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Marriott Bonvoy, one of the hotel industry’s most versatile loyalty programs, just added more value for its members: From November 9, travelers can earn and redeem Bonvoy points for onboard crossings from the highly anticipated Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.
Reservations on board the 298 passengers Evrima, the first yacht in the collection, is now open for its first navigation on May 6, 2022. The ship will leave Lisbon, Portugal, for an 11-night voyage with stops in southern Spain and Morocco. In addition, the elite members of Bonvoy will also receive special perks aboard the yacht. Here’s a look at the latest addition to the Bonvoy program and how it works.
Experience on board the Evrima
Spaces aboard the ultra-luxury yacht will incorporate some guest favorite Ritz-Carlton elements. Each of the yacht’s 149 suites will include the same bedding found at the Ritz-Carlton hotels, linens as soft as butter from Frette. Bathrooms, each with two sinks, will also contain the brand’s familiar toiletries. Other onboard amenities include a spa, swimming pool, boutique, cigar cellar, and plenty of dining options. At the ship’s signature restaurant, SEA, meals will be overseen by Chef Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, Germany.
In addition to her inaugural sailing from Lisbon, the 190-meter yacht will eventually make its way to other exciting ports across the Americas as well as the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Due to its size, the yacht can slip into smaller ports of call like Saint-Barth or Saint-Tropez, where large cruise ships cannot dock. Details of the second Ritz-Carlton yacht are expected to be revealed in the coming months.
Earn points on board
Marriott Bonvoy members will earn five points for every dollar spent on the cruise fare or on a cruise and hotel package. When paying with a Marriott Bonvoy affiliated credit card, such as the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card or Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card, members will earn an additional six points per dollar spent. Marriott Bonvoy Elite members do not earn the additional six bonus points per dollar spent, but they will earn a qualifying Elite night credit for each night of browsing in order to move closer to the next status level.
Elite member benefits
As with Marriott hotels, elite status leads to special treatment on the Ritz-Carlton Yacht collection, starting with a cocktail for all elite members. Additionally, Gold Elite and above members will receive a welcome gift while Platinum Elite and above members will have access to complimentary laundry on the first night of the cruise. Premium Ambassador Elite members get free laundry throughout the cruise, and Titanium and Ambassador Elite get priority boarding and departure.