List of cruise lines
A cruise line is a company that operates cruise ships and markets cruises to the public. 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); the listing of cruise ship sales, transfers, and new orders; cruise line market share; and the member-based reviews of cruise lines.
Cruise ships can cruise in oceans or rivers. The listing of cruise lines below includes both ocean cruise lines and, as noted, river cruise lines.
List of cruise lines
|AIDA Cruises||Operational||Germany||Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc|
|AmaWaterways||Operational||USA||River cruises in Europe, Asia and Africa and Antarctica|
|American Cruise Lines||Operational||USA||Based in Guilford, Connecticut, operates eight ships|
|Avalon Waterways||Operational||USA||River cruises in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America|
|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 Paradise|
|Carnival Cruise Line||Operational||USA/ United Kingdom||Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc|
|CDF Croisières de France||Operational||France||Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.|
|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||Started by Cruise & Maritime Services International, after German based Transocean Tours (for whom they were the UK representative) filed for bankruptcy|
|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|
|European Waterways||Operational||United Kingdom||River cruises|
|Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines||Operational||United Kingdom|
|Holland America Line||Operational||USA (originally Netherlands)||Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc|
|Hurtigruten||Operational||Norway||Also marketed as Norwegian Coastal Express|
|Majestic International Cruises||Operational||Greece|
|The Majestic Line||Operational||United Kingdom|
|Norwegian Cruise Line||Operational||USA (originally Norway)||Partially owned by Star Cruises|
|Oceania Cruises||Operational||USA||Owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd|
|Orion Expedition Cruises||Operational||Australia|
|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|
|Peter Deilmann Cruises||Operational||Germany|
|Polar Star Expeditions||Operational||Canada|
|Poseidon Expeditions||Operational||United Kingdom||Expedition cruises|
|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||Previously Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd|
|Royal Caribbean International||Operational||USA (originally Norway)||Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.|
|Saga Cruises||Operational||United Kingdom|
|Seabourn Cruise Line||Operational||USA||Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc|
|SeaDream Yacht Club||Operational||Norway|
|Silversea Cruises||Operational||USA/ Italy|
|Swan Hellenic||Operational||United Kingdom|
|Thomson Cruises||Operational||United Kingdom|
|TUI Cruises||Operational||Germany||Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.|
|Uniworld River Cruises||Operational||USA|
|Viking Cruises||Operational||USA||Formerly known as Viking River Cruises until May 2013 and since then, offering ocean cruises embarking in 2015|
Shipping lines no longer operating cruise ships
|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|
|Ocean Star Cruises||No ships in operation.||Mexico|
|Silja Line||No longer operates cruise ships||Finland|
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