It’s been an eternity since Marriott first announced their luxurious pet project the Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection but since then the whole planning has hit a few roadblocks that prevented any sailing to date.
Marketing efforts in terms of actual sales efforts have been near invisible so far although there are always plenty of glossy pictures and rosy press releases by Marriott so what is actually going on?
The first voyage of one yacht has just been postponed yet again to mid 2022 and there are now actually some prices out based on which interested customers can finally request a quote and book a sailing. If it’ll actually happen is a different matter.
You can access the website of the Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection here and find all the basic information about the ships, amenities and routes as well as prices right there.
The product description says:
A voyage with The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection offers an unprecedented opportunity to be untethered. Here, freedom and flexibility allow immersion in life’s exceptional experiences; exploration of earth’s exquisite and unexpected hideaways; and stirring of passions and curiosities that create new and deepened connections.
All of this delivered in an intimate setting with a heightened level of care and attention. Enlivened and enlightened, marvel at the beauty of the world through fresh eyes. Live untethered, live fully.
The concept was first presented three years ago and in total three ships are in the works (mostly completed by this time) but then the pandemic came and ended all of the cruise industry for over a year.
For the first sailing the EVRIMA was supposed to get into the water as soon as 2020 but problems at the shipyard further plagued this schedule and it was once again pushed further out.
Now – citing the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic RCYC has again rescheduled the inaugural sailing of the EVRIMA from this November (2021) to next May. It will now set sail on May 6, 2021 ex Lisbon.
According to Travel Weekly the company said that the delay was the result of “the ongoing impact of Covid-19, combined with related challenges created for construction operations in Europe.”
“While we are eager to welcome guests on board the Evrima, we have had to re-evaluate the timing of our first voyage given the rapidly changing circumstances and their impact on the Evrima’s completion,” said Douglas Prothero, CEO of Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. “We remain excited to set sail in the spring and thank our guests for their understanding and patience as we continue to navigate this unprecedented global environment.”
Not sure how much understanding paying customer have left at this point. Getting constantly cancelled on isn’t exactly fun as I experienced with half a dozen cruises over the past 18 months.
How much does it cost to actually book a sailing on the RCYC? I was surprised that it’s pretty moderate.
Here is a random offer by the travel agency I sometime book sailings with in Germany:
3,400 Euro per person (based on two pax occupancy, double that for single) for a 6D/5N Caribbean sailing is actually quite reasonable for the grade of luxury they advertise.
This is their entry level suite but still you’d pay the same or more with reputable cruise lines such as Crystal on much larger ships, not something that resembles a private Yacht. Although how private can it be? You’re still sharing the ship with a good amount of strangers.
Either way I expected it to be much more expensive. Keep in mind this includes all meals, beverages and gratuities. Come to roughly $1000 day for single travelers and $500/pax for couples.
Several years after introducing the concept of the Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection any of their ships have yet to set sail and the excuse in perfect Marriott fashion is – you guessed it – COVID!
Keep in mind this is while private yachting and even regular cruise itineraries have boomed this entire season. I’m sure this would have been booked rather solid had the EVRIMA actually sailed as originally scheduled. Hopefully they’ll finally get their act together next year!