The first ship from the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, the new three-ship cruise line from the luxury hotelier set to debut in February 2020, will be called Azora.
The name, which Ritz revealed in an announcement today, is of Spanish origin, derived from “azure” and the color “azul,” Ritz said, reflecting the brand’s signature color.
“We are thrilled to officially reveal the name of the inaugural yacht,” CEO Doug Prothero said in a statement.
“We wanted to select a name that embodies the wanderlust of a luxury journey at sea and inspires travelers to dream of their next destination. Azora, which evokes the beauty of the sky and ocean, does both. To the mind, the color blue also suggests a distinct sense of peace and clarity, emotions we hope to stir in our guests during their journey with us.”
The yacht will be able to sail 298 passengers in 149 cabins (all with terraces) and four different suite categories, outside of its two duplex penthouse suites. But that’s not set in stone as suite sizes can be adjusted — each ship is designed with flexible air walls that will allow Ritz to increase the size of the smallest suites, the Terrace suites.
There will be five dining venues, all of which can be divided into smaller spaces so that even the largest dining room feels like 10 smaller venues, along with a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa, a super yacht marina, and more — all designed to bring the Ritz Carlton experience to the sea.
The brand’s all-inclusive fares include onboard gratuities, WiFi, onboard activities and entertainment, multiple dining venues, and more.