EXCLUSIVE: Plans for the November 2021 launch of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection‘s first of three superyachts have been further thwarted by six months.
Guests booked on the already revised inaugural deployment of the 298-passenger Evrima were this week contacted by Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection (RCYC) and informed of the latest delivery hold-up. The ultra-luxury yacht’s debut has now been revised to commence on 6 May 2022 from Portugal, Lisbon.
The rescheduling means Evrima‘s inaugural deployment program will return to the Mediterranean rather than a Caribbean season. RCYC had intended to operate 22 sailings in the Caribbean in late 2021/early 2022, the bulk of the departures were seven nights sailings from primarily San Juan and Bridgetown. The season concluded with a transoceanic positioning cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon in late April.
Intriguingly, all the shelved Caribbean season departures for 2021 and early 2022 currently remain listed online.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection confirmed the schedule change to LATTE following our update on Friday.
“While we are eager to welcome guests on board Evrima, we have had to reevaluate the timing of our first voyage given the rapidly changing circumstances and their impact on Evrima’s completion,” said Douglas Prothero, CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. “We remain excited to set sail in the spring and thank our guests for their understanding and patience as we continue to navigate this unprecedented global environment.”
Customers were told the rescheduled inaugural season was a result of “the ongoing impact of COVID-19, combined with related challenges created for construction operations in Europe”.
Those guests have been offered the option to reschedule their voyage to an alternative itinerary in 2022 or 2023, or to “discuss reimbursement options”.
This fifth setback (not fourth as LATTE stated previously) for RCYC builds on the near four-month delay confirmed earlier this year, and pushes out the launch of the vessel to close to 2.5 years from its originally flagged 5 February 2020 debut.
Earlier this year, guests who were affected by the extended construction delivery timeline were offered a fare saving of up to 30% on a future voyage, or a full refund on their voyage fare paid, along with any air and hotel arrangements that had been booked through The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. It’s unclear at this time if the same options will be extended.
The updated inaugural voyage will now be an 11-night sailing from Lisbon to Barcelona, the first of 26 sailings making up RCYC’s first Mediterranean season.
Evrima is currently docked at the Astander Shipyard in Spain where it is being fitted out. The ship features 149 suites, each with a private terrace and two 159 square-metre penthouse suites, with modern craftsmanship and interior finishes jointly designed by The Ritz-Carlton and leading cruise ship design firm, Tillberg Design of Sweden.