What’s in a name?

The ferry that serves the Denmark-Faroes-Iceland route is more a cross between a cruise ship and a ferry.  Each leg has at least one overnight stay, so it has many of the eating/entertainment/shopping facilities of a cruise ship while still offering the roll-on/roll-off operation of a ferry.  My only real problem is the name of the company that runs it- The Smyril Line.  The name means ‘Merlin’ in Faroese, referring to the Faroes falcon of the same name.  All is good so far- it even has a pretty cool smoke stack logo.

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So, what’s my problem?  Well, it’s when you have to pronounce it.  It really looses whatever cachet it might have when you tell people your at sea on the shmeer line….


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