Ritz-Carlton Yachts to roam widely, with curated shore programs

Itineraries and programs on land were created with the yachting lifestyle in mind Itineraries and programs on land were created with the yachting lifestyle in mind

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection unveiled seven- to 10-day cruises to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Canada and Northeastern US, with no two itineraries alike.

Ports range from Barbados, Cartagena, Bordeaux and Copenhagen to yacht-style venues such as Carriacou, Falmouth Harbour, Gustavia, the Balearic Islands, Mykonos and Portofino.

Travelers will be able to combine back-to-back voyages without repeating ports, and the sailing pace is relaxed to include overnights at many ports.

'The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection itineraries and programs on land were created with the yachting lifestyle in mind and will offer a relaxed pace and intimate, highly personalized experiences on shore,' managing director Douglas Prothero said.

As a complement to these itineraries, shore excursion tracks have been thematically crafted so travelers can easily pick a category that fits their interests and activity levels. The choices are Iconic Sights, Stirring the Senses, Cultural Connections, Active Explorations and Epicurean Experiences.

Iconic Sights will offer the opportunity to discover the cultural, historical, and architectural marvels of a destination, perhaps by browsing a museum in Montenegro on an exclusive tour with its curator. Stirring the Senses is ideal for those wishing to focus on wellness and wellbeing and may include sunrise and sunset yoga in the Grenadines or an encounter with a spiritual shaman.

For travelers who wish to give back, Cultural Connections will offer the opportunity to spend a day helping protect wildlife or the natural environment, among other philanthropic activities. Active Explorations, meanwhile, cater to travelers looking for outdoor adventure such as swimming with turtles in Tobago Cays or a private sea kayak tour off the coast of Reykjavik, Iceland.

And Epicurean Experiences could entail visiting a renowned winery in Bordeaux with The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection sommelier or learning to grow baby oysters in a private farm in Sete, France.

Meanwhile, a Concierge Ashore will be available to help craft a bespoke experience on land which will be meaningful and authentic. This may include insider access to a popular attraction or exploring a local community with a private guide.

Reservations for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will open to the general public in June, following priority access booking in May for Ritz-Carlton and Marriott Rewards loyalty members.

Posted 06 March 2018

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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