Cruise Liners

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Cruise liners are in a way the successors of the ocean liners, as after the end of their scheduled routes due to competition from air travel in the 1960s and 70s ocean liners evolved into cruise ships. The arrival of air travel and the impact of the containerisation revolution on the nature of shipping rendered the ocean liner obsolete in the 1960s and 70s. Air travel replaced their scheduled passenger voyages, while container ships fundamentally changed the nature of the shipping industry and replaced the cargo operations associated with ocean liners. As a result the ocean liners had to adapt or disappear forever and they evolved into full time cruise liners and thus was born the modern cruise industry.

Today cruising is a major part of the tourism and holiday industry and the ships have grown hugely in size as more luxurious and innovative amenities are provided on board as they become floating resorts at sea. As a result as well as sailing between holiday destinations, they have become resort destinations in their own right.

In recent years a new concept in cruising has been introduced by The World (launched in 2002) which is the idea of the ocean residences ship where people live on board the cruise ship. This has given birth to a new generation of cruise ship.

Globalisation is changing the world. Business is now operating on a completely new global scale and this is leading to consolidation in many industries whereby fewer, larger companies take an increasing share of global business. Many industries and market sectors are affected by globalisation including transport, logistics, cruising, holidays & tourism, retail, manufacturing etc. This consolidation on a global scale is resulting in larger assets such as container ships, cruise ships and aircraft. For example giant container ships are increasingly become the standard used on world trade routes. Then in aviation there is the development of giant aircraft such as the Airbus A380. Logistics activities are becoming centred and clustered around key hubs. Global transport and logistic companies located at these hubs are increasingly aiming to provide a seamless intermodal integrated service linking sea, air, rail, road and inland waterways. To the customer it is one service. Meanwhile cruising is becoming ever more globalised with larger global players and ever larger cruise ships with more luxurious and wonderful amenities on board.

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However over the years due to consolidation and globalisation the cruise industry has become dominated by several major global players including:

1.    Carnival Corporation & PLC


2.     Royal Caribbean International (USA) or (UK)

3.     MSC Cruises

4.     Star Cruises

5.      Louis Cruise Lines


Today the shipbuilders of cruise ships are dominated by a few major shipbuilders including:

STX Europe ASA

Fincantieri - Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A.

Meyer Werft, Papenburg


Carnival Corporation & PLC


Miami, Florida, USA
London, England, UK

Business Units:

                Carnival UK


                Manages the following cruise brands based in the UK market:

                P&O Cruises, Cunard Line, Princess Cruises, Yachts of Seabourn and Ocean Village

                Costa Crociere S.p.A


                Manages the following cruise brands based in the Continental Europe market:

                Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and IberoCruceros

                Carnival Australia


                Manages the following cruise brands based in the Australian market:

                P&O Cruises Australia, P&O Cruises (World Voyages), Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and Yachts of 


                The World's Leading Cruise Lines

                Manages the following cruise brands based in the North American market:

                Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Yachts of Seabourn, Costa Cruises and Holland America Line

Cruise Brands:

                  Carnival Cruise Lines


                   Holland America Line


                   Princess Cruises


                   The Yachts of Seabourn


                   Cunard Line


                   P&O Cruises


                   P&O Cruises Australia


                   Ocean Village


                   Costa Cruises


                   AIDA Cruises




Royal Caribbean International


Miami, Florida, USA

Cruise Brands:

                  Royal Caribbean International

                  Celebrity Cruises

                  Azamara Club Cruises

                  CDF Croisieres de France


MSC - Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.


Geneva, Switzerland

Cruise Brands:

                  MSC Italian Cruises




Hannover, Germany

Cruise Brands:

                Hapag-Lloyd Cruises


                Island Cruises


                Thomson Cruises


                TUI Cruises


                Quark Expeditions


Other Major Cruise Lines:



Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Oceania Cruises

Disney Cruise Lines

Celebration Cruise Line

Silversea Cruises

Windstar Cruises

SeaDream Yacht Club

Lindblad Expeditions

Elegant Cruises

The World - Residensea

The Magellan - Residential Cruise Line

The Utopia - Utopia Residences

Semester at Sea

Mercy Ships


Polar Star Expeditions


All Leisure Group plc

All Discovery Cruising

            Hebridean Island Cruises


            Voyages of Discovery


            Swan Hellenic


Saga Cruises

Classic International Cruises

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Noble Caledonia

Viking River Cruises

Cruises & Maritime Voyages

RMS St Helena


Lord Nelson Seereisen GmbH

Phoenix Reisen GmbH Bonn

Delphin Kreuzfahrten GmbH

Hansa Kreuzfahrten GmbH

Transocean Tours

Peter Deilmann Cruises

Sea Cloud Cruises

GBA Ships


Kristina Cruises


Star Clippers


Vision Cruises


Louis Cruise Lines

Salamis Cruise Lines


Golden Star Cruises

Monarch Classic Cruises

easyCruise Ltd


Ola Cruises


Orion Expedition Cruises


Crystal Cruises

Venus Cruises

Asuka Cruises


Star Cruises

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