(CNN) — The highly anticipated Ritz-Carlton superyacht cruise has finally made its debut, three and a half years after the maiden voyage was originally planned.
The 190-meter ship, which can accommodate 298 passengers, consists of 149 suites with private terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows, and features an infinity pool, wine cellar, Ritz-Carlton Spa, nightclub and its own ‘marina’.
Weekly rates start at $6,400 per person for Mediterranean trips, while Caribbean trips start at $5,100 per person, with accommodation options ranging from standard cabins to two-story “loft-style” apartments and an expansive 1,091 sq. -foot “owner’s suite” with a private hot tub.
The Ritz-Carlton superyacht cruise has made its debut, beginning its maiden voyage, a seven-night cruise from Barcelona to Nice.
Those who splash out on these luxury cruises can expect “service at a gold standard” – the yacht claims one of the highest staff and room-to-guest ratios at sea – as well as fine dining experiences, complimentary water sports and on-board entertainment.
There is also a special children’s facility on board with a packed program for children aged four to 12.
Evrima, meaning discovery in Greek, sails to a range of destinations in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, as well as Central America and South America, with a cruise duration of seven to ten nights.
The luxury yacht will be followed by two others, Ilma and Luminara, currently under construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Ritz-Carlton first announced plans to enter the world of luxury yachts in 2017, describing the venture as “a hybrid between luxury cruising and sailing.”
Douglas Prothero, chief executive officer for the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection said in a statement.
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According to Ritz-Carlton, Evrima has one of the highest space ratios in luxury cruises, with 85.2 square feet of space per guest.
“Evrima has been designed and created with every element of the luxury yacht experience in mind, and we are excited to deliver memorable voyages for both old cruisers and those new to the industry.”
All three superyachts will be available for private charter. While Ritz-Carlton hasn’t disclosed the charter price, it’s safe to assume those who choose to rent out the ships will need some pretty deep pockets.
“We are excited to introduce the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and usher in an exciting new chapter for this beloved brand,” said Chris Gabaldon, senior vice president of luxury brands at Marriott International.
The launch of Evrima has been rescheduled several times due to supply chain issues and the global pandemic.