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Eigh­teen months be­fore its sched­uled de­but of the first Ritz-Carl­ton Yacht Col­lec­tion ship, ex­ec­u­tives of­fered the first clue as to pric­ing for the lux­ury brand, say­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive fare in the Mediter­ranean would be about $5,600 for a seven-day itin­er­ary.

Com­peti­tors of the 298-pas­sen­ger RitzCarl­ton ship will in­clude the 112-pas­sen­ger ships of SeaDream Yacht Club. An on­line price check of seven-day SeaDream Med itin­er­ar­ies this sum­mer re­vealed a mi­dlevel suite price of $5,699.

An­other lux­ury line, Silversea Cruises, said a suite on its Sil­ver Spirit, cur­rently be­ing over­hauled in dry­dock in Si­cily, will cost $5,600 on its first seven-day voy­age after up­grades are com­pleted in May.

After a se­ries of seven- and 10-day voy­ages there, it will move to the Adri­atic in the spring of 2020, sail the Mediter­ranean and up to north­ern Europe and the Baltic from July through Septem­ber be­fore of­fer­ing Canada/New Eng­land itin­er­ar­ies in the fall of 2020.

A sec­ond ship will add itin­er­ar­ies for the St. Lawrence Se­away and Great Lakes in the sum­mer, while a third will go to Asia, Prothero said.

A sam­ple itin­er­ary in the Caribbean, he said, might in­clude St. Lu­cia, Be­quia, Mus­tique and Tobago Cays. All are small is­lands within a leisurely sail of each other and more likely to be vis­ited by yachts than by cruise ships.

The ac­com­mo­da­tions in­clude two Owner’s suites, 12 Loft suits, 18 Grand suites, 27 Sig­na­ture suites and 90 Ter­race suites. The Loft suites are du­plexes, with bed­rooms on the lower level, built so that the ship could be all-bal­cony. The Ter­race suites can be com­bined to re­duce the to­tal num­ber of suites from 149 to 107 for char­ters.

The five din­ing venues on the ship will in­clude a main din­ing room, as yet un­named, that seats 140; an Asian fu­sion res­tau­rant; a pool­side grill; a seafood grill; and Aqua, a res­tau­rant be­ing de­vel­oped by three-star Miche­lin chef Sven Elver­feld, who runs a res­tau­rant by that name at the Ritz-Carl­ton ho­tel in Wolfs­burg, Ger­many.

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