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Genesis-class Ships to be Named: Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean has announced the new names for the two new Genesis-class ships currently under construction in Finland. The two names were chosen as the result of a contest where cruisers were asked to submit pairs of names. The winning pair: Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, submitted by George Weiser, of Livonia, Michigan. From here on out, the class of ships will be referred to as the "Oasis-class" of ships, ending the term "Genesis-class."
The name "Oasis of the Seas" was selected from more than 91,000 entries in Royal Caribbean's "Name that Ship" contest, which the cruise line launched on January 18 in partnership with USA TODAY. Entrants were invited to submit two names ending in "of the Seas." The criteria was that the name should "best encapsulate the universe of experiences a Royal Caribbean cruise provides guests." Royal Caribbean says the contest marks the first time members of the general public, outside of the cruise industry, have been given the opportunity to name a cruise ship.
Weiser's names scored the highest among all contest entries considered by a panel of judges. Weiser is joined by Jennifer Conley, of Robertsville, Missouri, who suggested Mystique of the Seas and also Allure of the Seas. Conley is also a winner in the naming contest for earning the second-highest score.
The "Name that Ship" contest was judged by a panel of cruise industry experts including Lauren Teton, founding partner of Name One!, which specializes in finding unique names for products and business entities; John Maxtone-Graham, maritime historian, lecturer and author of numerous books, including the latest, "Normandie: France's Legendary Art Deco Ocean Liner"; and Albert Mehrabian, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UCLA and author of more than 14 books, including "Baby Name Report Card: Beneficial and Harmful Baby Names."
"I was very pleased with the final selection and for being invited to take part in the contest," said John Maxtone-Graham, maritime historian.
When launched in late 2009, Oasis of the Seas will be the largest cruise ship in the world. She will span 16 decks, encompass 220,000 gross registered tons, carry 5,400 guests, and feature 2,700 staterooms. The ship will homeport in Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 2010, she will be joined by a sister ship, Allure of the Seas. Additional information is available at www.oasisoftheseas.com