Imagination For Hire; Ship For Brains
Written by: Kuki
A few weeks ago, here on my Blog, I was lobbying to become the first male Godfather of a ship (ignore the obvious fact in that sentence, that in order to be a godfather, I’d have to be a male).
But a much more critical need for my very special services in regard to the cruise industrsy has surfaced. It seems to me the cruise industry is in desperate need of someone to name their new ships.
This is an industry which builds amazing new ships. They must have buildings full of engineers working to make certain these ships float. They likely have several floors filled with interior design teams selecting the materials they are going to use on the interiors of the ships. They likely have several buildings full of people developing the new concepts of amenities that are being put on ships. No doubt they have a building full of culinary experts building menus, and cooking items for sampling by the multitudes of Chefs, and cruise line executives.
And it seems they must have one guy or gal in a basement office with no windows whose job it is to name the new ships.
Below you’ll find a list of all the ships that have been using the same name (in some cases multiple times). I am not necessarily listing them by which cruise line used a name first, and which cruise lines copied those names rather than using some imagination and coming up with their own.
Carnival Fantasy/ Disney Fantasy
Carnival Magic/ Disney Magic
RCI Legend/ Carnival Legend/ Seabourn Legend
Carnival Spirit/ Seabourn Spirit/ Silver Spirit/ Norwegian Spirit/Wind Spirit
Star Princess/ Norwegian Star/ Wind Star
Carnival Dream/ Norwegian Dream
Carnival Splendour/RCI Splendor of the Seas
Azamara Quest/Seabourn Quest
Carnival Pride/ Pride of America
Norwegian Dawn – Dawn Princess
Norwegian Sky – Sky Princess
Norwegian Sea – Sea Princess
Norwegian Sun – Sun Princess
Seven Seas Mariner – Mariner of the Seas
Seven Seas Voyager – Voyager of the Seas
Seven Seas Navigator – Navigator of the Seas
RCI’s Project Sunshine/Carnival Sunshine
The cynical would say the cruise lines intentionally copy names to confuse the customers. Maybe…
Aside from the above list of copy-catters some of the cruise lines have simply reused the names of ships that previously sailed for the company, but have either been sold and renamed, or are no longer sailing.
For some time Celebrity cruise line was simply naming their ships after automobiles.
NCL recently announced their next new ship due;’ Project Breakaway. Sorry Norwegian, but, as much as I truly like the new amenities you’ve announced in your reveals to date, that name… the namer must have just woken up from a nap before the executives walked in, and blurted it out by accident.
Cruise lines take note; I am available to rescue you, and that person working in the basement in an office with no windows.
Now, in my opinion, Crystal cruise line has already taken the very best names for cruise ships, in Serenity and Harmony. Please don’t ruin it by copying them.
But, I, and I bet the people who are kuki enough to read my blog, can supply you with a list of appropriate ship names that are suitable, and actually show some imagination.
How bout it folks, toss them out here. Maybe a cruise line will be reading!
Here’s a couple freebies from me-
Costa Precarious (OK, that’s a joke)
They’ll get better if you hire me… but I want an office with a window.
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Posted: April 10th, 2012 under Kuki.