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The following are cruise ships based in Japan.

MOL Cruises, Ltd./Mitsui Ocean Cruises

Nippon Maru(22,472gt)
Mitsui Ocean Fuji (32,477gt)

MOL Cruises
MOL Cruises
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
V. Group
M.O. Tourist

NYK Cruises Co., Ltd.

Peace Boat

Okinawa Amami Cruise Jigyo Kaihatsu Co., Ltd. (under contemplation)

Ocean Silk Road Inc. (under contemplation)

Kaguya (370,000gt)

Ocean Silk Road Inc.


Nippon Charter Cruise Ltd. was out of business due to its poor business performance in June 2013 and went into liquidation at the end of March, 2014. Its Fuji Maru (23,340gt) was sold to Mira Cruise Co., Ltd. in December 2013, and renamed Mira 1.

Mira Cruise Co., Ltd planned a new concept cruise, 'Ryoyo Cruise (=Cure Cruise)' and set out to open a business in 2015, but gave up the idea of it. Its future remains uncertain.

Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line Ltd. applied to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for its restructuring programs under the Act on Special Measures Concerning Revitalization of Industry and Innovation in Industrial Activities on December 16, 2013, and got certified on December 26, 2013. The ending time period of the restructuring programs is March 2016. Mitsui sets out to reform its profits and losses by the end of the period. In 2010, it renovated its Nippon Maru cruise ship, however, tailspined its financial health because of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011.

A project of the 370,000gt condo cruise ship, which Japan Contents Network Inc. planned seemed to be took over by a Singapore-based Ocean Silk Road Inc. in 2013.

Okayama-based Ryobi Group announced that it will launch a 2500gt cruise ship in Seto Naikai (Inland Sea) in 2018, and then it announced it will launch a 9,000gt cruise ship in April 2020.

Peace Boat announced at COP 21 that it will build a 55,000gt ecoship. The ship is due to enter service in 2020.

On October 7, 2016, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) will book an extraordinary loss totaling 195 billion yen (U.S. $1.89 billion) for the interim period of its current fiscal year.

On May 30, 2017, Peace Boat signed a LOI with Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc. to build the Ecoship which is set to enter service in April 2020.

Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line canceled "Tonde(=fly and) Cruise Hokkaido D-course," which was set to depart from Otaru aboard the Nippon Maru cruise ship on September 6, 2018, because of the "Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake" on the day.

On December 30, 2018, the Nippon Maru crashed into U.S. Navy's Delta Pier in Apra Harbor, Guam. The cruise was canceled.

Peace Boat said that it suspended its Ecoship project for 2 years on January 22, 2019.

On January 24, 2019, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) agreed with Anchor Ship Partners Co., Ltd. regarding the transfer of 50% of the shares of NYK Line's consolidated subsidiary, NYK Cruises Co., Ltd., and the joint operation of the cruise ship business.

Mira Cruise's Mira 1 (ex-Fuji Maru, 23,340gt) left Tsuneishi where she was laid up, for Ningde, China on January 29, 2019.

The transport ministry on March 8, 2019 ordered Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line Ltd. to secure safety, after a captain’s drinking and inappropriate operation of the Nippon Maru cruise ship involved in an accident in Guam on December 30, 2018.

On April 26, 2019, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) reported a loss of approximately 44.5 billion yen (US$400 million) for the year ended March 31, 2019.

On May 15, 2019, NYK Cruises Co. Ltd. announced that the Asuka II cruise ship (50,142gt) will undergo a 45-day makeover at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore from the middle of January 2020. SOx scrubbers will be also installed.

Peace Boat will charter the Zenith (47,413gt, 1992) and is expected to operate her with the existing Ocean Dream cruise ship from 2020.

On July 12, 2019, Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line announced that it will renovate its Nippon Maru cruise ship to take about 50 days from mid-February through early April 2020 at MHI Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works.

The Mira 1 was renamed to "Fuji" and is being refurbished at Fujian Baima Shipyard in Fujian Province as of November 2019.

On February 24, 2020, NYK Cruises announced all cruises in March 2020 and the "World Cruise 2020" which was set to depart from Yokohama on April 2 with the Asuka II cruise ship were canceled due to the infection spread of the novel coronavirus or the COVID-19.

On February 25, 2020, Japan Cruise Line announced that 13 cruises with the Pacific Venus from February to April 2020 will be canceled due to the infection spread of the novel coronavirus in Japan.

On March 9, 2020, Peace Boat (Japan Grace) announced that the world cruise with the Zenith, which was set to depart in April will be canceled due to the infection spread of the novel coronavirus.

On June 16, 2020, the Asuka II was on a minor fire in the port of Yokohama.

Japan Grace (Peace Boat) announced in September 2020, that it will charter the Sun Princess and rename the Pacific World to replace the current Ocean Dream and the Zenith ships, and will resume global voyages with the solo ship from August 2021.

On March 31, 2021, NYK Cruises announced that it signed a contract with Meyer Werft to build a new LNG-fueled cruise ship (51,950gt, LOA: 228.9m, Beam: 29.8m, Draft: 6.70m, Pass: 740, Crew: 470). She is expected to be completed in 2025.

NYK Cruises decided to reduce its capital from 2 billion yen to 100 million yen on August 2, 2021.

On January 21, 2022, the Fuji (ex-Fuji Maru) arrived at Gadani, Pakistan. She is expected to be scrapped.

On November 1, 2022, Japan Cruise Line announced that it will wind up its cruise business in January 2023.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced that its board of directors on November 25, 2022 decided on a plan to build two new cruise ships.

In March 2023, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines bought Seabourn Odyssey (32,477gt, built in 2009) from Carnival Corporation's Seabourn Cruise Line.

On May 10, 2023, Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line (MOPAS) announced that it will change its trade name to MOL Cruises, Ltd. on August 1, 2023.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and KDDI Corporation will conduct trial use of "Starlink Business" satellite broadband system on the Nippon Maru cruise ship, the Sunflower Sapporo and the Sunflower Satsuma car ferries, and the Musashi Maru domestic RORO vessel from August 2023, and plan to introduce the system starting autumn 2023.

NYK Cruises announced on September 14, 2023, that it decided to name a new cruise ship, which is set to enter service in 2025, "Asuka III (=Asuka three)," and her home port will be Yokohama.

On October 12, 2023, MOL Cruises annonced that it will launch "Mitsui Ocean Cruises" as its cruise brand, and the name of the new ship that will be introduced in December 2024 is "Mitsui Ocean Fuji."

On December 7, 2023, Pacific Venus (Eastern Venus), which has been laid up at Aioi, Japan left for Shidao, China. South Korean "Duwon Shipping" bought her.

Ryobi Holdings ordered a cruise ship (from 9,000gt to 10,000gt) from West Sea in Portugal on December 20, 2023. The "Yacht-style passenger ship" will be built at Viana do Castelo shipyard in Portugal and set to be delivered in 2027. The deal is worth 100 million euros.

MOL Cruises announced in February 2024, the signing of an agreement with V.Ships Leisure for the management of the Mitsui Ocean Fuji (ex-Seabourn Odyssey).

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