Another Luxury Hotel Chain Launches a Cruise Line: Four Seasons Yachts

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Another Luxury Hotel Chain Launches a Cruise Line: Four Seasons Yachts
There's a new player in the new field of luxury hotel chains launching cruise lines. Four Seasons announced on September 28th, 2022 that Four Seasons Yachts will debut in 2025. 
The news comes just as the long-delayed Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is getting set to sail this fall. And in both cases, the hotel groups are looking to their existing loyal clientele to stay ‘in the family’ to book a growing range of travel opportunities, products, and experiences. (Four Seasons, for example, also offers residences, private jet experiences and a range of ‘at home’ products.)
“Four Seasons Yachts represents the next chapter of our long history of industry leading innovation, and a milestone moment for our company as we continue to capitalize on new opportunities to extend the world of Four Seasons,” says Christian Clerc, President, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
The first, as-yet-unnamed Four Seasons Yacht will make its debut in late 2025. It will be built at famed Italian shipbuilder that's used by other cruise and luxury cruise lines, Fincantieri, in Venice.
Four Seasons is planning ahead, too. The ship-building order includes the option for two additional vessels for a total cost of over a billion - yes a billion! - U.S. dollars.
The first Four Seasons vessel will be 679 feet long and 88.6 feet wide with 14 decks and just 95 guest suites. At a cost to build of USD 4.2 million per suite, Four Seasons says "no expense is being spared in terms of the remarkable custom design. The first Four Seasons Yacht will offer nearly 50 percent more living space per guest than currently available, offering ultimate privacy, flexibility and spaciousness in an all-suite nautical residential setting."

Four Seasons says the newbuild will be characterized by “bespoke craftsmanship, personalized service and a dedication to excellence, appealing to discerning guests looking to reimagine their love of travel by experiencing the splendour of modern sea voyaging.”

A Preview of The Four Seasons Yacht Experience

The small ship's 95 accommodations - for a total of just 190 guests -  feature joining suite combinations creating adaptable, villa-like residences with nearly 8-foot ceilings. Each suite will offer floor-to-ceiling windows providing unobstructed natural light and access to expansive terrace decks.

Suite accommodations will start at an average of 581 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space, designed seamlessly to be part of each room. Sixty percent of the vessel’s inventory is in excess of 818 square feet of indoor/outdoor space. The most expansive residence, the “Funnel Suite” will have four levels, offering more than 9,601 square feet of combined indoor/outdoor living space, including a private wading pool and dedicated private spa area, creating a sea view home away from home.

Four Seasons Guest Experience at Sea

The vessel’s restaurants, lounges and bar concepts will celebrate Four Seasons' signature lifestyle. A perfect cappuccino in the lobby, a Mediterranean-inspired lunch, a dinner tasting at the sushi bar or a glass of champagne on the breathtaking terrace – guests will never be far from a perfect bite always paired with remarkable sea views, renowned intuitive service, and much more.

The Four Seasons Yacht will also offer guests a full-service spa, salon, and wellness programming – from fitness to health, and nutrition. The classic canoe-shaped aft will be home to a pool deck. This area will also transform into an outdoor movie theatre or space for an array of private events. 

Four Seasons says the "industry-first transverse marina" will provide guests access to the sea, sunbathing, water sports and accessories.

More of the vessel’s features and programming will be revealed in the coming months and up to the vessel’s delivery in late 2025.

The onboard yacht experience will be led and staffed by a dedicated Four Seasons Yacht team to bring each voyage’s itinerary and destinations to life. The vessel will have an industry-leading staff-to-guest ratio to deliver highly personalized service.

By: Lynn Elmhirst Producer and Host, World's Greatest Cruises

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Renderings courtesy of Four Seasons Yachts

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