The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has ordered two larger superyachts from Chantiers de l’Atlantique in St-Nazaire, France with options for more vessels.
To be named ‘Ilma’ and ‘Luminara’, they are scheduled for delivery in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
Chantiers de l’Atlantique will carry out all production and development, including enhanced design and sustainability features.
Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is preparing to launch its first superyacht, ‘Evrima’, this summer, following several delays.
“We are thrilled to work with Chantiers de l’Atlantique on the development of our second and third superyachts, ‘Ilma’ and ‘Luminara’,” said Douglas Prothero, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection CEO. “They are a like minded organisation that is committed to excellence and a custom quality process and program that will help execute our vision as we thoughtfully expand our portfolio.”
“The addition of ‘Ilma’ and ‘Luminara’ represent significant growth for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and we look forward to collaborating with management and Chantiers de l’Atlantique on the creation of these world class vessels,” added Tim Grisius, Global Officer for Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Development, and Real Estate, Marriott International.
“The next generation of superyachts for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a real impact in the industry and take our shared vision with management and Marriott International to the next level in the luxury cruise market,” said Karim Khairallah, Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager, European Principal Group, Oaktree Capital Management.
“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 to their guests and simultaneously be at the forefront of environmental performances,” commented Laurent Castaing, Chantiers de l’Atlantique General Manager.
The specially designed superyachts will claim the highest space ratios at sea, with 228 suites, each with its own private terrace and will offer a high percentage of larger suites, with two new, spacious upper suite categories measuring up to 100 sq m in size.
London-based architect and design firm, AD Associates, will be responsible for the interior designs of the vessels and lighting designer, DPA. Finland-based yacht stylist, Aivan, will develop the exterior design.
Having the highest staff-to-guest ratios in the luxury cruising category, ‘Ilma’ and ‘Luminara’ will provide nearly one staff member for every guest. In addition, the new superyachts will boast five restaurants, six bars, a wine vault and signature spaces found on ‘Evrima’, such as an expanded marina with a new mezzanine feature, a Ritz-Carlton Spa, and a space for Ritz Kids programming.
For special events, groups can enjoy an exclusive cocktail reception on the yacht’s expanded bow.
Each vessel will be powered by four dual-fuel engines and utilise LNG as a main fuel source, significantly reducing emissions, compared to traditional practices.
The yachts will also include water treatment systems, a heat recovery loop, LED lighting, and more, with the goal of minimising environmental impact.
They will also be available for private charters.