Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection expands fleet with 2 newbuild superyachts, Ilma and Luminara

   March 18, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection announced a fleet expansion project with two new superyachts, Ilma and Luminara, scheduled for deliveries in 2024 and 2025, respectively.

The new ships will be constructed by the French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique (shipyard in Sant-Nazaire, France), with an option for two additional same-designed units.

Chantiers de l’Atlantique will carry out production and development, including the enhanced design and sustainability features.

After several delays (due to design challenges and shipbuilding issues) The Ritz-Carlton currently plans to inaugurate the brand's first cruise ship - Evrima, on August 6, 2022.

The two new superyachts feature the highest space ratios at sea, with a total of 228 suites, each with a private terrace, and will offer a high percentage of larger suites, with 2 new, spacious upper suite categories measuring up to 1076 ft2 (100 m2) in size. Both yachts will showcase modern interior finishes imagined by London-based architect and design company, AD Associates, and lighting designer, DPA. The exterior design of the newbuilds was developed by Finland-based yacht stylist, Aivan, taking inspiration from private yacht design.

Ilma and Luminara onboard experience will reflect the comfort and exceptional guest service for which the Ritz-Carlton brand is recognized. Offering the highest staff-to-passenger ratios in the luxury cruising category, the superyachts will provide ~1 staff member for every guest. The newbuilds will feature 5 restaurants, 6 bars, a wine vault, as well as signature spaces found on Evrima like an expanded marina with a mezzanine feature, a special space for Ritz Kids programming, and a Ritz-Carlton Spa. For special events, groups will enjoy an exclusive cocktail reception on the expanded bow.

Ritz-Carlton Ilma cruise ship

Reaffirming Ritz-Carlton’s commitment to implementing sustainable practices, each vessel will be fitted with 4 dual-fuel engines and utilize LNG (liquefied natural gas) as its main fuel source, reducing emissions as compared to traditional practices. The yachts will also include advanced water treatment systems, LED lighting, an efficient heat recovery loop, and more, with the goal of minimizing environmental impact.

Bookings for the 2024 season of itineraries are expected to open to the public this fall. The superyachts will feature itineraries ranging from 7 to 10 nights in the Caribbean and Europe/Mediterranean and provide an all-inclusive experience. They will also be available for private charter.