A version of the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain will set sail on Saturday, offering 298 passengers – paying a minimum of £5,020 a week – cruise holidays designed to mimic life on a billionaire’s superyacht.
Evrima, launched by the five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel chain, has a restaurant designed by a three-star Michelin chef, “dedicated personal assistants”, four swimming pools, a champagne bar, a humidor (cigar room), a nightclub and even “non-surgical facelifts”.
The yacht will embark on its maiden voyage from Barcelona, Spain to Nice, France on October 15 after a three-year delay caused by the Covid pandemic and supply chain crisis.
Although it was launched amid a cost of living crisis and runaway inflation, the company says it has been overwhelmed by demand, with almost all cabins sold for travel this winter around the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
Evrima, which means discovery in Greek, is the first of three luxury yachts the Ritz-Carlton has ordered as it seeks to capitalize on the desire of the wealthy to experience something resembling the lifestyle of a billionaire on board of their superyachts.
Tickets for Evrima’s first seven-night cruise, which passes through Palma de Mallorca, St Tropez and Antibes before finishing in Nice, start at a minimum of £5,020, although most cabins are likely to cost a lot more expensive.
In addition to standard staterooms, the yacht offers a range of suites including a two-story loft-style apartment and a 1,098-square-foot “owner’s suite” featuring a lush living and dining area, two bathrooms and a balcony. private with a private hot tub.
These booking suites are advised that they will be welcomed on board by a “dedicated personal assistant” with a complementary chilled bottle of champagne. The assistants are promised to ensure customers “a smooth and flawless journey from start to finish”.
Ritz-Carlton declined to say how much these suites cost.
Hervé Humler, president and chief operating officer of the Ritz-Carlton, said the yachts were designed to have a “distinctive personality” and “to be real stars in some of the world’s most glamorous ports”.
“This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests looking to experience the world in a relaxed, stylish and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service.”
In addition to 24-hour room service, the yacht offers seven different bars and restaurants, including SEA, a fine dining experience designed by Sven Elverfeld, the head chef at Aqua, a three-star Michelin restaurant in Wolfsburg, Germany. . “This namesake offers à la carte inspired European travel in a sophisticated setting with a contemporary twist,” the company explains. Reservations are required, with a five-course tasting menu expected to cost at least £250.
After dinner entertainment is provided by the yacht’s resident jazz and classical musicians, and the company says local artists will come on board to perform in select ports. The deckchairs on the upper deck are removed every evening and the space is transformed into a nightclub where guests can dance under the stars until sunrise.
Those with children can drop them off at the “Ritz Kids”, the boat’s dedicated children’s club offers “child-friendly equipment and menus adapted to the daily comfort of young travelers” whose “curiosity is aroused by the environment of ‘local inspiration and cultural experiences’ It costs an additional £40 per child for each visit.
The yacht includes an infinity pool, as well as its own “marina” from which guests can take out paddleboards, kayaks, sailboats, windsurfers, and snorkel gear.
There’s also a gym, sauna, steam room, beauty salon offering treatments including non-surgical facelifts, and a “gentleman’s grooming salon.”
Evrima, which has been delayed eight times, will be followed by two other identical yachts – Ilma and Luminara – which are under construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, where the Queen Mary 2 was built. .
For those with really big budgets, Ritz-Carlton says all three yachts are also available for private hire. The company did not provide fees.
Ritz-Carlton, which has 108 hotels and resorts worldwide, was founded in 1983 and is part of the Marriott hotel empire. She does not own the Ritz hotel in London.