IT’S HARD TO KEEP TRACK!

The world’s largest cruise industry trade association, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), lists 36 ocean cruise lines in the U.S., Europe and Australia. Throughout the modern cruise line history, cruise lines have come and gone, and merged to form mammoth mega branded lines. New brands are appearing each year
SOME NEW OWNERS IMPROVE QUALITY & SERVICE LEVELS WHILE OTHERS DROP THEM

It’s hard to kept track of who owns your favorite cruise line. Why is it important? Changes in ownership affect cruise lines. A new owner might make a major infusion into a stagnating line allowing it to refurbish and upgrade the line. Or it can siphon off income from the line by reducing service and quality levels, as we’ve seen in a few luxury brands.

You may be surprised to learn that your favorite brand is owned by one of the big three – Carnival, Royal Caribbean, or Norwegian Cruise Line.

Either way, here is a list of who owns the most popular cruise lines.

Cruise Line
Owner
Ownership Date
AIDA Cruises
Carnival
​2003
American Cruise Lines
Independent
​1999
​Carnival
Carnival
1972
​Celebrity Cruise Line
​Royal Caribbean
1997
Celestyal Cruises
​Independent
2014
Costa
Carnival
​2000
​Crystal
Genting
​2015
​Cunard
Carnival
1998
Disney Cruise Line
Independent
​1996
​Dream Cruise Line
Genting
​2015
Fred Olsen Cruise Line
Independent
​1848
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
TUI
1998
​Hurtigruten
Independent
​1893
Holland American
Carnival
​1989
​MSC Cruises
​Independent
​1960
​Norwegian
Norwegian
​1966
​Oceania Cruises
Norwegian
​2014
P & O Cruises
​Carnival
2003
​Paul Gauguin
​Independent
2010
Ponant
​Independent
1998
Princess Cruises
​Carnival
2003
​Pullmantur
​Royal Caribbean
2006
​Regent Seven Seas
​Norwegian
2014
​Ritz Carlton Yacht
Ritz-Carlton
2019
​Royal Caribbean
​Royal Caribbean
1968
​Seabourn
Carnival
1998
​SeaDream Yacht
Independent
2002
TUI Cruises
TUI & Royal Carib.
2007
​Silversea Cruises
Royal Caribbean
2018
Viking Ocean
Independent
2013
​Virgin Voyages
Virgin Group
2014
Windstar
Independent
1984

It can be confusing to keep track and understand the impact changes of ownership have had on a line.

Have questions? Want to understand what these changes have on your favorite line? Email or set up a brief phone chat to learn more.

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