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Ritz-Carlton Evrima

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Cruisers who prefer an all-inclusive small luxury ship experience have a gleaming new option Ritz-Carlton Evrima, a 298-guest “superyacht” launched by The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection under a licensing agreement with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, debuted in October 2022 after a nearly two-year delay caused by the global pandemic. Named for the Greek goddess of discovery, the ship offers an elevated take on high-seas chic in a category long dominated by just a handful of cruise lines. The focus is on relaxed regional immersion with itineraries in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and the Caribbean.

What We Love

The Modern Décor: Created by Sweden-based Tillberg Design, the ship’s interiors evoke contemporary penthouse living in Los Angeles or Miami by blending the best of residential, resort, and yacht design to create spaces that are sleek and elegant with enough casual touches to maximize comfort. Light neutral colors and walls of glass create an airy ambiance for enjoying ocean views, even while dining, lounging, or reading.

The Two Aft Pools and Marina: There’s something about an aft infinity pool that makes you instantly surrender to total relaxation — the frothy wake, the expansive blue horizon, the gentle breezes. Evrima has two aft infinity pools, the larger one flanked by a pair of whirlpools and located off of The Pool House casual eatery serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the smaller one set just beyond the tables of the Mistral restaurant. Plus, when the ship is at anchor, guests can also sunbathe or swim from the water-level Marina, which features chaises, an open-air Marina Terrace Bar, and non-motorized watersports.

The Culinary Options: This small ship poses a big question: Where to dine first? Options include The Evrima Room, featuring a menu that changes seasonally and regionally, allowing diners to discover the ingredients and flavors of the countries they visit; S.E.A., offering a contemporary European tasting menu by Chef Sven Elverfeld of the three Michelin-starred Aqua at The Ritz-Carlton in Wolfsburg, Germany (for an extra fee); Talaat Nam, featuring creative Southeast Asian cuisine; and Mistral, serving casual Mediterranean fare poolside.

Best Known For

Familiar Ritz-Carlton Touches: Not only does Evrima feature luxury suites and staterooms ranging from 300 to 1,091 square feet — rivaling those of contemporary hotel and resort properties (there are even duplexes called Lofts) — and epic tasting menus by award-winning Chef Elverfeld, but the ship also offers a Ritz Kids club for children aged 4-12 and a Ritz-Carlton Spa with five treatment rooms and an option for al fresco services.

Longer Stays in Port: Yachting is known for its relaxed pace, and Evrima aspires to emulate that with itineraries that include 12-to-14-hour port calls with late-evening all-aboard times and select overnight stays in some places.

Who It's Best For

Couples and Young Families: Small luxury ships are generally havens of tranquility for couples, but having licensed the Ritz-Carlton name, this ship is also designed to accommodate some families, especially those with younger children (or grandchildren) who may already know and enjoy the Ritz Kids club experience. Tweens and teens, however, won’t find an arcade or other onboard amusements to keep them occupied.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Theatrics Aren’t on the Agenda: The nightlife aboard Evrima is as sophisticated and intimate as the ship itself, focusing on classical and jazz performances, dancing to live music, and a Living Room lounge that transforms into a piano bar after dark. Pack with a “Yacht Sophisticated” dress code in mind — but leave that evening gown at home since there are no formal nights.

Luxury Commands a Premium: As is the case with other small luxury cruise ships, the five-star service, indulgent suites, gourmet culinary experiences, and abundant pampering onboard don’t come cheap: Fares start at $7,000-$8,000 per person for a seven-night itinerary

ShermansTravel Editorial Staff
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger