Ritz-Carlton’s sprinkles some gold dust on the waves

The first hotel brand to offer luxury, tailormade experiences on land and at sea opens bookings for 2019

The first of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s cruisers will have a champagne lounge and a theatre
The first of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s cruisers will have a champagne lounge and a theatre

’Tis (almost) the season to be aboard a boat somewhere lovely – and increasingly the best hotels are making exceptional yachting experiences available to guests. The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection (ritzcarlton.com/en/yachts; seven-day Mediterranean cruises from $5,600 per person), which this month begins accepting bookings for unique itineraries launching in 2019, kicks the paradigm up a notch by being the first and only hotel brand to offer luxury, tailormade experiences on land and at sea.

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The first of its three luxury cruisers – measuring 190m, with 149 suites (two of them 158sq m penthouses), a champagne lounge, several restaurants and a theatre – will offer various themed itineraries, like wellness in the Caribbean (private sunrise yoga in the Grenadines) or shore-based cultural intensives in the Mediterranean (a private museum tour in Montenegro). Dedicated concierges will be de rigueur.

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