For Personalization, Pampering and 'Wowing'
In October, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection celebrated the launching ceremony of its first yacht at the Hijos De J. Barreras Shipyard in Vigo, Spain. For Douglas Prothero, the new yacht brand’s founding partner and CEO, seeing the ship touch water for the first time was an important step. Designed to combine the luxury lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton with the casual freedom of a yachting adventure, this custom-built yacht (the first of three planned) will begin sailing in 2020.
Each yacht will feature 149 pampering suites, each with a private terrace. One innovation? Prothero gave reporters a peek at an absolute wow-factor item for guests who book a Grand Suite with a connecting Terrace Suite. It’s a wide, sound-proofed, pull-out/close-up wall panel between the two suites or a “moveable wall panel,” as Prothero calls it; it replaces the typical connecting door found on cruise ships.
A ship master since 1989, Prothero brings more than 35 years of professional maritime and management experience to the new product. Most voyages will range from seven to 10 nights, feature overnights and offer curated shore experiences. As with The Ritz-Carlton on land, each yacht will feature personalized service, elevated dining and luxury amenities.