Four Seasons is launching a cruise ship with 95 suites as demand for luxury cruising goes ‘off the charts’ — take a look at the new ship

Four Seasons is launching a cruise ship with 95 suites as demand for luxury cruising goes ‘off the charts’ — take a look at the new ship

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons
  • Luxury hospitality company Four Seasons has launched its new cruise venture: Four Seasons Yachts.
  • The cruise brand’s first 14-deck 679-foot-long ship will set sail in late 2025.
  • Hotel and hospitality companies like Ritz-Carlton and Margaritaville have also launched or are launching cruise brands.

The cruise industry is about to become more luxurious: Hospitality company Four Seasons has launched its new cruise arm, aptly named Four Seasons Yachts.

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons

Source: Four Seasons 

And this timing couldn’t be better.

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons

Despite ongoing fears of a recession, the luxury cruise market has been “off the charts” while pricing for 2023 cruises has shot up, UBS analysts said in an October 11 note.

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons

Source: Insider

But these eager high-paying travelers will still have to wait for a few more years before vacationing at sea aboard the floating Four Seasons hotel.

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons

The brand’s first yacht-like cruise ship won’t be setting sail until late 2025 with itineraries in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons

And until then, the future cruise liner will be under construction in Italy with well-known shipbuilding giant Fincantieri.

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons

The Italian shipbuilder is as experienced as they come. The company previously built vessels for popular cruise lines like Carnival, Norwegian, Disney, and MSC.

The Carnival Valor cruise ship.
Carnival Cruise Line

Source: Fincantieri

And it could soon have multiple Four Seasons’ cruise vessels under its belt: The luxury hospitality company’s order also covers the option for two more ships, which could amount a total of $1.17 billion.

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons

Source: Four Seasons 

Future projects aside, Four Seasons’ upcoming 14-deck 679-foot-long ship will have 95 suites.

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons

And it wouldn’t be a Four Seasons suite without luxurious amenities like expansive windows, tall ceilings, and a terrace.

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons

These accommodations start at an average of 581 square feet including the outdoor space.

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons

Most of the suites will stand at 818 square feet, but this still pales in comparison to the largest four-level 9,600-square-foot accommodation with a private spa and pool.

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons

But this level of luxury won’t be cheap: Each suite will cost $4.2 million to build

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons

Four Seasons has yet to release full details about the vessel’s onboard amenities …

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons

… but so far we know the cruise ship will have 11 bars and restaurants, including a sushi bar, a marina with water toys, and a full Four Seasons-approved spa.

A rendering of the upcoming Four Seasons yacht-cruise ship
Four Seasons

Source: Four Seasons

Four Seasons has been expanding its portfolio beyond traditional hotels to include travel offerings like private jet itineraries and now a cruise brand …

Four Seasons' private jet.
Four Seasons

Source: Insider

… but it’s not the first well-known hotel company to venture into an ocean-based concept.

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The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection.The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection

The hotel-to-cruise pipeline is surprisingly strong. In 2017, the equally luxurious Ritz-Carlton announced its eponymous “Yacht Collection” and its first cruise ship, the Evirma …

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The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection.The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection

… although the ship has since been delayed several times amid COVID-19 and reports of budget issues.

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The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection.The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection

Source: Insider

And while not as opulent, hospitality giant Margaritaville — best known for its Jimmy Buffett-branded restaurants, hotels, and RV parks — has also debuted its own Margaritaville at Sea cruise line.

The Margaritaville Paradise sailing at sea
The Margaritaville Paradise.The McBride Company

Source: Insider

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