officially bringing the Ritz-Carlton brand’s promise of luxury to life at sea.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s Evrima will begin its time at sea with a seven-day sailing from Spain to France.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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And it now has a list of itineraries from 2022 into November 2024 with ports of calls in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Central America, and South America …

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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…including sailings from Barbados to St. Maarten, Panama to Costa Rica, Spain to Italy, and several round trips in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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No two sailings will be the same, according to the new cruise brand, and all will range from four to 13 nights.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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The 623-foot cruise ship — or “yacht” as Ritz-Carlton likes to describe the Evrima — will have 149 suites to accommodate almost 300 travelers.

A room aboard the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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It’s significantly smaller than the mega cruise liners heavy hitters like Royal Caribbean have recently built.

a rendering of the Wonder of the Seas sailing

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But its smaller size will allow it to access more ports of call in destinations like Greece and France, according to the Ritz-Carlton.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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And it’s not like the smaller ship will be lacking in amenities.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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The Evrima will still have the typical cruise ship services and facilities like a spa with a sauna, infinity and whirlpools, a gym with personal trainers …

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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… and a list of dining venues like the “SEA” designed by the chef behind the Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg’s three Michelin-starred restaurant.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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The Ritz-Carlton is known for its luxury and guest pampering, and this ship will be no different.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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From the cold towels offered to guests the moment they step aboard the ship …

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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… to the water misting on the pool deck …

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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… to the marina that gives guests direct access to water toys while the ship is anchored …

Marina on the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

… it’s not hard to see how Ritz-Carlton’s upscale brand is reflected in the Evrima.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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The staterooms will be just as glamorous as Ritz-Carlton’s traditional hotel rooms with options like a two-story penthouse and suites with private terraces.

A room aboard the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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And no matter the size, all of the staterooms will have terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and king beds.

A room aboard the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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But don’t expect prices to be comparable to the $30–a-day cruise itineraries that have been popping up throughout 2022.

A room aboard the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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The least expensive sailing currently listed on the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s website is a five-night roundtrip sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida in February 2023 starting at $4,600.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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This fare then skyrockets to $15,100 for an 11-night sailing from Istanbul to Athens, although this price could increase depending on the suite.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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The Evirma is just days away from setting sail, but it looks like the Ritz-Carlton has no intention of slowing down the growth of its cruise arm.

A room aboard the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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In March, it announced plans to build two more “superyacht” cruise ships: the Ilma and Luminara, which will sail in 2024 and 2025, respectively.

A room aboard the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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And it seems like travelers can’t get enough of these expensive cruises: The luxury cruise market has been “off the charts,” UBS analysts said in an October 11 note, a fortuitous sign for companies like Ritz-Carlton.

A bathroom aboard the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection seems to be a prime example of this: Its 2022 sailings only have a few availabilities left, the company told Insider in a statement.

A bathroom aboard the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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And looking further ahead, its 2023 season is also “booking quite well at 60%” while its 2024 is already set to exceed expectations.

A room aboard the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Evrima

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The Evirma’s official debut comes shortly after Four Seasons announced its new cruise brand, Four Seasons Yachts.

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship

Four Seasons

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