The latest ultra-luxury superyacht enters the water for the first time at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, moving one step closer to its debut in 2024
SAINT-NAZAIRE, France /PRNewswire/ — The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection marked a significant construction milestone with the successful float out of its next superyacht, Ilma, at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. This traditional maritime celebration brought together senior leadership and shipbuilders in anticipation of Ilma touching water for the first time, signifying the commencement of its next phase of construction in preparation for its maiden voyage in 2024.
The float out event was attended by company leadership from The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection including Jim Murren, Executive Chairman and CEO, and Ernesto Fara, President and CFO. Also present were representatives from Chantiers de l’Atlantique, including Laurent Castaing, General Manager, and Arnaud Le Joncour, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
As part of the float out, the yacht’s dry dock was filled with water overnight, then moved to an outfitting dock where it will remain for the rest of its build leading to sea trials in April and the start of its first season. Now afloat, final-stage construction will focus on completing interiors, fixtures, and fittings for suites, restaurants, and other public spaces that will welcome guests to experience a new journey of discovery at sea in less than a year.
“As we celebrate this remarkable milestone, we are immensely proud of the dedication and craftsmanship by all those involved in the construction of Ilma,” remarked Jim Murren. “We are thrilled to have partnered with the team at Chantiers de l’Atlantique and are excited to enter the next stage of construction and outfitting in anticipation of the yacht’s inaugural journey next year, expanding our fleet and vision within the ultra-luxury space.”
Ilma, meaning “water” in Maltese, will be the second newbuild superyacht from The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. Measuring 790-feet, the yacht will feature 224 airy, light-filled suites, all with private terraces, and will accommodate up to 448 passengers. Paving the way for a new era of cruising, this brand extension introduces an entirely unique experience at sea, illustrating the ongoing commitment to innovative luxury travel experiences from The Ritz-Carlton. Ilma will offer expansive public spaces and will have one of the highest space ratios at sea, ensuring an exceptional journey.
The onboard experience will reflect the unparalleled lifestyle and legendary service for which The Ritz-Carlton brand is recognized, including state-of-the-art technology, five distinct dining venues, and a Ritz-Carlton Spa®. Delivering thoughtfully curated itineraries and unforgettable journeys for guests, Ilma will join the company’s first yacht Evrima in visiting the most coveted destinations in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, with select ports of call in Central America and South America, depending on the season.
The yacht’s sleek and graceful exterior design, expertly crafted by Helsinki-based design studio Aivan, draws inspiration from the elegant aesthetics of private yacht design. Interiors will seamlessly blend warmth and sophistication with a relaxed atmosphere, showcasing modern craftsmanship and interior finishes imagined by AD Associates, a renowned London-based architectural and design firm, and award-winning lighting designer, DPA.
“We are thrilled to witness Ilma‘s float out. Ilma embodies Chantiers de l’Atlantique’s dedication to ultra-luxury,” expressed Arnaud Le Joncour. “This milestone marks the beginning of the next construction phase of outfitting. Drawing inspiration from Ilma‘s elegance, clean lines, and unique features, our teams are united in the pursuit of meeting the expectations of today’s most discerning luxury travelers.”
Reservations for Ilma and Evrima are currently open, and the superyachts are also available for private charter. For more information, please visit www.ritzcarltonyachtcollection.com. For reservations, contact a Reservations Services Agent at (833) 999-7292 (U.S. & Canada) or contact your travel professional.
|ILMA FAST FACTS|
|Built||Saint-Nazaire, France (2024)|
|Length||790 Feet (241 Meters)|
|Gross Tonnage||46,750 GT|
|Crew-to-Guest Ratio||1 to 1.2|
|Guest-to-Space Ratio||1 to 104.3|
|Itineraries||Mediterranean & Caribbean|
About The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
Designed to combine the luxury lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton® with the casual freedom of a yachting vacation, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection offers bespoke voyages in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Central America. Calling on unique and distinguished destinations, voyages typically span five to ten nights with more overnight calls, an all-inclusive onboard journey, and curated excursions ashore.
Its inaugural yacht, Evrima, embarked on its maiden voyage in October 2022. Measuring 624 feet in length, Evrima features 149 airy suites across various categories, each with a private terrace, creating a relaxed, casually elegant ambiance for up to 298 guests. Continuing the fleet’s expansion, two new superyachts boasting among the highest space ratios per guest at sea, Ilma and Luminara, are slated to set sail in 2024 and 2025, respectively. Spanning 790 feet, Ilma will offer 224 spacious, light-filled suites of varying categories, accommodating up to 448 guests. Slated to make its 2025 debut, Luminara will join Ilma and Evrima on voyages to secluded harbors and iconic cities. Reflective of The Ritz-Carlton on land, each yacht features personalized service, elevated dining experiences, and exclusive amenities.
Private charter options are also available, allowing guests to craft a truly tailored journey. For more information, visit http://www.ritzcarltonyachtcollection.com.
About Chantiers de l’Atlantique
Thanks to the expertise of its teams and its network of subcontractors, combined with top industrial technology, Chantiers de l’Atlantique is a key leader in the design, integration, testing and precise delivery of cruise ships, naval vessels, electrical substations for offshore wind farms and fleet services. The company is a pioneer in the challenges of tomorrow. Through research and development, Chantiers de l’Atlantique offers ships the highest environmental performance as well as equipment for offshore wind farms, making it a major player in global energy transition. For more information, visit chantiers-atlantique.com.
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NASA Leadership to Participate in Global Climate Change Conference
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and other agency leaders will participate in the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) beginning Thursday, Nov. 30, through Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
This global conference brings together countries committed to addressing climate change, which is a key priority for the Biden-Harris Administration and NASA. For the first time, a NASA administrator will attend, joining an expected 70,000 participants, world leaders, and representatives from nearly 200 countries.
Throughout the conference, parties will review the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and, also for the first time, provide a comprehensive assessment of progress since adopting the Paris Agreement.
In addition to Nelson, NASA participants in the conference include:
- Kate Calvin, NASA’s chief scientist and senior climate advisor
- Susie Perez Quinn, NASA’s chief of staff
- Karen St. Germain, director, NASA Earth Science Division
- Nadya Vinogradova Shiffer, program scientist, ocean physics, NASA Earth Science Division
- Laura Rogers, associate program manager, ecological conservation, NASA Langley Research Center
- Wenying Su, senior research scientist, climate science, NASA Langley Research Center
- Ben Hamlington, research scientist, sea level and ice, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
During the conference, Nelson will participate in the first Space Agency Leaders’ Summit, which aims to demonstrate a collective commitment toward strengthening global climate initiatives and promoting sustainable space operations.
Throughout the conference, NASA leaders also will participate in additional events and presentations at the NASA Hyperwall, a main attraction at the U.S. Center showing how the agency’s climate science and research helps model and predict ocean health, heat waves, wildfires, hurricanes, floods, and droughts, among its other Earth-related research. NASA will provide a hyperwall presentation every day, some with interagency partners, between Sunday, Dec. 3, and Monday, Dec. 11.
Climate adaptation and mitigation efforts require robust climate observations and research. NASA’s unique vantage point from space provides critical information to advance understanding of our changing planet. With more than two dozen satellites and instruments in orbit, NASA’s climate data – which is openly and freely available to anyone – provides insight on how the planet is changing and measure key climate indicators, such as greenhouse gas emissions, rising sea level and clouds, and precipitation.
A full schedule of U.S. Center events at COP28 is available at:
National Day of Giving: Spreading Generosity on #GivingTuesday
National Day of Giving: Uniting for #GivingTuesday, spreading generosity and making a community impact. Join the movement!
In a world that often seems divided, there is a day that unites people from all walks of life, igniting the spirit of generosity and compassion. National Day of Giving, also known as #GivingTuesday, is a global movement that celebrates the act of giving back to others. Originating in the United States, this philanthropic phenomenon has now spread across the globe, inspiring millions to make a positive impact on their communities. In this blog post, we will delve into the origins of National Day of Giving, explore its purpose, and discuss some of the best ways to observe this remarkable day.
Origins of National Day of Giving:
National Day of Giving was first observed in 2012 as a response to the consumerism and commercialism that often overshadowed the true meaning of the holiday season. The 92nd Street Y, a community and cultural center in New York City, along with the United Nations Foundation, launched this initiative to encourage people to give back and support charitable causes. Since then, it has grown exponentially, gaining support from organizations, businesses, and individuals worldwide.
What is National Day of Giving About?
National Day of Giving serves as a reminder to be grateful for what we have and to extend a helping hand to those in need. It is a day when people come together to donate their time, money, skills, or resources to causes and organizations that align with their values. This movement emphasizes the importance of collective action, highlighting that even small acts of kindness can create a significant impact.
Ways to Observe National Day of Giving:
- Make a Donation: Consider donating to a cause or charity that resonates with you. Whether it’s supporting education, healthcare, environmental conservation, or social justice, your contribution can make a difference. Research reputable organizations and ensure that your donation reaches those in need.
- Volunteer: Offer your time and skills to a local nonprofit or community service organization. Whether it’s serving meals at a shelter, tutoring students, or participating in environmental cleanup initiatives, volunteering allows you to directly engage with your community and make a tangible impact.
- Spread Awareness: Social media can be a powerful tool for spreading the message of generosity. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to share stories, causes, and initiatives that inspire you. Encourage your friends and followers to join the movement and make a difference in their own ways.
- Support Local Businesses: National Day of Giving isn’t just about monetary donations; it’s also an opportunity to support local businesses and entrepreneurs. Consider buying from local shops, artisans, or restaurants, as this helps stimulate the local economy and promotes community growth.
- Start a Fundraiser: Organize a fundraising event or campaign to raise funds for a cause close to your heart. Engage your friends, family, and colleagues to contribute and amplify the impact. From bake sales to charity runs, there are countless creative ways to rally support and make a positive change.
National Day of Giving, or #GivingTuesday, is a remarkable movement that reminds us of the power of generosity and collective action. With its origins rooted in the desire to counterbalance consumerism, this day encourages individuals, businesses, and organizations to come together and support causes that uplift humanity. By making donations, volunteering, spreading awareness, supporting local businesses, and initiating fundraisers, each of us can contribute to creating a more compassionate and equitable world. Let us embrace the spirit of National Day of Giving and make a lasting impact on the lives of others.
Unveiling the Mystery: The Holloman Air Force Base UFO Incident
Uncover the truth behind the Holloman Air Force Base UFO incident: unidentified flying objects, alien entities, government secrecy, and more.
The enigmatic world of UFO sightings has captivated the imaginations of people around the globe for decades. Among the notable cases, the Holloman Air Force Base incident of May 1965(?) stands out as one of the most intriguing and controversial. Recently, filmmaker James Fox shed light on this incident, revealing the existence of full video footage that allegedly captured the landing of UFOs and the presence of alien entities. However, the government’s failure to release the complete footage has only added to the enigma surrounding this historic event.
The Holloman Incident: A Significant UFO Sighting:
Holloman Air Force Base, established in 1942 and located in New Mexico, became the epicenter of an extraordinary alleged event in May 1965. According to James Fox, the filmmaker behind the revelation, three unidentified flying objects landed at the base, leaving witnesses in awe. This encounter quickly gained attention due to the potential evidence it provided regarding extraterrestrial life.
The Promise of Authentic Footage:
Albert “Al” Emenegger, a filmmaker working on a documentary about UFOs, was promised access to the authentic footage of the Holloman incident by United States Air Force officials. Emenegger claimed that the footage depicted alien visitors emerging from the craft and interacting with the US military. Although initially skeptical, Emenegger was assured by the Air Force that the footage was genuine. However, he was only allowed to retain a mere eight seconds of the footage.
Government Secrecy and Controversy:
Despite the promises made, the US government failed to release the full footage of the Holloman incident. Speculation suggests that the Nixon Administration, eager to appear strong in the scientific field for the upcoming 1972 re-election campaign, initially allowed the footage to be used in Emenegger’s documentary. However, as the Watergate controversy deepened, the government pulled back, keeping the complete footage hidden from public view.
The Intriguing Documentary and the Mysterious Eight Seconds:
The resulting documentary, “UFOs Past Present Future,” released in 1974, captivated audiences with its exploration of unidentified flying objects. After subsequent updates and edits, the film was re-released as “UFOS: It has Begun” in 1976 and 1979, featuring Rod Serling as the host. The documentary showcased reenactments and illustrations, aiming to tell the story of the Holloman incident. However, it is the elusive eight seconds of footage that have fueled much speculation. Some claim that the object seen in these seconds is one of the UFOs, capturing the moment of its descent towards the base.
Continued Enigma and Independent Investigations:
To this day, the full video footage of the Holloman incident, including the alleged sighting of alien entities, remains unreleased. The government’s decision to withhold this evidence only amplifies the mystery and controversy surrounding the event. However, independent researchers and UFO enthusiasts continue their quest for the truth. Notably, the YouTube channel “Here Suddenly” has conducted impressive research and analysis of the available details, shedding new light on the Holloman incident.
The Holloman Air Force Base UFO incident of the mid-60s continues to fascinate and perplex both believers and skeptics alike. The promise of authentic footage, the subsequent government secrecy, and the ongoing search for answers have turned this event into an enduring enigma. While the complete truth may still elude us, the Holloman incident remains a significant chapter in UFO history, reminding us of the enduring allure and mystery surrounding unidentified flying objects.
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