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“As we look forward to the launch of Ilma, our commitment to expanding our superyacht fleet reinforces our vision of ultra-luxury hospitality at sea,” Jim Murren, executive chairman and CEO of the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, said in a statement. “Ilma has been meticulously crafted to enliven the senses and elevate every aspect of our guests’ journey.”

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Named after the Maltese word for “water,” Ilma showcases a sleek, superyacht-inspired exterior by the folks at Finnish studio Aivan and an elegant, light-filled interior by British firm AD Associates. Inspired by elements of Maltese mythology, coastline, history, and native fauna, the decor sees neutral tones juxtaposed by dark finishes and statement lighting by designer DPA. The curated art collection also includes “thought-provoking pieces that encourage guests to immerse in their surroundings,” according to Ritz-Carlton.

The 790-footer includes 224 spacious suites that can sleep up to 448 passengers. Each suite showcases floor-to-ceiling windows and private oceanview terraces that foster a connection to the sea. As with Evrima, Ilma has a collection of larger, more luxurious suites for seafarers looking to go all out. The Owner’s Suite, for instance, offers just over 1,000 square feet of living space, an in-suite bar, and a chic dining area. The crew-to-guest ratio is almost one-to-one, so you can expect personalized service akin to a five-star hotel, too.

Ilma will kick off her cruising career with a seven-night trip from Monte Carlo to Rome on September 2, after which she will embark on more voyages to the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Ilma will then sail the North and Baltic Seas of Northern Europe during the 2025 summer season. For reservations, contact (833) 999-7292 or your travel professional.

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The Ritz-Carlton's Newest Superyacht Is Officially Coming Next Year — Here's Where It's Sailing

Reservations for sailings aboard The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's second ship, Ilma, are now open.

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It seems like just yesterday that The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection made its debut with Evrima , but we already have another new ship to look forward to. The company has just opened bookings for cruises on its second superyacht, Ilma , named for the Maltese word for water.

The yacht will make its inaugural voyage in September 2024, traveling for seven nights between Athens and Haifa, Israel. Ilma will have 228 suites, each with a private terrace, carrying up to 456 guests. While all the suites are incredibly spacious, Ilma will feature a larger suite option than Evrima , with new 1,000-square-foot cabins. The interiors were overseen by London-based firm AD Associates , with additional work by lighting designer DPA and exteriors by Finnish yacht studio Aivan .

Though the ship is designed to look and feel like a yacht, it has a number of amenities for guests to enjoy, including five restaurants plus 24-hour in-room dining, six bars (including a wine vault and a cigar lounge with an onboard humidor), a Ritz-Carlton Spa, an infinity pool, a boutique, and even a Ritz Kids club. There's also an open-air marina deck with direct water access for swimming and water sports, which is also a feature of Evrima .

"We are thrilled to open reservations for Ilma to the public and unveil our inaugural season of itineraries," said Doug Prothero, CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, in a statement released to Travel + Leisure . "With a relaxed sailing pace and more overnights in port, our 2024 Mediterranean season underscores the essence of the yachting lifestyle, giving guests more time to truly immerse themselves in the vibrant cultures, local cuisines, and natural beauty of the region."

After Ilma 's inaugural voyage, the ship will sail seven- to 13-night itineraries on the Mediterranean Sea, with ports of call including Monaco's Monte Carlo, Italy's Amalfi Coast, and Spain's Canary Islands. Rates for a seven-night cruise on Ilma start at $7,400 per person, and bookings can be made at ritzcarltonyachtcollection.com . 

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THE RITZ-CARLTON YACHT COLLECTION CELEBRATES FLOAT OUT OF MUCH-ANTICIPATED SECOND YACHT, ILMA

COURTESY RITZ-CARLTON: Sept. 29, 2023 – The latest ultra-luxury superyacht enters the water for the first time at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, moving one step closer to its debut in 2024 SAINT-NAZAIRE, France, Sept. 29, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection marked a significant construction milestone with the successful float out of its next superyacht, Ilma, at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. This traditional maritime celebration brought together senior leadership and shipbuilders in anticipation of Ilma touching water for the first time, signifying the commencement of its next phase of construction in preparation for its maiden voyage in 2024.

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The float out event was attended by company leadership from The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection including Jim Murren, Executive Chairman and CEO, and Ernesto Fara, President and CFO. Also present were representatives from Chantiers de l’Atlantique, including Laurent Castaing, General Manager, and Arnaud Le Joncour, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Celebrates Float Out of Much[1]Anticipated Second Yacht, Ilma

As part of the float out, the yacht’s dry dock was filled with water overnight, then moved to an outfitting dock where it will remain for the rest of its build leading to sea trials in April and start of its first season. Now afloat, final-stage construction will focus on completing interiors, fixtures, and fittings for suites, restaurants, and other public spaces that will welcome guests to experience a new journey of discovery at sea in just less than a year.

“As we celebrate this remarkable milestone, we are immensely proud of the dedication and craftsmanship by all those involved in the construction of Ilma,” remarked Jim Murren. “We are thrilled to have partnered with the team at Chantiers de l’Atlantique and are excited to enter the next stage of construction and outfitting in anticipation of the yacht’s inaugural journey next year, expanding our fleet and vision within the ultra-luxury space.”

Ilma, meaning “water” in Maltese, will be the second newbuild superyacht from The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. Measuring 790-feet, the yacht will feature 224 airy, light-filled suites, all with private terraces, and will accommodate up to 448 passengers. Paving the way for a new era of cruising, this brand extension introduces an entirely unique experience at sea, illustrating the ongoing commitment to innovative luxury travel experiences from The Ritz-Carlton. Ilma will offer expansive public spaces and will have one of the highest space ratios at sea, ensuring an exceptional journey.

The onboard experience will reflect the unparalleled lifestyle and legendary service for which The Ritz-Carlton brand is recognized, including state-of-the-art technology, five distinct dining venues, and a Ritz-Carlton Spa®. Delivering thoughtfully curated itineraries and unforgettable journeys for guests, Ilma will join the company’s first yacht Evrima in

visiting the most coveted destinations in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, with select ports of call in Central America and South America, depending on the season.

The yacht’s sleek and graceful exterior design, expertly crafted by Helsinki-based design studio Aivan, draws inspiration from the elegant aesthetics of private yacht design. Interiors will seamlessly blend warmth and sophistication with a relaxed atmosphere, showcasing modern craftsmanship and interior finishes imagined by AD Associates, a renowned

London-based architectural and design firm, and award-winning lighting designer, DPA. “We are thrilled to witness Ilma’s float out. Ilma embodies Chantiers de l’Atlantique’s dedication to ultra-luxury,” expressed Arnaud Le Joncour. “This milestone marks the beginning of the next construction phase of outfitting. Drawing inspiration from Ilma’s elegance, clean lines, and unique features, our teams are united in the pursuit of meeting the expectations of today’s most discerning luxury travelers.”

Reservations for Ilma and Evrima are currently open, and the superyachts are also available for private charter.

ILMA FAST FACTS

  • Built Saint-Nazaire, France (2024)
  • Length 790 Feet (241 Meters)
  • Gross Tonnage 46,750 GT
  • Crew-to-Guest Ratio 1 to 1.2
  • Guest-to-Space Ratio 1 to 104.3
  • Itineraries Mediterranean & Caribbean

About The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Designed to combine the luxury lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton® with the casual freedom of a yachting vacation, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection offers bespoke voyages in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Central America. Calling on unique and distinguished destinations, voyages typically span five to ten nights with more overnight calls, an all[1]inclusive onboard journey, and curated excursions ashore.

Its inaugural yacht, Evrima, embarked on its maiden voyage in October 2022. Measuring 624 feet in length, Evrima features 149 airy suites across various categories, each with a private terrace, creating a relaxed, casually elegant ambiance for up to 298 guests. Continuing the fleet’s expansion, two new superyachts boasting among the highest space ratios per guest at sea, Ilma and Luminara, are slated to set sail in 2024 and 2025, respectively. Spanning 790 feet, Ilma will offer 224 spacious, light-filled suites of varying categories, accommodating up to 448 guests. Slated to make its 2025 debut, Luminara will join Ilma and Evrima on voyages to secluded harbors and iconic cities. Reflective of The Ritz-Carlton on land, each yacht features personalized service, elevated dining experiences, and exclusive amenities.

Private charter options are also available, allowing guests to craft a truly tailored journey.

About Chantiers de l’Atlantique

Thanks to the expertise of its teams and its network of subcontractors, combined with top industrial technology, Chantiers de l’Atlantique is a key leader in the design, integration, testing and precise delivery of cruise ships, naval vessels, electrical substations for offshore wind farms and fleet services. The company is a pioneer in the challenges of tomorrow. Through research and development, Chantiers de l’Atlantique offers ships the highest environmental performance as well as equipment for offshore wind farms, making it a major player in global energy transition.

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Ritz-Carlton opens bookings for its second superyacht Ilma

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The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection announced it will soon open reservations for the fleet's newest cruise ship -  Ilma . In 2022, the new cruise brand inaugurated its first superyacht - Evrima , which was constructed in Spain and is smaller, with a slightly different design.

She is the first of two Ritz-Carlton ships to be built at Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard (STX France in St Nazaire , to be followed by Luminara .

The company said Marriott Bonvoy Elite members would have exclusive access to bookings before they open to all other passengers, with dates as follows: February 15th, 2023, for Ambassador Elite members; February 24th, 2023, for Platinum Elite members; March 2nd, 2023 for Gold & Silver Elite members, and March 9th, 2023, for all passengers.

Ilma has 10 decks (8 passenger-accessible) and 228 suites , all of which with a private terrace overlooking the ocean, King-size double beds, sofas, walk-in closets. The new yacht features an enlarged marina allowing guests to relax while taking in the views/engaging in water sports from the yacht. In addition, Ilma offers a personalized service to its guests and all the comforts of a luxury service. She has a variety of restaurants with gastronomy based on products from all over the world, like Mediterranean/Southeast Asian cuisine.

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Ilma's inaugural season will start in 2024 with itineraries around Europe and the Caribbean on 7- to 11-night voyages.

The sistership Luminara is planned for inauguration in 2025.

Ritz-Carlton begins construction on what could be the most spacious cruise ship ever

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A second cruise ship for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is officially on the way.

The giant Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, this week held a keel-laying ceremony to officially kick off the construction of Ilma, a new vessel The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection ordered in 2022 . It's scheduled to join The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection fleet in 2024.

Soaring 10 decks high, Ilma is a new model of ship for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection that will be nearly twice as big as the line's first vessel, the recently unveiled Evrima .

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It'll also carry far more passengers — 456 instead of 298.

Perhaps most notably, it'll be the most spacious cruise ship ever built. The ship's gross tonnage — a measure of interior space on a ship, not weight — will be 46,750. That'll give it a "space ratio" of space per passenger of nearly 103.

Most of the cruise world's most luxurious vessels, such as Regent Seven Seas Cruises' recently unveiled Seven Seas Splendor — billed as the most expensive luxury ship ever built — have space ratios in the 70-80 range. Mass-market ships such as those operated by Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line often have space ratios in the 35-45 range.

The first vessel in The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Evrima, has a space ratio of about 82.

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The huge amount of space that The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is building into Ilma will allow for both larger cabins and a wide range of public areas for passengers.

As is often the case with luxury ships, every cabin on Ilma will be a suite, and the biggest suites on the ship will measure 1,076 square feet.

Among public areas, the vessel will have five restaurants, six bars, a wine vault, a marina and a spa.

In a press release announcing the keel-laying ceremony this week, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection also said Ilma would have the highest staff-to-passenger ratio in the cruise business — a superlative picked up by a number of media outlets. However, the statement isn't true.

Asked to clarify, a spokesperson for the company told TPG the ship would operate with a staff of 374 people. That would give it a staff-to-passenger ratio of about 8 to 10. There are existing luxury cruise vessels, such as Silversea Cruises' super-swanky Silver Endeavour , that operate at a staff-to-passenger ratio of 10 to 10 .

When TPG pointed this out to the spokesperson, she said the company would be updating the language it used to describe the vessel's staff-to-passenger ratio.

Construction of Ilma begins

As part of the keel-laying ceremony this week, the first modular block of Ilma was lowered into the building dock where the vessel will be built over the next 18 months. Ilma's first voyage is currently scheduled for Sept. 19, 2024.

"We are thrilled to celebrate this important milestone and to partner with Chantiers de l'Atlantique on the construction of Ilma," Douglas Prothero, the cruise company's CEO, said in a statement following the ceremony. "As we expand our fleet, we look forward to continuing to create unique experiences that celebrate the yachting lifestyle and are transforming the luxury cruising category."

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has said the onboard experience on Ilma will "reflect the sublime comfort and legendary service for which The Ritz-Carlton brand is recognized."

The ship's first voyage will be a seven-night trip from Piraeus, Greece (the port for Athens), to Haifa, Israel, that brings stops in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. Fares for the sailing currently start at $7,400 per person, based on double occupancy, for the smallest rooms.

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Fares for the ship's biggest suites on the first voyage start at $50,100 per person, based on double occupancy.

For a couple, that works out to a range of about $2,100 to $14,300 a night for a stay on board.

Still to be seen is whether Ilma arrives on time. The development of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's first vessel, Evrima, was plagued by construction problems that contributed to eight delays for its maiden voyage. It ended up debuting 33 months behind schedule.

The delays were the result, in part, of the line contracting for the ship with a shipyard in Spain that had little experience building luxury vessels.

This time around, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is using a shipyard — Chantiers de l'Atlantique — that has far more experience building cruise vessels of all types. In fact, Chantiers de l'Atlantique is one of the world's best-known cruise ship builders.

Chantiers de l'Atlantique has manufactured a long list of vessels for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises , MSC Cruises and other major cruise lines.

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The ‘hotel yacht’ is one of the most competitive and exciting new areas of luxury travel. The Ritz-Carlton was the first to market with the launch of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection ’s first yacht Evrima in 2022, with other leading luxury hospitality brands including Four Seasons and Aman quickly announcing plans to follow suit. Now, Ritz-Carlton is gearing up for the inaugural voyage of its second yacht Ilma in September 2024, a move that it hopes will further solidify its place as the leader of the luxury hotel yacht race.

Ahead of the launch, two of the project’s leading lights, Tina Edmundson, President, Luxury at Marriott International, and Jim Murren, CEO, Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, reveal everything we need to know about the new launch. They also reveal exclusive insights on why Marriott chose to branch into the yachting sector in the first place, their learnings from their first years on the water, and what differentiates their yachts from a cruise ship – and indeed a private superyacht.

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Why did Marriott decide to enter the yachting space – and why now?

Tina Edmundson: We have actually been talking about this space for a decade. It’s interesting because I've had many people ask, ‘is this a post Covid thing?’, when actually, it's not. Covid has not caused new behavior, it's accelerated behavior. What we’re seeing with our customers is that people have changed their mindsets. They want experiences over things and the yachting experience is coveted because it’s about removing friction from people's stays and having this all-inclusive, amazing experience. We know that they are looking for these experiences outside of hotels so our goal is to keep them in our ecosystem. We want to be able to provide all of those types of experiences for our customers.

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How does the experience you’re offering stand aside from a traditional cruise and what influences have you taken from the superyacht industry?

Jim Murren: There’s a distinct difference between a cruise ship and a yacht. Cruise ships cater to a vast array of people who love that type of experience; they love having segmented times to eat, casinos, entertainment and theme park-like experiences all in one inclusive environment. That's not us. We took our inspiration from private yachts and, working closely with Ritz-Carlton, we created a hospitality experience that’s very different than what you would get on a cruise. Look at the variety of restaurants that we have, the quality levels that we deliver, the type of entertainment that we bring to bear and the amount of service that we bring – we have a one-of-a-kind crew-to -passenger ratio that no-one else has in our space.

And with size of our yacht, we get to go into ports that most cruise ships can't go into, so we can create much more interesting, educationally and culturally motivated itineraries that the discerning guest is really looking for.

What can Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection offer that a private yacht cannot?

JM: One of our owners, who's a billionaire, has a yacht. He said that a lot of his friends can certainly charter a yacht for $250,000 to $1 million a week, but they don't get the social experience that you can get here on Evrima . If guests are coming with a group of people, or they’re multi-generational family, they want to meet like-minded folks who also have that adventurous ‘can do’ spirit, and you can't do that on a private yacht. It's not so much a value proposition for them, it's more of a lifestyle decision that they've made.

How have you avoided falling into the cruise ship trap?

TE: I think it starts with the size of the vessel. We only have 149 suites so the highest number of people we can have 300 people. The space-to-guess ratio is very generous, so even when we're full, it never feels dense. The facilities are really different, too; there are hundreds of quiet spots where you can tuck away with a book or your computer anywhere on the boat. The service and culture of Ritz-Carlton is critically important and, in my mind, quite a differentiating factor. And then there’s all the other amenities on top, from the quality of food to the wine. It feels different.

Evrima has been sailing for a year now and Ilma is preparing for her maiden voyage. What have you learnt in the first year of sailings and what’s new on the second yacht?

TE: We’ve learnt that people are looking for some form of entertainment in the evening. We don’t have casinos or an auditorium, but we still have to provide entertainment, and so we’ve started hosting different types of musicians and magicians. It’s different to what you’d find on a cruise but very fitting to the kind of customer we have.

JM: As part of the entertainment program, we’re going to embed into the itinerary intimate entertainment experiences that make a cruise more interesting. We'll have guest lecturers, naturalists and professors come on board. We'll have celebrities come on and talk about their lives. Tina mentioned music and magic and there's some incredibly sophisticated, elegant entertainment that can be done in an intimate setting.

People are also looking for great onshore experiences too. We can tuck our yacht into a nice little port and make sure we have an onshore experience that enriches their cultural identity. A lot of the big cruise companies create their own artificial environment – they own their own islands and have their own entertainment. What we're trying to create is a more authentic experience.

What are you most excited for on the upcoming itineraries?

JM: Next year, we're taking Ilma up into the Baltic, which will be really exciting. And then with Luminara, she'll be sailing in Asia Pacific. She'll be up in Alaska, we'll be going to Japan and Singapore. For our guests, which for now at least are a majority North American, this is the first time they'll be experiencing many of these locations. We’ve become the vessel of opportunity and enlightenment for people in North America to experience the Mediterranean or Asia Pacific, and we take that responsibility seriously. That's why we want to educate people.

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Beyond planned sailings, the collection is available for private charters – an example of which was the Mercedes buy-out of Evrima during the 2024 Monaco F1 Grand Prix. What percentage will be bookable sailings versus private charters?

JM: For Evrima , it's about 10% private charter. This is a pioneering effort and a new industry segment, so I would imagine that over time, Evrima could get more and more charter business. She’s the perfect size for a corporate charter or a celebrity weddings and other big events. I could see, over time, close to 40-50% of sailings on Ilma being charter, particularly as we grow our fleet.

A static hotel is very different from a ‘floating’ one. What were the biggest challenges and opportunities you discovered while working on the Group’s first yacht project?

TE: The main learning from a hotel perspective is when the guest is on the vessel, you have to provide everything, so you've got to have a lot of forethought about their expectations or needs. Part of the Ritz-Carlton culture is that we should never say ‘no’; you’ve got to provide guests with alternatives. And sometimes, if you're on sea, like you can't physically do that, so it’s about being very thoughtful about what our guests looking for. F&B is really important because again, when you’re in a static hotel, you can get in your car, or you call an Uber go wherever. But here, you have to provide everything.

What's interesting is we are taking learnings from the yachting experience and we will open our first Ritz-Carlton all-inclusive in Costa Rica in 2026. We've never been in the space and in that type of environment, so it goes both ways.

Rachel Ingram

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The World's Most Luxurious Cruise Ship Suites Only The Super-Rich Can Afford

Posted: July 7, 2024 | Last updated: July 7, 2024

<p>Fine dining, world class spas and cocktails on tap – there’s no doubt that cruising is an indulgent and glamorous way to travel, with many modern vessels compared to floating hotels. But some cruise ships take seafaring in style to the next level.</p>  <p><strong>Think personal butlers, complimentary Champagne and private hot tubs, as we tour around the luxurious cruise ship staterooms only the super-rich can afford...</strong></p>  <p>*All prices correct at time of writing.</p>

Sail the high seas in the lap of luxury

Fine dining, world class spas and cocktails on tap – there’s no doubt that cruising is an indulgent and glamorous way to travel, with many modern vessels compared to floating hotels. But some cruise ships take seafaring in style to the next level.

Think personal butlers, complimentary Champagne and private hot tubs, as we tour around the luxurious cruise ship staterooms only the super-rich can afford...

*All prices correct at time of writing.

<p>Built in 2023, the award-winning Viking Saturn is small in cruise ship standards, accommodating just 930 guests. Its clever layout means each stateroom gets its own veranda, and there's plenty to keep even the most active cruiser occupied. Guests can enjoy the many restaurants, as well as a jazz lounge and the Wintergarden, where you can take afternoon tea while listening to live classical music. There's also a theater, two cinemas, a sports deck and a pool with a retractable roof, so you can take a dip in any weather. Or you can relax in the Nordic Spa's sauna and steam room. Intriguingly, it also has a Snow Grotto – a 'sanctuary' of fluffy snow and chilled air. </p>

Owner's Suite, Viking Saturn, Viking

Built in 2023, the award-winning Viking Saturn is small in cruise ship standards, accommodating just 930 guests. Its clever layout means each stateroom gets its own veranda, and there's plenty to keep even the most active cruiser occupied. Guests can enjoy the many restaurants, as well as a jazz lounge and the Wintergarden, where you can take afternoon tea while listening to live classical music. There's also a theater, two cinemas, a sports deck and a pool with a retractable roof, so you can take a dip in any weather. Or you can relax in the Nordic Spa's sauna and steam room. Intriguingly, it also has a Snow Grotto – a 'sanctuary' of fluffy snow and chilled air. 

<p>For particularly discerning travelers, the Owner's Suite is the largest, most well-appointed stateroom on board – and it comes with some pleasing perks. The 1,448-square-foot (134sqm) multi-room suite has an elegant living room with a private curated wine collection, as well as a boardroom that seats 12 people – perfect for hosting a private, catered dinner party. Owner's Suite guests also get a complimentary shore excursion with their own private car and driver.</p>

For particularly discerning travelers, the Owner's Suite is the largest, most well-appointed stateroom on board – and it comes with some pleasing perks. The 1,448-square-foot (134sqm) multi-room suite has an elegant living room with a private curated wine collection, as well as a boardroom that seats 12 people – perfect for hosting a private, catered dinner party. Owner's Suite guests also get a complimentary shore excursion with their own private car and driver.

<p>However, we think the standout perk has to be this private ocean-view dry sauna, which is accessed from your own personal veranda. In 2024, Saturn will be calling at ports all over Europe, as well as taking in Iceland's majestic landscapes and sailing the trade routes of the Middle Ages. Saturn's newest route sails from Barcelona to Mumbai, stopping for 20 tours across 12 countries in 35 days. Prices for the Owner's Suite start from around $18.8k per person for the shorter eight-day itineraries. </p>

However, we think the standout perk has to be this private ocean-view dry sauna, which is accessed from your own personal veranda. In 2024, Saturn will be calling at ports all over Europe, as well as taking in Iceland's majestic landscapes and sailing the trade routes of the Middle Ages. Saturn's newest route sails from Barcelona to Mumbai, stopping for 20 tours across 12 countries in 35 days. Prices for the Owner's Suite start from around $18.8k per person for the shorter eight-day itineraries. 

<p>The first in a series of five Edge vessels, Celebrity Edge maximises sea views with an innovative outward-facing design. Launched in 2018, it carries up to 2,918 passengers and is built for entertainment. The glamorous Grand Plaza is home to cafes and a Martini bar, while the Eden space offers a spiralling three-deck lounge and bar area, wrapped in glass. Elsewhere, there's a club, casino, pool and rooftop garden. One innovative feature is the Magic Carpet – a floating moveable deck with an open-air lounge and bar, designed to turn the experience of boarding a small boat to visit port into a pleasure.</p>

Iconic Suite, Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises

The first in a series of five Edge vessels, Celebrity Edge maximises sea views with an innovative outward-facing design. Launched in 2018, it carries up to 2,918 passengers and is built for entertainment. The glamorous Grand Plaza is home to cafes and a Martini bar, while the Eden space offers a spiralling three-deck lounge and bar area, wrapped in glass. Elsewhere, there's a club, casino, pool and rooftop garden. One innovative feature is the Magic Carpet – a floating moveable deck with an open-air lounge and bar, designed to turn the experience of boarding a small boat to visit port into a pleasure.

<p>The largest suite on board is the Iconic Suite. Designed by Kelly Hoppen, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom space covers 2,581-square-feet (239sqm) and enjoys panoramic views from above the captain's bridge. Decked out with clean lines and soothing neutral tones, the rooms are relaxed and comfortable with an underlying feeling of opulence. The largest suite in the Celebrity fleet, the Iconic has a huge private terrace with its own hot tub, double day bed and plenty of seating.</p>

The largest suite on board is the Iconic Suite. Designed by Kelly Hoppen, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom space covers 2,581-square-feet (239sqm) and enjoys panoramic views from above the captain's bridge. Decked out with clean lines and soothing neutral tones, the rooms are relaxed and comfortable with an underlying feeling of opulence. The largest suite in the Celebrity fleet, the Iconic has a huge private terrace with its own hot tub, double day bed and plenty of seating.

<p>The Iconic Suite is part of The Retreat, an exclusive area of the ship accessible to suite guests. It's home to a sundeck, restaurant and lounge where your butler, along with a team of attendants and concierges, will cater to your every whim. In 2024, Celebrity Edge will visit Hawaii, Alaska, Tahiti and New Zealand and also take in Australia's wine country. A stay in an Iconic Suite on a 13-night cruise around New Zealand costs from around $28.3k per person.</p>

The Iconic Suite is part of The Retreat, an exclusive area of the ship accessible to suite guests. It's home to a sundeck, restaurant and lounge where your butler, along with a team of attendants and concierges, will cater to your every whim. In 2024, Celebrity Edge will visit Hawaii, Alaska, Tahiti and New Zealand and also take in Australia's wine country. A stay in an Iconic Suite on a 13-night cruise around New Zealand costs from around $28.3k per person.

<p>Disney Wish took to the seas in 2022 as the fifth member of the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Able to accommodate 4,000 passengers, Wish offers everything you might hope for from a Disney-themed ship. Kids are well catered for with a <em>Frozen</em>-themed theatrical dining experience and immersive shows, as well as deck parties and water slides, while grown-ups can enjoy a Norwegian-style pub and Quiet Cove, an adults-only refuge with infinity pool, bar and lounge. </p>

Tower Suite, Disney Wish, Disney Cruise Line

Disney Wish took to the seas in 2022 as the fifth member of the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Able to accommodate 4,000 passengers, Wish offers everything you might hope for from a Disney-themed ship. Kids are well catered for with a Frozen -themed theatrical dining experience and immersive shows, as well as deck parties and water slides, while grown-ups can enjoy a Norwegian-style pub and Quiet Cove, an adults-only refuge with infinity pool, bar and lounge. 

<p>Perched in the funnel of the ship, high above the upper decks, the Tower Suite is accessed by its own private elevator. Inside, the two-story living room features a chandelier, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and decor subtly inspired by the Disney movie <em>Moana</em>. A grand spiral staircase connects the palatial living area, which includes a dining salon and wet bar, to the suite's four bedrooms. Added perks include a concierge who handles your priority reservations, and access to a VIP lounge and sun deck.</p>

Perched in the funnel of the ship, high above the upper decks, the Tower Suite is accessed by its own private elevator. Inside, the two-story living room features a chandelier, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and decor subtly inspired by the Disney movie Moana . A grand spiral staircase connects the palatial living area, which includes a dining salon and wet bar, to the suite's four bedrooms. Added perks include a concierge who handles your priority reservations, and access to a VIP lounge and sun deck.

<p>The 1,966-square-foot (182sqm) suite has two main bedrooms, one children's room and a library that can double up as a bedroom if needed – each one has its own bathroom. Disney Wish runs multiple three- and four-night cruises around the Bahamas in 2024. Prices for the Tower Suite costs from around $13.6k per adult and $3.3k per child for a three-night sailing, before taxes and other charges.</p>  <p><strong>Liking this? Click on the Follow button above for more great stories from loveEXPLORING</strong></p>

The 1,966-square-foot (182sqm) suite has two main bedrooms, one children's room and a library that can double up as a bedroom if needed – each one has its own bathroom. Disney Wish runs multiple three- and four-night cruises around the Bahamas in 2024. Prices for the Tower Suite costs from around $13.6k per adult and $3.3k per child for a three-night sailing, before taxes and other charges.

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<p>With five restaurants, six bars and a wine vault, Ritz-Carlton's Ilma superyacht packs a lot of luxe amenities for a yacht that carries a maximum of just 448 guests. Relaxed and refined, life on board Ilma includes visits to a Ritz-Carlton spa, infinity pool and a marina, giving direct access to the sea for swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding. Classical and jazz musicians serenade guests in venues across the yacht, while renowned experts lend educational insights along the way. </p>

Owner's Suite, Ilma, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

With five restaurants, six bars and a wine vault, Ritz-Carlton's Ilma superyacht packs a lot of luxe amenities for a yacht that carries a maximum of just 448 guests. Relaxed and refined, life on board Ilma includes visits to a Ritz-Carlton spa, infinity pool and a marina, giving direct access to the sea for swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding. Classical and jazz musicians serenade guests in venues across the yacht, while renowned experts lend educational insights along the way. 

<p>The Owner's Suite is spread across 1,033 square feet (96sqm) and channels a casual elegance that will make 5-star travelers feel right at home. Outside, guests can relax in a whirlpool and cool off in an outdoor shower on their private 721-square-foot (67sqm) terrace. The personal concierge service ensures shore excursions go without a hitch – they can even organize bespoke private jaunts, from a tailored afternoon exploration to a multi-day stay. </p>

The Owner's Suite is spread across 1,033 square feet (96sqm) and channels a casual elegance that will make 5-star travelers feel right at home. Outside, guests can relax in a whirlpool and cool off in an outdoor shower on their private 721-square-foot (67sqm) terrace. The personal concierge service ensures shore excursions go without a hitch – they can even organize bespoke private jaunts, from a tailored afternoon exploration to a multi-day stay. 

<p>The Owner's Suite bedroom features a custom king bed and a bathroom with a modern soaking tub to ease muscles after a day of watersports. Ilma will make her maiden voyage in September 2024, making her way from Monte Carlo to Rome on a seven-night adventure that takes in Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Livorno, Corsica and Sardinia. If you fancy jumping aboard, prices for the trip start from $55k per person for the Owner's Suite.</p>

The Owner's Suite bedroom features a custom king bed and a bathroom with a modern soaking tub to ease muscles after a day of watersports. Ilma will make her maiden voyage in September 2024, making her way from Monte Carlo to Rome on a seven-night adventure that takes in Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Livorno, Corsica and Sardinia. If you fancy jumping aboard, prices for the trip start from $55k per person for the Owner's Suite.

<p>Known for its boutique river cruises, Uniworld immerses guests in French elegance as soon as they step aboard the impossibly chic SS Bon Voyage. Fitted out in gleaming brass and polished wood, Le Salon Champagne bar is inspired by Yves Saint Laurent's former villa in Marrakech, Morocco while La Brasserie is imbued with Parisian cafe style. The sun deck has a beautifully tiled infinity pool and a cafe that hosts open-air cooking demos.</p>

Grand Suite, SS Bon Voyage, Uniworld River Cruises

Known for its boutique river cruises, Uniworld immerses guests in French elegance as soon as they step aboard the impossibly chic SS Bon Voyage. Fitted out in gleaming brass and polished wood, Le Salon Champagne bar is inspired by Yves Saint Laurent's former villa in Marrakech, Morocco while La Brasserie is imbued with Parisian cafe style. The sun deck has a beautifully tiled infinity pool and a cafe that hosts open-air cooking demos.

<p>The luxurious 280-square-foot (26sqm) Grand Suite is bijou but beautifully decorated in a characterful style that typifies this unique ship. Perks include an in-suite butler service, packing and unpacking assistance, in-room breakfast, a daily fruit and cookie plate, an evening snack and even a shoe shine. A French balcony allows guests to experience the river views without having to leave the luxury of their suite.</p>

The luxurious 280-square-foot (26sqm) Grand Suite is bijou but beautifully decorated in a characterful style that typifies this unique ship. Perks include an in-suite butler service, packing and unpacking assistance, in-room breakfast, a daily fruit and cookie plate, an evening snack and even a shoe shine. A French balcony allows guests to experience the river views without having to leave the luxury of their suite.

<p>A hand-crafted bed and a marble bathroom with rain shower and tub tops off the Grand Suite's amenities. If you fancy spending eight days experiencing all the history – and wine – the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde rivers have to offer, prices start from around $12.5k per person for the Grand Suite, which includes flights from London to the embarkation point in Bordeaux, France.</p>

A hand-crafted bed and a marble bathroom with rain shower and tub tops off the Grand Suite's amenities. If you fancy spending eight days experiencing all the history – and wine – the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde rivers have to offer, prices start from around $12.5k per person for the Grand Suite, which includes flights from London to the embarkation point in Bordeaux, France.

<p>Norwegian Jewel can carry up to 2,376 guests and offers some of the largest suites available at sea. With 11 different dining options to try, as well as eight bars (including a sake bar), live music, Le Cirque Bijou circus show, an art gallery, spa, card room and tennis court, Jewel passengers have no problem keeping boredom at bay between ports.</p>

The Haven 3-Bedroom Garden Villa, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Jewel can carry up to 2,376 guests and offers some of the largest suites available at sea. With 11 different dining options to try, as well as eight bars (including a sake bar), live music, Le Cirque Bijou circus show, an art gallery, spa, card room and tennis court, Jewel passengers have no problem keeping boredom at bay between ports.

<p>At up to 6,694 square feet (621sqm) the Haven 3-Bedroom Garden Villa is the most spacious stateroom to make our list. It's available on six of Norwegian's ships, including Jewel, and sleeps up to eight people. The living room features a grand piano and a dining area, while a stay in any of the ship's Haven staterooms come with 24-hour butler service and access to an exclusive pool, sun deck and hot tub, as well as an invitation to a cocktail party with the ship's officers. </p>

At up to 6,694 square feet (621sqm) the Haven 3-Bedroom Garden Villa is the most spacious stateroom to make our list. It's available on six of Norwegian's ships, including Jewel, and sleeps up to eight people. The living room features a grand piano and a dining area, while a stay in any of the ship's Haven staterooms come with 24-hour butler service and access to an exclusive pool, sun deck and hot tub, as well as an invitation to a cocktail party with the ship's officers. 

<p>The Haven Three Bedroom Garden Villa also comes with its own garden deck and hot tub. Jewel is making multiple journeys around the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Japan and the Pacific Coast wine country in 2024. The Three Bedroom Villa books up quickly, but for an 11-night cruise from Florida to Curacao, Aruba and the Dominican Republic it costs from around $44k per person.</p>

The Haven Three Bedroom Garden Villa also comes with its own garden deck and hot tub. Jewel is making multiple journeys around the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Japan and the Pacific Coast wine country in 2024. The Three Bedroom Villa books up quickly, but for an 11-night cruise from Florida to Curacao, Aruba and the Dominican Republic it costs from around $44k per person.

<p>Built in 2023, Oceania Vista can carry 1,200 passengers across 15 decks. As well as providing a spa, running deck, pool and fitness center, Vista prides itself on offering activities that exercise passengers' brains as well as their bodies. Guests can learn to cook everything from classic French cuisine to New World wonders in the state-of-the-art cookery school, receive expert guidance from resident artists in the Artist Loft or cozy up with a novel in the library. They can even attend talks given by a historian, naturalist or former ambassador.</p>

Owner’s Suite, Oceania Vista, Oceania Cruises

Built in 2023, Oceania Vista can carry 1,200 passengers across 15 decks. As well as providing a spa, running deck, pool and fitness center, Vista prides itself on offering activities that exercise passengers' brains as well as their bodies. Guests can learn to cook everything from classic French cuisine to New World wonders in the state-of-the-art cookery school, receive expert guidance from resident artists in the Artist Loft or cozy up with a novel in the library. They can even attend talks given by a historian, naturalist or former ambassador.

<p>The nautical-themed Owner's Suite is Vista's finest and largest stateroom, at between 2,200 and 2,400-square-feet (204-223sqm). The space includes an office, a lounge area (with cashmere lap blankets, of course), a dining room and a bedroom with its very own fully-fitted dressing room. The suite even has a full-sized stocked bar, where your 24-hour butler can whip you up a cocktail or two. If you're lucky enough to bag yourself one of these premium staterooms, you'll also gain unlimited access to the Aquamar Spa Terrace. </p>

The nautical-themed Owner's Suite is Vista's finest and largest stateroom, at between 2,200 and 2,400-square-feet (204-223sqm). The space includes an office, a lounge area (with cashmere lap blankets, of course), a dining room and a bedroom with its very own fully-fitted dressing room. The suite even has a full-sized stocked bar, where your 24-hour butler can whip you up a cocktail or two. If you're lucky enough to bag yourself one of these premium staterooms, you'll also gain unlimited access to the Aquamar Spa Terrace. 

<p>This elegant dining area opens out onto not one but two spacious teak verandas, but you'll also get wonderful ocean views from the-floor-to ceiling windows in your bar, dining room and bedroom. In 2024, Vista will be exploring the Greek islands and the Caribbean, among others, with trips to Scandinavia, the Baltics and the Northern Fjords following in 2025. A stay in the Owner's Suite for a seven-night cruise of Greece and Turkey will cost around $13.4k per person. </p>

This elegant dining area opens out onto not one but two spacious teak verandas, but you'll also get wonderful ocean views from the-floor-to ceiling windows in your bar, dining room and bedroom. In 2024, Vista will be exploring the Greek islands and the Caribbean, among others, with trips to Scandinavia, the Baltics and the Northern Fjords following in 2025. A stay in the Owner's Suite for a seven-night cruise of Greece and Turkey will cost around $13.4k per person. 

<p>A relatively small ship, Grandeur is the latest in the Seven Seas fleet and carries 744 guests. Inspired by the glory days of cruising, Grandeur's interior is full of shining brass, lustrous glass and Art Deco touches. Amenities include a jogging track, the Serene Spa, a New York steakhouse, a glamorous French restaurant and an Art Nouveau-styled observation lounge and bar. There are also four theatrical experiences to enjoy, featuring Grammy-winning musical talent.</p>

Regent Suite, Seven Seas Grandeur, Seven Seas Cruises

A relatively small ship, Grandeur is the latest in the Seven Seas fleet and carries 744 guests. Inspired by the glory days of cruising, Grandeur's interior is full of shining brass, lustrous glass and Art Deco touches. Amenities include a jogging track, the Serene Spa, a New York steakhouse, a glamorous French restaurant and an Art Nouveau-styled observation lounge and bar. There are also four theatrical experiences to enjoy, featuring Grammy-winning musical talent.

<p>All suites on board Seven Seas Grandeur have their own private balcony, but the Regent Suite takes luxury to a whole new level. Spread over a huge 3,143 square feet (292sqm), the suite contains a large living area, as well as a spa-style bathroom with its own sauna, steam room and jetted tub. The 1,291-square-foot (120sqm) balcony is among the largest at sea and has its own custom-made mini pool.</p>

All suites on board Seven Seas Grandeur have their own private balcony, but the Regent Suite takes luxury to a whole new level. Spread over a huge 3,143 square feet (292sqm), the suite contains a large living area, as well as a spa-style bathroom with its own sauna, steam room and jetted tub. The 1,291-square-foot (120sqm) balcony is among the largest at sea and has its own custom-made mini pool.

<p>The two spacious bedrooms have three walk-in closets between them and the included perks are next-level – a personal butler, business or first class flights, a pre-cruise hotel, a car and guide to explore ashore, in-suite spa services and daily canapes. In 2024, Seven Seas Grandeur will explore Greece, Spain, Italy, Canada, Mexico and the US. For Regent Suite guests, a seven-night voyage to and from Miami, taking in Honduras, Belize and Mexico, starts from around $47,200 per person.</p>

The two spacious bedrooms have three walk-in closets between them and the included perks are next-level – a personal butler, business or first class flights, a pre-cruise hotel, a car and guide to explore ashore, in-suite spa services and daily canapes. In 2024, Seven Seas Grandeur will explore Greece, Spain, Italy, Canada, Mexico and the US. For Regent Suite guests, a seven-night voyage to and from Miami, taking in Honduras, Belize and Mexico, starts from around $47,200 per person.

<p>Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas isn't just award-winning; it also holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest observation deck on a cruise ship. Kids and adults alike can marvel at the vertiginous view from the observation capsule, which stands at 300 feet (90m). There's also a host of activities and amenities to keep the whole family entertained, including a skydiving simulator, bumper cars, a cabaret and even a musical. After working up an appetite, there are 15 eateries and numerous bars and lounges to cater for all palettes. </p>

Royal Loft Suite, Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas isn't just award-winning; it also holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest observation deck on a cruise ship. Kids and adults alike can marvel at the vertiginous view from the observation capsule, which stands at 300 feet (90m). There's also a host of activities and amenities to keep the whole family entertained, including a skydiving simulator, bumper cars, a cabaret and even a musical. After working up an appetite, there are 15 eateries and numerous bars and lounges to cater for all palettes. 

<p>Accessed through a custom marble entryway, the Royal Loft Suite is the largest suite on board. Spread over two stories, the space includes a living room, dining area and grand piano. Outside, the enormous wrap-around veranda has a hot tub, sun loungers, dining table and a bar with views of the sports court. </p>

Accessed through a custom marble entryway, the Royal Loft Suite is the largest suite on board. Spread over two stories, the space includes a living room, dining area and grand piano. Outside, the enormous wrap-around veranda has a hot tub, sun loungers, dining table and a bar with views of the sports court. 

<p>Guests who sail in the Royal Loft Suite receive perks such as a 'Royal Genie,' who creates a bespoke vacation for each passenger. Anthem of the Seas sails all over the globe and will visit Singapore, Thailand, the Bahamas, Egypt and the Norwegian Fjords – among other destinations – in 2024. A three-night trip sailing to and from Singapore staying in the Royal Loft Suite will set you back from around $5.2k per person.</p>

Guests who sail in the Royal Loft Suite receive perks such as a 'Royal Genie,' who creates a bespoke vacation for each passenger. Anthem of the Seas sails all over the globe and will visit Singapore, Thailand, the Bahamas, Egypt and the Norwegian Fjords – among other destinations – in 2024. A three-night trip sailing to and from Singapore staying in the Royal Loft Suite will set you back from around $5.2k per person.

<p>Launching in May 2024, Queen Anne is the newest cruise liner in the Cunard fleet and the 249th ship to sail under its historic flag. On board, life centers around the three-story grand lobby, a show-stopping space celebrating 182 years of Cunard. For the ship's 2,996 guests, entertainment can be found in the casino, library, art gallery and 825-seat theater, while the Queens Room hosts everything from afternoon tea and classical recitals to ballroom dancing. As if that's not enough, there's also a spa, wellness center and The Pavilion – a space with a retractable glass dome roof where passengers can enjoy open-air theater, cinema screenings and live music.</p>

Grand Suite, Queen Anne, Cunard

Launching in May 2024, Queen Anne is the newest cruise liner in the Cunard fleet and the 249th ship to sail under its historic flag. On board, life centers around the three-story grand lobby, a show-stopping space celebrating 182 years of Cunard. For the ship's 2,996 guests, entertainment can be found in the casino, library, art gallery and 825-seat theater, while the Queens Room hosts everything from afternoon tea and classical recitals to ballroom dancing. As if that's not enough, there's also a spa, wellness center and The Pavilion – a space with a retractable glass dome roof where passengers can enjoy open-air theater, cinema screenings and live music.

<p>The Grand Suite is designed to feel like your own private residence at sea. Inside, a reception hall leads to a spacious Great Room with floor-to-ceiling windows, which is perfect for entertaining, or guests can relax in their lounge or on the deck of their private balcony. Perks include a reserved table at the Queens Grill, as well as exclusive access to the Grills Lounge and outside Grills Terrace – not to mention a dedicated concierge, butler and steward at your beck and call.</p>

The Grand Suite is designed to feel like your own private residence at sea. Inside, a reception hall leads to a spacious Great Room with floor-to-ceiling windows, which is perfect for entertaining, or guests can relax in their lounge or on the deck of their private balcony. Perks include a reserved table at the Queens Grill, as well as exclusive access to the Grills Lounge and outside Grills Terrace – not to mention a dedicated concierge, butler and steward at your beck and call.

<p>At night, guests should be able to sleep easy in their king-size bed, having picked out the perfect pillow from the pillow concierge menu. Other nice touches include fresh flowers, binoculars and a world atlas to track your travels. In her very first year at sea, Queen Anne will visit the Canary Islands, Iceland, the British Isles, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean, among other destinations. The Grand Suite is booked up for 2024, so watch out for Queen Anne's 2025 itinerary and expect to pay a premium for her most luxurious accommodation.</p>  <p><strong>Liked this? Click on the Follow button above for more great stories from loveEXPLORING</strong></p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/gallerylist/164573/fascinating-facts-about-the-worlds-most-luxurious-cruises"><strong>Now discover these fascinating facts about the world's most luxurious cruises</strong></a></p>

At night, guests should be able to sleep easy in their king-size bed, having picked out the perfect pillow from the pillow concierge menu. Other nice touches include fresh flowers, binoculars and a world atlas to track your travels. In her very first year at sea, Queen Anne will visit the Canary Islands, Iceland, the British Isles, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean, among other destinations. The Grand Suite is booked up for 2024, so watch out for Queen Anne's 2025 itinerary and expect to pay a premium for her most luxurious accommodation.

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For almost two years, Robert Brewin collected data from the bow of a superyacht as it sailed pristine waters from the Caribbean Sea to the Antarctic Ocean. 

The  Archimedes , a 222-foot (68-meter) “adventure” yacht then owned by the late hedge funder James Simons, boasts a gym, a jacuzzi and an elevator. But between 2018 and 2020, Brewin was concerned only with the boat’s Sea-Bird Scientific Solar Tracking Aiming System, installed to measure light reflecting off of the water. A senior lecturer at the UK’s University of Exeter, Brewin and his colleagues were analyzing microplankton — microscopic organisms at the base of the marine food chain — by studying the ocean’s color. The Sea-Bird’s readouts helped them verify satellite imagery. 

Brewin’s was not your typical superyacht itinerary, but he is one of hundreds of scientists to have used an adventure yacht — also known as expedition or explorer yachts — to conduct research on the ocean. In a  paper  published in January, Brewin and his co-authors touted the potential of “harnessing superyachts” for science, concluding that “reaching out to wealthy citizen scientists may help fill [research capability] gaps.” 

It’s a view shared — and being pushed — by the Yacht Club of Monaco and the Explorers Club, a New York City-based organization focused on exploration and science (of which, full disclosure, I am a member). In March, the groups co-hosted an environmental symposium that included an  awards ceremony  for yacht owners who “stand out for their commitment to protecting the marine environment.” The  Archimedes  won a “Science & Discovery” award. 

“If a yacht is operating 365 days a year, rather than having it sit idle it’d be much better for it to contribute a positive return through science and conservation,” says Rob McCallum, an Explorers Club fellow and founder of US-based EYOS Expeditions, which runs adventure yacht voyages. 

EYOS charters yachts from private owners for its excursions, and is a founding member of Yachts for Science, a four-year-old organization that matches privately owned yachts with scientists who need time at sea. (Other members include yacht builder Arksen, media firm BOAT International, and nonprofits Nekton Foundation and Ocean Family Foundation.) Yachts for Science will enable about $1 million worth of donated yacht time this year, McCallum says, a figure he expects to hit $15 million by 2029. 

“There’s a personal satisfaction that we are contributing to something that is bigger than us,” says Tom Peterson, who co-owns an insurance underwriting company in California and has what he jokingly refers to as a “mini superyacht.” Every year for the past decade, Peterson has donated about 15 to 20 days of time and fuel on the 24-meter  Valkyrie  to scientists, who he takes out himself as a licensed captain and former scuba dive operator. He often works with the Shark Lab at California State University Long Beach, and allows researchers to stay aboard for days at a time instead of having to constantly make the 1.5-hour trip to and from shore. 

To link up with scientists, Peterson works with the International SeaKeepers Society, a Florida-based nonprofit that engages the yachting community to support ocean conservation and research. “The more we understand things about the ocean in general, the better we all are in the long run,” he says. 

When “superyacht” and “the environment” appear in the same sentence, it’s usually in a different context. In 2019,  one study estimated  that a single 71-meter superyacht has the same annual carbon footprint as about 200 cars. In 2021, another  paper  found that superyachts were the single greatest contributor to the carbon footprint of 20 of the world’s most prominent billionaires, accounting for 64% of their combined emissions.

“If you really want to respect the environment, you can just go surf,” says Grégory Salle, a senior researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research and author of the book  Superyachts: Luxury, Tranquility and Ecocide . Salle is open to the idea that superyachts could be used to advance scientific research, but says it’s contradictory for anyone to buy a superyacht and claim to be truly concerned about the environment.

McCallum says people who own adventure yachts tend to be younger than your standard superyacht owner, and have a particular interest in remote and pristine places. “They’re not the sort of people that are content to just hang out in the Mediterranean or the Caribbean,” he says. “Antarctica, the Arctic, the remote Indian Ocean, the remote Pacific Ocean, the Subantarctic islands… that’s where you’re going to find us delivering our services.”

Explorer yachts aren’t the only way scientists can reach those destinations, but demand for dedicated research vessels does outstrip available supply. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), arguably the world’s greatest collector of oceanographic data, has a fleet of  15 research and survey vessels  for the use of its scientists. Academic researchers can also apply to use the fleet, often at a subsidized rate. But scientists request roughly 15,000 to 20,000 days of boat time every year. In 2019, NOAA was able to fill just 2,300 of them, according to an internal study.

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