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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

What’s in a Name: Unique and Overused Cruise Ship Titles

At a time when comic gems like “Boaty McBoatface” win internet polls, there sure are a lot of tried-and-true cruise ship names also out there—almost to the point that the same ones continue to be used ad infinitum.

It just goes to prove the old adage: what goes around comes around.

Cruise ship naming employs pleasant words, suggesting rest and relaxation, and some words pop up more frequently than others. Even Royal Caribbean International’s newest Harmony of the Seas came before in the form of Crystal Cruises’ former Crystal Harmony.

This is not to say that companies are copying ideas so much as there are just certain generic words that are well suited to titles. That’s why Carnival Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruises began retroactively changing basic names like Fantasy and Millennium to Carnival Fantasy and Celebrity Millennium. Now they can be better differentiated and, more importantly, branded and service marked.

Elsewhere, many reprised words are elemental or cosmic in nature like Viking Ocean Cruises’ current and future fleet, following the nomenclature of historic Royal Viking Line, but Viking Sea also mirrors Princess Cruises’ Sea Princess. Viking Sky will be similar to Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky, and Viking Star and Viking Sun follow both lines: Star Princess and Norwegian Star as well as Sun Princess and Norwegian Sun respecti

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