The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection celebrated the first construction milestone of its inaugural yacht in January by laying the keel in Vigo, Spain.

The distinguished luxury hotel operator welcomed the start of the first of three bespoke yachts with the symbolic ceremony.

“The keel laying is a significant moment in the ship building process and signals that we are well on our way to redefining luxury at sea,” said Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Managing Director Douglas Prothero.

The cruise will feature destination based activities with local artists, musicians and chefs, as well as three Michelin-starred dining from Sven Elverfeld at Aqua. 

Unique destinations are offered depending on the season, include the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

The 298 guests will also experience the world class luxury amenities, such as the Ritz-Carlton Spa.

“Our guiding principles for all aspects of the yacht’s design have been spacious privacy and  personal comfort,” said Tillberg Design of Sweden’s Owner and Executive Project Director Fredrik Johansson

Each voyage will be between seven to 12 nights, offering signature destinations with many overnight calls.

“The intimate size of our ships and compelling itineraries will give our guests the opportunity to explore unexpected destinations, all while enjoying the legendary Ritz-Carlton service,” said Prothero.

“This is an exciting new venture and we look forward to celebrating the many more milestones to come.”

The lavish ships will also be available for private charter. The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection plans to set sail in 2019 and reservations for the bespoke experience open in May this year.

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