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Cunard Line dates back to 1840, when its founder Samuel Cunard began steam-powered crossings of the Atlantic. In succeeding decades, the company built and operated a high impressive fleet of ocean liners. But with the growing popularity of the jet age in the 1960s, the company adjusted by converting some of their ships to modern cruising. In 1969, the line’s flagship Queen Elizabeth 2 made her debut and continued to cross the Atlantic on a regular basis. (The ocean liner has under gone several multimillion dollar refurbishments, the most recent in 1999. Originally powered by steam turbines, in 1986 she was refit with a diesel-electric propulsion system for greater speed and efficiency.)

In 1971 Trafalgar House, based in London, acquired Cunard. In the 1980s Cunard acquired two more cruise ships and added the twin Sea Goddesses I and II to it fleet. In 1994, Cunard acquired the Royal Viking Sun.

In 1996, Norwegian company Kvaerner ASA took over Trafalgar House and Cunard underwent massive changes again. In 1998 Kvaerner sold the Cunard Cruise Line to Carnival Corporation and a group of Norwegian investors, who then merged it with the Yachts of Seabourn. A year later the Royal Viking Sun and the two Goddesses were transferred to Seabourn and renamed, leaving only the QE2 and the Vistafjord, which was renamed the Caronia after Cunard’s original ship that sailed in the 1950’s and 1960’s and which introduced World Cruises.

Maintaining the legacy of her Cunard and White Star Line predecessors, the QE2 is an authentic ocean liner and is the fastest ship afloat with a speed of nearly 30 knots. She will bequeath regular transatlantic crossings to sister ship, the Queen Mary 2, the world’s largest ocean liner. After a refurbishment, the QE2 now operates regional cruises from the UK. However, she will continue to operate her annual Round the World Cruise.

The 150,000-ton QM 2 is the first transatlantic liner to be built in more than 30 years, and will operate regular transatlantic crossings in addition to regional cruises in Europe and the Caribbean. A third ship—the 90,000-ton Queen Victoria—is currently on the drafting board and is expected to debut in 2007.

Ships:
Queen Elizabeth 2 1,791 p UK Registry

Queen Mary 2 2,620 p UK Registry

Caronia* 665 p UK Registry

Queen Victoria** 2,000 p UK Registry

*Scheduled to leave Cunard in November 2004, the ship will sail for Saga Cruises under the name Saga Ruby.
**Scheduled to debut in 2007.

Addresses:
24303 Town Center Drive
Suite 200
Valencia, California 91355-0908

UK Office address:

Cunard Line Ltd
Mountbatten House
Grosvenor Square
Southampton S015 2BF
England
Fax (011-44-0238) 022-5843



http://www.cunard.com
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Crystal Cruises, created in 1988, is wholly owned by Tokyo-based Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), which began operating its first commercial ship in 1885. Headquartered in Tokyo, the firm operates over 800 ships, has offices around the globe and is one of the largest shipping companies in the world.

Ships:
Crystal Harmony 960 p Bahamas Registry

Crystal Symphony 960 p Bahamas Registry

Crystal Serenity 1,100 p Bahamas Registry

Address:
2049 Century Park East, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, California 90067
Fax: 1-630-954-3324
Tel: 1-310-785-9300
1-866-446-6625
Fax: 1-310-785-3891
http://www.crystalcruises.com
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Independent cruise only agency offering luxury river cruises at affordable prices.
http://www.cruiseinrivercruises.co.uk
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US-owned Cruise West offers adventure travel on its cruises in North and Central America.

Ships:
Spirit of Oceanus 114 p Bahamas Registry

Spirit of ’98 96 p US Registry

Spirit of Endeavour 102 p US Registry

M/V Pacific Explorer 100 p Honduras Registry

Spirit of Columbia 78 p US Registry

Spirit of Alaska 78p US Registry

Spirit of Discovery 84 p US Registry

Sheltered Seas 70 p US Registry

Address:
2401 Fourth Avenue
Suite 700
Seattle, Washington 98121-1438
Tel: 1-800-580-0072
Fax: 1-206-441-4757
http://www.cruisewest.com
PageRank: 6/10
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Cruceros Australis was founded in 1990 to for cruises in the Chilean-Argentinian Patagonia. The company operates the Mare Australis, an expedition ship which offers expeditionary cruises to remote areas in Southern Patagonia, Beagle Chanel and Cape Horn. A second ship, Via Australis, will debut in November 2005.

Ship:
MV Mare Australis 129 p Chile Registry

Addresses:

4014 Chase Avenue
Suite 202
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Tel. 305-695-9618
Toll Free: 877-678-3772
Fax: 305-534-9276

Chile Address:
Av. El Bosque Norte 0440
Piso 1
Santiago, Chile
Tel. 562-442-3110
Fax. 562-203-5173


http://www.australis.com
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Costa’s parent company, Genoa-based Costa Crociere S.p.A., has been involved in the passenger side of shipping for nearly fifty years. The Costa brand first appeared on the Italian market in 1854 when Giacomo Costa founded a company trading in fabrics and olive oil between Genoa and Sardinia. By 1916,the company was now under the direction of Giacomo’s three sons. They expanded the business and purchased their first ship, Ravenna in 1924, and soon after, the Langano. In the 1930s, Costa, now a major producer of olive oil in Italy, began the tradition of naming their ships after the names of family member. By 1942, Costa’s fleet was made up of nine vessels. After World War II, only the Langano survived.

The family then turned to building and purchasing ships for coastal navigation and started passenger services in 1947 with the sailing of the motor ship Anna C, the first of the Costa fleet to offer air conditioning. The company changed its name to Linea C, which it kept for over three decades on transatlantic links with Latin America. Business services were inaugurated in 1948 to North America and in 1953, the company opened new routes to Venezuela and the Antilles.

In the ensuing years, the company added ships, leased some and owned others, as it streamlined its operations. In the 1980s the Costa group decided to concentrate on the passenger and cruise sector. In 1986, Costa Crociere S.p.A. was created and the idea of a ship as a floating hotel was established. In 1989 the company invited outside investors to increase its financial strength which led to tremendous growth for the company in the 1990s. In June 1997, Costa was purchased by Carnival Corporation and Airtours plc, its European partner at the time. The deal increased the investment capacity of the Genoese company but left its Italian identity untouched. In September 2000, Carnival Corporation purchased all of Airtours’ shares and became the sole shareholder of Costa Crociere.

SHIPS:
Costa Atlantica 2,114 p Italy Registry

Costa Romantica 1,356 p Italy Registry

Costa Victoria 1,928 p Italy Registry

Costa Classica 1,308 p Italy Registry

Costa Allegra 820 p Italy Registry

Costa Tropicale 1,022 p Italy Registry

Costa Europa 1,494 p Italy Registry

Costa Marina 772 p Italy Registry

Costa Magica 2,720 p Italy Registry

Costa Mediterranea 2,114 p Italy Registry

Costa Fortuna 2.720 p Italy Registry

Addresses:

200 South Park Road
Suite 200
Hollywood, Florida 33021
Tel: 1-954-266-5600
Fax: 1-954-266-2100

Italy Contact address:

Costa Crociere S.p.A
Via XII Ottobre 2
16121 Genoa, Italy
Tel: 39-10-5483-396
Fax: 39-10-5483-267


http://www.costacruises.com
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Cruises of Compagnie des Iles du Ponant are
1- SY Le Ponant 64 p France Registry
2- MS Le Levant* 90 p France Registry
*In summer, Le Levant offers cruises on the Great Lakes.

Address:
60, Blvd. du Maréchal
Alphonse Juin
44100 Nantes, France
Tel: 33-2-40-58-14-95
Fax: 33-2-40-58-27-02

US Office:
Conlin Travel/US Reservation Center
3270 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Tel: 888-272-2865
1-734-477-6023
Fax: 1-734-677-1428
http://www.ponant.com
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Owned by the all- inclusive resort company Club Med, the Club Med 2 was built at a French shipyard and sports five 221-foot masts and the latest navigational technology. Caters to youthful guests with her contemporary facilities in a relaxed but trendy setting.

Ship:
Club Med 2 394 p Wallis & Fortuna

Address:
75 Valencia Avenue
Suite 1200
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Fax: 1-630-954-3324
Tel: 1.800-Club Med
1.480-948-9190 (outside US)

France Contact:
Tel: 33-08-36-35-35-35
http://www.clubmed-cruises.com
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Clipper Cruise Line was founded in 1982 by St. Louis-businessman Barney Ebsworth. The line then was acquired by INTRAV, a St. Louis, Missouri- based travel operator of deluxe international tours and air/sea packages. Two years later, INTRAV and Clipper were acquired by Kuoni, a Swiss tour company. Clipper today offers a wide array of international and domestic light-adventure voyages aboard its four small ships.

Cruises :

M/S Clipper Adventurer 122 p Bahamas Registry

Clipper Odyssey 128 p Bahamas Registry

Nantucket Clipper 100 p US Registry

Yorktown Clipper 138 p US Registry

Address:
11969 Westline Industrial Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63146-3220
Tel: 1-314-655-6700
1-800-325-10
1-800-325-11
Fax: 1-314-727-6576

http://www.clippercruise.com
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Choice Charters is a leading cruise tours provider, servicing Sydney, Australia with first-class cruise solutions. We offer several packages for corporate functions, family cruises, private celebrations, boat trips, weddings, dinning, etc. The specialists are experts by profession and guarantee extraordinary preparations, making your event memorable and exciting.
http://www.choicecharters.com.au/
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Celebrity Cruises was founded in 1989 by the owners of the Chandris Line to offer upscale cruises at moderate prices. Today, it is operated as a separate brand by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, the company formed when Celebrity and Royal Caribbean International merged in 1997. In 2001, the parent company launched Royal Celebrity Tours, which offers integrated land-and-sea packages.

Ships:
Zenith 1,374 Bahamas Registry

Horizon 1,354 p Bahamas Registry

Century 1,750 p Bahamas Registry

Century 1,750 p Bahamas Registry

Galaxy 1,870 p Bahamas Registry

Mercury 1,870 p Panama Registry

Millennium 1,950 Bahamas Registry

Infinity 1,950 p Bahamas Registry

Summit 1,950 p Bahamas Registry

Constellation 1,950 p Bahamas Registry

Celebrity Xpedition 98 Ecuador Registry

Kapitan Khlebnikov* 108 p Russia Registry

*Kapitan Khlebnikov, offering cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic, is chartered from Quark Expeditions.

Address:
1050 Caribbean Way
Miami, Florida 33132
Tel: 1-305-539-6000


http://www.celebritycruises.com
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Carnival Cruise Lines has been operating for more than a quarter of a century and was instrumental in the changes that have incurred in the cruise industry. The company was founded in 1972 by Ted Arison, a Florida-based businessman who wanted to make a vacation experience available for the average person. Together with a Boston travel agency, they bought the TSS Mardi Gras (the former Empress of Canada) and launched her when on her maiden voyage, she promptly ran aground. Eventually Arison took over the debt-ridden company, assumed its multimillion debt, bought The Empress of Britain for a pittance (renamed her the TSS Carnivale), and created the “fun ship’’ logo-moves, which boosted sales and turned a profit in Arison’s first year as sole owner.

Over the next two decades, the company added more ships and introduced trend-setting superliners-Celebration, Holiday and Jubilee. In 1990, the first of the six new Fantasy class vessels, the 70,367-ton Fantasy, made her debut By 1996, with six Fantasy-Class ships added to the fleet, the company introduced the first Destiny Class passenger vessel to exceed 100,00 tons, the Carnival Destiny, which at the time became the world’s largest cruise ship. By 2002, the company had added two more Fantasy-Class vessels and two more Destiny-Class ships.

In 2001, the first of the new Spirit Class vessels, the Carnival Spirit made her debut. By spring 2004, three more Spirit-Class vessels were launched.

In 2002, Carnival introduced the Conquest Class with its largest ship to date, Carnival Conquest, at 110,000 gross and passenger capacity at 2,974. A year later Carnival Glory made its debut. By spring of 2005, two more Conquest-class ships will have been added: Carnival Valor and Cardinal Liberty. Both the Spirit and Conquest class of ship are not able to transport the Panama Canal.

Along the way, cruise lines were added and Ted Arison’s son Micky Arison came on board working his way up to president of Carnival in 1979. In 1990 he was appointed chairman of the line. When the parent company, Carnival Corporation, was formed in 1994, Arison assumed the chairmanship.) Micky Arison engineered the acquisition in 1989 of Holland American Line and Windstar Cruises, and partial ownership in Seabourn Cruise Line in 1992; four years later Carnival owned 50 percent of the company.

In 1997, Carnival bought part ownership in Airtours, a European tour company, and together the companies bought Costa Cruises. The following year Carnival acquired a majority interest in Cunard from the line’s parent company Kvaerner ASA and purchased the remaining shares in fall 1998. In 2000, Carnival bought out Airtours’ shares of Costa and took 100 percent ownership of the Italian line. On April 17, 2003, agreements were finalized to combine Carnival Corporation with P & O Princess Cruises plc, creating a dually merged company.

Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise - vacation group in the world, with a portfolio of 12 cruise brands in North America, Europe and Australia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Windstar Cruises, AIDA, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Ocean Village, P&O Cruises, Swan Hellenic, and P&O Cruises Australia. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates the leading tour companies in Alaskan and the Canadian Yukon, Holland America Tours and Princess Tours.

SHIPS:
Holiday Class (three ships):

Holiday 1,452 p Bahamas Registry
Jubilee, 1,486 p Bahamas Registry
Celebration 1,486 p Panama Registry

Fantasy Class (eight ships):

Fantasy 2,056 p Panama Registry
Ecstasy, 2,052 p Panama Registry
Sensation 2,052 p Bahamas Registry
Fascination 2,052 p Bahamas Registry
Imagination 2,052 p Bahamas Registry
Inspiration 2,052 p Bahamas Registry
Elation 2,052 p Panama Registry
Paradise 2,052 p Panama Registry

Destiny Class (3 ships)

Carnival Destiny 2,642 p; Bahamas Registry
Carnival Triumph 2,758 p Bahamas Registry
Carnival Victory 2,758 p Panama Registry

Spirit Class (4 ships):

Carnival Spirit 2,124 p Panama Registry
Carnival Pride - 2,124 p Panama Registry
Carnival Legend 2,124 p Panama Registry
Carnival Miracle 2,974 p Panama Registry

Conquest Class:

Carnival Conquest 2,976 p Panama Registry
Carnival Glory 1,976 p Panama Registry

Address:
3655 N.W. 87 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33178
Tel: 1-305-599-2600
Fax: 1-630-954-3324
1-800-CARNIVAL
Fax: 1-305-599-8630
http://www.carnival.com
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