Evrima Rendering; Renderings are artistic concepts. All features, plans and specifications are subject to change without notice
Evrima Rendering; Renderings are artistic concepts. All features, plans and specifications are subject to change without notice / Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
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Evrima Terrace Suite Rendering; Renderings are artistic concepts. All features, plans and specifications are subject to change without notice
Evrima Terrace Suite Rendering; Renderings are artistic concepts. All features, plans and specifications are subject to change without notice / Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
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Evrima Main Pool Deck Rendering; Renderings are artistic concepts. All features, plans and specifications are subject to change without notice
Evrima Main Pool Deck Rendering; Renderings are artistic concepts. All features, plans and specifications are subject to change without notice / Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
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Evrima Outdoor Deck Rendering; Renderings are artistic concepts. All features, plans and specifications are subject to change without notice
Evrima Outdoor Deck Rendering; Renderings are artistic concepts. All features, plans and specifications are subject to change without notice / Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
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The Pool House Rendering; Renderings are artistic concepts. All features, plans and specifications are subject to change without notice
The Pool House Rendering; Renderings are artistic concepts. All features, plans and specifications are subject to change without notice / Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
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The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Line
Our Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Ritz-Carlton isn’t the first luxury hotel company to place its name on a cruise ship — Regent rebranded the Radisson fleet in 2006 and Virgin Group, which operates luxury resorts, launched Virgin Voyages — but Ritz-Carlton is taking a more exclusive approach by licensing its name for a fleet of “superyachts” developed by a separate company. The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, whose June 2020 launch of 298-passenger Ritz-Carlton Evrima was delayed by the global pandemic, will now debut in April 2021 with sailings in the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Greek Isles through August 2021, followed by itineraries in Canada/New England and the Caribbean. Most cruises are 7 to 12 nights and linger longer in port, often overnighting. But what awaits onboard for those who book one of the newest small luxury ships at sea? If the renderings and virtual-reality walk-throughs are any indication, a blissful journey of relaxation and discovery.

What We Love

The Yacht Vibe: What’s not to love about a cruise line of three custom-built yachts designed to sail to the world’s chicest destinations? While it will require some big bucks to cruise this way (fares start at $5,000-$7,000 per person for a seven-night itinerary), you don’t have to have a billionaire’s bank account to enjoy the private-yacht-like perks of bespoke pampering at sea—which include a Ritz-Carlton Spa offering treatments both indoors and outdoors and two infinity-edge pools, one with adjacent whirlpools—you just need to be willing to share your yacht with a few hundred other guests.

The Contemporary Suites: There are six accommodation categories aboard these all-suite yachts and the 1,091-square-foot Owner’s Suite with its 592-square-foot veranda featuring a private whirlpool makes our hearts flutter. Designed with the airy modernity of an oceanfront penthouse, it offers the ultimate escape with a Personal Concierge and 24-hour in-suite dining. Equally dreamy are the two-level Lofts. And even the 300-square-foot Terrace suites one-up a five-star hotel room thanks to the ever-changing view outside the floor-to-ceiling sliding terrace doors. 

The Global Dining Focus: The main restaurant on the first yacht is called The Evrima Room—the ship and restaurant are named after the Greek deity Evrima, goddess of discovery—and with a menu that changes seasonally and regionally, passengers will discover the ingredients and flavors of the countries they visit. Meanwhile at S.E.A., chef  Sven Elverfeld of the three Michelin-starred Aqua at The Ritz-Carlton in Wolfsburg, Germany, features a contemporary European tasting menu. Also onboard to be savored: creative Southeast Asian cuisine at Talaat Nam and casual Mediterranean fare at poolside Mistral.

Best Known For

All-Inclusive Onboard Pricing: While onboard, everything (except spa treatments and excursions) is included in the fare: accommodations, dining, beverages, gratuities, Wi-Fi and non-motorized watersports—plus a nearly one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio designed to insure seamless personalized service.

The Marina: Ships might not offer a white-sand beach luxury resorts do, but the yachts of Ritz-Carlton offer something almost as inviting: The Marina, a lounger-lined aft terrace sitting just above the water line offering access for swimming and watersports while at anchor. Plus, the Marina Terrace bar just steps above it serves hand-crafted cocktails. We say “cheers” to that.

Who It's Best For

Couples Looking to Relax: Escaping on a superyacht means acquiescing to a slower pace designed to distress both the body and the mind. 

Families with Young Children: There is a dedicated Ritz Kids space onboard, designed to entertain and educate children aged 4 to 12. Older kids and teens might get a bit bored, unless they enjoy reading or watersports.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Entertainment is Low-Key: Theatrics aren’t on the agenda. Rather, the yachts of Ritz-Carlton approach nightlife as something a bit more intimate with a focus on classical and jazz performances, a Living Room lounge that transforms into a piano bar after dark, and dancing to live music. The evening dress code is “Yacht Sophisticated,” but there are no formal nights onboard.

Yachting is Addictive: Once you’ve sampled life aboard a 623-foot superyacht, you may never want to return to the more frenetic atmosphere of a larger cruise ship.

Donna Heiderstadt
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger