If you would love a chance to cruise on a spectacular luxury yacht, but don’t happen to know someone who owns one, take heart. Two providers of “superyacht” cruises – Atlas Ocean Voyages and The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection – are preparing to launch this year. Both are expected to provide new options for those who enjoy ultraluxury, all-inclusive cruises.
Ritz-Carlton, the operator of luxury hotels and resorts, is planning to bring its high standards for style and individualized service to the sea through the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. The line’s first superyacht, the Evrima, will have 149 sumptuous suites with all-glass exterior walls. Each suite will have its own terrace as well.
The plans for the Evrima include a full-service spa and several dining venues. Passengers will be able to call on a personal concierge for help with anything from dinner and spa reservations to arranging immersive experiences onshore. And the ship’s sleek design will allow port calls that may not be accessible to larger ships – think Portofino on the Italian Riviera, the yacht-filled harbor of St. Barths in the Caribbean, or the remote Sept-Iles of Quebec.
Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection plans a leisurely pace for its cruises, and port calls will include some overnight stays. There are plans for two sister ships to join the Evrima in the Ritz-Carlton fleet in the future.
Atlas Ocean Voyages plans to provide guests with a unique “luxe-adventure” experience on its yacht cruises, combining luxury onboard with physically active excursions onshore. This line is intended to appeal to passengers who want to treat themselves to a high-end expedition cruise.
Planned itineraries include port calls in destinations like Ukraine and Romania on the Black Sea, or Israel and Egypt in the Eastern Mediterranean. The first Atlas ship, the World Navigator, will be polar-class, so there are plans to sail to the southern tip of South America and Antarctica, too. Some longer itineraries are expected to include inland experiences of two to five nights.
Passengers on the World Navigator and its planned sister ships can expect gourmet cuisine, premium beverages, and beautifully furnished staterooms. Each stateroom will be equipped with binoculars for enjoying the scenery, as well as personalized coffee, tea, and bar service. If you sail to Antarctica with Atlas, you’ll even find polar-class parkas waiting for you.
To learn more about these new superyacht cruise lines and how you can sail on them, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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