Some of the best hotels in the world are Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts. The best way to get a discount, special offers, free benefits and ultimately the cheapest rate at a Ritz-Carlton hotel is to book with an official Ritz-Carlton Stars travel agency.
Roll on into April 2021, and the delayed first yacht in the Ritz trio, Evrima is due to make her Ritz-Carlton cruise debut. Yes indeed, you can now cruise in the ultimate of luxury with Ritz-Carlton, one of the world’s most luxurious hotel brands. These ships will offer an ultra-luxury, exclusive trip. These cruises will compete against luxury cruise ships like the newest Silversea ships.
In a press release, Ritz-Carlton, which is part of Marriott International, announced that it “will be bringing its award-winning luxury hotel brand’s service and timeless style to sea.” Each custom-built yacht offers space for just 298 guests with 149 suites. Each suite will have its own balcony, and there will be several luxurious duplex penthouses.
The Ritz-Carlton yachts will feature a restaurant by Sven Elverfeld, a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa, and a Panorama Lounge and wine bar, offering a wide variety of on-board entertainment. Additionally, the yacht will offer one-of-a-kind curated destination journeys through collaborations with local chefs, musicians, and artists, allowing guests to experience the locations in unique and experiential ways, both onboard and ashore.
“The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality, and the vessels are sure to be true standouts in some of the most glamorous ports around the world,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service.”
Itineraries will include a wide variety of high-end destinations depending on the season, including the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Due to the vessel’s intimate size, the yacht will call at unique locations typically not accessible to large cruise ships, from Capri and Portofino to St. Barths and the old town of Cartagena. These trips aim to provide a completely relaxing experience while offering an interesting itinerary both overnight and during daytime ports of call.
The expected itineraries for Evrima are outlined below, although with Covid messing with everyone’s plans, whether these cruises will go ahead as planned remains to be seen:
- 22 April 2021: 9 nights — Lisbon, Portugal to Palma de Mallorca, Spain
- 1 May 2021: 7 nights — Palma de Mallorca, Spain to Nice, Francev
- 8 May 2021: 7 nights: Nice, France to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
- 15 May 2021: 6 nights — Rome, Italy to Marseille, France
- 21 May 2021: 8 nights — Marseille, France to Valletta, Malta
- 29 May and 5 June: 7 nights — Valletta, Malta to Piraeus (Athens), Greece (and reverse)
- 5 June 2021: Piraeus (Athens), Greece round-trip
- 12 June and 19 June: 7 nights — Piraeus (Athens), Greece to Venice, Italy (and reverse)
- 24 June 2021: 9 nights — Dubrovnik, Croatia to Piraeus (Athens), Greece
If you book your cruise on the Ritz-Carlton website direct, you may not get the best deal. Book your next Ritz-Carlton stay or cruise via our luxury travel concierge and we can secure you free loyalty-style benefits (on top of your own status and membership benefits), room upgrades and perks, for no extra cost. Typically, our free benefits include:
- Breakfast for two people per bedroom
- Spa or Food and beverage credit of $100 USD per stay
- Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (this usually excludes suites)
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms
- Complimentary welcome gift
We outline how to book into a Ritz-Carlton cruise with a discount in more detail below:
1. Get Free Benefits With A Luxury Travel Agent
As outlined above, you can take advantage of free benefits in addition to earning your Marriott Bonvoy points and benefiting from your Bonvoy status. Even if you don’t have staus with the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty scheme, you will get our benefits from your very first stay at Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts. Book with our luxury travel agency which is an official ” Ritz-Carlton Stars” travel agency. It really is that easy, and the rates you pay will usually be the same as those on the Ritz-Carlton website.
2. Earn & Redeem Marriott Rewards On Ritz-Carlton Cruises
Marriott Rewards members can earn points, elite night credits, and receive elite benefits at The Ritz-Carlton hotels. Members can also redeem points for free nights at The Ritz-Carlton hotels. So it would seem likely (although this has not been confirmed) that these cruises would be bookable with Marriott Rewards. Equally, it seems that you should be able to redeem rewards for a trip, although in reality, if the cruises are super popular, management may decide not to offer them on points. It will be interesting to see.
3. Take Advantage Of Early Bird Discounts
Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts run at a high occupancy rate. I would expect the same of their cruises. I regularly recommend clients who book their stay with our luxury travel concierge to book as soon as the rates come out. It is simply not worth holding out for a last-minute discount as these magical discounts don’t usually come up in popular destinations.
At the last minute, you are unlikely to be able to book the cheapest cabin, as the cabin you wanted may have sold out, so you might be left paying a premium for a view you aren’t bothered about.
4. Book Discounted Advance Purchase Rates
If you are booking in advance and are sure of your dates, you can take advantage of advance purchase discounted rates. This is one of the few ways to get you a cheaper room at the best hotels in the world or a cheaper cabin on the best ships in the world.
5. Stay Shorter
It sounds obvious when you say out loud, but booking a shorter cruise will be cheaper overall than booking a long cruise.
6. Stay Longer
While booking a shorter cruise will be cheaper overall than booking a long cruise. If you book a longer cruise, you are likely to get the price per night down per cabin.
7. Book An All Inclusive Cruise
You are in luck with Ritz-Carlton. All their cruises offer an all-inclusive fare, including beverages, tips, all dining, Wi-Fi, a personal concierge, and more. This means that, while the upfront price may be steep, you won’t have to worry about any unexpected nasty add ons and surcharges.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection fares include:
- Oceanview accommodations with a private balcony, which The Ritz calls a “terrace.”
- A dedicated Personal Concierge
- All dining at multiple restaurants as well as 24-hour in-suite room service
- Free beverages (all nonalcoholic, bottled water, coffee, and tea plus select wines and liquors) throughout the yacht and in your suite
- Onboard entertainment and enrichment
- A marina-style platform with access to nonmotorized watersports while at anchor
Onboard gratuities for housekeeping, dining, and bar staff
8. Take advantage Of The Free Amenities
Upon arrival at your suite, a chilled bottle of Grande Marque Champagne, Moët et Chandon, Brut Impérial, Non-Vintage will greet you. Enjoy the bottle on your private balcony before getting to know the intricacies of your cabin. All suites offer a king-size bed with high-end Frette linens, digital flat-screen TV, a minibar stocked with your preferences, and an in-suite safe. Each suite has a Nespresso machine and a selection of complimentary specially roasted coffee and teas from Illy Cafè and Dammann Frères. If you want hypoallergenic pillows, those are available upon request. The bathroom features a double vanity, luxury bath amenities, robes and slippers, a vanity mirror, and a hairdryer.
So much is included on this cruise that you might not find the need to pay for extra services such as the spa. Equally, you are allowed to pocket any toiletries that you don’t use. Don’t feel bad about taking unused mini-bottles home if you don’t use them. You paid for them!
9. Promo Codes
There ARE special corporate promo discount codes, so if you are an employee of a company like Goldman Sachs, Bank Of America, IBM, AAA, or the government, you might be able to take advantage of these discounts. Still, these codes are not widely available to the general public. In addition, the discount may not be as good as the free benefits offered by our luxury travel concierge. We suggest asking for a free quote so you can compare prices and benefits and get the full picture before booking.
10. Pick A Cheaper Cruise
Some cruises will be more popular than others, so book a cheaper itinerary to save some cash.
Note: Benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at discretion of the vendor.
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