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We're Fairly Certain 'Boaty McBoatface' Creator is In Fact Partnering with RCI

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Royal Caribbean International | Jason Leppert | April 01, 2016

We're Fairly Certain 'Boaty McBoatface' Creator is In Fact Partnering with RCI

Rendering courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

On April Fools’ Day, it’s surely hard to believe that such news could possibly be true, but Royal Caribbean International assures us at TravelPulse that the line indeed intends to team up with James Hand – the man behind the now famed Boaty McBoatface title he came up with as part of a naming contest for a new survey vessel.

The Natural Environment Research Council in the United Kingdom is currently running a call for submissions to determine what its new $300 million Antarctic ship will be called, and Boaty McBoatface is currently a popular choice ahead of the contest’s conclusion on April 16.

After a large public response to the suggestion, Royal Caribbean has expressed interest in the man’s creativity in nomenclature, perhaps being a bit tongue-in-cheek with the press release that reads, “James Hand has forever altered the business of naming ships, and perhaps could make a career out of it.”

It's easy to understand how this could have been taken as an April Fools' Day prank.

Following that tone is Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International who said, “the people of the United Kingdom know the name of a great ship when they see it. Like the rest of the world, we fell in love with the name Boaty McBoatface when we heard it, and we knew immediately that Royal Caribbean could use James Hand’s talent to name our next ship.”

To start, the cruise line is inviting Hand to take a cruise on its latest Harmony of the Seas at her launch in Southampton, UK in May. The line says it has five ships coming out over the next three years, and he will meet to brainstorm name ideas with the Royal Caribbean team of naming experts in developing potential monikers for a future ship.

As a playful illustration, the line has expanded upon Boaty McBoatface as Boaty McBoatface of the Seas and applied it digitally to a rendering of the forthcoming Harmony of the Seas (as seen above). To conclude, Bayley added, “if James accepts our offer, who knows, perhaps he could name all our future ships. James Hand, Chief Naming Officer, Royal Caribbean International. It has a nice ring to it.”


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