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A passenger liner is a starship used primarily to ferry passengers from one point to another, usually within the same or adjoining star systems.

The difference between a passenger liner and a starliner usually includes the amenities aboard. Passenger liners usually ferry passengers for various reasons, while starliners usually are for vacation purposes (much like the difference between water-bound passenger ships and cruise ships).

Passenger liners are sometimes refit to be personnel carriers in times of war or colony ships when needed.

The USS Minervon was a passenger liner hijacked while en route to Vulcan in 2254. (Star Trek: SFI) It remains unclear why a passenger liner would carry the "USS" designation as passenger liners are usually non-military ships.

In the mirror universe, the Creevar was a passenger liner. (Star Trek: Shattered Universe)

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A passenger liner was a civilian craft used for transporting people between planets—and usually between different star systems.

Technically, all passenger liners required life support, escape pods, a qualified crew and a valid license, supported by the appropriate insurance and government dues. In practice, the term denoted any ship that could carry passengers additional to its flight crew. The two main sub-types of passenger liner were the SSP, denoting ships under 100 meters long with less than 500 passengers, and the luxury liner, over 100 meters and with more than 250 passengers. Implicitly, ships in the two size-brackets with passenger compliments outside these ranges probably had different designations, but such ships were probably much less widespread.

There have also been instances where passenger liners have been used in military operations. Most notably, the Alliance to Restore the Republic converted a number of passenger into warships, including some Mon Calamari Star Cruisers and the Sullustan design that became the Dauntless-class heavy cruiser. Also, Palpatine's personal luxury liner the Excalibur, saw battle in a coup attempt by Grand Admiral Demetrius Zaarin, and the SSP designation extended to many freighters and shuttles that were capable of basic combat duties.

Notable types



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