What’s in a Cruise Ship Name? 


Cruise ship names vary across the board, drawing inspiration from famous figures, long running traditions and even public suggestions. If you’re curious to learn about the origins behind some of the world’s most prestigious cruise ships, read on…

Royal Caribbean International – Allure of the Seas

This floating resort is the biggest cruise ship in the world and offers its passengers the ultimate on-board experience. The Oasis class ship was christened Allure of the Seas in 2008 when RCI held a naming competition. The line received more than 91,000 entries, finally settling on the entry from George Weiser of Livonia, Michigan. According to RCI representatives, they felt the name perfectly encompassed the grandeur and mesmerising luxury of the vessel.

Cunard – Queen Mary 2

This magnificent vessel is Cunard’s pride and joy, named in honour of its retired RMS Queen Mary predecessor that sailed the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936-1967. Both ships pay homage to Queen Mary, consort of King George V and what Cunard refer to as “Britain’s greatest queen.”

P&O – Pacific Aria & Pacific Eden

Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden are the latest ocean liners to be christened through a public naming competition. According to P&O representatives, Aria was chosen for its ability to conjure up ideas of “beauty, grandeur and escapism” while Eden capturered a “sense of peace and images of paradise and beautiful destinations.”

You can read all about this story is this blog: Two New P&O Cruises Ships Named by Public

Holland America – MS Eurodam

As a line that is over 130 years old, Holland America upholds a number of traditions. One of them is naming ships with a ‘dam’ suffix in honour of its original vessels, MS Zuiderdam, MS Oosterdam, MS Westerdam and MS Noordam. MS Eurodam is the latest member of the fleet, named for her sophisticated European design and Dutch Golden Age themed art collection.

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