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Tue, 16 January 2024

Marriott to Expand Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection with Ilma in 2024 and Luminara in 2025

(16/01/24)  The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection debuted in October 2022 with the launch of Evrima, and Marriott has now confirmed that it will be adding two more superyachts to its luxury cruise brand with Ilma joining this year and Luminara in 2025.

The company has also unveiled the summer 2025 itineraries with all three superyachts now open for reservations.

“A standard in luxury cruising was set in 2022 with the introduction of Evrima, the first of our Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection fleet, marking our expansion into the yachting category,” said Tina Edmundson, President, Luxury, Marriott International. “In a short time, our world-class itineraries have attracted guests who are new to the category and interested in exploring new horizons and cultures with the assurance of The Ritz-Carlton brand. We are thrilled to have created experiences that redefine luxury cruising. Endless explorations await as we prepare to launch our second yacht, Ilma, in 2024, and our third, Luminara, in 2025.”

The Ritz-Carlton Luminara. Click to enlarge.
The Ritz-Carlton Luminara

Derived from Latin origin and meaning 'light', Luminara will measure 794 feet (242 meters) and will be able to accommodate up to 452 guests.

Each of the 226 suites will feature a private ocean-view terrace and the yacht will also have a higher percentage of upper-suite categories including a new more expansive option, The Residential Suite.

The onboard experience will include a variety of F&B outlets, a wine vault, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, and an expanded marina providing direct access to the sea. 

“With Luminara, we are not just adding another superyacht to our fleet; we are expanding the horizons of ultra-luxury travel,” said Jim Murren, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. “This growth embodies our unwavering dedication to exploration, enrichment, and the pursuit of extraordinary experiences for our guests. Luminara is an invitation to embark on remarkable journeys and discover the world's most captivating destinations with unparalleled amenities and service.”

The summer season spanning from April to October 2025 presents a curated selection of 53 itineraries, featuring new ports of call, standout shore excursions, and an inaugural experience – nine exclusive voyages aboard Ilma in Northern Europe.

Highlights of 2025 Summer Itineraries Aboard Luminara

31 July 2025 | 7-Night Rome Round Trip: During an overnight in Livorno, go truffle hunting in Tuscany, climb the infamous Tower of Pisa, and discover the Renaissance icons of Florence. Then take in the scenic Ligurian coast by kayak from Portofino and the equally stunning Côte d’Azur via helicopter from Monte Carlo, continuing to the mountains of Corsica and the yacht-filled harbor of Porto Cervo.

7 August 2025 | 7-Night Rome Round Trip: On the rooftop terrace of a 17th-century palace in Malta, the Michelin-starred restaurant De Mondion offers a delicious prelude to adventures in Italy. Contrast Sicily’s ancient Greek theaters with the vast ruins of Pompeii near Sorrento and reflect on the ancient history you’ve witnessed while boating along the Amalfi Coast and exploring ethereal blue grottoes.

21 August 2025 | 7-Night Barcelona Round Trip: Enjoy two days to explore the countless icons of Rome, such as the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums, and toss a coin in Trevi Fountain to ensure your return. Then natural wonders take center stage as you kayak the Ligurian coastline and explore the scenic countryside around Collioure that inspired artists like Matisse and Picasso.

Highlights of 2025 Summer Itineraries Aboard Ilma

29 June 2025 | 9-Night Lisbon to Portsmouth: Wine connoisseurs and novices alike will appreciate the opportunity to sip port in Portugal, taste Rioja in Spain, and spend two days exploring the renowned vineyards of Bordeaux. Culinary delights are complemented by cultural marvels like Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum and the magnificent abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel perched on a tidal island near Saint-Malo.

24 July 2025 | 7-Night Copenhagen to Stockholm: UNESCO protects many cultural treasures surrounding the Baltic Sea, including the 17th-century naval port of Karlskrona, the 18th-century fortress guarding Helsinki, and the medieval Old Town of Tallinn. While exploring five different countries along these fascinating shores, shop for a souvenir of Baltic amber in Gdansk, and try Swedish pancakes and smoked salmon in Mariehamn.

17 August 2025 | 7-Night Reykjavík Round Trip: Setting off from the cosmopolitan capital of Reykjavík, circumnavigate Iceland to experience this wonderland from the waterfalls and thermal baths around Akureyri to the mountains and glaciers near Grundarfjörður. Explore remote villages where intrepid locals have made lives amidst the raw natural beauty and sail as far north as the Arctic Circle along the way.

Highlights of 2025 Summer Itineraries Aboard Evrima

24 April 2025 | 10-Night Lisbon to Barcelona: Bask in the Mediterranean’s balmy spring as you sail from Lisbon to Barcelona. Compare two grand Moorish fortresses protected by UNESCO – the Alcázar royal palace of Seville and Granada’s Alhambra castle near Málaga – and then explore the contrasting cultures and unrivaled beaches of the Balearic Islands.

5 June 2025 | 7-Night Venice Round Trip: Adriatic culture, cuisine and history are the themes of this journey that begins and concludes along the iconic canals of Venice. Stroll the narrow medieval streets of the Old Towns in Kotor and Zadar, sip Croatian wine as the sun sets on Dubrovnik, and tour the 15th-century Venetian palace in Koper’s historic center.

27 June 2025 | 9-Night Athens Round Trip: Experience two of Türkiye’s most wondrous icons with an overnight stay in a nexus of civilization – the city of Istanbul – and a visit to the remarkably restored ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Ephesus. Along the way, go Greek island hopping through whitewashed villages dripping in bougainvillea from Skiathos to Mykonos.

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