Royal Caribbean has just registered trademarks for a trio of titles that could conceivably end up as names for the cruise line’s upcoming ships.
The names, registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on September 4th, are: Eon of the Seas, Gallant of the Seas, and Phenom of the Seas. Royal Caribbean also registered the word “Paradigm” on the same day, although that title does not fit the cruise line’s traditional “of the Seas” naming method and more likely relates to other cruise ship services.
The cruise line will have four new ships added to its fleet in the next 5 years; none of them have been named as of yet. Royal Caribbean will get its first new boat in 2020, its fifth Quantum-class vessel — 2021 will see the addition of a fifth Oasis-class ship. After that, a new class of ship will launch, a more eco-friendly vessel which runs on liquefied natural gas and fuel cell technology called the Icon-class. The first Icon-class ship will debut in 2022, followed by a second in 2024.
It is highly important to remember that the existence of a trademark does not guarantee a name’s use. Companies will often trademark multiple names on a just-in-case basis, so that they have exclusive rights whether they have decided to use it or not. Cruise Critic cited 6 previous names that Royal Caribbean trademarked in the past which never made it to a ship: 2014 unused names included Apex of the Seas, Joy of the Seas, and Emblem of the Seas — Valhalla of the Seas, Sunrise of the Seas, and Icon of the Seas were trademarked in 2017 and were never assigned to a vessel.