By James Shillinglaw, Oct 18, 2022,
It came quietly, even anti-climatically and with little media coverage, but The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection finally launched its first yacht, Evrima, the first of three planned for the new luxury line, on Oct. 15, 2022, with a revenue voyage from Barcelona to Nice. The debut came with little fanfare here after delivery of the yacht had been repeatedly delayed by the pandemic, strikes at the shipyard in Spain where it was built, and other challenges.
“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 for 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.”
Unveiling unique itineraries and immersive experiences, Evrima carves out an exclusive space within the industry while exemplifying Ritz-Carlton Yacht’s focus on a forward-thinking approach to luxury hospitality. Stopping at both intimate and signature ports of call, the yacht will offer voyages of seven to 10 nights, with no two journeys alike so guests can combine itineraries without repeating a destination.
Depending on the season, Evrima visits the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. Destinations along the way range from Spain’s Balearic Islands and famed stops along the French Riviera, to the shores of Aruba and the tropical coastlines of Costa Rica. The intimate size of Evrima also allows unique access into some of the most sought-after ports of call, delivering yacht-style cruising in destinations likes Mykonos, Saint-Tropez and St. Barts.
“The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is revolutionizing the luxury cruising industry, creating an entirely unique category designed for those in search of unmatched getaways, highly curated itineraries, insider access, and a level of personalization previously unseen in the space,” said Douglas Prothero, CEO for Ritz-Carlton Yacht. “Every element of the luxury yachting experience was considered when designing and creating Evrima, and we are excited to deliver unforgettable journeys for both longtime cruisers and those who are new to the industry.”
The specially designed yacht measures 190 meters and can accommodate up to 298 passengers, and has one of the highest staff and space ratios at sea. The design of the yacht’s 149 suites is one of the many tone-setting elements. In addition to offering a high percentage of large suites, Evrima also features several innovative two-story loft suites, a unique duplex accommodation.
All rooms feature a private terrace and floor to ceiling windows, resulting in some of the most airy and expansive guestrooms at sea. Through a blind wall, select suites also have the option to be combined into larger, open-concept spaces, allowing for more flexibility when selecting accommodations. All suites feature the luxurious amenities that visitors expect from Ritz-Carlton properties around the world, including a king bed, double vanity bathroom and luxury linens.
Travelers enjoy a relaxed sense of freedom aboard Evrima, with access to a range of elevated programming and amenities, including a thoughtfully curated menu of ESPA and 111SKIN spa treatments, a sauna and steam room, watersports from the yacht’s marina while at anchor, an infinity pool and a fitness studio.
Guests also can select from a breadth of dining options, including locally inspired creations in The Evrima Room, creative interpretations of Southeast Asian Cuisine, and a sit down sushi bar at Talaat Nam, and a specialty dining experience in S.E.A., designed by chef Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg.
Entertainment on board includes intimate performances by in-house jazz and classical musicians, discussions led by renowned experts, and partnerships with local arts and music communities. Families exploring the world together can enjoy a dedicated space on board for Ritz Kids. The Ritz Kids programming, tailored for young guests between the ages of 4 and 12, has been crafted to appeal to children’s curiosity and innate love for discovery, with an emphasis on marine conservation.
In each destination, guests can choose from a selection of unique experiences within The Shore Collection that align with their interests or use the services of the Concierge Ashore to customize their own private tours. Experiences on shore range from a guided tour in a world-class museum with its curator and visiting a UNESCO World Heritage site, to yoga on a private beach, zip-lining through a rain forest and truffle hunting.
By working with local guides who were selected for their insider knowledge and subject matter expertise, guests enjoy a singular journey. On select itineraries, guests can deepen their experience mid-voyage through an overnight tour, promising a uniquely immersive cultural experience before rejoining the yacht at their next destination.
The yachts of Ritz-Carlton Yacht are also available for private charter. For more information, call 833-999-7792 of visit www.RitzCarltonYachtCollection.com.