Some interesting facts from this database:
The longest name ?
Ciudad de Santa Cruz de la Palma was borne by two ships built in 1972
The second longest name ?
Canguro Cabo San Sebastian
One ship bore both names ?
The second longest from 1972 to 1982 and the longest from 1982 to 1998. It was built in 1972 (IMO7117876) at Union Naval de Levante, Valencia #122
The ship that has retained the same name the longest ?
Juno since 1874
The oldest ship still active ?
The ship that was never completed after 27 years ?
Stena Baltica. Construction as ferry (IMO7907685), commenced in 1985 in Poland, stopped in 1986. In 1989 towed to Perama, Greece for completion as cruise-ship Regent Sky, but building stopped in 1995. Owner bankrupt and ship (completed to deck 7) seized by banks in 1996 but never completed. Eventually laid up 2004, abandoned and in July 2011 towed from Eleusis to Aliaga for demolition. She outlived one sistership; two still active in 2018.
The ship with the most name changes ?
Nils Holgersson (1962) had a 17th name of Sama 1, before being demolished in 2000
The most common prefix to a name ?
The face that has launched the most ships ?
Sophia Loren: since 2002 the actress has been official godmother to all MSC cruise ships. MSC Lirica 2003, MSC Opera 2004, MSC Musica 2006, MSC Orchestra 2007, MSC Fantasia 2008, MSC Poesia 2008, MSC Splendida 2009, MSC Magnifica 2010, MSC Divina 2012, MSC Preziosa 2013, MSC Meraviglia 2017, MSC Seaside 2017, MSC Seaview 2018, MSC Bellissima 2019, MSC Grandiosa 2019
What links Festival Cruises and MSC ?
Before the company failed in 2004, two ships were built and options for two more ships were cancelled. The 'options' were completed for MSC as MSC Lirica in 2002 and MSC Opera in 2005.
Is that all ?
The two earlier ships completed for Festival Cruises were European Vision in 2001 and European Stars in 2002 and became MSC Armonia and MSC Sinfonia in 2004.
First transit of the North West Passage by passenger ship ?
Was in 1984 by Lindblad Explorer from east to west between 20 August-29 September.
The second transit ?
Was in 1985 by World Discoverer from west to east