Fred. Olsen Black Watch A true British favourite, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is one of the longest-established cruise lines in the world and has been refining the cruise experience for more than a century and a half. As a family-operated company, it is justly proud of its lineage and heritage as much as its success. The present Olsen & Company businesses began with...

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Chef serving a whole fish to diners in a restaurant on a Princess Cruises ship Princess Cruises is every inch the American sophisticate, priding itself on showcasing the good things in life in a more tasteful fashion than its brasher Stateside counterparts. In fact, this cruise line is something of a quiet revolutionary; debuting innovative features that inevitably flow out across the cruise industry to become the norm. Pacific Princess -...

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Princess Cruises - Ship at sea Princess Cruises are elegant and relaxing, offering a chance to embrace new destinations and cultures while relaxing in the surroundings of your ships' dining venues, entertainment and sun decks. With a fleet that offers fun, excitement and indulgence, here is a small guide on what to expect on a cruise with Princess Cruises. Before you...

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Captain Mickey Mouse high-fiving a family on a Disney Cruise Line ship Disney Cruise Line doesn’t just tick all the right boxes when it comes to family cruises, it sprinkles them with fairy dust and adds a treasure chest of magical touches too. And while several cruise lines claim to be child-friendly, Disney stands out as the one that is truly family-centric, where youngsters and their parents...

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A Viking Ocean cruise ship sailing into Venice When river cruise giant Viking Cruises turned its attention to wider horizons by launching its first sea-going ships, charismatic owner Torstein Hagen promised to restore elegance to the world of ocean cruising. Penthouse Junior Suite Even though it was virtually unheard of for cruise lines to cross the divide from rivers to oceans, Viking was...

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A waiter serving fine afternoon tea to a passenger on-board Cunard's Queen Mary 2 cruise ship Although it is part of the American-owned Carnival Corporation, Cunard is quintessentially British. Its three ships, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and the flagship, Queen Mary 2, are all Southampton-based. All embrace the concept of formal dressing, maritime traditions like the captain’s midday announcement, and elegant surroundings that evoke the glamour of the golden age of...

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Teenager in the skydiving simulator on-board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship Royal Caribbean International is an undisputed giant of the cruising world. Not only does it boast the world’s largest ships – the biggest of which holds a whopping 6,780 passengers – it is continually pushing back the boundaries of ocean-going attractions in an ever-more imaginative way. Wind back the clock one or two decades and no...

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Contemporary lounge area on a Holland America Line ship Founded in 1873 under the name Holland-Amerika Lijn, this enterprising company offered a transatlantic passenger service between Rotterdam and New York until 1971, when Holland America abandoned passenger transportation and switched to running cruise ships full time. In 1989 Holland America Line became a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corporation. The company’s fleet of 15...

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