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Hotel-cruise crossovers are pretty rare these days, so it will be interesting to see how the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection fares. Will the brand power be enough to entice land-lovers to take to water?

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A good test of a brand’s power is when it’s used for a purpose other than the one people are used to. Does it have the pulling power or will it simply confuse consumers?

Marriott International and its partners will be hoping for the former when The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection takes to the ocean, sometime in 2020.

According to Managing Director Douglas Prothero, the vessels will “feel more like a Ritz-Carlton resort” than a cruise ship; he sees competition coming from “a safari or some other boutique resort” rather than another high-end cruise line.

That’s going to be the challenge for the brandWill it be able to use its luxury cachet to persuade enough people to swap their favorite land getaway for the sea?

For feedback or news tips, reach out via email at [email protected] or tweet me @paddywhyte.

— Patrick Whyte, Europe Editor

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Skift Europe Editor Patrick Whyte [[email protected]] curates the New Luxury newsletter. Skift emails the newsletter every Tuesday.

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Photo credit: A mock-up of what the new Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection ship is expected to look like. The brand will take delivery of its first ship in 2019. The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

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