The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has announced its entry into luxury yachting and cruises – bringing the award-winning luxury hotel brand’s service and timeless style to sea.Created by The Ritz-Carlton and maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen, in collaboration with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., The Ritz-Carlton will provide hospitality service under a long-term operating agreement. Named The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, this venture represents a unique foray into the cruise industry for a hotel operator. The first of three lavish cruising yachts in this series is scheduled to take to sea in the fourth quarter of 2019, and distinguishes Marriott International as the only provider of luxury accommodations both on land and at sea.“The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality and the vessels are sure to be true stand outs in some of the most glamorous ports around the world,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalised service.”Itineraries are being developed with an intent to combine the lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton’s luxury resorts and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation. The first ship will cruise a wide variety of destinations depending on the season, including the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, on voyages ranging from 7 to 10 days. Due to the intimate size of the vessel, the yacht will call at locations typically not accessible to large cruise ships, from Capri and Portofino to St Barths and the old town of Cartagena, including both overnight and daytime ports of call.The specially designed small capacity vessel will measure 190 metres, accommodate up to 298 passengers, and feature 149 suites, each with its own private balcony. The yacht will also feature two 138-square-metre lavish duplex penthouse suites, with modern craftsmanship and interior finishes jointly designed by The Ritz-Carlton and leading cruise ship design firm, Tillberg Design of Sweden. The onboard experience will reflect the sublime comfort and unparalleled level of individualised guest service for which the iconic Ritz-Carlton brand is recognized; a first in the cruise industry.“The Ritz-Carlton is known for its legendary service and high standards,” said Douglas Prothero managing director, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.“We are delighted to collaborate with The Ritz-Carlton as our hospitality operator in offering the most exclusive yachting experience to be found at sea in a venture that will give new meaning to curated luxury travel,” continued Lars Clasen, managing director, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.Throughout the journey, guests will indulge in a cruising style that is unparalleled in the ultra-luxury cruise and private yachting sectors. The Ritz-Carlton yachts will feature a restaurant by Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg; a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa; and a Panorama Lounge and wine bar, offering a variety of onboard entertainment. Additionally, the yacht will offer one-of-a-kind destination journeys through collaborations with local chefs, musicians and artists, allowing guests to experience the locations in unique and experiential ways, both onboard and ashore.Reservations will open in May 2018. The ships of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection are also available for private charter.
Themed gastronomic cruises for privileged culinary and oenological momentsFor its most epicurean guests, Ponant proposes gastronomically themed cruises every year. With ports of call in the heart of sites with a rich cultural heritage, tastings, gala dinners with careful attention paid to the wine, these cruises promise privileged culinary and oenological moments.These themed cruises provide an opportunity to set sail alongside illustrious guests and, in particular, Michelin-starred chefs, distinguished sommeliers or specialist journalists who share their passion for the culinary art with guests through tastings, workshops and fascinating conferences. Go back to the enewsletterFor over 30 years, Ponant‘s ships have been sailing all the world’s oceans and offering its guests the very best of the French way of life. An essential part of French culture, gastronomy understandably has a special place aboard the company’s ships. Meeting the very high standards of guests, Ponant cruises are an invitation to discover fragrant flavours, carefully selected ingredients and refined dishes. On board, a brigade of talented chefs, who are driven by their passion for French culinary heritage and draw inspiration from the ports of call visited, preside over a setting worthy of the greatest tables.Ponant & Ducasse Conseil deliver gastronomic excellenceBased on its collaboration since 2016 with Ducasse Conseil, the expert catering service of Ducasse Paris, Ponant is hoisting its culinary standards even higher thanks to a catering offering that has been redesigned for the entire fleet.Philippe Tremel, Ponant Corporate Chef, said, “It is a daily challenge to combine the requirements of onboard catering with our passion for French haute cuisine. This collaboration enables us to pursue this search for culinary excellence on board to serve our guests.”This long-term collaboration between the two companies incorporates review, optimisation of the culinary offering and world-class training for the teams on board and is based on three principles, “Healthy. Tasty. Elegant”, for exceptional culinary experiences. Exquisite destinations of Ponant’s next gastronomic cruisesPanama & Pre-Columbian Treasures Cruise – in partnership with Cuisine et Vins de France magazineThrough an exceptional itinerary, Ponant invites travellers to discover an unspoiled America where the past seems to have left a still intact, indelible mark. This gastronomic and cultural cruise aboard L’Austral will sail from the wild islands in the Gulf of Panama to the legendary land of the Incas.Between culinary demonstrations, fine wine tastings and conferences about new gastronomic trends, everyone will be able to fall under the spell of all-new flavours. A gala dinner conceived and orchestrated by Christian Le Squer, the three-Michelin-starred chef of Four Seasons Hôtel George V in Paris, will also be one of the highlights of this cruise. Philippe Faure-Brac, winner of World’s Best Sommelier, and Sophie Menut, Editor-in-Chief of Cuisine et Vins de France magazine, will also be on board to share their passion with guests.From Fuerte Amador to CallaoAboard L’Austral23 October – 1 November 2019 – 10 days / 9 nightsFrom €3,350*Find out more about the cruise here.Gastronomy, Vineyards & Grands Crus, Cruise Northern Europe – in partnership with Ducasse Conseil and Château LatourWith this cruise in partnership with Ducasse Conseil and Château Latour, Ponant subtly blends gastronomy and oenology. This epicurean itinerary is punctuated with ports of call in the heart of exceptional vineyards and towns with a rich cultural heritage, along the Atlantic coast.To enhance the experience, the famous cheesemaker Bernard Antony will also be present on board, proposing a buffet of exceptional mature cheeses. This gourmet journey will also be the occasion to chat with the famous sommelier Eric Beaumard, who will give fascinating conferences about wine throughout the cruise.Guests will have the privilege of discovering all the know-how and excellence of two renowned chefs, currently in charge of Ducasse Paris’ restaurants, during prestigious gala dinners.From Lisbon to LorientAboard L’Austral11–19 April 2020 – 9 days / 8 nightsFrom €3,600*Find out more about the cruise here.For more information on Ponant, see en.ponant.comGo back to the enewsletter