Launch of the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
Photo: This rendering shows the first vessel in The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Evrima. (Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection)
It's been a long time coming but on May 6, 2022, the luxury hotel company's cruise venture will finally set sail. First scheduled to debut in January 2020, and then postponed to November, the new line's first yacht, the 298-passenger Evrima, will begin its maiden voyage in Lisbon, Portugal. The ship will arrive in Barbados in mid-November 2022 to begin its Caribbean season, calling in ports in St. Maarten, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadine, and Puerto Rico. I'm eager to see how the hotel brand translates its standards and culture from rooms to staterooms, and how the "ladies and gentlemen" of Ritz-Carlton deliver service at sea.