Ritz-Carlton will soon be spreading their luxury brand to the open seas.

Named the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, three cruising yachts will set sail starting in the last quarter of 2019. Typical voyages will range from 7 to 10 days, and the vessels will call on ports in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Northern Europe. Both overnight and daytime ports of call are planned.

Observation Deck on Ritz-Carlton Yacht (Rendering credit: Ritz-Carlton)

On the smaller side of passenger vessels in the world of behemoth cruise ships, the 190 meter Ritz-Carlton Yachts will each offer just 149 suites (all with private balcony) and carry a maximum of 298 passengers. There will also be two penthouse suites being designed by Tillberg Design of Sweden, each penthouse offering 1485 square feet.

Owner’s Suite on Ritz-Carlton Yacht (Rendering credit: Ritz-Carlton)

When it comes to dining, there will be a featured restaurant by Sven Elverfeld of Aqua (a three Michelin-starred restaurant at Ritz-Carlton in Wolfsburg), a lounge and wine bar with panoramic view, and special epicurean journeys including collaborations with local chefs and musicians.

Living Room (Rendering credit: Ritz-Carlton)

Keeping in line with the familiar Ritz-Carlton experience, the floating hotels will have signature Ritz-Carlton Spas.

Reservations for the Ritz-Carlton Yachts are expected to open in May of 2018, with journeys starting at the end of 2019.

Click here for a photo tour from Ritz-Carlton’s Yacht page.

A comparable cruise line that comes to mind would be Windstar Cruises, which has 6 yachts. Each vessel holds between 148 to 310 passengers, and because of the smaller size they are also able to call at smaller ports and offer a more intimate experience.

Although I’ve never been onboard a Windstar Cruise and my budget tends to lean more towards cruise lines such as Norwegian and MSC, the photos look enticing.

Ritz-Carlton Yacht (Rendering credit: Ritz-Carlton

I look forward to hearing more about Ritz-Carlton Yachts pricing and looking at how it compares to other cruise lines. Plus, I generally think competition is a good thing and if nothing else it’ll give everyone another choice when it comes to floating hotels.