The Ritz-Carlton Debuts Their Newest Caribbean Catamaran—and It's Their Best Boat Yet

Rendering Courtesy Courtesy The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

Island-hopping just got a serious upgrade.

Bookings just became available for The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, which is slated to reopen in December 2019—just in time for winter travelers in need of an island escape. After a $100 million renovation, the hotel is reopening to the public with reimagined design elements, improvements to the 180 guestrooms and suites, and a new restaurant.

But arguably the most exciting addition to the property is the debut of the Ritz-Carlton’s newest catamaran. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas will be home to the Lady Lynsey II, which at 60-feet-long is bigger than the original Lady Lynsey catamaran. It can now accommodate 75 guests and will be used for island-hopping and snorkeling tours of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Furthermore, guests will be able to book sunset dinner cruises on the Lady Lynsey II when the hotel reopens.

Rendering Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

Spending a day on the original Lady Lynsey was all about creating unique, luxury island experiences. Guests don’t have to worry about packing lunch or gear while onboard—it’s all taken care of by the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton. Their snorkel sails often involve visiting neighboring islands like St. John and Buck Island, a known sea turtle habitat. And those excursions typically involve either brunch on the catamaran—and brunch cocktails from the open bar—or a stop at Pizza Pi, St. Thomas’ first floating pizza shop.

Sailing on the Lady Lynsey II at sunset, of course, offers an entirely different (but equally luxurious) atmosphere. From open-bar cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while sailing the Virgin Islands to dinner on St. John, it’s all about experiencing the awe-inspiring surroundings up close.

The Lady Lynsey, the first iteration of the luxury catamaran. Getty Images

The Lady Lynsey has always been a point of pride for The Ritz-Carlton brand, not only because of the beauty of the catamaran but in that it allowed them to offer guests this bespoke, luxe experience. The unveiling of the Lady Lynsey II, a brand-new, upgraded version, of course, brings similar excitement. While at the hotel, be sure to check out their other new amenities, like their redone infinity pool (made to look as though the water is flowing directly into the Caribbean) and their new Sicilian restaurant, Alloro.