The Ritz-Carlton hotel chain has decided to take luxury to the seas by launching its own cruise business.

Marriott International Group’s Ritz-Carlton brand is embarking on a new venture offering high-end cruises on luxury yachts. It has called this new business, which will start with three yachts, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.

The yachts will provide the same standard of personalised service as the Ritz-Carlton hotels on terra firma. Capacity has been deliberately kept down to 298 passengers so as to give each guest full attention. Accommodation includes 149 suites, each with its own private balcony. Two sizable duplex penthouses will accommodate the most fortunate passengers.

The food onboard will be of the same high standard as served in Ritz-Carlton restaurants around the world. Other amenities include a spa, a wine bar and a Panorama Lounge.

Ritz-Carlton yacht

Enjoy a panoramic view on board the yacht.

The yachts will sail for seven to 10 days in a variety of locations including the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, northern Europe and Latin America. The aim is to visit ports which large cruise ships cannot access.

Reservations open in May 2018. The first yacht is expected to set sail in the fourth quarter of 2019.

It is rare for luxury holiday companies to get involved in the cruise business.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has opted to take luxury to the skies by offering upscale vacationers a trip in a private jet. The lucky passengers can take a trip around the world while enjoying the high-end service provided by the Four Seasons brand. – AFP Relaxnews

Ritz-Carlton yacht

A section of the luxurious Ritz-Carlton yacht.