I am a self confessed cruise ship geek, I tell the world about it almost on a daily basis, I am not ashamed of it and I am quite proud of my ability to spot a ship a mile away and tell you exactly which one it is. (Without binoculars I may add!)
Each cruise line is a brand and each of those brands offer us different experiences, although all in the same boat (pardon the pun) they each are instantly recognisable and you can easily distinguish one from the other. What on earth are you yapping about woman I hear you say, well, if you were to look at the picture to the left, depending on your cruising experience and knowledge you would instantly know it was a Royal Caribbean ship, you following me?!
However if you are a little more “out there” as I am when it comes to cruising you also develop the ability to identify a specific ship not only by its logo but by its shape or a specific section of the interior.
During my November cruise last year there was a ship off our starboard side, it was miles away but you could just see it through the hazy sunshine. I remember my friend turned to me and said oh I wonder which ship that is; I looked up for a second and replied not sure which ship exactly but it is a Celebrity ship, Solstice Class. She darted her eyes back towards me and yelled, “oh my god how do you do that?!” It’s easy, I said, look at her shape; she is instantly recognisable as a Celebrity ship. All I could see quite literally was this ships outline but if you look at Solstice Class ships within the Celebrity Cruises fleet they have a distinctive angled stern, this making it easy to identify.
It can be a little trickier sometimes though for example P&O Cruises Ventura has quite a few sister ships, not only Azura within the P&O fleet but also Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess, and so on within the Princess Cruises fleet. It makes distinguishing exactly which ship is which out of these sisters at a distance pretty hard.
There is however an easy way to do it when it comes to Azura and Ventura. Take a look at the stern, as you will see Azura has what is called a Ducktail (this helps with the ships stability in bad weather) but you can see clearly that Ventura does not.