Ritz Carl­ton hits the wa­ter

Cruise Weekly - - News -

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.

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