Norm, your right and wrong. The spelling of Xpedition is correct, however, even though the legal designation may be the MV Xpedition. The ships name is Celebrity Xpedition. Their own site confirms this. If you do a search with MV, you get almost nothing. On the other hand if you seach by Celebrity Xpedition you get a boat load (pun intended) of informaion.
If ya ain't cruising ya ain't livin!!
The spelling of Xpedition is correct, however, even though the legal designation may be the MV Xpedition. The ships name is Celebrity Xpedition. Their own site confirms this.
Actually, the web site is inconsisent. It lists the ship as Celebrity Xpedition but as [Xpedition[/i] class (without the "Celebrity"). The name of a class of ships is always the same as the name of the first ship of the class.
If you do a search with MV, you get almost nothing.
Yes, my one peeve with Celebrity is that the line acts like a bunch of landlubbers. Correctly, a ship's classification (MV, GTS, USS, USCGC, HMS, etc.) always precedes her name, but Celebrity invariably omits it.
On the other hand if you seach by Celebrity Xpedition you get a boat load (pun intended) of informaion.
Yes, which is precisely what I said in the second sentence of my earlier response.
Since the only way to learn is to ask, what do all those abbreviations stand for?
For ships that have some sort of official government standing, the designation indicates the service or status. The following are some of the more common.
>> HBMS = His (Her) Belgian Majesty's Ship/Submarine
>> HMAS = Mer (His) Majesty's Australian Ship/Submarine
>> HMCS = Her (His) Majesty's Canadian Ship/Submarine
>> HMS = Her (His) Majesty's Ship/Submarine
>> HNMS = His (Her) Norwegian Majesty's Ship/Submarine
>> HMNZS = Her (His) Majesty's New Zealandan Ship/Submarine
>> HNLMS = Her (His) Netherlands Majesty's Ship/Submarine
>> RFA = Royal Fleet Auxilliary (Note 1)
>> RMS = Royal Mail Ship (Note 2)
>> USCGC = United States Coast Guard Cutter (Note 3)
>> USNS = United States Naval Ship (Note 4)
>> USS = United States Ship/Submarine (Note 5)
>> 1. Designation applies to non-combattant vessels of the (British) navy.
>> 2. Designation historically applied to civilian vessels aurhorized to transport mail for the royal post; not sure of ongoing use.
>> 3. Designation applies to all vessels of the U. S. Clast Guard.
>> 4. Designation applies to cargo, research, and other vessels owned by the U. S. Navy and operated by civilian crews.
>> 5. Designation applies to vessels of the U. S. Navy operated by regular Navy crews.
Note that the form HM*S indicates navies of members of the British Commonwealth whereas H*MS indicates navies of other monarchies.
For merchant ships, the designation indicates the type of propulsoin and has nothing whatsoever to do with nationality. The following are the most common.
>> GTS = Gas Turbine Ship
>> MS = Motor Ship
>> MV = Motor Vessel
>> SS = Steam Ship
>> TSS = Turbine Steam Ship
The designatoins MS and MV seem to be equivalent designations from different classification societies. The designtaion GTS seems to be an abberation of one classification society, as the cruise ships that carry are driven by electric motors powered generators that have gas turtines, rather than diesels, as their prime movers.