The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has released two additional voyages for its second newbuild yacht, Ilma, as the brand prepares for an early delivery of the 448-guest vessel.
The sooner-than-forecast arrival of the next yacht is in stark contrast to Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s maiden ship, Evrima, which suffered from nearly 10 delays and setbacks before it finally launched in October 2022. Evrima was slated to enter service in February 2020.
Reservations for the pair of new seven-night departures aboard Ilma in the Mediterranean have opened today. The first sailing will operate in the French Riviera from Monaco to Rome (Civitavecchia), departing on 2 September 2024, followed by a voyage to Athens and the Italian Riviera on 9 September 2024. Ilma had been earmarked to launch on 19 September 2024.
“With the upcoming debut of Ilma and the expansion of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, The Ritz-Carlton promises more opportunities to uncover global cultures through a unique and distinctive lens,” the company said in a statement.
Jim Murren, Executive Chairman and CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection said “We cannot wait to share Ilma with the world and continue to set a new standard in the luxury cruising category.”
“The extension of our 2024 Mediterranean season aligns with the growing demand for immersive itineraries, providing more opportunities for unparalleled exploration and discovery in some of the world’s most enchanting destinations,” he said.
Ilma measures 241 metres and features 224 suites, each with a private terrace. (By comparison, Evrima is 190 metres and has 149 suites). The second ship Ritz-Carlton yacht will offer one of the highest space ratios at sea and a significant percentage of larger suites, including two new, spacious upper-category suites — the aptly named Ilma Suite (at 47-61 sqm internally, plus a 27-28 sqm private terrace) and the Concierge Suite (64-73 sqm internally, plus 33-38 sqm terrace).
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The experience onboard Ilma will reflect the tranquil comfort and legendary guest service for which the iconic Ritz-Carlton brand is recognised. Having one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios in the luxury cruising category, Ilma will provide nearly one staff member for every guest. In addition to unparalleled accommodations, the new superyacht will include five restaurants, six bars, a wine vault, and signature spaces found on Evrima such as an expanded marina with a new mezzanine feature and a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa.
Meanwhile, bookings for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s third ship, Luminara, officially opened last month, as reported by LATTE before Christmas. Luminara will have a slightly larger capacity to Ilma, holding a maximum of 452-passengers. Her maiden voyage is slated for 1 July 2025.