The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s ship Evrima has to be seen to be believed. Evrima blew me away when I saw it in Monte Carlo a few weeks ago. What I saw is pictured above, an epic liner offering levels of luxury that the cruise industry has arguably not experienced before.
Yes, you will find ships with more entertainment and more facilities, but if you want pure luxury on an intimate boutique ship, which can stop in at small ports and lets you dive off its stern into crystal clear waters, the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection are the yachts that you have been looking for. We have outlined how to get the best deals below.
The best way to get deals and discounts on Ritz-Carlton’s Yachts is to book with an official Ritz-Carlton Virtuoso travel agency like our Luxury Travel Concierge.
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) and perks, for no extra cost. See what our clients say about us and how thrilled they are with the extra benefits we provide at no extra cost.
Evrima is the first of the Ritz-Carlton yacht collection. The delayed first yacht in the Ritz trio, Evrima, made her Ritz-Carlton cruise debut in Europe. Evrima means discovery. Measuring 624 feet in length and accommodating no more than 298 guests, Evrima has one of the highest space ratios in luxury cruising, with 85.2 square feet of space per guest.
- luxury all-suite accommodations
- multiple dining experiences, including
- 24-hour in-suite dining
- beverages in-suite and throughout the yacht
- onboard activities and entertainment
- onboard gratuities
- 149 suites, each with private ocean-view terrace
- highest percentage of larger suites in luxury cruising
- two owner’s suites, each with private whirlpool
- lofts and combinable suites with flexible configuration
- superior guest amenities
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.
All suites are designed for two (2) guests, but many can be connected to satisfy families’ needs or to appeal to meeting planners. An innovative system offers the flexibility to transform connecting suites into larger spaces by removing a wall panel.
All connecting suites include:
- an expanded private terrace
- two luxury custom king bed sleep systems
- two in-suite safes
- two double vanity bathrooms, each with a modern shower
- three digital flat screen televisions
- two in terrace-to-terrace configurations
The Marina, which is the deck that gives you direct ocean access, offers:
- direct access to the water from deck 3
- complimentary watersports during port days while at anchor*
- windsurf boards
- snorkeling accessories
We outline how to book the best deal on a Ritz-Carlton cruise below:
1. Virtuoso Deals On Ritz-Carlton’s Yachts
Book via our luxury travel agency, which is an official Ritz-Carlton Stars and Virtuoso travel agency. You will get benefits from your very first booking at Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts and, crucially, on Ritz-Carlton cruises. These benefits are in addition to earning your Marriott Bonvoy points and benefit from perks related to your Bonvoy status.
2. Book An Amenity Ritz-Carlton Sailing
All amenity Ritz-Carlton sailings will offer complimentary benefits to guests who book through a network advisor like our Luxury Travel Concierge, including an exclusive cooking class and chef’s tasting. Select sailings will feature a Virtuoso host as well as the guest’s choice of a complimentary shore excursion, shipboard credit, or private car and driver. All these benefits offer the best possible deal. Contact our agents to find out more.
3. Earn & Redeem Marriott Rewards On Ritz-Carlton Cruises
Whether you book via our agents or direct, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is participating in the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, so all loyalty members will get points when they book a cruise. This adds extra value to any booking making the booking a better deal. Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and redeem points on The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection cruises and enjoy elite status perks on voyages.
4. Early Discounts
Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts run at a high occupancy rate. I would expect the same from their cruises as these yachts are small, and only one yacht is sailing right now. I regularly recommend clients book their stays as soon as the rates come out. I would suggest the same for these cruises. It’s simply not worth holding out for a last-minute Ritz-Carlton discount. Noteworthy discounts are unlikely, given the limited number of cabins on these luxury cruise ships.
5. Don’t Book Last Minute
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 premium cabin size that you don’t need. I suspect you won’t be able to book any cabin at all on Ritz-Carlton yachts at the last minute. I expect most cruises will sell out. You can now book cruises in 2024 if the one you wanted in 2023 is not available.
6. Shorter Cruises May Offer A Better Deal
It sounds obvious when you say it out loud, but booking a shorter cruise will be cheaper overall than booking a long voyage.
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.
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 can 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
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 special discounts. That said, Ritz-Carlton cruises are aimed at the leisure traveler, so there may be none. For the best deals, please speak to our agents. They offer the best chance of extra free amenities.
10. Pick A Cruise Closer To You
Ritz-Carlton’s Yachts currently cruise Europe and the Caribbean. Some itineraries will require you to fly further to get to the departure port. Extortionate flight costs may add to your price so you might want to pick an itinerary that does not require a long and expensive flight.
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