Ritz-Carlton Cruises opens bookings for Ilma ship's inaugural 2024 Mediterranean season

   March 13, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection announced that the inaugural 2024 Mediterranean season for Ilma (fleet's second newbuild superyacht) is now open for bookings.

Expanding on the brand's yacht-style cruising, Ilma (“water” in Maltese) pays homage to the sea, delivering passengers a new way to experience the sought-after yachting destinations.

Douglas Prothero (company's CEO) said they were thrilled to open reservations for Ilma to the public and unveil their inaugural season of itineraries.

“With a relaxed sailing pace and more overnights in port, our 2024 Mediterranean season underscores the essence of the yachting lifestyle, giving guests more time to truly immerse themselves in the vibrant cultures, local cuisines and natural beauty of the region.”

Ilma is scheduled to launch in September 2024 with a 7-night maiden voyage from Piraeus-Athens (Greece) to Haifa (Israel). Itineraries range between 7-13 nights and visit popular destinations in the Greek Isles, French and Italian rivieras (including Amalfi Coast), Spain's Balearic and Canary Islands. Guests will be able to visit historic cities such as Rome (from Civitavecchia) and Florence (from Livorno) in Italy; Monaco's Monte Carlo, and exotic destinations like Tangier (Morocco) and Funchal (Madeira Island, Portugal). Overnights include Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), Alexandria (Egypt), and Amalfi (Italy), among others.

Ritz-Carlton Ilma cruise ship

The Ilma ship has LOA length 241 m (790 ft), 10 decks, and 228 passenger staterooms, all of which are Suites with step-out balconies.

Accommodating up to 456 guests, the vessel will offer one of the highest space ratios at sea along with a significant percentage of larger suites, with 2 new, spacious upper suite categories measuring 1,000+ square feet in size. Blending style with a relaxed atmosphere, the yacht will showcase modern craftsmanship/interior finishes imagined by London-based architect & design firm, AD Associates, and award-winning lighting designer, DPA. The exterior design, developed by Finland-based yacht stylist, Aivan, took inspiration from the most elegant superyachts in the world.