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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.

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

3655 N.W. 87 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33178
Tel: 1-305-599-2600
Fax: 1-630-954-3324
Fax: 1-305-599-8630
PageRank: 0/10
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Captain Cook Cruises specializes in small-ship destination cruises in Australia and the Pacific. An Australian family owned and operated company for 35 years Captain Cook Cruises now offer passengers a wide variety of scheduled cruises on Australia's three major waterways—Sydney Harbour, the Murray River, the Great Barrier Reef— and also in the Fiji Islands.

MV Reef Endeavour 168 p
Reef Escape/Dro Ki Cakau. 120 p
Spirit of the Pacific (topsail schooner)
PS Murray Princess (paddlewheeler) 120 p
Nine Sydney Harbour cruise vessels

No.6 Jetty, Circular Quay
Sydney NSW 2000 (Australia)
Phone: + 61 2 9206 1122
Fax: +61 2 9251 4725
PageRank: 6/10
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Canadian Sailing Expeditions provides premier coastal cruising adventures to extraordinary destinations.

Caledonia 80p - Canada Registry

PO Box 2613
Halifax NS B3J 3N5
Phone: 902 429 1474
Toll Free: 877 429 WIND
PageRank: 4/10
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Bora Bora Cruises operates trips in French Polynesia.

Tu Moana 37 p Tahiti Registry

Ti Moana 37 p Tahiti Registry

PO Box 40186
Fare Tony-Vaiete
98713 Papeete, Tahiti
French Polynesia
Tel +689 544 505
689-54-45-17 (N/SAmerica)
Fax +689 451 065
PageRank: 4/10
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Blue Lagoon’s small vessels cruise around the Fiji islands.

MV Mystique Princess 72 p Fiji Registry

MV Nanuya Princess 52 p Fiji Registry

MV Yasawa Princess 66 p Fiji Registry

MV Lycianda 44 p Fiji Registry

Post Office Box 130
183 Vitogo Parade,
Lautoka, Fiji Islands
Fax: 1-630-954-3324
Tel: 679 666-1622
Fax 679 666-4098
PageRank: 4/10
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Started 25 years ago, Blackbeard Cruises operates three Coast Guard sailboats that can be chartered for diving excursions in the outer isleands of the Bahamas. The Cat Ppalu's is a schooner-rigged catamaran that can be chartered for pleasure/research cruises to the northern Exhumas in the Bahamas. The Aqua Cat is a 102-foot catamaran that is set up for individuals or group charters. Blackbeard's Charters does all the bookings for the vessels.

Pirate's Lady 24 p

Morning Star 24 p

Sea Explorer 24 p

Cat Pplau 16 p

Aqua Cat 22 p

PO Box 66-1091
Miami, FL 33266
Lautoka, Fiji Islands
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American Cruise Lines’ small ships explore the waterways of the Eastern US.

American Eagle 49 p US Registry

American Glory 49 p US Registry

American Spirit* 100 p US Registry

*Debuts in 2005.

American Cruise Lines, Inc.
741 Boston Post Road, Suite 200
Guilford, CT 06437
Tel: 800-814-6880 / 203-453-6800
Fax: 203-453-0417
PageRank: 5/10
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Off - the -beaten - track cruises by a company offering year-round voyages from the northern waters of Labrador and Newfoundland, to the Great Lakes, to the southerly tropics of the Caribbean and Central America. The ships are uniquely designed to cruise waterways that bigger ships can't.

Grande Caribe 100 p US Registry

Grande Mariner 100 p US Registry

Niagara Prince 84 p US Registry

461 Water Street
Warren, Rhode Island 02885
PO Box 368
Tel: 1-800-556-7450
Tel: 1-401-247-0955
Fax: 1401-247-2350
PageRank: 0/10
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A’Rosa Cruises is part of Seetours, which, in turn is owned by POPrincess Cruises, now part of Carnival Corporation & Plc. The cruises are aimed at the German-speaking trade.

Ship: A’ROSA Blu 1,596 UK

Am Seehafen 1
Siementrasse 90
63203 New Isenberg
Tel: 018039-27672
PageRank: 0/10
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Aida Cruises is owned by Seetours, a subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, which, in turn is owned by Carnival & Plc. The cruises are geared for the German-speaking trade.

AIDAcara 1,186 p UK

Aida Blu 1,596p UK

AIDAvita 1,582p UK

AIDAura 1,582p UK

Am Seehafen 1
Siemenstrasse 90
63203 New Isenberg
PageRank: 0/10
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