Monday, 4 April 2016

Royal Caribbean seeks name advice from 'Boaty McBoatface' creator

Royal Caribbean seeks name advice from 'Boaty McBoatface' creator

In this April Fool's Day-inspired rendering, a new Royal Caribbean ship is Boaty McBoatface of the Seas.

 Royal Caribbean international is seeking name input on future ships from the British man who coined “Boaty McBoatface” for a U.K. research vessel. The cruise line says it's not an April Fool's Day stunt.

James Hand submitted the childish sounding moniker in an online contest to name a $288 million Antarctic survey vessel. Hand’s suggestion leads in online voting, which closes April 16.
Now he’s been invited to sail on Harmony of the Seas and possibly spice up Royal Caribbean's somewhat predictable “of the Seas” ship name series.

“The people of the United Kingdom know the name of a great ship when they see it,” said Royal Caribbean President Michael Bayley. “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.”

Hand told USA Today that the offer came as a “massive surprise” as has all the attention he’s received since he submitted the name.