The Ritz-Carlton is launching a massive new 242-metre cruise ship in 2025

By Rachel Cormack 19 December, 2023

Luminara features 226 spacious suites with private ocean-view terraces

The Ritz-Carlton has a new floating hotel on the horizon. The American hospitality titan is launching a third luxury cruise liner called Luminara in the summer of 2025. The Ritz-Carlton fleet already includes 190-metre Evrima and 240-metre Ilma, which were launched in 2022 and 2023, respectively. Spanning 242 metres, the newest fleet member is bigger and better than its predecessors.

“With Luminara, we are not just adding another superyacht to our fleet; we are expanding the horizons of ultra-luxury travel,” Jim Murren, the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection executive chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

The Terrace Suite of the Luminara
The Terrace Suite. Photo by Ritz-Carlton

Derived from the Latin word for “light,” Luminara features a bright and airy interior that can accommodate up to 452 guests. Much like a ritzy, five-star hotel, the liner includes 226 spacious suites with private ocean-view terraces. As with Ilma, Luminara also has a collection of larger suites for seafarers requiring extra space. The top-tier Residential Suite, for instance, can comfortably accommodate a family and function as a home away from home.

The Terrace Suite of the Luminara
The Residential Suite. Photo by Ritz-Carlton

Conceived by Chapi Chapo Design, AD Associates, and DPA, the interiors are inspired by “light and luminescence.” The neutral colour palette is contrasted by pops of red, navy, and green, while rich oak plays against supple leather and Calcutta marble. Luminara offers plenty of space for relaxing or socialising. Guests can also expect world-class dining, an extensive wine collection, a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa, and a marina that provides direct access to the sea.

It sounds as if Luminara will stand out on the high seas, too. Penned by Aivan, the exterior of Luminara is described as “sleek and graceful.” It takes design cues from sleek private superyachts but is obviously much larger.

The Owner's Suite of the Luminara
The Owner’s Suite. Photo by Ritz-Carlton

Luminara’s maiden voyage is scheduled for July 1, 2025. The vessel will depart from Barcelona before stopping in Saint-Tropez, Monte Carlo, Sardinia, and more.

“Luminara is an invitation to embark on remarkable journeys and discover the world’s most captivating destinations with unparalleled amenities and service,” adds Murren.

Reservations are now open for all three superyachts. You can contact the Ritz-Carlton for more information.

This story was first published on Robb Report USA