Shipbuilding: the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard will build two luxury yachts for the Ritz-Carlton

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The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, a new player in the world of cruising, has confirmed an order to Chantiers de l’Atlantique for two “super yachts”: the Ilma and the Luminara. The construction of two additional ships could also be planned as an option for this contract.

The Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, located in Saint-Nazaire in the Atlantic France region, is expanding its portfolio. The company, which has 3,400 employees and a turnover of €2 billion, has signed a new contract for two luxury superyachts from the Ritz-Carlton.

228-suite, high-end luxury ships

The group that owns the famous Ritz-Carlton hotel chain wants to establish itself in the luxury cruise sector. The two new ships, Ilma and Luminara, are respectively planned for 2024 and 2025 and will be 242 metres long. Following the construction of the gigantic Wonder of the Seas and its 6,400 passenger capacity, the shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique is tackling the ultra-luxury market.

The two new Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection ships are both inspired by the Evrima, which will be inaugurated in 2021, with the first cruise scheduled for August 2022. Private terraces have been announced for each of the 228 suites, which will measure up to 100 square meters. On board, there will be five restaurants, six bars and a wine cellar. Once in operation, the yachts will offer 7-10 day, all-inclusive cruises in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

LNG-fuelled vessels

This order represents 2 million working hours, equivalent to one year’s activity, and an investment of €800 million. Each ship will be equipped with four hybrid engines and will use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as its primary fuel, significantly reducing its emissions compared to traditional vessels. The yachts will also have sophisticated water treatment systems, an efficient heat recovery system, LED lighting and other features to reduce environmental impact. 

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