Head to the grocery store and you might be surprised that a number of your favorite brands are actually owned by much larger companies.
For instance, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is actually owned by Unilever. Tide laundry detergent is owned by Procter & Gamble. Kool-Aid is owned by Kraft.
It’s the same thing for automobiles. Acura is part of Honda. Lexus is part of Toyota. And Audi is part of Volkswagen.
Believe it or not, it’s a similar model in the cruise business. Three major companies: Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD., and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings LTD., own the majority of lines out there.
Below, we’ve put together an infographic that shows exactly which cruise lines are owned by which companies. Check it out:
Cruise Line Ownership Infographic
Cruise Lines Owned by Carnival Corporation & PLC.
Many people know that Carnival Corporation is big, but don’t realize quite how large they are. Carnival Corp. of course owns the famous Carnival Cruise Line, but they also own luxury brands like Princess and Holland America.
Want even more luxurious offerings? Carnival Corp. is the owner of Cunard (with the famous Queen Mary 2) and the ultra-luxury line Seabourn. It also owns lines that aren’t heavily promoted in the United States, including Costa, P&O Cruises, and AIDA.
Cruise Lines Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD.
Like Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. is most famous for its own namesake: Royal Caribbean International. The company also own Celebrity Cruises and the ultra-luxury line Silversea, along with the immersive Azamara.
In addition to these lines, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. owns partial stakes in both Pullmantur and TUI Cruises.
Cruise Lines Owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings LTD.
Of the “Big Three” cruise companies, the smallest is Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings LTD. Even so, it still owns several lines under its umbrella.
First is the namesake Norwegian Cruise Line, which has soared in popularity as it has continually launched new and bigger ships like the Norwegian Encore.
Also within the parent company are two luxury lines known for their smaller ship experience: Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises.
Yes, just how Toyota has its namesake Toyota brand and then the luxury Lexus brand, Norwegian offers both “mass-market” and luxury offerings in its lines.
Independent Cruise Lines
There are a handful of cruise lines that are independent, or at least they are independent of other major cruise line operators.
For instance, Disney Cruise Line is part of Disney, but not part of another line. Meanwhile, Virgin Voyages and MSC Cruises (part of the MSC Group that also has container ships around the world) operate as independent cruise lines that aren’t under the umbrella of another major cruise company.
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Carnival Cruise Line is my favorite Cruise Line