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The following are websites of the big 4 cruise players.

No.1: Carnival Corporation

No.2: Royal Caribbean Group

No.3: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

No.4: Mediterranean Shipping Cruises


Norwegian Cruise Line bought Prestige Cruises International, a parent company of Oceania Cruises & Regent Seven Seas Cruises in September 2014.

The Sun Princess of Princess Cruises, a brand of Carnival Corp. left Japan for Australia in 2015 because of a failure of attracting guests.

In May, 2015, Genting Hong Kong Limited bought Crystal Cruises, Inc. from Nippon Yusen Kaisha.

Aida Cruises has announced that the maiden voyage for the Aidaprima which was originally going to begin from Yokohama on October 1, 2015 have now been delayed. Because Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in Nagasaki is unable to deliver her on time.

On March 14, 2016, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) delivered the AIDAprima, built for AIDA Cruises at MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works. On the day, the AIDAprima departed for Hamburg, Germany.

Carnival Corporation quit sailings under its fathom brand in 2016 because of a failure of attracting guests.

On March 19, Ctrip and Royal Caribbean announced that SkySea Cruise Line, a joint venture they established in 2014, will be ending operations.

On August 1, 2018, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that it has completed its acquisition of Silversea Cruises.

Pullmantur Cruceros, partially owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., filed for reorganization in June, 2020.

In January 2021, Royal Caribbean Group said it is selling its Azamara Club Cruises for $201 million to private-equity firm Sycamore Partners.

On January 19, 2022, Genting Hong Kong announced that it filed for provisional liquidation to the Supreme Court of Bermuda.