Ritz-Carlton Ilma

Former name: hull J35

Current itinerary of Ritz-Carlton Ilma

Ritz-Carlton Ilma current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia-Rome. Prices start from USD 7400 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 02 Sep, 2024 and ends on 09 Sep, 2024.

Date / TimePort
02 Sep 18:00    Departing from Monte Carlo, Monaco hotels
03 Sep 08:00 - 22:00    Saint-Tropez, France Riviera
04 Sep 08:00 - 19:00    Cannes, France Riviera
05 Sep 08:00 - 06 Sep 18:00    Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy
07 Sep 08:00 - 19:00    Bastia, Corsica France
08 Sep 08:00 - 19:00    Porto Cervo, Sardinia Italy
09 Sep 07:00    Arriving in Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy hotels

Specifications of Ritz-Carlton Ilma

Year of build2024 new ship
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassMega Yacht
Engines (power)Wartsila (34.8 MW / 46668 hp)
Propulsion power19.4 MW / 26016 hp
Speed18 kn / 33 km/h / 21 mph
Length (LOA)241 m / 791 ft
Beam (width)29 m / 95 ft
Gross Tonnage46750 gt
Decks with cabins6
Sister-shipsRitz-Carlton Luminara
Former nameshull J35
Christened bytba
OwnerThe Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC (via Cruise Yacht OpCo Ltd)
OperatorThe Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Ritz-Carlton Ilma Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Sep 02 7 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia-Rome Monte Carlo $7400
2024 Sep 09 10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $10600
2024 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Athens Piraeus to Athens Piraeus Cruise Piraeus-Athens $7400
2024 Sep 26 12 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens $12600
2024 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Rome Civitavecchia to Rome Civitavecchia Cruise Civitavecchia-Rome $7400
2024 Oct 15 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona Civitavecchia-Rome $8100
2024 Oct 22 9 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona $11500
2024 Nov 01 13 days, one-way from Lisbon to San Juan Lisbon
2024 Nov 14 6 days, round-trip 6 Night San Juan to San Juan Cruise San Juan $6100
2024 Nov 20 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale San Juan $7600
2024 Nov 27 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale Cruise Fort Lauderdale $9500
2024 Dec 06 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale Cruise Fort Lauderdale
2024 Dec 11 9 days, round-trip 9 Night Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale Cruise Fort Lauderdale $9900
2024 Dec 20 8 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan Fort Lauderdale $9100
2024 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip 7 Night San Juan to San Juan Cruise San Juan $7900
2025 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip 7 Night San Juan to San Juan Cruise San Juan $6400
2025 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip 7 Night San Juan to San Juan Cruise San Juan $5800
2025 Jan 18 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Bridgetown San Juan $5400
2025 Apr 27 6 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon $7200
2025 May 18 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Istanbul Piraeus-Athens $7700
2025 May 25 7 days, one-way from Istanbul to Piraeus-Athens Istanbul $7700
2025 Jun 01 5 days, round-trip 5 Night Athens Piraeus to Athens Piraeus Cruise Piraeus-Athens $6100
2025 Jun 06 9 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens $10800
2025 Jun 15 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona Civitavecchia-Rome $8400
2025 Jun 22 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona $8400
2025 Jun 29 9 days, one-way from Lisbon to Portsmouth UK Lisbon $8200
2025 Jul 08 9 days, one-way from Portsmouth UK to Amsterdam Portsmouth UK $11600
2025 Jul 17 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Copenhagen Amsterdam $9100
2025 Jul 24 7 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm Copenhagen $9400
2025 Jul 31 7 days, one-way from Stockholm to Oslo Stockholm $9400
2025 Aug 07 10 days, one-way from Oslo to Reykjavik Oslo $14400
2025 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Reykjavik to Reykjavik Cruise Reykjavik $10700
2025 Aug 24 11 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Amsterdam Reykjavik $15300
2025 Sep 04 9 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Lisbon Amsterdam $8200
2025 Sep 13 7 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon $8400
2025 Sep 27 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia-Rome Barcelona $7700
2025 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Rome Civitavecchia to Rome Civitavecchia Cruise Civitavecchia-Rome $7700
2025 Oct 11 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona Civitavecchia-Rome $7700
2025 Oct 18 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona $7700
2025 Oct 25 13 days, one-way from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale Lisbon $8100

Ritz-Carlton Ilma Review

Review of Ritz-Carlton Ilma

The 2024-built Ritz-Carlton's Ilma cruise ship is the second of all three ultra-luxury expedition superyachts owned by Marriott International Inc (shipowner). The ship is operated by The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection (cruise brand and subsidiary of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company/official website).

The vessel (IMO number 9967586) will be Malta-flagged (MMSI tba) and registered in Valletta.

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 Ilma cruise ship

On March 17, 2022, Ritz-Carlton officially announced signing the order with the French shipbuilding company Chantiers de l'Atlantique (shipyard in Sant-Nazaire) for two LNG-powered superyachts - the sisterships Ilma (2024) and Luminara (2025).

The Ritz-Carlton deal with Chantiers de l'Atlantique was signed by Douglas Prothero (The Ritz- Carlton Yacht Collection's CEO), Tim Grisius (Marriott International's Global Officer for Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Development, Real Estate), Karim Khairallah (Oaktree Capital Management's and European Principal Group's Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager) and Laurent Castaing (shipbuilder's General Manager).

Initially, Ritz-Carlton planned a fleet expansion with two Evrima-like boats/sisterships, which were planned for deliveries in 2023 and 2024. The shipbuilding order for the second vessel was signed on May 31, 2019, with Hijos de J.Barreras (shipyard in Vigo Spain) by Jose Garcia Costas (shipbuilder's President) and Douglas Prothero. However, due to the Coronavirus crisis and Barreras Shipyard's financial issues, these projects were both canceled and replaced with the bigger, France-built units.

Unlike Evrima (completed at Astander Shipyard in Santander Spain), Ilma and Luminara are larger as both gross-tonnage/volume (46750 GT-tons, compared to Evrima's 26500 GT-tons), cabins (223 vs Evrima's 149) and max passenger capacity (456 vs Evrima's 298).

Ritz-Carlton cruise ship yacht

For the new superyachts' design were contracted AD Associates (London, England UK/yacht's interior design), Aivan (Helsinki Finland/yacht's exterior design), and DPA Designers (Miami Florida USA).

Decks and Cabins

All Ilma cruise ship staterooms (224 total) are balcony suites with tall ceilings, and there are plenty of two-room accommodations featuring separate bedrooms. Triple and quad cabins are with convertible couches/sleeper sofas.

The boat has 10 decks, of which 8 are passenger-accessible and 6 with cabins.

Cabin categories are 8 (all suites) of which 2-room grades are Owner's, Concierge, Ilma, View, Panorama, and Grand, while Signature Suites (deluxe balcony) and Terrace Suites (standard balcony) are with a living and sleeping area.

The largest accommodations are Owner's Suites - sized 1035 ft2 (96 m2 indoor space) in addition to the huge terrace (sized 720 ft2 / 67 m2).

The ship has a total of 5x ADA cabins (for disabled passengers) which are all Terrace Suites and wheelchair-accessible.


Standard/complimentary amenities and services provided in all passenger cabins include custom-made King-size beds (non-convertible to single 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, upholstered low stool, lounge cabinet with shelves, armchairs, coffee table), complimentary minibar (fully stocked to guests' preferences/upon request after boarding the ship), Espresso coffee machine (complimentary capsules /coffee and tea), direct-dial phone, alrm clock radio, 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), full bathroom (double-sink vanity, separate WC toilet, two hairdryers, bathrobes and 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

The Ilma yacht has 6 restaurants, 5 bars/lounges, a Wine Vault, an expanded Marina (with a mezzanine), Ritz-Carlton Spa (expanded wellness complex), a space dedicated for children (by the brand's Ritz-Kids program).

On Ilma, Ritz-Carlton 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.

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. In the evenings, 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" - collared shirts are not required, but recommended. No formal nights are organized on board.

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

  • (deck 3) S.E.A./Aqua Restaurant is a FINE DINING venue (with a tasting menu of gourmet dishes) via partnership with celebrity chef Sven Elverfeld (3-Michelin stars) who presides over Ritz-Carlton's Aqua Restaurant in Wolfsburg Germany. Aqua Restaurant (capacity 28 seats) is a-la-carte-priced and offers a 5-course menu and wine pairing (with premium wines and champagnes by the glass). An additional fee is applied and reservations are required.
  • (deck 3) THE OCHRE ROOM (deck 3) is the MDR/Main Dining Room restaurant. 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.
  • (deck 3) MARINA TERRACE is an open-air Bar Lounge serving as an alfresco dining lounge by day and a disco nightclub in the evenings.
  • TALAAT NAM is a contemporary restaurant with a separate sushi bar and outdoor terrace seating (for alfresco dining) offering Southeast Asian Fusion and traditional cuisine specialties.
  • (deck 5 aft) THE POOL HOUSE is a casual poolside food bar/all-day dining venue serving breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
  • (deck 10 aft) MISTRAL (Steakhouse and Seafood Grill) is a Lido bar restaurant serving the swimming pool's sundeck with beverages and food (made-to-order grilled dishes, including fresh fish and seafood/local catch and prime-cut meats). Mistral is a casual alfresco eatery with both indoor/outdoor seating and offers from Early Risers (portable breakfast) to late-night complimentary dining. Various cuisine specialties are prepared outdoors and a-la-minute, including made-to-order gourmet meats (prime beef steaks) and fresh seafood (grilled to order).

Ritz-Carlton Yachts' 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.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

MS Ilma 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.

The main onboard social hubs are The Observation Terrace/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 cozy lounge than the usual sundeck.

Next image shows Spa Deck's fore-located sundeck with a large Jacuzzi (covered in the evenings) and outdoor padded seating (sofas, loungers, tables and chairs).

Ritz-Carlton cruise ship yacht (sundeck pool)

Above Sun Deck is the Helideck with a helipad (helicopter landing area) used in cases of emergency.

The superyacht has two infinity whirlpools/hot tubs (aft portside and starboard on Deck 5) and two swimming pools (one deep/aft on Deck 5, and one shallow/midship on Deck 10). The infinity pool (Deck 5) is also used for exercising (resistance swimming). Deck 5's pool is on the stern and with a glass wall facing the ship's wake. The yacht also 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".

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

  • (deck 5 midship) THE HUMIDOR is a smoking bar lounge where can also be purchased hand-rolled cigars (showcased in a humidor) and premium liquors (including a selection of fine cognacs).
  • (deck 9 forward) THE OBSERVATION TERRACE is a bow-facing outdoor bar lounge/open-air deck area providing 270-degree unobstructed views (of the sea, coastal scenery or in-port infrastructure/cityscape). The Observation Deck has comfortable seating and is used for relaxation and socializing events (sunset cocktail parties, late-night dancing, live entertainment).
  • (deck 5 midship) THE LIVING ROOM is the ship's Cafeteria-Patisserie (coffee bar and lounge with a library) 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.
  • (deck 5 aft) THE POOL HOUSE is a poolside bar and alfresco dining venue serving all-day complimentary beverages and food, including late breakfast and late-night snacks, with a-la-minute prepared and made-to-order dishes. 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 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 indoors or outdoors. The wellness complex also includes Relaxation Lounge, Medical Center, Treatment rooms (for massages), SAUNA ROOM, STEAM ROOM, THE SALON (full-service beauty parlor/hairdresser-manicure-pedicure), THE BARBER (grooming-barber services), JUICE BAR.
  • (deck 4 midship) THE FITNESS STUDIO is an indoor-outdoor Gym complex with training equipment inside and an outdoor exercise area for classes (yoga, pilates, aerobics, etc) and relaxation. The Gym offers sunrise outdoor yoga sessions, strength training, nutrition coaching, customized wellness programs.
  • (deck 4) 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.
  • Deck 4 also houses a MEETING ROOM (Conference Center, also bookable for private events) and the LOBBY HALL (2x ship entrances, Reception/Guest Services Desk).
  • (deck 5) THE 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 an aft-located/stern watersports platform providing direct access to the sea and the ship's 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.

THE MARINA TERRACE is an open-air deck space (served by Marina Bar) providing 270-degree panoramic views. This outdoor area is covered by a retractable glass roof and can be operated as an alfresco dining lounge by day and as a disco nightclub in the evenings. At The Marina Terrace are served a variety of drinks (including handcrafted cocktails), light bites, made-to-order dishes (prepared a-la-minute).

The Wheelhouse/Navigation Bridge and the Captain's Suite/officers' quarters are forward on deck 8.


Ritz-Carlton opened for booking Ilma's inaugural cruise season (2024 voyages) in February-March 2023, and first for past members by the brand's Loyalty Program "Marriott Bonvoy". First reservations opened on Feb 15th (for Ambassador Elites), Feb 24th (for Platinum Elites), March 2nd (for Gold/Silver Elites) and on March 9th (for general customers).

Ilma's itineraries range in length from 7- to 13-nights, with deployments in the Caribbean and Europe (Mediterranean) and seasonal Transatlantic crossings on relocation (RepositionCruises.com). The Maiden Voyage departs on September 19, 2024, out of Piraeus-Athens (Greece) and ends in Haifa (Israel). During the inaugural Mediterranean, the boat visits popular destinations in the Greek Isles, on the Italian and French rivieras, Spain's Balearic and Canary Islands, as well as North Africa (Morocco, Egypt) with many overnight port stays.

Schedule 2024

Next is listed Ilma's schedule 2024 which was opened for reservations in 2023.

  • EUR 7070 pp (Sept 19/MAIDEN VOYAGE) 7-night from PIRAEUS-ATHENS to HAIFA, visits Mykonos Island (Greece), Alanya (Turkey), Limassol (Cyprus Greece/overnight) and ends in Haifa (overnight).
  • EUR 11935 pp (Sept 26) 12-night from HAIFA to CIVITAVECCHIA-ROME, visits Ashdod (Israel), Alexandria (Egypt/overnight), Rhodes Island (Greece), Santorini Island (Greece), Milos Island (Greece), Giardini Naxos-Taormina (Sicily Italy), Sorrento (Italy) and ends in Civitavecchia-Rome.
  • EUR 7175 pp (Oct 8) 7-night roundtrip from CIVITAVECCHIA, visits Valletta (Malta/overnight), Catania (Sicily Italy), Amalfi (Italy/overnight) and Sorrento (Italy).
  • EUR 6580 pp (Oct 15) 7-night from CIVITAVECCHIA to BARCELONA, visits Livorno (Italy/overnight), Monte Carlo (Monaco), Marseille (France), Roses (Costa Brava Spain) and ends in Barcelona.
  • EUR 9260 (Oct 22) 10-night from BARCELONA to LISBON, visits Palma de Mallorca (Mallorca, Balearic Spain/overnight), Cartagena (Spain), Tangier (Morocco), Malaga (Spain/overnight), Portimao (Portugal) and ends in Lisbon (overnight).
  • EUR 7120 pp (Nov 1) 13-night Transatlantic crossing from LISBON to SAN JUAN Puerto Rico, visits Funchal (Madeira), Tenerife (Canaries/overnight), Road Town (Tortola BVI) and ends in Puerto Rico.

Note: The above fares are per person (based on double occupancy) and inclusive of taxes, fees and port expenses.

Ritz-Carlton's The Shore Collection (land tours and excursions) program offers customized services provided by dedicated cruise ship staff (Concierge Ashore) working with local certified tour guides and other specializing in tourism and travel professionals.

All Ritz-Carlton superyachts are available for private chartering.

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The Ilma vessel (STX France shipyard/hull number J35) was ordered by the Miami-based company Cruise Yacht OpCo Ltd and is currently scheduled for delivery in June 2024.

Unlike the Spain-built Evrima, Ritz-Carlton's sisterships Ilma and Luminara are France-built - by Chantiers de l'Atlantique SA (fka STX France) in Saint-Nazaire.

The yacht Ilma is powered by four Wartisla marine diesel engines (dual-fuel, models 2x 14V31DF + 2x 16V31DF) with total power output 34,8 MW (46670 hp). The diesel-electric propulsion is a PEM fuel-cell-battery hybrid (power output 19,4 MW / 26015 hp), with common rail fuel injection, providing better fuel efficiency at various speeds.

The vessel's physical construction/assembly officially started with the keel-laying ceremony held on March 22, 2023, at STX France. The special event was attended by Douglas Prothero (Ritz-Carlton Yachts' CEO) and Arnaud Le Joncour (the shipyard's Senior VP of Sales & Marketing).

The ship was launched/floated out from drydock on September 29, 2023. The ceremony was attended by executives from Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection (Jim Murren/CEO and Executive Chairman, and Ernesto Fara/President and CFO) and from STX France (Laurent Castaing/General Manager, and Arnaud Le Joncour/Senior VP of Sales & Marketing).

The name ILMA means "water" in Maltese.

Inaugural cruise itineraries (2024)

The next table shows Ilma's maiden voyage (6-day Eastern Mediterranean/Aegean itinerary) currently scheduled for Sept 19, 2024.

Prices started from US$7400 (EUR 6860/GBP 6050) per person with double occupancy.

Date / TimePort
19 Sep 23:00Departing from Piraeus-Athens, Greece
20 Sep 12:00 - 23:59Mykonos Island, Greece
22 Sep 08:00 - 19:00Alanya, Turkey
23 Sep 09:00 - 24 Sep 18:00 (overnight)Limassol, Cyprus Greece
25 Sep 08:00Arriving in Haifa-Tel Aviv-Nazareth, Israel

The next table shows the ship's inaugural Transatlantic crossing from Europe to the Caribbean (13-day itinerary), priced from US$8100 pp.

Date / TimePort
01 Nov 18:00Departing from Lisbon, Portugal
03 Nov 08:00 - 20:00Funchal, Madeira Island Portugal
04 Nov 16:00 - 05 Nov 19:00Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands Spain
13 Nov 08:00 - 19:00Road Town, Tortola Island BVI
14 Nov 06:00Arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico


Ritz-Carlton ship technology

The superyacht Ilma is LNG-powered and with electric propulsion system consisting of two Azipods (by ABB) with total power output 19,4 MW (26015 hp). Azipod-D are 360-degree rotating/azimuthing thrusters ideal for smaller-sized vessels as they require lower installed power. The 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 for tugboat assistance.

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 the 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 (Evrima) had an 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 delivery was rescheduled from November to December 2019. In August 2019, the Spanish shipbuilder (Astilleros Barreras/Vigo) demanded an additional EUR 50 million (USD 55 million) to finish Evrima.

Ritz-Carlton's 3-ship-fleet 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, and also saved the Astilleros Barreras shipyard from bankruptcy.

In April 2022, the French shipbuilder contracted ABB to supply both yachts' (Ilma and Luminara) electric propulsion systems and year-round predictive maintenance and remote support of the machinery. The ordered packages included two Azipod units (power output 5,5 MW each) allowing high maneuverability (in both ports and at sea) as well as low vibrations and minimal noise during navigation.

In June 2022, the shipbuilder contracted ALMACO Group (turnkey manufacturer serving the marine and offshore industries) to design, produce, deliver, install and fully equip the ship's galleys/kitchens (1200 m2 / 12917 ft2), provision storage areas (525 m2 / 5652 ft2), laundry areas, and the refrigeration system/machinery. Ritz-Carlton contracted ALMACO for lifecycle services consisting of scheduled maintenance and spare parts supply.

In August 2022, the shipbuilder contracted BIO-UV Group (French manufacturer specializing in water treatment solutions based on ozone, advanced oxidation and ultraviolet light) to provide the sisterships Ilma and Luminara with ballast water treatment systems. The system (BIO-SEA/series B02-190) combines mechanical filtration with high dose of ultraviolet light for disinfection without chemical treatments. BIO-UV Group's equipment has max water treatment capacity 190m3/h and is based on 2x UV reactors. All cruise vessels constructed by Chantiers de l’Atlantique since 2015 are fitted with BIO-UV's BIO-SEA systems.