The superyacht Ilma will be the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s second new-build superyacht, which is owned by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Its inaugural yacht, Evrima, embarked on its maiden voyage in October 2022.
The Ilma superyacht is being constructed in collaboration between the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique.
The keel-laying ceremony was held in March 2023 at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, marking the official start of construction. The vessel was floated out in September 2023.
Ilma is set to embark on its maiden voyage in September 2024.
Design and features
Ilma’s exterior is designed by Finand-based design studio Aivan while the interior design is provided by British architectural and design company AD Associates and lighting designer DPA.
The 46,750-ton (t) Ilma, meaning ‘water’ in Maltese, will measure 790ft long 95.5ft wide.
The superyacht will feature 11 decks with eight guest decks and can accommodate 448 passengers along with 378 crew members.
Ilma is set to become the first yacht in the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection to use liquefied natural gas as fuel. The superyacht will also feature an advanced water treatment system, an efficient heat recovery loop, and LED lighting to further minimise environmental impact.
The vessel will be equipped with four Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines along with one selective catalytic reduction system for each engine to reduce the nitrogen oxide levels in the engine’s exhaust gas.
The superyacht Ilma will feature 224 suites, all with private terraces. The suite categories will include Owners, Concierge, Ilma, View, Grand, Signature, and Terrace suites.
The largest is the Owner’s Suite, which will have an area of 732ft² to 1033ft2 of space with terrace covering 581ft2 to 721ft2. There will be a total of eight Owner’s Suites spread across decks seven to nine.
The Concierge suite will offer up to 786ft2 of interior area and a private open-air terrace of up to 409ft2. The four Concierge suites will be spread across decks six to nine.
The four Ilma suites with 506ft2 to 657ft2 of space, including terrace covering 291ft2 to 301ft2 of space, will be located on deck six. The two View suites will be located on deck seven with 517ft2 to 689ft2 of space, with a terrace covering 108ft2 to 205ft2.
The ship will have 32 Grand suites spread across decks six to nine. The suites will offer 560ft2 of living space, including a terrace with 90ft2 to 199ft2 of space.
Ilma’s 77 Signature suites will be located across decks six to nine with 409ft2 of living space, and an expanded terrace ranging in size from 71ft2 to 151ft2.
A total of 92 Terrace suites will be available from decks five to nine. The Terrace suites will offer 294ft2 of living space and a 52ft2 to 108ft2 terrace. Five additional Terrace suites will also be available for Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant specifications upon request.
The Ilma superyacht will offer a wide range of dining options from speciality restaurants to casual poolside eateries.
The restaurants will include the Ochre Room on deck three, which is the ship’s main restaurant that will serve seasonal menus based on the destinations. The Ochre Room will feature a private enclave called Dining Privee that will be reservation-based with additional fees.
Fine Dining will offer a speciality dining experience with cuisines inspired by Europe’s Michelin-starred restaurants. Talaat Nam located on deck four will feature Southeast Asian cuisine. The Pool House will be an open-air poolside eatery.
Mistral, located on deck 10, will offer a Mediterranean-inspired menu, while the Living Room will serve coffee and pastries in the morning and transform into a bar in the evenings. The yacht will also have in-suite dining options for guests.
Entertainment and other venues
The Marina and Marina terrace on deck three will offer lounging space and access to the sea for activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and other water sports.
The amenities will include a Pool Deck and an Infinity Pool, the Living Room lounge, which will also house a library, and the Boutique where guests can indulge in shopping experiences.
The vessel will also feature live musical performances and shows across the various onboard venues. The Observation Terrace on deck nine will offer panoramic views of the sea and shore and will transform into a cocktail bar with live entertainment in the evenings.
The Bar lounge will serve premium labels from around the world and also offer pairings of champagne and caviar. The Humidor lounge will serve cognac, including a selection of premium hand-rolled cigars.
The superyacht will offer an educational programme for children called Ritz Kids.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Barber and Salon services, and a fitness studio will be located on deck four. The Salon will offer beauty and hair services such as manicure and pedicure treatments, hair consultations, cutting, styling, and blow drying.
The fitness studio will feature yoga, bikes, rowers and ellipticals, as well as free weights and other equipment for guests.
Ilma will embark on its maiden voyage in September 2024 on a seven-night voyage from Athens, Greece, to Haifa, Israel.