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Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. was formed in 1997 when Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, founded in 1968, and Celebrity Cruises, founded in 1988, was then purchased. The decision was made to keep the two cruise line brands separate following the merger; as a result Royal Caribbean Cruise Line was re-branded Royal Caribbean International and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. was established as the new parent company of both Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.
A third brand under Royal Caribbean Cruises ownership was formed in 2000 when Island Cruises was created as a joint venture with British First Choice Holidays. Island Cruises became an informal cruise line on the British and Brazilian markets.
In November 2006, Royal Caribbean Cruises purchased Pullmantur Cruises based in Madrid, Spain. From there, the company expanded radically with the creation of new cruise lines: Azamara Club Cruises was created in May 2007 as a subsidiary of Celebrity Cruises and CDF Croisières de France, aimed at French-language customers, in May 2008.Another new cruise line, TUI Cruises began operations in 2009. The brand is aimed at a German-speaking audience and is a joint venture with TUI AG.
TUI Travel had previously become the owner of 50% of Island Cruises following their merger with First Choice Holidays in 2007. In October 2008 Royal Caribbean Cruises sold their share of Island Cruises to TUI.
Super Star Cruises
MS SuperStar Gemini is a cruise ship owned and operated by Star Cruises. She was built in 1992 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France as MS Dream ward for traffic with Norwegian Cruise Line. In 1998 she was lengthened at Lloyd Weft in Bremerhaven, Germany and renamed as the Norwegian Dream. In late 2012, she was transferred to the fleet of Star Cruise and renamed SuperStar Gemini.
MSC Cruises is a Swiss-based, global cruise company with headquarters in Geneva. It is the world's largest privately-owned cruise company, employs 15,500 people worldwide and has offices in 45 countries. Originally founded as Lauro Lines by Achille Lauro, the company entered the cruise business in the 1960s, operating two ships, the Angelina Lauro and MS Achille Lauro, both of which met fiery ends. After the Angelina Lauro burnt in the port of St.Thomas in 1979, Lauro Lines, In 1989, Mediterranean Shipping Company bought Flotta Lauro and renamed it StarLauro Cruises. In 1994, the Achille Lauro caught fire and sank. In 1995, the company name was changed to MSC Cruises.
Oceania Cruises is a Miami, Florida, United States-based shipping company that operates five premium cruise ships on world-wide itineraries. One ship will be added to the fleet in March 2016. Since April 2007, Oceania Cruises has been owned by Apollo Management. While it also offers shorter cruises, Oceania is also known for its long cruises lasting up to 180 days. The line's president is Kunal S. Kamlani.