Luxury hotels have entered the cruise game

Cruise ships are floating hotels, with swimming pools, restaurants, spas and countless activities.

The only problem is that, depending on the ship, these are not always hotels you want to stay at. So if you’re leaning towards luxury properties, it’s usually best to stay on dry land.

A few new brands want to change that. The Ritz-Carlton just launched the first ship in its new yacht collection, and not to be outdone, Four Seasons just announced its own yacht experience. Here’s what you need to know.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Ritz-Carlton Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has just unveiled Evrima, the first of three custom-built yachts in its portfolio. The ship is 190 meters long and can accommodate up to 298 passengers in its 149 rooms. All rooms have a private terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows and are equipped with king-size beds and luxury amenities. There is a spa and fitness studio, as well as food. Dining options include locally inspired creations in the Evrima Room, South Asian-inspired dishes and a sushi bar in Talaat Nam, and SEA, a restaurant by Chef Sven Elverfeld from Aqua, the three-star restaurant Michelin from the Ritz-Carlton in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Most Evrima voyages last seven to 10 days and, depending on the season, stop at ports of call across the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Central America and South America. Think of the Spanish Balearic Islands, the French Riviera, Aruba and Costa Rica, as well as popular destinations like Mykonos, St. Tropez and St. Barts.

Four Season Yachts

four season yachts
Four Seasons

Four Season Yachts are still a few years away, but the just-announced line is set to launch its maiden ship in 2025. And when it does, the company promises 95 spacious suites across 14 decks, plenty of living space and better ratios crew-guests than other cruise ships. The yacht will include 11 restaurants and bars, with a Japanese concept, a caviar and champagne lounge and a Mediterranean restaurant, among others. There’s also a spa and wellness center, and a cross-sectional marina that runs from port to starboard, maximizing access to the water while in port.

Itineraries are still being worked out, but customers can expect Mediterranean destinations in the summer and Caribbean destinations in the winter, so plenty of sunshine. And due to the size of the ship, it will be able to access ports inaccessible to mega ships, such as Venice and Monaco. Four Seasons touts the ability to customize services and experiences, so there won’t be a one-size-fits-all approach to itineraries and excursions.

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