|Ships Cruising: 11 Newest AIDA Cruises Ship: AIDAprima|
This German cruise line offers quality accommodations on a variety of European itineraries. Ships generally sail out of German ports.
|Ships Cruising: 25 Newest Carnival Cruise Lines Ship: Carnival Vista|
Carnival is famous for pioneering the Fun Ship concept and opening the cruise industry to middle-class passengers. Although the line began with a shaky start in 1972, it now boasts more than 20 ships carrying primarily North American passengers on Caribbean, Mexican and Alaskan itineraries (although Mediterranean offerings are growing in number).
|Ships Cruising: 1 Newest Celebration Cruise Line Ship: Bahamas Celebration|
This cruise line evolved out of Imperial Majesty Cruise Line, which operated the Regal Empress for many years. When that ship was retired in early 2009, the Bahamas Celebration arrived offering a 2-night Bahamas itinerary, providing passengers with an enjoyable cruise experience without requiring a big commitment of time or money.
|Ships Cruising: 16 Newest Costa Cruise Lines Ship: Costa Diadema|
Europe's largest cruise line, Costa Cruises offers more than a dozen ships in a variety of sizes and themes. Décor ranges from traditional and sleek on the older vessels while the newer megaships sport colorful and glitzy interiors designed by Carnival's Joe Farcus. The line is popular among middle-class Europeans and Italian newlyweds.
|Ships Cruising: 4 Newest Disney Cruise Line Ship: Disney Fantasy|
Built specifically to cater to families, Disney's ships offer an incredible array of amenities and activities. The ships are largely divided between areas for children and adults, allowing kids to have all the fun they want under the watch of well-trained staff, while parents can relax in adult-only bars, lounges, restaurants and swimming pools.
|Ships Cruising: 4 Newest Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Ship: Braemar|
Catering almost exclusively to the middle-class British market, this Norwegian family-owned line dates back to 1848 and has four ships that all feel like a floating piece of England. Itineraries are generally to Northern Europe or the Mediterranean with a few trans-Atlantic voyages to the Caribbean thrown into the mix.
|Ships Cruising: 2 Newest Ibero Cruises Ship: Grand Celebration|
Ibero Cruises is a largely Carnival-owned venture, catering to the middle-class Spanish-speaking market. The line has three ships carrying between 800 and 1,400 passengers on itineraries in Europe and the Caribbean.
|Ships Cruising: 2 Newest Louis Cruises Ship: Louis Olympia|
Currently the largest operator of Greek cruise ships, Louis Cruises is based in Cypriot and offers a fleet of midsize second-hand vessels that vary significantly in design, layout and quality. They generally offer port-intensive itineraries at reasonable rates, but without all the high-tech amenities of North American cruise ships.
|Ships Cruising: 12 Newest MSC Cruises Ship: MSC Preziosa|
Mediterranean Shipping Cruises (MSC) is a fast-growing, European-based outfit whose fleet currently boasts a dozen ships. The ships and itineraries cater to the European mass-market, with the vessels bearing Italian interiors and itineraries split between the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
|Ships Cruising: 14 Newest Norwegian Cruise Line Ship: Norwegian Escape|
Originally debuting as the Norwegian Caribbean Line in 1966, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) got its new name (and several new ships) in the late 1990s and now competes with Carnival, Princess and Royal Caribbean. The line operates more ships from U.S. ports than any other, and is known for its Freestyle Cruising concept where guests are allowed to eat...
|Ships Cruising: 8 Newest P&O Cruises Ship: Britannia|
The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) was founded in 1837 as a mail and passenger carrier for the then sprawling British empire. The line caters primarily to mass-market Britons and a few North Americans (being an Anglophile helps), offering plenty of activities but not much enrichment. Fred. Olsen is their main competitor.
|Ships Cruising: 3 Newest P&O Cruises (Australia) Ship: Pacific Dawn|
P&O Cruises Australia operates several second-hand ships, all designed to cater to British taste with reasonable prices and a homey atmosphere.
|Ships Cruising: 1 Newest Peter Deilmann Cruises Ship: Deutschland|
A family-owned line based in Neustadt, Germany, Peter Deilmann Cruises operated nine river cruising vessels that have been taken out of service because of financial difficulties. The line still operates a single, 513-passenger deep-sea vessel that caters to the German market offering itineraries all over the world, but concentrating on Northern Eur...
|Ships Cruising: 18 Newest Princess Cruises Ship: Regal Princess|
Part of Carnival Corp. since 2003, Princess Cruises operates 17 vessels based around the world in North and South America, Europe, the western Pacific and Australia. Despite its strong international presence and past reputation as a premium line, the Princess now caters primarily to middle-market American cruisers looking for a dependable and affor...
|Ships Cruising: 4 Newest Pullmantur Cruises Ship: Zenith|
Owned by Royal Caribbean, Pullmantur Cruises currently operates a fleet of cruise ships ranging in size from 1,400 to 2,800 passengers. Catering primarily to the Spanish market, the line offers a variety of one-week itineraries of the western Mediterranean and Canary Islands. Their main competitor is Ibero Cruises.
|Ships Cruising: 23 Newest Royal Caribbean International Ship: Anthem of the Seas|
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line boasts a fleet of the world's largest ships, with eight of them weighing 135,000 tons or more. Royal Caribbean ships are basically cities at sea, arguably offering the best variety of bells and whistles out of all the mainstream cruise lines. Main competitors are Carnival and NCL.
|Ships Cruising: 2 Newest Saga Holidays, Ltd Ship: Saga Sapphire|
Saga Holidays operates two vessels, the Saga Pearl II and the Saga Sapphire, which feature classic ocean-liner exteriors and cater exclusively to older travelers. Itineraries are usually longer than a week (as most passengers are retired), extending up to world cruises that can last 100 days or more. Passengers are mostly elderly Britons with a few...
|Ships Cruising: 4 Newest Star Cruises Ship: SuperStar Virgo|
Parent company to Norwegian Cruise Line, Star Cruises is a Malaysian-based company. They operate vessels that vary widely in size and cater primarily to Asian cruisers seeking mass-market prices and off-shore gambling.
|Ships Cruising: 5 Newest Thomson Holidays Ship: Thomson Majesty|
Thomson Cruises charters ships from Louis Cruise Lines, Holland America and Costa, to sell travel packages catered to the mainstream British market. The ships have a casual atmosphere and a generally older crowd. Primary competitors are P&O and Fred. Olsen.
|Ships Cruising: 3 Newest TUI Cruises Ship: Mein Schiff 3|
TUI Cruises is a joint venture between German tour operator TUI AG and Royal Caribbean. Started in 2009, the line is currently offering sailings on two ships, the Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2, with a third new build ship entering sevice in 2014.