List Of Cruise Lines
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List of Cruise Lines

A cruise line is a company that operates cruise ships and markets cruises to the public.[1] Cruise lines are distinct from passenger lines which are primarily concerned with transportation of their passengers. Cruise lines have a dual character; they are partly in the transportation business, and partly in the leisure entertainment business, a duality that carries down into the ships themselves, which have both a crew headed by the ship's captain, and a hospitality staff headed by the equivalent of a hotel manager.

Because of mergers and consolidations, a cruise line may also be a brand of a larger holding corporation. For example, as noted below, Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line are cruise lines within the larger parent corporation Carnival Corporation & plc. This industry practice of using the brand, not the larger parent corporation, as the cruise line is also followed in the member cruise lines in Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA);[2] the listing of cruise ship sales, transfers,[3] and new orders;[4] cruise line market share;[5] and the member-based reviews of cruise lines.[6]

Cruise ships can cruise in oceans or rivers. The listing of cruise lines below includes separate lists for both areas. Cruise lines operating ocean and river ships can be found in both lists.

List of ocean cruise lines

In operation

Name Status Headquarters Notes
AIDA Cruises Operational  Germany Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc
American Cruise Lines Operational  USA Based in Guilford, Connecticut, offers coastal cruises and paddle-steamer cruises
Azamara Club Cruises Operational  USA Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Operational  USA Formed by former executives from the defunct Celebration Cruise Line, operates the Grand Celebration
Birka Line Operational  Finland Subsidiary of Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö, operates the Birka Stockholm
Carnival Cruise Line Operational  USA/ United Kingdom Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc
Celebrity Cruises Operational  USA Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Celestyal Cruises Operational  Cyprus Previously named Louis Cruises
Compagnie du Ponant Operational  France Based in Marseille, operates yacht cruises
Costa Cruises Operational  Italy Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc
Cruise & Maritime Voyages Operational  United Kingdom Owned by South Quay Travel & Leisure Ltd.
Crystal Cruises Operational  Japan Owned by Genting Hong Kong
Cunard Line Operational  United Kingdom Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc
Disney Cruise Line Operational  United Kingdom Headquartered in Hammersmith, London as The Magical Cruise Company Limited
Dream Cruises Operational  Hong Kong Owned by Genting Hong Kong
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Operational  United Kingdom
FTI Cruises Operational  Germany Cruise branch of Bavarian travel company FTI Group, operates MS Berlin
Hansa Touristk Operational  Germany Privately owned (Kilian family), offers ocean cruises with MV Ocean Majesty and river cruises
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Operational  Germany Owned bei TUI Group
Holland America Line Operational  USA Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc
Hurtigruten Operational  Norway Also marketed as Norwegian Coastal Express
Majestic International Cruises Operational  Greece
St Hilda Sea Adventures Operational  United Kingdom Dunoon (Scotland), offers Scottish island cruises
The Majestic Line Operational  United Kingdom Dunoon (Scotland), offers Scottish island cruises
Mano Maritime Operational  Israel
MSC Cruises Operational  Italy Privately owned (Aponte family)
Norwegian Cruise Line Operational  USA Partially owned by Genting Hong Kong
Oceania Cruises Operational  USA Owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
P&O Cruises Operational  United Kingdom Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc
P&O Cruises Australia Operational  Australia Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc
Paul Gauguin Cruises Operational  United States Branch of Regent Seven Seas Cruises till 2010, offers South Pacific cruises
Pearl Seas Cruises Operational  United States Offers Great Lakes, New England and Cuba cruises
Phoenix Reisen Operational  Germany Privately owned (Zurnieden family)
Plantours Kreuzfahrten Operational  Germany Operates MS Hamburg and several river cruise ships
Poseidon Expeditions Operational  United Kingdom Arctic cruises with nuclear icebraker 50 Let Pobedy
Princess Cruises Operational  USA Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc
Pullmantur Cruises Operational  Spain Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Quark Expeditions Operational  USA Expedition cruising
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Operational  USA Owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Royal Caribbean International Operational  USA Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Saga Cruises Operational  United Kingdom Owned by Saga Group
Seabourn Cruise Line Operational  USA Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc
SeaDream Yacht Club Operational  Norway Privately owned (Atle Brynestad)
Silversea Cruises Operational  Monaco Privately owned (Lefebvre family)
Star Cruises Operational  Malaysia Owned by Genting Hong Kong
Thomson Cruises Operational  United Kingdom Owned by TUI Group
Transocean Tours Operational  Germany Since 2014 German branch of Cruise & Maritime Voyages
TUI Cruises Operational  Germany Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and TUI Group
UnCruise Adventures Operational  USA
Viking Ocean Cruises Operational  USA Branch of Viking Cruises
Windstar Cruises Operational  USA Owned by Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc.
Voyages to Antiquity Operational  United Kingdom

Shipping lines in service, but no longer operating cruise ships

Name Status Headquarters Notes
Club Cruise No longer operates cruise ships  Netherlands Continues to charter cruise ships to other companies
Far East Shipping Company No longer operates cruise ships  Soviet Union
Finnlines No longer operates cruise ships  Finland
Kristina Cruises No ships in operation  Finland Last cruise ship Kristina Katarina sold in 2013
Ocean Star Cruises No ships in operation  Mexico
Silja Line No longer operates cruise ships  Finland

Defunct

Name Status Headquarters Notes
American Classic Voyages Defunct  USA Bankrupt
Baltic Shipping Company Defunct  Soviet Union
Black Sea Shipping Company Defunct  Soviet Union
Blue Star Line Defunct  United Kingdom Merged and sold into P&O Nedlloyd
Celebration Cruise Line Defunct  USA Was re-branded into Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line in 2014
Chandris Cruises Defunct  Greece Was merged and re-branded into Celebrity Cruises in 1988
Classic International Cruises Defunct  Australia Liquidated on 20 December 2012[7]
Commodore Cruise Line Defunct  USA
Croisières de France Defunct  France Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., will cease operation in 2017
Crown Cruise Line Defunct  USA
Cruise West Defunct  USA Ceased operations September 18, 2010 [8]
Dolphin Cruise Line Defunct  Greece Merged into Premier Cruise Line
EasyCruise Defunct  Greece Sold to Hellenic Seaways
Effoa Defunct  Finland
Festival Cruises Defunct  Greece
Hamburg Atlantic Line
German Atlantic Line
Hanseatic Tours
Defunct  Germany Merged into Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Home Lines Defunct  Italy Merged into Holland America Line
Iberocruceros Defunct  Spain Merged into Costa Cruises
Imperial Majesty Cruise Line Defunct  USA Became Celebration Cruise Line in 2009
Island Cruises Defunct  UK
Italian Line / Italian Cruises Defunct  Italy
Majesty Cruise Line Defunct Unknown Merged into Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian America Line Defunct  Norway Merged into Cunard Line
Norwegian Capricorn Line Defunct  Australia Merged into Star Cruises
Ocean Village Defunct  United Kingdom Operations ceased in 2010
Orient Lines Defunct  USA
Orion Expedition Cruises Defunct  Australia Taken over by and merged with Lindblad Expeditions in 2013
Peter Deilmann Cruises Defunct  Germany Operations ceased in 2015
Polar Star Expeditions Defunct  Canada Operations ceased in 2011 after major damage to MV Polar Star
Premier Cruise Line Defunct  USA
Renaissance Cruises Defunct  USA Merged into Oceania Cruises
Royal Viking Line Defunct  Norway Merged into Cunard Line
Sally Cruise Defunct  Finland Merged into Silja Line
Shaw, Savill & Albion Line Defunct  United Kingdom
Sitmar Cruises Defunct  Italy Merged into P&O Cruises/Princess Cruises
Swan Hellenic Defunct  United Kingdom Operations ceased in 2017 after shutdown of All Leisure Holidays
Swedish American Line Defunct  Sweden
Van Gogh Cruises Defunct  United Kingdom
Voyages of Discovery Defunct  United Kingdom Operations ceased in 2017 after shutdown of All Leisure Holidays
White Star Line Defunct  United Kingdom Merged with Cunard Line to form Cunard-White Star Line in 1934
Windjammer Barefoot Cruises Defunct  USA

List of river cruise lines

In operation

Name Status Headquarters Notes
1AVista Operational  Germany River cruises in Europe
AmaWaterways Operational  USA River cruises in Europe, Asia and Africa
American Cruise Lines Operational  USA Paddle-steamer cruises on US rivers
Aqua Expeditions Operational  Peru Privately owned (Francesco Galli Zugaro), eco-friendly river cruises on Amazon and Mekong rivers
A-ROSA Flussschiff Operational  Germany River cruises in Europe, offered ocean-going cruises with A-Rosa blu 2002-04
Australian Pacific Touring (APT) Operational  Australia Privately owned (McGeary family), river cruises in Europe, Asia and Africa, shares many ships with AmaWaterways
Avalon Waterways Operational  USA River cruises in Europe, Egypt, Asia and South America
CroisiEurope Operational  France Privately owned (Schmitter family), river cruises in Europe and Asia
Crystal Cruises Operational  Japan Owned by Genting Hong Kong, river cruises in Europe
Emerald Waterways Operational  USA Owned by Australian river cruise operator Scenic, river cruises in Europe and Asia
European Waterways Operational  United Kingdom Operates converted trading barges on European Rivers
Grand Circle Cruise Line Operational  USA Owned by Grand Circle Corporation, river cruises in Europe
Great Lakes Cruise Company Operational  USA Privately owned (Conlin family), Great Lakes and river cruises in USA and Canada
Hansa Touristk Operational  Germany Privately owned (Kilian family), offers ocean and river cruises (Europe, Asia)
Lüftner Cruises Operational  Austria Privately owned (Lüftner family), river cruises in Europe
nicko cruises Operational  Germany Owned by Mystic Invest, river cruises in Europe and Asia
Orthodox Cruise Company Operational  Russia River cruises in Russia
Phoenix Reisen Operational  Germany Privately owned (Zurnieden family), river cruises in Europe, Egypt, Asia and South America
Plantours Kreuzfahrten Operational  Germany Offers ocean and river cruises (Europe, Asia)
Reisebüro Mittelthurgau Operational   Switzerland Owned by Twerenbold Group, river cruises in Europe
Riviera Travel Operational  United Kingdom Luxury river cruises in Europe - Which? Travel Brand of the Year 2017[9].
Scenic Operational  Australia Owned by coach tour operator Transit Scenic Tours, river cruises in Europe and Asia
Tauck River Cruises Operational  USA Privately owned (Tauck family), river cruises in Europe
The River Cruise Line Operational  United Kingdom River cruises in Europe
Transocean Tours Operational  Germany Since 2014 German branch of Cruise & Maritime Voyages, river cruises in Europe
Uniworld River Cruises Operational  USA River cruises in Europe, Egypt and Asia
Viking River Cruises Operational  USA Branch of Viking Cruises, river cruises in Europe, Egypt and Asia
Vodohod Operational  Russia Owned by UCL Holding, river cruises in Russia

Defunct

Name Status Headquarters Notes
TUI FlussGenuss Defunct  Germany Former river cruise branch of TUI Group, ceased operations in 2014

See also

References

  1. ^ "Cruise line definition". Travel industry dictionary. Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ "Member Cruise Lines". Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Retrieved 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ship sales and transfers". Cruise industry news. Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cruise ship orderbook". Cruise Industry News. Retrieved 2016. 
  5. ^ "Cruise line market share". Cruise market watch. Retrieved 2016. 
  6. ^ "Member reviews of cruise lines". Cruise Critic. Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ "Classic International Cruises Pty Ltd". Press Release. Lawler Partners. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 2013. 
  8. ^ Cruise West
  9. ^ http://www.which.co.uk/news/2017/05/which-awards-2017-winners-revealed/

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