The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and Chantiers de l’Atlantique are expected to soon announce an agreement for Evrima as well as potentially a series of new builds, according to people familiar with the matter.
Chantiers de l’Atlantique is set to take charge of the final construction phases of the 298-guest Evrima, which is now set to debut in August.
Other shipyards said Cruise Industry News that Ritz-Carlton executives had recently made site visits to Europe, looking for a long-term partner.
After announcing plans to enter the cruise industry in 2017 for a start in 2019, the young luxury brand has been plagued by delays at the Barreras shipyard in Spain, where the Evrima was under construction.
As the yard became insolvent, the investors behind the company had to step in to secure the ship which was then moved to another shipyard in Spain.
Additionally, after previously announcing a plan to build a series of three ships at Barreras, a new build program is expected to follow soon.