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List of World's Top Cruise Lines

Are you looking for some of the top cruise ships or planning to go for a voyage? The list I compiled for you contain all important cruise ship companies to help you plan your next cruise vacation.

The list is alphabetical and includes all significant (both- ocean and river) cruise lines of 21st  century.


AIDA Cruises

The company offers cruises to North America, Northern Europe, Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Canary Islands, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Baltic Sea, Red Sea, Black Sea and Dubai.
AIDA is one the brands, owned by Carnival Corporation.


The company is a river cruise line that operates worldwide and offers various River cruises in Europe, Asia and Africa. AmaWaterways has gained the reputation of the premier river cruise line, operating on the world’s most scenic waterways.

American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines provides river cruising experience while exploring the historic waterways of the United States.The company owns a modern fleet of river boats and paddle wheelers.

Avalon Waterways

This cruise line was established in 2004 and offers luxurious river cruising & small-ship cruising in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Avalon Waterways is owned by the Lugano, Switzerland-based Globus family of brands, a family-owned tour operator.

Azamara Club Cruises

The cruise line owns two mid-sized ships and offers luxury cruising, longer stays in ports, more overnights, and night touring.
Azamara Club Cruises offers voyages to the following destinations : Mediterranean, Northern & Western Europe, Asia, the West Indies, Australia & New Zealand, and the Panama Canal, Central & North America. Azamara is a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

The company owns one ship and offers 2-nights cruises from Florida to Bahamas.Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is the only cruise line that provides you with the option of adding a two, four or six-night stay at a beach resort in Bahamas.

Birka Cruises

The company owns one ship and apart of the short cruises between Stockholm and Mariehamn offers a number of weekend cruises during summer time, plus special cruises at Christmas and New Years Eve. Birka Line is a subsidiary to Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö.

Carnival Cruise Lines

The company owns 24 ships and offers 3 to 16-day voyages to Europe, the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Carnival Cruise Lines is owned by the largest cruise line in the world Carnival Corporation & plc.

CDF Croisières de France

The company offer cruises in Mediterranean, Caribbean, the Atlantic and to the Norwegian Fjords.
Most of the CDF (Croisières de France) cruises are all inclusive.The company is a subsidiary of Pullmantur Cruises (owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.) catering to the French cruise market.French is the primary language used on board.

Celebrity Cruises

The company is voted among the top cruise lines in the world. Celebrity Cruises offers destinations such as Alaska, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada & New England, Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos, Hawaii, Panama Canal, South America, plus Transatlantic & Transpacific voyages . Celebrity Cruises is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Celestyal Cruises

The company offers cruises from Greece, Turkey and Cyprus , including destinations such as Santorini,Mykonos,Kusadasi,Athens,Syros,Kos,Ios,Samos,Cesme,Istanbul,Crete and many more.
Celestyal Cruises (ex. Louis Cruises) is the fifth largest cruise operator in the world.

Compagnie du Ponant

The company owns 6 small capacity vessels and operates yacht cruises.
Compagnie du Ponant promises to its customers authentic experiences, mythical destinations and secret ports .
The destinations include Latin America, Asia, Russia, Arctic, Mediterranean, Antarctica, the Pacific & Oceania, Alaska, Northern Europe & the Baltic, Caribbean Adriatic, Africa and ocean voyages.

Costa Cruises

The Italian cruise company’s destinations include Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, South East Asia and South America. Costa Crociere S.p.A. offers cruises for adults, young people, couples, families, honeymooners, singles, groups of friends and businesses.
The brand is under the control of Carnival Corporation & plc .

Cruise & Maritime Voyages

The company is a privately owned cruise line that offers various ocean and river cruises. The company promises to its customers a traditional British Cruise experience onboard of small and mid-sized ships. Cruise & Maritime Voyages has a fleet of four ocean-going and two river-going ships and operates no fly cruises from a choice of 8 UK ports.


With a large fleet of vessels, the family-owned company is one of the pioneers in the river’s cruises and considered as the largest and most experienced river cruise line in Europe. CroisiEurope promotes coastal, river and canal cruises on all of most popular rivers in Europe and also traveling up the Mekong River.

Crystal Cruises

The American luxury cruise line operates eight medium-sized, high-end ships and offers various ocean and river cruises worldwide. The destinations include
Africa,Alaska,Antarctica,Australia,Carribean,Europe,Hawaii,South Pacific & Pacific Coast,Mediterranean,Mexican Riviera,Middle East,New England & Canada,Panama Canal,New Zealand,Seychelles,Latin America.
Crystal Cruises also promotes trans-ocean and world cruises.
The company is owned by Genting Hong Kong.

Cunard Line

The British-American Cunard Line, owned by Carnival Corporation & plc is one of the pioneers in the luxury cruising. The company offers its customers enchanting and elegant cruising experience.Cunard’s unique fleet serves not only the traditional transatlantic sailings, but an impressive set of destinations and itineraries all over the world.

Disney Cruise Line

DCL or Disney Cruise Line propose worldwide itineraries including Alaska, Bahamas, California Coast, Canadian Coast, Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Transatlantic cruises. The four ships of the fleet are great for a family vacation and as the brand advertises them - you can find “Something For Everyone” onboard. Disney Cruise Line is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

European Waterways

The company provides slow paced cruise vacations on some of the most beautiful inland waterways in Europe, onboard on luxury hotel barges. The customers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the gastronomy, culture and history of the visited places onboard of the various sizes’ vessels, which can accommodate between 6 and 20 passengers. European Waterways operates a fleet of 17 vessels.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

The Norwegian-owned company promotes a large number of worldwide destinations. The fleet of five ships sails to Africa, Asia, Australasia, Oceania, Europe, North America & Caribbean, plus South and Central America.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offers various cruises from different UK ports.
Amongst the packages available for the customers can be found: Adult Only Cruises, Single Cruise Offers, River Cruises, Mini Cruises, Norwegian Fjords Cruises and many more. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines headquarters are located in Ipswich, United Kingdom.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

The Germany-based company owns four ships and the announced itineraries include the Middle East, Asia, Antarctic, the Eastern & Western Mediterranean, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the North and Baltic seas, Central and South America, the Pacific coasts and the South Seas.
Along with the mentioned Hapag-Lloyd Cruises offer grand adventures and breathtaking experiences onboard their smaller expedition ships. The
Themed cruises, Golf Cruises, Gourmet Cruises, Music cruises, Family Cruises, Event Cruises are other options, promoted by the brand.

Holland America Line

Holland America Line’s fleet consist  of fifteen ships and offers more than five hundred cruises to 350 ports in more than hundred countries, territories or dependencies.The company is one of the pioneers and indisputable leaders in the cruise industry. The customers can choose from different itineraries, varying from 2-days to 110-days and  have a chance to visit all continents.The promoted highlights include South America, Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica, and Asia voyages,a Grand World Voyage plus popular sailings to a range of ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada and /New England, Europe, and Panama Canal. Holland America Line is owned by Carnival Corporation & plc.


The Norwegian reputable brand is one the oldest companies in the world who operate daily passenger and freight shipping services. Hurtigruten also offers to the customers voyages around Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, South America , Europe, and Transatlantic cruises. The company’s fleet is presented by fourteen vessels of various sizes. The highlighted explorer voyages include trips to the beautiful Norwegian coasts, Brazil, Uruguay, Cape Verde and many others.

Lindblad / National Geographic

The symbiosis between the two experts in the adventures and the expeditions-the National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions provide the customers with the chance to join extraordinary, small-ships journeys to some of the world's most remote and spectacular places, without sacrificing comfort. The alliance now operates hundreds of trips around all seven continents and more than 60 destinations every year.
The fleet consists of six intimately-scaled and nimble expedition ships, allowing the guests to reach authentic, remote places and capitals of culture.

Mano Maritime

The Israeli company offers a range of cruises from Israel to a number of attractive locations in Europe. Mano Maritime owns two mid-sized passengers vessels .The customers can choose from two to twelve days cruises and the destinations include Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Greek Islands, Malta and Italy.

MSC Cruises

The fourth-largest cruise company in the world is also the world's largest privately owned one. MSC Cruises is today the market leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, Brazil and South Africa. MSC Cruises sails year-round in the Mediterranean and offers a wide range of seasonal itineraries in Abu Dhabi, Dubai & Sir Bani Yas, Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, Cuba and Antilles, South America, South Africa. MSC Cruises is part of MSC (the Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.)-one of the biggest container shipping operators in the world.


Norwegian Cruise Line

An innovator in the cruise travel business Norwegian Cruise Line promotes the Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving the customers more freedom and flexibility. The guests can choose between the fourteen ships owned by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL).The offered destinations include Hawaii, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Panama Canal, the Mexican Riviera, South America, Alaska, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, Canada & New England, the Caribbean, the Bahamas. As many other companies do, NCL also offers transatlantic cruises.
The worldwide operating cruise line is headquartered in Miami, Florida and has also offices in Europe.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises owns six luxury cruise vessels and offer to the guests a spectacular array of diverse and exotic places. The itineraries include destinations such as South Pacific & Tahiti, Mediterranean, South America, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Asia, Africa, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Canada & New England, the Baltics, Scandinavia.The company is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.


P&O Cruises

Owned by Carnival Corporation & plc., P&O Cruises is the oldest cruise line in the world.The fleet of the British-American company serve worldwide and amongst the offered to the clients destinations are Africa, Asia & Orient, Australasia, the Baltic, Canary Islands, Caribbean, Central America, the European city breaks, East Mediterranean, the Fjords & Iceland, Iberia, Indian Ocean, Panama Canal, South America, South Pacific, North America and West Mediterranean.
The eight ships of the cruise line visit many famous destinations such as Amsterdam, Bruges, Barcelona , Bilbao, Lisbon, Monte Carlo, Rome, St Petersburg, Venice .The famous brand is promoted as best for guests “who love new experiences, a sociable atmosphere and a sense of occasion”.


P&O Cruises Australia

The Australia's largest fleet offers a large number of ports in Australia and New Zealand, but these are not the only destinations. The ships of the brand also visit Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Tasmania, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and many other exotic places in the South Pacific. There are various cruises advertised for the adventurers, the explorers and the lovers of idyllic remote beaches. The guests who like to party can enjoy the organized onboard various activities.
P&O Cruises Australia is owned by Carnival Corporation & plc.

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises offers exotic voyages and operates one luxurious cruise ship which sails year-round .The promoted destinations include Tahiti, the South Pacific, and Fiji.
The brand is owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C. - the leader in French Polynesia luxury destination resorts.

Phoenix Reisen

The German company operates a fleet of four vessels and suggests to its customers a variety of sea and river cruises. Phoenix Reisen offers many selected routes to and around Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Indonesia, Caribbean, Mediterranean, New Zealand, Baltic, Panama Canal, and Thailand. In addition to the ocean cruises Phoenix offers river cruises across Europe, Russia, Asia and Africa. The exotic rivers and coastal regions you can visit with Phoenix Reisen include Nile, Amazon, Yangtze, Mekong or the Gambia River.

Poseidon Expeditions

The company is one of the leading providers of polar expeditions in the cruise industry.Poseidon Expeditions deliver luxury expedition cruises aboard specially equipped for the purpose- icebreakers and ice-strengthened vessels.
The exotic areas offered to the guests include Antarctic, the North Pole, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, Spitsbergen, Russian Far East-Kamchatka, Kuril Islands, Wrangel Island.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises operates its large fleet - various by sizes and classes ships worldwide and apart of the promoted World Cruises, the other highlights s are Alaska, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, California & Pacific Coastal, Canada & New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Japan, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America, South Pacific. The famous brand offers different choices for its passengers including the Getaways-cruises from three to five days.
The company is part of Holland America Group and one of the cruise ship brands owned by the world's largest cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation & plc.

Pullmantur Cruises

The largest Spain-based cruise line is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
The cruises advertised by Pullmantur include Mediterranean, Caribbean, Norwegian Fjords, Baltic, Northern Europe, Greek Islands, Transatlantic .The Spanish brand also presents its Special Cruises. The guests can book all inclusive packages if preferred. The fleet consists of four mid-sized vessels and amongst the visited destinations are Salvador de Bahía, Hellesylt, Helsinki, Marseille, La Guaira, Rostock and many others “must-see” spots.

Quark Expeditions

One of the leaders in expedition cruising and the polar adventures, Quark operates small comfortable expedition vessels, authentic icebreakers and a small exploration boat, each with a capacity fewer than 200 passengers. The ships of Quark Expeditions can reach the most isolated and breathtaking wilderness areas on the planet-the Arctic or Antarctica, the wilds of the Galapagos Islands and many others, providing safe transfers from ship to shore, allowing the passengers to enjoy the comfort and see some of the world’s most remote places. The headquarters of the company, owned by TUI Travel are based in Seattle, USA.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

One of the world's top-rated leaders in the luxury cruising.
The ships of Regent Seven Seas Cruises provide a limited number of guests aboard, plus the 6-star standard of cruising excellence, combined with exciting opportunities for discovery around the world.The fleet of Regent Seven Seas consist of four All-Inclusive vessels with a capacity from 490 to 750 passengers and the promoted luxury cruises include World Cruise, Africa, India, Alaska, Asia, Pacific, Canada and New England, Caribbean region, Panama Canal, Grand Crossings, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, South America.
The brand is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Royal Caribbean International

The based in Miami cruise line owns one of the largest fleets of passengers vessels in the world. The 25 exceptional cruise ships offer ocean voyages, amazing variety of family adventures, thrilling activities, spectacular entertainment, mouth-watering dining, comfortable accommodation and sailings to more than 260 cruise destinations all over the world. The promoted regions include Asia, Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Bahamas, Bermuda, South America, Canada, Alaska, Dubai, Mediterranean, and Northern Europe. The brand is property of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. which is the world’s second largest cruise line after Carnival Corporation.

Saga Cruises

A division of the Saga Group, Saga Cruises is a British-based cruise line.
The two ships owned by the company are with capacities of 449 and 720 guests respectively. The promoted ocean cruise regions include the Americas, Baltic, British Isles, Ireland, Canaries, Caribbean, Europe, Iceland, Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa, Norway and Scandinavia.

Seabourn Cruise Line

The luxury cruise line Seabourn pioneered small-ship, ultra-luxury cruising and operates all around the world, from short seven days cruises to exotic 100+ day cruises. The fleet of four intimate, all-suite ships carries between 450 and 600 guests each and sail to the world’s most desirable destinations, providing "unique style of travel" experience to its customers. The ships of Seabourn attract "accomplished people who enjoy traveling well, and sharing fun and adventures with other interesting people".
Seabourn Cruise Line is headquartered in Seattle, Washington and
it is owned by Carnival Corporation, which also includes Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Carnival Cruises, P&O Cruises, Holland America Line, AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises.

Sea Cloud Cruises

The German company from Hamburg, Sea Cloud Cruises operates two traditionally rigged tall ships. One of the vessels enchants romantics and nostalgic, while the other combines two exciting worlds by offering both the authentic and the exclusive sailing experience. The two hand-sailed windjammers cruise the world's finest sailing waters. Amongst the highlighted areas promoted by the brand are the Caribbean, Central America, Northern and Southern Europe.


SeaDream Yacht Club

The Norway-based, family owned company SeaDream Yacht Club operates two innovative cruising mega yachts. “It’s Yachting, Not Cruising” is the motto of the brand. The both yachts, providing unprecedented levels of luxury and service sail in the Mediterranean Sea and the Caribbean. The guests onboard can enjoy ocean view in all cabins, a pool, a Spa, a Golf simulator and many other tempting pleasures.

Silversea Cruises

Based in Monaco, Silversea Cruises is a privately owned luxury cruise line. The company operates ten small ultra-luxury ships. Apart of the announced Grand Voyage or World Cruise the customers are offered the opportunities to explore the 7 continents and over 800 fascinating destinations, provided by the all-inclusive voyages.

Star Cruises

Star Cruises is the third largest cruise line in the world. The company dominates the Asia Pacific market and amongst the highlighted destinations, proposed to the customers are China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The Star Cruises’ fleet consists of six vessels which combine a fine mix of business and pleasure. Star Cruises offer flexibility for a family vacation and business meetings at an affordable cost.
Star Cruises is owned by Genting Hong Kong.

Swan Hellenic

Swan Hellenic is a luxurious British cruise line, part of All Leisure Holidays Ltd. The cruises in comfort and style onboard the ship with a capacity of up to 350 passengers include Mediterranean, Black Sea, North Africa, Central America, South America, the Caribbean.

The Majestic Line

This company owns 4 three mini-cruise vessels with accommodation for up to 12 passengers and promotes the opportunity to visit Argyll and the Hebrides, Islay, Skye, the Outer Hebrides and St Kilda and the Small Isles. The Majestic Line offers three or six nights cruises for some of the destinations and six or ten days cruises for the others.


Marella Cruises

Marella Cruises operates a fleet of five vessels and offers to its customers a wide range of destinations and inclusive services onboard. Some of the destinations promoted by the brand include Central America, the Caribbean, Canary Islands, the Atlantic, Fjords, Iceland, the Arctic, United Kingdom, Northern Europe, Baltics, North Africa, Middle East, Eastern and Western Mediterranean. The guests have the chance to book a trip to many other exotic spots, such as Cuba.
The British cruise line is a subsidiary of TUI Group.

TransOcean Cruises

The German company stands for a highly convenient way of traveling on the water - on the world seas or the most beautiful rivers and famous canals in Europe. Transocean Tours operates two ocean-going and four river-class stylish ships. The announced top destinations offered by the brand include North and Baltic seas, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, UK, Ireland, Western Europe, the Mediterranean and  more.

TUI Cruises

A joint venture of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and TUI AG, TUI Cruises is promoted exclusively on the German market. The brand presents premium cruise experience, custom-tailored for the German customers' tastes and its fleet consists of five vessels.TUI Cruises provides an exotic variety of dream destinations worldwide.

Uniworld River Cruises

The atmosphere on board of one of the nineteen boutique type ships is different than on any other vessel.The unique, all-inclusive, luxury, river sailing ships of Uniworld proffer to their guests the most spectacular destinations in Europe,Vietnam, India, Cambodia,Russia, China and Egypt.

Un-Cruise Adventures

The Un-Cruise promotes the combined experiences of adventure travel on yachts and small ships cruising.
“Unrushed. Uncrowded. Unbelievable.”
Alaska, Mexico's Sea of Cortes, Pacific Northwest, Galapagos, Hawaiian Islands, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia and Snake Rivers are some of the hidden wonders to be explored. The guests aboard the various vessels will enjoy a raw beauty, active adventures, wildlife, history and authentic cultures.

Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises operates a fleet of river cruising vessels and ocean going ships.
The river cruise division is the world’s largest river cruise line and offers cruises along the rivers of Europe, Russia, China and Egypt.
Both of the product lines - Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises offer destination-focused itineraries that are mix of cosmopolitan and smaller ports of interest. The schedules are specifically designed to offer more time in port and including late evening stays or overnights to take advantage of the night  life. The highlighted ocean cruises include Baltic and Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean and North America.
The main headquarters of the company are located in Switzerland.

Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of six small luxury sailing yachts and power yachts, each with a capacity between 148 and 310 passengers.
Windstar’s themed voyages offer the guests intimate access to some of the world's most exclusive destinations and events - Monte Carlo’s Grand Prix, the Europe’s best seafood in Spain’s Galicia region or the world-famous wines in Bordeaux .The other highlighted gems include the Greek Isles, Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Turkey, Italy, Caribbean, Tahiti, Costa Rica and Panama Canal.



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