Ritz-Carlton Evrima

Former names: Ritz-Carlton Yacht 1, Ritz-Carlton Azora

Specifications of Ritz-Carlton Evrima

Year built2021 new ship
BuilderAstilleros Barreras Shipyard (Vigo, Spain)
ClassMega Yacht
Building costEUR 290 million (USD 320 million)
OwnerMarriott International Inc (via The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC)
OperatorThe Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)190 m / 623 ft
Beam (width)24 m / 79 ft
Gross Tonnage26500 gt
Passengers214 - 298
Crew246
Decks10
Cabins149
Decks with cabins5
Former namesRitz-Carlton Yacht 1, Ritz-Carlton Azora
Christened bytba

Ritz-Carlton Evrima Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Nov 10 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Castries San Juan $5604
2021 Nov 17 6 days, one-way from Castries to Oranjestad Castries $5601
2021 Nov 24 8 days, round-trip 8 Night Oranjestad to Oranjestad Cruise Oranjestad $5604
2021 Dec 02 6 days, one-way from Oranjestad to Bridgetown Oranjestad $4898
2021 Dec 10 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Bridgetown to Bridgetown Cruise Bridgetown $5593
2021 Dec 16 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to San Juan Bridgetown $5604
2021 Dec 23 10 days, round-trip 10 Night San Juan to San Juan Cruise San Juan $9604
2022 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip 7 Night San Juan to San Juan Cruise San Juan $4901
2022 Jan 09 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Philipsburg San Juan $5109
2022 Jan 16 7 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Bridgetown Philipsburg $4905
2022 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Bridgetown to Bridgetown Cruise Bridgetown $4902
2022 Jan 30 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries Bridgetown $4898
2022 Feb 06 7 days, one-way from Castries to San Juan Castries $5294
2022 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip 7 Night San Juan to San Juan Cruise San Juan $5302
2022 Feb 20 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Philipsburg San Juan $4894
2022 Feb 27 7 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Castries Philipsburg $5100
2022 Mar 06 5 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown Castries $3706
2022 Mar 11 8 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Oranjestad Bridgetown $6298
2022 Mar 20 8 days, round-trip 8 Night Oranjestad to Oranjestad Cruise Oranjestad $5597
2022 Mar 28 12 days, one-way from Oranjestad to Fort Lauderdale Oranjestad $7706
2022 Apr 09 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale Cruise Fort Lauderdale $4908
2022 Apr 16 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale Cruise Fort Lauderdale $4907
2022 Apr 23 13 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon Fort Lauderdale $7499
2022 May 06 11 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon $10604
2022 Oct 02 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Rome Civitavecchia to Rome Civitavecchia Cruise Civitavecchia $6096
2022 Oct 29 6 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona $6203
2022 Nov 05 12 days, one-way from Lisbon to Bridgetown Lisbon $6896
2022 Nov 22 5 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Philipsburg Bridgetown $3908
2022 Nov 27 6 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Bridgetown Philipsburg $4904
2022 Dec 04 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Philipsburg Bridgetown $4706
2022 Dec 11 7 days, one-way from Philipsburg to San Juan Philipsburg $4898
2022 Dec 18 10 days, round-trip 10 Night San Juan to San Juan Cruise San Juan $8694
2022 Dec 29 6 days, one-way from San Juan to Bridgetown San Juan $6092
2023 Jan 04 10 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Panama City Bridgetown $10593
2023 Jan 14 7 days, one-way from Panama City to Puntarenas Panama City $5098
2023 Jan 21 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Puerto Caldera to Puerto Caldera Cruise Puntarenas $5097
2023 Jan 28 7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Panama City Puntarenas $5093
2023 Feb 04 10 days, one-way from Panama City to Fort Lauderdale Panama City $11500
2023 Feb 14 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale Cruise Fort Lauderdale $4908
2023 Feb 21 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale Cruise Fort Lauderdale $4908
2023 Mar 05 7 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan Fort Lauderdale $5090
2023 Mar 12 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Bridgetown San Juan $4910
2023 Mar 19 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Bridgetown to Bridgetown Cruise Bridgetown $5099
2023 Mar 26 7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to San Juan Bridgetown $5107
2023 Apr 07 7 days, round-trip 7 Night San Juan to San Juan Cruise San Juan $5292
2023 Apr 14 13 days, one-way from San Juan to Lisbon San Juan $7806

Ritz-Carlton Evrima Review

Review of Ritz-Carlton Evrima

The 2021-built Ritz-Carlton's Evrima cruise ship (fka "Ritz-Carlton Azora") is the first of all three ultra-luxury expedition yachts owned by Marriott International Inc (shipowner). The superyacht is operated by The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection (cruise brand and subsidiary of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company).

Due to construction delays, the vessel's delivery was postponed 6 months - from November 2020 to April 2021. Evrima's inaugural cruise was rescheduled four times - from June 14, 2020, to April 22, July 25, and November 10, 2021. A total of 74 voyages (itineraries planned for 2020-2021) were canceled.

History - construction and ownership

Ritz-Carlton's cruise brand "The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection" is a Miami-headquartered (Coconut Grove) new company owned by Marriott International Inc via its subsidiary The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC.

On June 22, 2017, the 5-star hotel brand Ritz-Carlton announced its privately-owned cruise line brand, with a planned start in 2019. The company's fleet consists of 3 newbuilds, with a shipbuilding option to expand to 5 vessels. Ritz-Carlton's cruise company was created by Douglas Prothero (CEO, founder of Canadian Maritime Group) and Lars Clasen (Managing Director, former President of AIDA Cruises).

Ritz-Carlton Evrima cruise ship

The 300-passenger ship Evrima was designed by Tillberg Design (Sweden) as a "mega-yacht - cruise ship" hybrid. The custom-built superyacht was even dubbed "anti-cruise ship".

Ritz-Carlton Evrima cruise ship

Due to shipyard issues/financial difficulties, the vessel's delivery/inauguration (originally planned for November 2019) was first postponed to 2020 (4 months - from February to June 2020), then to 2021 - first for April, then July, then November. The latest cancellations were due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis - safety concerns, international travel restrictions and uncertainties (countries' lockdowns and port closures).

The vessel (IMO number 9823687) is Malta-flagged (MMSI tba) and registered in Valletta.

Decks and Cabins

All Evrima cruise ship staterooms (149 total) are balcony suites with tall ceilings, including two Duplex Suites (2-level apartments). The fore-located Owner Suites are the yacht's largest accommodations, featuring upper suite living area, floor-ceiling windows (for 270-degree views) and a huge wraparound terrace (with an outdoor plunge pool).

The boat has 10 decks, of which 8 are passenger-accessible and 5 with cabins.

Staterooms include 27x Signature Suites, 18x Grand Suites, 12x Loft Suites, 90x Terrace Suites. Loft Suites are duplexes (bedroom on the lower level). Terrace Suites are connecting cabins (with a soundproof blind wall in between) easily combined to reduce the cabins number from 149 to 107 (when the mega-yacht is privately chartered). Cabin categories include:

  • Owners Suite (1100 ft2 / 102 m2) plus balcony (590 ft2 / 55 m2)
  • View Suite (625 ft2 / 58 m2) plus balcony (95 ft2 / 9 m2)
  • Loft Suite (700 ft2 / 65 m2) plus balcony (75 ft2 / 7 m2)
  • Grand Suite (635 ft2 / 59 m2) plus balcony (110 ft2 / 10 m2)
  • Signature Mid-Suite / Signature Suite (475 ft2 / 44 m2) plus balcony (100 ft2 / 9 m2)
  • Terrace Mid-Suite / Terrace Suite (310 ft2 / 29 m2) plus balcony (65 ft2 / 6 m2)
 

Standard (complimentary) cabin amenities and services include custom-made King-size beds (premium sleeping system, custom-made for Ritz-Carlton linens, hypoallergenic pillows), smart HDTVs (infotainment system with Internet, movies-on-demand, Room Service ordering), seating area with contemporary furniture (mirrored dressing table, padded stool, lounge cabinet with shelves, armchairs, coffee table), complimentary minibar (fully-stocked with beverages /craft beers, juices, soft drinks, bottled water), Espresso coffee machine (complimentary capsules /coffee and tea), direct-dial phone, wardrobe, electronic safe box and lifejackets (in the closet), 220-110 V power outlets, USB charging ports, complimentary WiFi Internet, complimentary 24-hour room service and in-cabin dining (ordering items from all onboard dining venues), dedicated butler (Personal Concierge assistant), en-suite bathroom (double-sink vanity, separate WC-toilet, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers, custom-made bath linens, luxury-brand bath products), individually controlled air-conditioning, LED lighting, modern light fixtures (recessed lights).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Ritz-Carlton Evrima yacht offers a total of 10 ultra-premium dining options at intimate venues with chef-curated menus, small seating capacity, opened around the clock and without assigned seating or fixed mealtimes. Passengers can eat whenever they want, rather than the traditional pre-set dining times customary on most companies. All-day and all-night dining in cabins (or on their terraces) can be ordered from the 24-hour room service menu (items from all onboard dining venues), as well as during regular hours from the MDR menu.

Ritz-Carlton Evrima cruise ship

The dress code is Yacht Casual during the day for breakfast and lunch - shoes, shirts, and bathing suit cover-ups are required when the passengers are not at the swimming pool. During the evening for dinner sleeveless t-shirts and bathing suits are not allowed and shoes and shirts are required throughout the vessel. The dress code in the specialty dining restaurant by Sven Elverfeld is Yacht Sophisticated and collared shirts are not required, but recommended. No formal nights are organized on board.

Follows the complete list of Ritz-Carlton Evrima restaurants and food bars.

  • S.E.A. (Aqua Restaurant) is via partnership with celebrity chef Sven Elverfeld (3-Michelin stars) who presides over Ritz-Carlton's Aqua Restaurant in Wolfsburg, Germany. Aqua Restaurant has capacity 28 seats, offers a la carte 5-course menu and wine pairing (with premium wines and champagnes by the glass). An additional fee is applied and reservations are required.
  • Evrima Room is the boat's Main Dining Room restaurant (MDR) with capacity 140 seats. The venue is designed to look like 10 small restaurants, with plenty of nooks. The menu consists of locally inspired creations and changes daily to reflect the ports visited. Dining Privee (10-seat room) is part of the MDR and can be reserved as VIP dining room for lunches and dinners with customized menus.
  • Talaat Nam (contemporary Asian cuisine restaurant) has a separate sushi bar and outdoor terrace seating.
  • Outdoor Grill (lower Sundeck) is a Lido bar serving the aft swimming pool (Deck 8) with fast food and beverages. This pool deck is served by Poolside Grill and Seafood Grill. This casual eatery offers from Early Risers (portable breakfast) to late-night complimentary dining, serving various cuisine specialties prepared outdoor and a la minute.
  • The Pool House (casual poolside food bar) offers all-day dining (including breakfasts, lunches, dinners).
  • Mistral is a seafood bar for lunch or al fresco dinner with prime steaks and fresh seafood grilled to order.

Ritz-Carlton cruise line's Culinary Director is Matthieu Godard (pastry chef) who oversees the brand's culinary activities and menus. Lee Goble is the brand's Executive Chef who manages the fleet's culinary teams.

Ritz-Carlton Evrima yacht pool deck

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

MS Evrima ship offers destination-based activities (onboard performances by local artists and musicians), itinerary-based gourmet cuisine (with locally-sourced products and dishes prepared by local chefs). Onboard entertainment includes live performances (jazz and classical) and professional (expert-led) lectures and media presentations. During each voyage, local guests (artists, lecturers, chefs) board the ship for various entertainment acts throughout the cruise. The shipwide Wi-Fi is free of charge.

Ship's main social hubs are The Observation Lounge (top-deck) and The Living Room (ship entrance hall / Atrium Lobby lounge, also doubling as Cafe and Library). The ship doesn't have a dedicated Theater (show lounge) or Casino (gambling lounge).

The mega-yacht has an aft marina platform for watersports, providing direct access to the sea. The marina is also used for open-air parties and other events. A selection of water toys (sea kayaks, paddleboards, snorkeling equipment) is provided complimentary to all passengers. The marina is connected to the indoors, forming an indoor-outdoor solarium (sundeck) which looks more like a cosy lounge than the usual sundeck. Above Sun Deck is the Helideck with a helipad (helicopter landing area) used in cases of emergency.

The open-air Marina Bar provides 270-degree sea views and is covered by a retractable glass roof. Marina Bar is operated as al fresco dining lounge by day and as disco nightclub in the evening. The venue serves a variety of made-to-order dishes prepared a la minute.

There are two infinity whirlpools, 2 swimming pools (1 shallow and 1 deep). The infinity-pool (aft on Deck 5) is also used for exercising (resistance swimming). Glass doors open to a sweeping staircase leading to Lido Deck (with an aft-located swimming pool / on the stern). The ship carries speedboats.

Due to fire and safety regulations, most of the ship's spaces are sectioned off and subdivided, with metal walls dividing restaurants from lounges and bars. Ritz-Carlton ships pioneered an open floorplan concept ("fluid and transparent") designed to "break down the traditional boundaries between dining and drinking areas".

Ritz-Carlton Evrima cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Ritz-Carlton Evrima ship lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Bar is a cocktail lounge serving premium brand liquors and Champagnes with caviar pairings.
  • The Humidor is a top-deck smoking bar lounge (part of Observation Lounge) where can also be purchased hand-rolled cigars and premium liquors.
  • The top-deck located Observation Lounge is the best place for cocktails and socializing. At twilight, it is transformed into a late-night hangout with live entertainment.
  • The Living Room is the ship's Cafeteria-Patisserie offering freshly-baked pastries, cakes, pies, roasted coffees (at the Espresso Counter and the Bar) and traditional British Afternoon Tea service. Ready-made sweets are available for ordering until late-night.
  • The Pool House (poolside bar) provides all-day complimentary food and beverage service. The ship's pool deck (aft sundeck) is fitted with loungers, deckchairs, banquettes and whirlpools, along with a spacious spot for outdoor movies and deck parties.
  • Ritz-Carlton Spa (Deck 9) is operated by Ritz-Carlton Hotels and provides indoor and outdoor treatments. Each massage room has its own private step-out balcony. Guests are able to pick if they wish a treatment indoor or outdoor. The Wellness complex also includes Relaxation Lounge, Medical Center, The Salon (full-service beauty parlor/hairdresser-manicure-pedicure), The Barber (grooming-barber services). Ship's Fitness Center is an indoor-outdoor Gym complex with training equipment inside and an outdoor exercise area for classes (yoga, pilates, aerobics, etc) and relaxation.
  • Ritz-Kids is the yacht's Kids Club (indoor playground) providing a complimentary educational and fun activity program for children. Enhanced kids entertainment and services are available during summer months and holidays.
  • Boutique Shop sells brand sportswear, fashion clothing and accessories, leather goods, premium jewelry and watches, brand perfumes and cosmetics. In select ports along the cruise itinerary, the onboard shopping experience is enhanced via collaborations with local artisans boarding the ship to showcase their unique handmade products.

The Marina is the ship's watersports platform (aft-location), providing direct access to the sea and watersport equipment. It is also used for parties and other open-air events. A selection of water toys (sea kayaks, paddleboards) are launched from here and provided complimentary to all passengers. Glass doors open to the sweeping staircase leading to Lido / Pool Deck above (aft / on the ship's stern). The Marina is adjacent to an indoor/outdoor solarium (Marina Terrace) which is more a cozy lounge than a conventional sundeck.

Marina Terrace is an open-air deck space (served by Marina Bar) offering 270-degree panoramic views. This outdoor area is covered by a retractable glass roof and can be operated as al fresco dining lounge by day and as a disco-nightclub in the evenings. As a dining venue, Marina Terrace serves a variety of dishes prepared a la minute, as well as handcrafted cocktails.

Cruise itinerary program

Initially, Evrima ship's inaugural cruise was scheduled for June 14, 2020. The 7-day itinerary had to depart from Barcelona Spain to Palma de Mallorca (Majorca Island, Balearic Spain) and had booking code 11200614. Prices started from EUR 6310 pp / USD 6960 pp with double occupancy, including taxes and port fees. However, due to shipbuilding delays, the Maiden Voyage (and cruise brand's launch/inauguration) was postponed to 2021 and rescheduled - first for April 22 (out of Lisbon), then for July 24 (out of Venice), and finally for November 10 (Caribbean from San Juan Puerto Rico).

The latest cancellations affected the entire Europe-Mediterranean season.

Next are listed Evrima's 2020 and 2021 schedules as homeports and (in brackets) departure dates and booking codes. IMPORTANT: All itineraries in 2020 and some in 2021 (January 3 through April 22) were canceled.

Ritz-Carlton 2020 schedule (CANCELED)

  • (June 14) 7-night Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca (code 11200614)
  • (June 21) 7-night Palma de Mallorca to Lisbon (11200621)
  • (June 28) 7-night Lisbon to Bordeaux (11200628)
  • (July 5) 9-night Bordeaux to London-Greenwich (11200705)
  • (July 14) 7-night London-Greenwich to Amsterdam (11200714)
  • (July 21) 9-night Amsterdam to Copenhagen (11200721)
  • (July 30) 10-night Copenhagen to Stockholm (11200730)
  • (August 9) 10-night Stockholm to Copenhagen (11200809)
  • (August 19) 9-night Copenhagen to Edinburgh Scotland (11200819)
  • (August 28) 8-night Edinburgh to Reykjavik (11200828)
  • (September 5) 7-night Reykjavik roundtrip (11200905)
  • (September 12) 14-night Reykjavik to Halifax NS Canada (11200912) Transatlantic, from EUR 7400 pp
  • (September 26) 7-night Halifax to Boston MA USA (11200926)
  • (October 3) 12-night Boston to Montreal Canada (11201003)
  • (October 15) 12-night Montreal to Boston (11201015)
  • (October 27) 9-night Boston to Nassau Bahamas (11201027) repositioning, from EUR 5050 pp
  • (November 6) 8-night Fort Lauderdale to San Juan Puerto Rico (11201106) Inaugural Caribbean cruise, from EUR 5250 pp
  • (November 14) 7-night San Juan to Philipsburg St Maarten (11201114)
  • (November 21) 7-night Philipsburg to Bridgetown Barbados (11201121)
  • (November 28) 7-night Bridgetown roundtrip (11201128)
  • (December 5) 7-night Bridgetown to Castries St Lucia (11201205)
  • (December 12) 7-night Castries to Philipsburg (11201212)
  • (December 19) 8-night Philipsburg to San Juan (11201219) Inaugural "Christmas Cruise 2020", from EUR 6300 pp
  • (December 27) 7-night San Juan roundtrip (11201227) Inaugural "New Year Cruise 2020", from EUR 5650 pp

Ritz-Carlton 2021 schedule (CANCELED)

  • (January 3) 7-night San Juan to Philipsburg St Maarten (11210103)
  • (January 10) 7-night Philipsburg to Bridgetown Barbados (11210110)
  • (January 17) 7-night Bridgetown to Castries St Lucia (11210117)
  • (January 24) 7-night Castries to Oranjestad Aruba (11210124)
  • (January 31) 7-night Oranjestad to Castries (11210131)
  • (February 14) 7-night Philipsburg to Castries (11210214)
  • (February 26) 7-night Castries to San Juan Puerto Rico (11210226)
  • (March 10) 7-night San Juan roundtrip (11210310)
  • (March 27) 7-night San Juan to Bridgetown (11210327)
  • (April 3) 7-night Bridgetown roundtrip (11210403)
  • (April 10) 12-night Bridgetown to Lisbon (11210410) Transatlantic, from EUR 6200 pp
  • (April 22) 9-night Lisbon to Palma de Mallorca (11210422)
  • (May 1) 7-night Palma to Nice France (11210501)
  • (May 8) 7-night Nice to Civitavecchia-Rome (11210508)
  • (May 29) 7-night Valletta Malta to Piraeus-Athens (11210529)
  • (June 5) 7-night Piraeus-Athens roundtrip (11210605)
  • (June 12) 7-night Piraeus-Athens to Venice (11210612)
  • (June 24) 9-night Dubrovnik Croatia to Piraeus-Athens (11210624)
  • (July 10) 7-night Piraeus-Athens to Dubrovnik (11210710)
  • (July 17) 7-night Dubrovnik to Venice (11210717)
  • (July 24) 7-night Venice to Piraeus-Athens (11210724)
  • (July 31) 7-night Piraeus-Athens to Valletta Malta (11210731)
  • (August 7) 7-night Valletta to Civitavecchia-Rome (11210807)
  • (August 14) 7-night Civitavecchia-Rome roundtrip (11210814)
  • (August 26) 8-night Civitavecchia-Rome to Malaga Spain (11210826)
  • (September 3) 7-night Malaga to Lisbon (11210903)
  • (September 10) 12-night Lisbon to Halifax NS Canada (11210910) Transatlantic, from EUR 6300 pp
  • (September 22) 7-night Halifax to Boston MA USA (11210922)
  • (September 29) 11-night Boston to Montreal Canada (11210929)
  • (October 10) 12-night Montreal to Halifax (11211010)
  • (October 22) 12-night Halifax to Fort Lauderdale FL USA (11211022) repositioning, from EUR 7900 pp

Ritz-Carlton cruises 2021 schedule

  • (November 10) 7-night from San Juan to Castries (11211110) MAIDEN VOYAGE
  • (November 17) 7-night Castries to Oranjestad Aruba (11211117)
  • (November 24) 8-night Oranjestad roundtrip (11211124)
  • (December 2) 7-night Oranjestad to Bridgetown Barbados (11211202)
  • (December 9) 7-night Bridgetown roundtrip (11211209)
  • (December 16) 7-night Bridgetown to San Juan Puerto Rico (11211216)
  • (December 23) 7-night San Juan roundtrip (11211223) "Christmas and New Year Cruise 2021", from EUR 7760 pp

The list of ship relocation cruises you can see at RepositionCruises.com (dates, itineraries, prices).

Ritz-Carlton cruise fares are inclusive of onboard accommodation, dining, beverages (including alcoholic), gratuities (shipboard tipping) and Wi-Fi. A 5% discount is offered with the booking of 2 or more B2Bs (back-to-back itineraries).

In early-September 2020, Ritz-Carlton announced the company's winter 2022-2023 itineraries (November through April). The Evrima ship's program features 15 new call ports (including Golfito Costa Rica, Portsmouth Dominica, Puerto Quetzal Guatemala, Bocas Del Toro Panama) and longer port stays.

Spring and summer 2022 MS Evrima is deployed in Western Caribbean and Bahamas, Bermuda and Mediterranean (including Holy Land / Israel and Cyprus). Themed voyages 2022 include Christmas Cruise (Dec 25 in Roseau Dominica), New Years Eve Cruise (Dec 31 in Saint Barthelemy Island), Casablanca overnight (tour to Marrakesh Morocco), Monaco Grand Prix 2022 (Circuit de Monaco).

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Ritz-Carlton's shipbuilder is Astilleros Barreras Shipyard (Vigo Spain). Vessel's keel-laying ceremony was held on January 11, 2018. The special event was attended by Jose Garcia Costas (shipyard's Chairman), Fredrik Johannson (Tillberg Design's owner), Timothy Grisius (Marriott International's global real estate officer), Douglas Prothero (Ritz-Carlton Yacht's managing director).

Ritz-Carlton Evrima yacht cruise ship construction

On October 9, 2018, the vessel was launched (floated out from drydock) and moved to a shipyard pier for final outfitting. During the ceremony was also announced its initial name "Azora". In 2019, however, Ritz-Carlton decided to change the name and started to call the ship "Yacht 1". On October 14, 2019, was officially announced the vessel's new name "Evrima".

On March 20, 2021, the vessel (towed from Vigo) arrived at Astander Shipyard in Santander for exterior finishing (drydock works).

 

From Greek, Evrima translates as "discovery". The original ship name (Azora) was abandoned due to trademark issues.

Ritz-Carlton ship technology

The yacht is powered by MAN marine diesel engines, as opposed to the new trend of LNG-powered passenger ships. The diesel-electric propulsion is with common rail fuel injection, providing better fuel efficiency at various speeds. Ship's propulsion consists of two Azipods (by ABB). Azipod D are azimuth thrusters ideal for smaller sized vessels as they require lower installed power. Unit's electric drive motor is installed in the pod and submerged outside the hull, thus allowing more space for passenger cabins. The patented Azipod system also produces less vibration. The thrusters have the ability to turn 360 degrees which increases the ship's maneuverability and allows access to ports without the need of tugboat assistance.

Ritz-Carlton Azora cruise ship

The Azipods are part of ABB's medium voltage power plant. It also includes sensors producing real-time data that can be tracked from land-based facilities operated by both ABB Operations Centers and the customer. The Azipod thruster is approx 10% more fuel-efficient in comparison to shaft line propulsion systems. This results in a significant reduction of the vessel's operating costs and emissions. The lack of traditional rudders also allows the hull's hydrodynamics to be optimized.

"ABB Ability" is a remote diagnostic system using Microsoft Azure (cloud computing). It monitors the vessel's electrical systems and is connected 24-7 to ABB's infrastructure ashore. The system monitors all linked devices and sends real-time data analytics for maintenance (predictive and planned) and online support.

In late-September 2018, ABB contracted Raytheon Anschutz (Singapore-based manufacturer) to provide ship's Integrated Navigation System "Synapsis NX" (bridge and navigation equipment). Synapsis NX includes autopilot, track control, radars, navigation sensors, communications, multifunctional navigation workstations (with software).

The first Ritz-Carlton yacht had initial building cost / as ordered EUR 190 million (USD 225 million). During the vessel's construction, due to design changes, the cost reached EUR 240 million (USD 260 million) and the vessel's delivery was rescheduled from November to December 2019. In August 2019, The shipbuilder (Barreras) demanded an additional EUR 50 million (USD 55 million) to finish the first Ritz-Carlton superyacht.

Ritz-Carlton's 3-ship project's equity investor is Oaktree Capital Management (Los Angeles USA-based global investment management firm). The shipbuilding order was supported by CESCE Espana (Madrid Spain-based commercial risk management company/world's 4th-largest, also ECA-Export Credit Agency) and CaixaBank SA (fka Criteria CaixaCorp - one of Spain's largest banks).

The deal with CESCE covered the Evrima yacht's cost overruns, secured the construction of Ritz-Carlton's second vessel (tbn) and also saved the Astilleros Barreras shipyard from bankruptcy.

MS Evrima Inaugural cruise itineraries 2021

The new superyacht was planned to enter service for Ritz-Carlton in January 2020, but due to the Coronavirus crisis, these plans were changed several times. A total of 74 voyages (itineraries planned for 2020-2021) were canceled. Eventually, the ship's Maiden Voyage was rescheduled for November 10, 2021.

(Inaugural Caribbean cruise 2021/MAIDEN VOYAGE) 7-day from San Juan to Castries - from $4910 pp

Date / TimePort
10 Nov 22:00Departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico
11 Nov 14:00 - 21:00Virgin Gorda Island, Spanish Town, BVI
12 Nov 08:00 - 22:00Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles
13 Nov 08:00 - 19:00Basseterre, Port Zante, St Kitts Island
14 Nov 07:00 - 15 Nov 06:00 (overnight)Deshaies, Basse-Terre Island, Guadeloupe
15 Nov 11:00 - 19:00Terre-de-Haut Island, Guadeloupe
16 Nov 08:00 - 20:00Fort-de-France, Martinique
17 Nov 07:00Arriving in Castries, St Lucia Island

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Ritz-Carlton Inaugural cruise itineraries 2020 (canceled)

On February 1, 2020, the Ritz-Carlton ship Evrima (fka Azora) was scheduled to depart on a 4-day Inaugural Cruise from Fort Lauderdale FL to Key West FL and Bimini Islands (Bahamas). Previously, the company announced starting operations in November 2019. Yacht's delivery was planned for 2019-Q4, but reset the launch date to coincide with "Super Bowl LIV" at Dolphins Stadium (Miami FL). The maiden voyage was supposed to start a Caribbean itinerary program extending through March 28, when was planned a 12-day Transatlantic repositioning crossing from the Caribbean to Europe (Barbados to Lisbon Portugal).

In Europe, Ritz-Carlton's first Mediterranean cruise was planned as 8-day roundtrip from Lisbon to Gibraltar, Valencia, Malaga, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca. With this maiden voyage, the yacht had to start an inaugural Mediterranean season extending through July (2020). On July 5 was scheduled a 9-day itinerary (Bordeaux to London UK) visiting the French ports Belle-Ile, St Malo, Honfleur and also St Peter Port (Guernsey, Channel Islands). From London followed the superyacht's repositioning to Northern Europe prior to the North Atlantic crossing (via Iceland) to Halifax (departure September 12, 2020). Next were planned Canada-New England itineraries, starting with a 7-day voyage from Halifax. On October 27, the ship was planned to reposition to the Caribbean again with a 9-day itinerary (Boston to Nassau Bahamas).

Later in 2019, the ship's maiden voyage was rescheduled for February 5, 2020. The 10-night Carbbean itinerary (booking code 11200205) was from Florida to Barbados, with prices starting from EUR 9200 / USD 10400 per person with double occupancy (Terrace Suite / standard balcony cabin rates, inclusive of all taxes and fees).

Date / TimePort
05 Feb 21:00Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida (homeport)
08 Feb 09:00 - 17:00Samana, Dominican Republic (docked)
09 Feb 09:00 - 17:00Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (docked)
10 Feb 12:00 - 23:00San Juan, Puerto Rico (docked)
11 Feb 08:00 - 23:00Vieques Island, Puerto Rico (anchored)
12 Feb 13:00 - 20:00Charlestown, Nevis Island (docked)
13 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Terre-de-Haut Island, Guadeloupe (anchored)
14 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Fort-de-France, Martinique (docked)
15 Feb 07:00Arriving in Bridgetown, Barbados (homeport)

Next are listed the originally scheduled Ritz-Carlton cruises (all canceled in October 2019) between:

  • Bridgetown Barbados and Oranjestad Aruba (7-night, Feb 15-22) visiting Bequia (Saint Vincent/overnight), Mayreau (Saint Vincent), St George's (Grenada), Kralendijk (Saint Vincent), Willemstad (Curacao), with prices from EUR 4600 pp
  • Oranjestad to Bridgetown (7-night, Feb 22-29) visiting Kralendijk (St Vincent), Willemstad (Curacao), St George's (Grenada), Carriacou (Grenada/overnight), Bequia (St Vincent), with prices from EUR 4630 pp
  • 7-night Bridgetown to Philipsburg (Feb 29 - Mr 19)
  • Follow 3 itineraries leaving from Castries (March 19) - 5-night roundtrip, and to Bridgetown (4-night and 9-night).

From Barbados was scheduled a 12-night Transatlantic repositioning cruise (March 28 - April 9) to Portugal (Lisbon), with prices from EUR 4720 pp. The itinerary included Canary islands - Tenerife (April 5 / 8 am - 9 pm) and Lanzarote (April 6 / 9 am - 10 pm).

Yacht's remaining 2020 cruise scheduled included the following itineraries (departure dates in brackets):

  • 8-night Lisbon to Palma de Mallorca (Apr 9)
  • 9-night Palma to Valletta Malta (Apr 17)
  • 7-night Valletta to Piraeus-Athens (Apr 26)
  • 7-night Athens to Venice (May 3)
  • 11-night Venice to Civitavecchia-Rome (May 10)
  • 8-night Civitavecchia roundtrip (May 21)
  • 9-night Rome to Monte Carlo Monaco (May 29)
  • 7-night Monte Carlo to Barcelona (Jun 7)
  • 7-night Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca (Jun 14)
  • 7-night Palma to Lisbon (Jun 21)
  • 7-night Lisbon to Bordeaux France (Jun 28)
  • 9-night Bordeaux to London-Greenwich (Jul 5)
  • 7-night London to Amsterdam (Jul 14)
  • 9-night Amsterdam to Copenhagen (Jul 21)
  • 10-night Copenhagen to Stockholm (Jul 30)
  • 10-night Stockholm to Copenhagen (Aug 9)
  • 9-night Copenhagen to Edinburgh Scotland (Aug 19)
  • 8-night Edinburgh to Reykjavik Iceland (Aug 28)
  • 7-night Reykjavik roundtrip (Sept 5)
  • 14-night Transatlantic crossing from Iceland to Canada - Reykjavik to Halifax NS (Sept 12) - the voyage visits Newfoundland (L'Anse aux Meadows, Corner Brook), Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown/overnight), Magdalen Islands (Quebec), Saint-Pierre Island (France's St Pierre and Miquelon), and Nova Scotia (Louisbourg and Halifax/overnight)
  • 7-night Halifax to Boston MA USA (Sept 26)
  • 12-night Boston to Montreal (Oct 3)
  • 12-night Montreal to Boston (Oct 15)
  • 9-night Boston to Nassau Bahamas (Oct 27) - the repositioning cruise itinerary to the Caribbean visits Newport RI (overnight), NYC New York (overnight) and Charleston SC (overnight).
  • 8-night Fort Lauderdale FL USA to San Juan Puerto Rico (Nov 6)
  • 7-night San Juan to Philipsburg St Maarten (Nov 14)
  • 7-night Philipsburg to Bridgetown (Nov 21)
  • 7-night Bridgetown roundtrip (Nov 28)
  • 7-night Bridgetown to Castries St Lucia (Dec 5)
  • 7-night Castries to Philipsburg (Dec 12)
  • 8-night Philipsburg to San Juan (Dec 19) - the Christmas 2020 cruise itinerary visits Falmouth (Antigua), Basseterre (St Kitts), Gustavia (St Bartholemy), Virgin Gorda (BVI/overnight), Road Town (Tortola BVI/overnight), Jost Van Dyke (BVI) and St John (BVI). Prices started from EUR 6280 pp.
  • 7-night San Juan roundtrip (Dec 27) - the New Year 2020 cruise itinerary visits Samana (Dominican Republic), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), La Romana (Dominican Republic/overnight), and Ponce (Puerto Rico). Prices started from EUR 5650 pp.

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