DELAY OF SHIP BUILD

The launch of the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s first ship has been delayed four months from February 2020 to June 2020 due to cost and ship building issues at the Spanish Hijos De J. Barreras shipyard. All cruises between February 5, 2020 and June 13, 2020 have been cancelled.

 

“With additional challenges around the former shipyard management, both the new board of Hijos de J. Barreras and the board of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection are working cooperatively towards a long-term solution for the shipyard,” the cruise line said in a statement. The ship is believed to be about $55 million over budget.

 

PASSENGERS REEBOOKED

Passengers already booked will be able to re-book on other 2020 sailing or on the newly opened 2021 sailings.

For those who were booked on one of the canceled journeys, Ritz-Carlton is first offering:

  • A full refund, credited back to the original form of payment within two weeks
  • A full refund of any air or hotel change fees incurred; for arrangements booked independently, valid documentation will be required

On top of that, they’re offering a discount of 20-30% on future cruises for those who reschedule and book a 2020 or 2021 voyage. The percentage discount you get is based on when you reschedule by:

  • Save 30% on your voyage if you re-book by October 31, 2019
  • Save 25% on your voyage if you re-book by March 31, 2020
  • Save 20% on your voyage if you re-book by September 30, 2020
The cruise line confirmed in May that it has ordered the second of three planned ships. The second ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2021.

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