Germany is home to several well-known cruise lines, of which AIDA Cruises is the largest and best known. In the course of its existence, the Rostock-based company has awakened the interest and passion for cruises in millions of German-speaking guests through skilful marketing and consistent good performance.
For many years, the cruise line Azamara Club Cruises was a brand and a company of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Azamara Club Cruises has represented the boutique ship division within the group since 2007. The cruise ships are positioned in the Premium Plus segment. Azamara has been owned by New York private equity firm Sycamore Partners since spring 2021.
Under the umbrella of the globally operating British-American cruise company Carnival Corporation & plc act nine well-known societies as well Fathom, the Newcomer of the Year 2015. The Carnival Group is the world's largest cruise operator and one of the largest tourism companies with around 11 million guests annually. Leading brands are part of the group's portfolio.
Celebrity Cruises Inc. is a trademark of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The world's second largest cruise company acquired Celebrity Cruises in 1997 from the Greek shipping company Chandris. Celebrity Cruises currently operates 14 cruise ships; four of the ships are small expedition ships. All Celebrity Cruises ships have two unmistakable features in common: a white "X" on the funnel and a blue "X" on the hull. The distinctive "X" stands for the letter in the Greek alphabet "About".
“We are Costa. We are Italy's Finest ”. This sentence heads an image brochure for the Italian cruise company Costa Crociere SpA. a. Since 1948 Costa ships with the characteristic blue "C" on the yellow chimneys have been sailing the oceans. Well over a million passengers book a trip on board the current 15 cruise ships every year.
The traditional British shipping company looks back in 2015 Cunard line looks back on 175 years of eventful company history. The Canadian businessman who was born in Halifax / Nova Scotia in 1787 gave the impetus to found the shipping company Samuel Cunard. Together with several financially strong partners, he founded the British & North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, which was colloquially called the "Cunard Line".
In 1966 the Norwegian shipowner Knud Kloster founded the Norwegian Caribbean Lines AS (NCL). The company started as Branch of Klosters Rederi A / S, Oslo. Knud Kloster had the vision of creating a classless cruise company. It was an extraordinary idea for the time. The idea of regularly offering cruises to the Caribbean from Miami / Florida was also brilliant.
In 2002, experienced cruise experts founded the cruise company with one ship Oceania Cruises. The Miami-based company initially chartered a 1998-tonne ship that was built in 30.000 and named it Insignia was given. Very soon management realized that just one ship was not worth the effort. A sister ship was chartered and in Insignia renamed. The previous one "Insignia" got the name Regatta.
That today under the name P & O Cruises operating company is only a small part of what was once the most glamorous shipping company in the British Empire. Originally everything had started so promisingly. The industrial revolution changed social and economic conditions in Great Britain in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Shipping companies became increasingly important. In 1834 the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company founded. It offered boat connections from Great Britain to the Iberian Peninsula.
The cruise operator, which was founded in December 2011 and is based in Hamburg, has been operating the well-established and proven cruise ship since spring 2012 MS Delphin. A branch is maintained in Offenbach. The tour operator business, sales and marketing are organized from there. Passat Kreuzfahrten chartered the ship from the new owner, Vishal Cruises Pvt. Ltd., Mauritius.
At the beginning of April 2017, 18 cruise ships were sailing under the shipping flag of zur Carnival group belonging premium brand Princess Cruises. The ships, which can hold between 672 and 3.560 passengers, have a total capacity of more than 40.000 beds. Two million passengers are drawn on board Princess ships every year. They navigate around 150 routes on the world's oceans and dock in more than 300 ports around the world.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) is the holding company of the world's second largest cruise company. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the company was founded in 1997. The legal seat is Monrovia / Liberia. Operationally, the group is managed from Miami / Florida. The cruise company is present on every continent. The Group's cruise ships will call at more than 2020 destinations worldwide in 500.
The success story of Royal Caribbean International (RCI) began in 1969. Fifty years later, the Miami / Florida-based cruise line is the best-known brand of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The current 28 RCI cruise ships call at ports on six continents and visit more than 300 destinations.
In the early 1990s, the Italian lawyer and professor of maritime law decided Antonio Lefebvre d'Ovidioto found a luxury cruise line. She got the name Silversea cruises. The first two ships were each 157 meter long and measured at around 17.000 GT Silver Cloud and Silver Wind. Currently (as of March 2016) Silversea Cruises operates eight ships, a ninth ship the Silver Muse, it's in preparation.