Four Seasons Yachts commemorates keel laying of Four Seasons I

Work 'officially' commences on 95-suite ultra-luxury yacht

The construction of Four Seasons Yachts‘ first ultra-luxury yacht achieved a milestone overnight when the keel was laid at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy.

Four Seasons, in partnership with luxury yachting company Marc-Henry Cruise Holdings Ltd and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, hosted a keel-laying ceremony to commemorate the beginning of construction on the 95 suite Four Seasons I, due to embark on its inaugural season in January 2026.

Nadim Ashi, Owner & Executive Chair, Marc-Henry Cruise Holdings LTD, Joint OwnerOperator of Four Seasons Yachts; Founder and CEO of Fort Partners and Gilberto Tobaldi, Fincantieri Shipyard Director.

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The time-honoured maritime tradition of a ship’s keel being laid is the formal recognition of the start of a ship’s construction. The ceremony surrounding this milestone event includes the welding of specially chosen coins to the bottom of the ship as a symbol of good luck and to bless the vessel. The three coins selected for the Keel Laying ceremony include:

  • 1984 500 Italian Lire: Commemorating the year Fincantieri became an operating company
  • 1961 Canadian Silver Dollar: Marking the year Four Seasons was founded.
  • 2024 American Silver Dollar: Symbolising the base of operations for Four Seasons Yachts and start of construction for Four Season I.

“The Keel Laying ceremony marks a key milestone in the construction of our inaugural yacht and for the Four Seasons brand as we bring our renowned luxury service and hospitality experiences to the seas,” says Alejandro Reynal, President and CEO, Four Seasons. “We are proud to celebrate this occasion with our partners at Marc-Henry and Fincantieri, building excitement for 2026 and beyond aboard Four Seasons Yachts.”

Coins selected for the Keel Laying Ceremony

“We are thrilled to commemorate the official start of the shipbuilding process for the first vessel in the Four Seasons Yachts fleet, Four Seasons I,” says Nadim Ashi, Owner and Executive Chair, Marc-Henry Cruise Holdings LTD, Joint Owner/Operator, Four Seasons Yachts; Founder and CEO of Fort Partners.

“This monumental occasion is a celebration of innovation, excellence, and our strategic vision to redefine luxury at sea. Today’s momentum and excitement will undoubtedly continue through the remainder of the construction process, and we pay homage to all of the artisans creating this magnificent Four Seasons Yacht,” Ashi added.

Keel Laying Ceremony for Four Seasons Yachts in Acona, Italy held on 9 July 2024

“The innovative steel backbone of Four Seasons I, which begins with the keel laying, provides structural integrity on which the remainder of the exquisite and specialty design details can be
built,” says Fredrik Johannson, Partner and Executive Director of Tillberg Design of Sweden.

“Panoramic glass on the exterior ensures that all suites and public spaces feature full length, floor- to-ceiling windows, offering an unparalleled level of openness and connection to the sea.”

Four Seasons I render

With an all-suite, residential style product, the Yacht will set a new standard for luxury at sea. Setting sail in January 2026, winter and spring itineraries in the Caribbean will be followed by
Mediterranean locales in the summer season. Included among the Yacht’s exceptional features is the 927 square metres Funnel Suite’s iconic floor-to-ceiling wraparound curved glass window modules, made up of the largest contiguous piece of glass at sea; and a bespoke onboard transverse marina featuring expansive openings across the vessel from port to starboard.

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