(3 p.m. EST) -- The suites on Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's first-ever ships will be reminiscent of the brand's Residences in Sunny Isles, Miami Beach and Los Angeles -- as unveiled today in new renderings released by the line. The first of three new builds will begin sailing in February 2020.
"The distinct design of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection places us in a new space within the industry where the vessel is a destination in and of itself," said Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's CEO, Douglas Prothero. "The design of our inaugural yacht and exceptional suites has been a collaborative effort and one that I am particularly excited about as we were able to envision and build a yacht from the ground up that will deliver an unparalleled guest experience."
As previously reported, the Ritz-Carlton has partnered with only one firm, Tillberg Design of Sweden, on the ships' interiors -- a move the line said will result in a "unified flow of design" making for a contemporary and refined yet relaxed feel.
"A yacht evokes the feeling of freedom and the ability to go where you want in the world at your own pace," said Tillberg Design of Sweden's owner and executive project director, Fredrik Johansson. "The inaugural yacht of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is designed to reflect this emotion by making guests feel as though they are onboard their own private yacht.
"In addition to a casually elegant atmosphere in the suites, dining venues and open areas to relax, there will be plenty of little escapes and private corners of the yacht, really giving guests the ability to define their experience."
Highlights of the all-balcony suites include floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings, double-vanity bathrooms and king beds with luxury linens. The ships also will boast all-inclusive fares, as well as multiple dining venues and a watersports platform.
The first 298-passenger ship will spend its maiden season in the Caribbean, followed by stints in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and Canada and New England, before returning to the Caribbean for the winter. See the line's portfolio of Caribbean shore excursions.