The Anti-cruise Ship

Bespoke - - BREAK THE RULES -

Ritz Carl­ton has done some­thing very clever: It recog­nised there’s a large num­ber of peo­ple who’d love to char­ter a su­pery­acht, yet find the 300,000 USD­plus weekly hire-rates pro­hib­i­tive. So the Star­wood al­liance chain cooked up a way of do­ing it at a frac­tion of the cost. In ef­fect, they’ve plugged the gap be­tween small cruise ships, which carry around 650 pas­sen­gers, and su­pery­achts, which carry only two dozen, and are due to launch three 190-me­tre Ritz Carl­ton megay­achts to­wards the end of next year, which can host 298 pas­sen­gers in 149 suites, all of which come with pri­vate bal­conies and above-av­er­age ceil­ing heights. The yachts’ de­signer, Fredrik Jo­hans­son from Till­berg De­sign of Swe­den, revealed that some of the boats’ high­lights in­clude open-con­cept floor plans that’ll be “fluid and trans­par­ent and will break down the tra­di­tional bound­aries be­tween din­ing and drink­ing ar­eas”, as well as “ma­rina-style” rear bathing plat­forms that of­fer di­rect ac­cess to the wa­ter. He also stated that the firm’s guid­ing prin­ci­ple was to cre­ate ships that of­fer ev­ery­thing tra­di­tional large cruise ship don’t. “The Ritz-carl­ton ships will be a place where you go with no queues, no crowds, no dis­tur­bances – just a beau­ti­ful back­drop for beau­ti­ful peo­ple.”

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