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The Ritz-Carlton’s new luxury cruise ship with penthouses at sea will sail in August from — see inside the ‘yacht’

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  • The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will launch its first cruise liner, the Evirma, in August.

  • The ship faced years-long delays amid COVID-19 and reports of budget issues.

  • Discover the interior of the upcoming “yacht” with a sushi bar, two-story penthouses and a cigar lounge.

The booming cruise industry is about to welcome a newcomer to five-star luxury.

A rendering of the Ritz-Carlton Evrima on the ocean.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company brings exclusivity to the high seas with its new “yacht collection” cruise arm.

A rendering of the Ritz-Carlton Evrima as it sits in the water with another boat surrounding it.

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And you won’t have to wait much longer to experience a floating Ritz-Carlton: its first yacht, the Evrima, will sail this year.

A rendering of the upper level of the Ritz-Carlton Evrima loft suite.

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It’s been five years and a full pandemic since the brand first announced plans to launch a yacht and cruising arm.

A rendering of the day room with sofas, dining tables on the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

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And after years of delays amid COVID-19 and reports that the project went $55 million over budget, the Evrima will finally depart in August for a seven-night cruise around Greece.

A rendering of the Ritz-Carlton Evrima as it sails near Santorini, Greece.

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The ship’s crossings typically last seven to ten nights, but no two routes will be the same.

A rendering of the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

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While sailing, guests will receive the Ritz-Carlton treatment aboard the 623-foot-plus cruise ship, or “yacht” as the brand likes to call the Evrima.

A rendering of the Ritz-Carlton Evrima on the ocean.

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For comparison, Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, is 1,188 feet long.

A rendering of the wonder of the seas.

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The Evrima is much smaller than mega cruise liners, but that size will allow it to access more desirable ports of call in places like Greece and France, according to the Ritz-Carlton.

A rendering of a living room with couches, plush seating, facing the ocean on the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

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The ship can accommodate nearly 300 passengers in its 149 luxury hotel suites at sea.

A rendering of the owner's suite with one bed at the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

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Imagine two-storey penthouse lofts, suites with private terraces and hot tubs…

A rendering of a loft suite with one bed, stairs, ocean view on the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

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… large bathrooms with bathtubs, and living rooms rivaling those of a luxury apartment.

A bathroom with bathtub, double washbasin, bathrobe hanging on the wall.

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All cabins on the Evrima will have ocean view decks, king beds…

The large suite with a dining table, TV, balcony facing the ocean.

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…floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings, offering each guest the promise of opulence.

The Ritz-Carlton Evrima Yacht Cruise Grand Suite features a bed, sitting area, and outdoor balcony.

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Multiple suites can also be booked together to create larger “open plan” rooms.

A rendering of the Grand Suite with one bedroom, separate living area, balcony, on the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

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The Evrima builds on the brand’s luxurious reputation with the promise of pampering…

A rendering of the terrace with terrace at the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

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…like cold towels and fresh mint water when you first board the ship.

A rendering of the shopping boutique with handbags, jewelry on the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

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On hot sailing days, passengers can spend their afternoons in the hot tubs and infinity pool (or they can just opt ​​for water misting while they sunbathe).

A rendering of the back deck of the main pool at the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

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Passengers can also spend their time at sea lounging in one of the many common areas, which include an open-air observation deck, cigar lounge, and cocktail and piano bar.

A rendering of a bar with bar seating, a side table on the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

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The ship will also have spa rooms with private terraces, personal trainers in the gym…

Restitution of a spa treatment at the Ritz-Carlton Evrima with massage bed, balcony.

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…and a list of places to eat, like the European-inspired “SEA” restaurant designed by the chef who runs the Ritz-Carlton, the three-star Michelin establishment of the Wolfsburg hotel.

A rendering of the SEA restaurant with dining tables, chairs, tables set on the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

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If you don’t feel comfortable with a European tasting menu, you can opt for the sushi bar or the outdoor Mediterranean grill.

A rendering of an ocean view restaurant on the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

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At stopovers, excursions will be led by local guides.

A rendering of the back of the Ritz-Carlton Evrima as it sits on the ocean.

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But if you prefer to stay aboard the ship, you can relax at the marina, the ship’s “private beach” with water toys.

A rendering of the rear of the Ritz-Carlton Evrima facing the ocean.

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Of course, this luxury comes at a price.

A rendering of the marina deck with ocean view, lounge seating on the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

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You’ll pay Ritz-Carlton prices to experience the brand at sea: Itineraries range from a five-night cruise in February from Florida to the Bahamas starting at $4,100…

A rendering of the Ritz-Carlton Evrima wine tasting area.

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…to an 11-night Turkey and Greece cruise from $12,500. This price is multiplied by two to three for the more expensive suites.

A rendering of the Ritz-Carlton Evrima beauty salon.

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Evrima has yet to begin its inaugural season, but the brand already plans to launch its next two cruise ships, Ilma and Luminara, in 2024 and 2025, respectively.

A rendering of the pool and outdoor terrace at the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

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Ritz-Carlton isn’t the only hotel and hospitality company to launch a cruise brand this year, though it’s certainly the most luxurious.

A rendering of the outdoor spa with a round pool, lounge chairs on the Ritz-Carlton Evrima.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

In late 2021, Margaritaville announced plans for a cruise ship, which will begin sailing in May.

The Margaritaville Paradise sailing at sea

Margaritaville paradise.The McBride Company

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