Ritz Carlton hits the water
HOTEL chain Ritz-Carlton’s first foray into the cruise sector is a step closer after its maiden vessel was launched into the water in Spain this week.
The milestone event was marked by a special maritime launching ceremony, which included a traditional blessing.
Under construction at the Hijos De J. Barreras Shipyard in Vigo since Jan this year, the as-yet- unnamed 298-passenger ship is scheduled to officially enter service in early 2020 ( CW 12 Jun).
One of three on order for RitzCarlton’s new cruise division, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, the vessels will aim to differentiate themselves from the larger cruise ships in the market by playing up their smaller, intimate size.
The ships will measure approximately 210 metres in length and have 149 suites with private balconies.
Pictured: Ship renderings.