The vessels will join the line’s first superyacht, Evrima
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has confirmed two new-build superyachts – named Ilma and Luminara – will join its fleet in 2024 and 2025 respectively.
The line’s first superyacht, Evrima, is scheduled to launch on 6 August 2022 from Piraeus, Greece, more than two years later than originally planned.
Both Ilma and Luminara will be constructed in collaboration with shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Sant-Nazaire, France, and will feature 228 suites with private terraces, a high percentage of larger suites and two new upper suite categories measuring up to 100 square metres in size.
Each vessel will have five restaurants, six bars, a wine vault and the same signature spaces found on Evrima, such as an expanded marina with a new mezzanine feature, a Ritz-Carlton Spa and a dedicated space for Ritz Kids programming.
Ilma and Luminara will provide almost one staff member for every guest, and for special events, groups can enjoy exclusive catered cocktail receptions on the yacht’s expanded bow
The vessels will be fitted with four dual-fuel engines and utilise liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their main fuel source, which significantly reduces emissions compared to traditional practices. The superyachts will also include advanced water treatment systems, an efficient heat recovery loop and LED lighting, with the goal of minimising environmental impact.
Each vessel will feature all-inclusive itineraries running from seven to 10 nights in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. They will also be available for private charter.
Douglas Prothero, chief executive of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection said: “We’re thrilled to work with Chantiers de l’Atlantique on the development of our second and third superyachts, Ilma and Luminara. It’s a likeminded organisation that’s committed to excellence.”
Laurent Castaing, general manager of Chantiers de l’Atlantique, added: “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. These ships will provide the highest quality standards and comfort level for their guests and simultaneously be at the forefront of environmental performances.”
Reservations for the 2024 season of itineraries will open this autumn.