The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s second superyacht, Ilma, was floated out at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. This traditional maritime celebration signifies the commencement of its next phase of construction in preparation for its maiden voyage in 2024.
The float-out ceremony 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.
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. The final stage of construction will focus on completing interiors, fixtures, and fittings for suites, restaurants and other public spaces that will welcome guests in just less than a year.
Measuring 790 feet, Ilma will offer 224 suites, all with private terraces, and will accommodate up to 448 passengers. The onboard experience will include five dining venues and a Ritz-Carlton Spa. Ilma will join the company’s first yacht Evrima in visiting a range of destinations in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, with select ports of call in Central America and South America, depending on the season.
Reservations for Ilma and Evrima are open; the superyachts are also available for private charter.