Featured article: Ocean merge
Starting in January 2012, six oceans in the Puzzle Pirates world merged into three, with each new ocean comprising two former oceans. The merged oceans are named Cerulean, Emerald, and Meridian. Within each merged ocean, the geographies of the two former oceans are stitched together, side-by-side.
One of each pair of oceans is designated "West" and the other is designated "East". Pirates, crews, and flags were renamed with the suffix "-West" or "-East" if the same name existed on both merged oceans.
The mergers of the English-language oceans were hinted at on December 7, 2011, when the "Intrepid Explorer" Velasco Thorsson posted his journals on the "Hear Ye! Announcements" forum. Cerulean was the first ocean to be tested, opening on January 4, 2012. The official merge occurred on January 31, 2012 at 8am Pirate Time.