The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, a new luxury hospitality brand in the cruising category, has unveiled its summer 2025 itineraries, marking a significant milestone with the introduction of its third superyacht, Luminara.
This announcement comes as the brand opens bookings for the inaugural season of Luminara, alongside its existing fleet, Evrima and Ilma, further cementing its growth and success in luxury sea travel.
Tina Edmundson, President of Luxury at Marriott International, expressed pride in the brand’s expansion into yachting, stating, “The introduction of Evrima in 2022 set a new standard in luxury cruising. We are thrilled to redefine luxury cruising with experiences that cater to guests seeking to explore new horizons and cultures under the assurance of The Ritz-Carlton brand. The upcoming launches of Ilma in 2024 and Luminara in 2025 are a testament to our commitment to growth and excellence.”
Jim Murren, Executive Chairman and CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, highlighted the significance of Luminara’s addition, “With Luminara, we are not just expanding our fleet; we are enhancing the realm of ultra-luxury travel. This growth reflects our dedication to offering extraordinary experiences and enriching explorations for our guests.”
Luminara, measuring 794 feet and accommodating up to 452 guests, promises an unparalleled experience at sea. The yacht features 226 spacious suites, each with a private ocean-view terrace, and introduces The Residential Suite, a new expansive accommodation. Guests can indulge in world-class dining, a wine vault, The Ritz-Carlton Spa®, and an expanded marina for direct sea access.
The yacht’s design, a collaboration between AD Associates, Chapi Chapo Design, and DPA, emphasizes contemporary craftsmanship and refined interiors. Helsinki-based Aivan’s sleek exterior design draws inspiration from private yachts, while the interior layout favors circular silhouettes, creating a sense of limitless space.
The 2025 summer season offers 53 itineraries from April to October, featuring new ports of call and exclusive voyages aboard Ilma in Northern Europe. Guests can explore dynamic cities like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Reykjavík, as well as culturally rich stops in Belfast, Bergen, and Antwerp. The itineraries also include visits to the Greek Isles, the Balearic Islands, the French Riviera, and the Italian Riviera.
Travelers can enjoy novel adventures in ports like Toulon, Marbella, and Kos, with extended time in port for thorough exploration. The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection also offers enriching onshore excursions, such as private helicopter tours in Palma de Mallorca, canal sailing in Livorno, and traditional Italian lunches in Portofino.
This expansion by The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection not only enhances its offerings in luxury cruising but also sets a new benchmark in the industry. With its commitment to exceptional service, unique itineraries, and luxurious amenities, the brand continues to attract luxury travelers seeking unforgettable experiences at sea.
Highlights of 2025 Summer Itineraries Aboard Luminara:
July 31, 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.
August 7, 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.
August 21, 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:
June 29, 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.
July 24, 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.
August 17, 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:
April 24, 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.
June 5, 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.
June 27, 2025 | 9-Night Athens Round Trip
Experience two of Turkey’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.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection brings the renowned service of The Ritz-Carlton to sea, offering a luxury yachting experience that navigates guests to the world’s most sought-after destinations. Spanning three superyachts, the bespoke collection provides airy, inviting spaces, encouraging relaxation and exploration. With more daytime and overnight ports of call, guests enjoy increased flexibility for onshore experiences. For more information on Evrima, Ilma, Luminara, and the upcoming yachting seasons of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, please visit www.ritzcarltonyachtcollection.com.