When it comes to cruises, there are some companies that are truly a household name. When you say Carnival or Royal Caribbean, for example, there is no doubt that you are discussing some of the most popular cruise companies around. These companies and many more have made a name for themselves as leaders in the ever-growing cruise ship industry. They frequently expand their fleets, debut increasingly luxurious facilities, and generally seek to be known as innovators in the cruise ship world.
However, in every industry, there is the possibility of new names entering into the cruise ship playing field to try their hand at creating the next best cruise ships available. Especially in an industry that is growing as rapidly as the cruise industry, it only makes sense that mega corporations who have made names for themselves in other sectors would want to get in on some of the excitement.
Recent news surrounding the latest company to throw their hat into the cruise line ring seems to confirm the fact that participating in cruise tourism may very well be the way of the future.
Just last week, Ritz-Carlton, the giant known for its luxurious hotels, announced that it will be launching its own fleet of cruises. The company, which is a household name in the hospitality industry, plans to make its cruise debut in 2019 with reservations for the exclusive experiences opening up in May 2018. According to reports, the Ritz-Carlton will initially launch three 298-passenger yachts for what it is calling the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.
On board, guests can expect the high quality Ritz-Carlton accommodations they have become acquainted with on land. Highlights of the yacht fleet include a restaurant by a Michelin-rated chef, a spa, a panorama lounge, and top tier entertainment. Additionally, the company is currently creating shore excursions in collaboration with local chefs, musicians and artists from the scheduled ports of call.
In a statement, COO of the Ritz-Carlton Company Herve Humler said, “The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality and the vessels are sure to be true stand outs in some of the most glamorous ports around the world.” So if you have already fallen in love with the Ritz-Carlton hotel experience on land, this may be something to keep an eye out for.
Don’t Lose Sight of What’s Important: Your Safety
It is always exciting to see a new cruise line come onto the scene. Passengers and crewmembers deserve to have a variety of choice when it comes to where they vacation and work. However, as maritime lawyers, we always encourage individuals to keep their safety as a top priority. With so much excitement around debut cruise lines, it is easy to overlook the simple, yet vital, importance of keeping yourself out of harm’s way at all times.
No matter how new a cruise, there always exists the possibility for accident and injury. This is something that no one wants to experience, especially when they are setting out for what should be a few relaxing days in the sun. However, if you have fallen victim to an accident on the open seas and believe that someone else is at fault, do not hesitate to contact us.
Our team has experience with a wide range of maritime legal cases, so we are prepared to help you. There is no reason for you to not receive the best possible results. So, when you are ready to take the next step, we are only a phone call away.