- DFDS forms
Scandinavian World Cruises to operate one day cruises out of Miami. Later the
name of the company is changed to SeaEscape Cruises, still existing today.
- Conversion of the SS France to become
the Norway is completed; she is the largest cruise ship in the world when
she is introduced.
- Norwegian America Cruises is formed to manage former North Atlantic
Liners Sagafjord and Vistafjord
as cruise ships after they are retired from transatlantic liner service.
- Royal Viking Star lenghtened in Bremerhaven by AG Weser (sister
ships Royal Viking Sky and Royal Viking Sea will follow).
- Uganda, Canberra and QE2 are sent to the
Falkland Islands, acting as hospital/ troopships during the Falkland War
between England and Argentina.
- Cunard Purchases Norwegian America Cruises
along with it's two ships Saga- and Vistafjord.
Explorer is the first passenger ship to navigate the Northwest Passage through
- Kloster (owner
of Norwegian Caribbean Line) purchases Royal Viking Line, a company owning three 5-star ships sailing
on world wide itineraries.
new cruise operators are founded: Regency Cruises, Windstar Cruises, Dolphin Cruises
and Sundance Cruises.
a year earlier, Premier Cruises starts operations.
- Former DFDS cruise ferry
Scandinavia starts sailing for Sundance Cruises as Stardancer on the US West
Coast. She replaces Sundancer which became a victim of fire a year earlier.
- Carnival take their brand new Holiday
into service. Measuring 46.000GRT she marks the beginning of the era of the
mega cruise ship or superliner.
- For the first time, Royal Caribbean
Cruise Line will operate a vessel from another port than Miami. Nordic Prince
will make seven day cruises from New York to Bermuda.
- Admiral cruises is
formed by merging Eastern & Western Cruises & Sundance Cruises.
- Radisson Diamond
Enters service, the world's first SWATH cruise ship meaning Small Waterplane
Area Twin Hull, making her look like a catamaran. This hull form makes her a
very stable ship.
ssc Radisson Diamond
- NCL changes name fom
Norwegian Caribbean Lines to Norwegian Cruise Line and a new logo is introduced.
- Swedish Kockums shipyard
goes bankrupt after delivery of cruise ships Jubilee (1986) and Celebrations (1987) to Carnival
- Sea Goddes Cruises, operating
two small 5-star yacht cruisers Sea Goddes I and II is
taken over by Cunard Line, which wants to expand in the luxury segment of the cruise
- HAL acquires 50% of Windstar Cruises.
Windstar operates two sail ships and has a third on order at the time.One of
these ships, the Wind Song is the world's first sail assisted cruise ship.
- Queen Elizabeth 2, one of the
world's largest and most famous cruise ships converted from steam to
diesel electric power at Lloyd Werft.
- Seabourn Cruises first 5- star
luxury cruise ship Seabourn Pride is introduced.
- Admiral Cruises merges with Royal Caribbean Cruises.
- Home Line ceases operations.
- Sitmar Cruises is purchased by Princess
- RCCL take delivery of the Sovereign
of the Seas, which is the world's largest cruise ship at the time (73.200
- Carnival tries to take over competitor Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
but does not succeed.
- HAL takes over the remaining 50% of Windstar cruises, and is taken over itself by Carnival Cruise Lines.
- Wartsila, famous yard and
builder of cruise ships goes bankrupt, and is taken over by new owners Kvaerner, new name:
Kvaerner MASA yards.
- Chandris Cruises, which operates a
fleet of elderly liners converted to cruise ships launches Celebrity Cruises, an
upscale brand which in turn will operate luxury, modern ships.
Celebrity Cruises' first two ships: Meridian (top) and Horizon (bottom)
- Renaissance Cruises formed.
- Mitsui OSK introduces the Fuji Maru, a cruise ship mainly catering for the domestic Japanese cruise market.
- Lindblad Travel, the firm that
started soft expedition cruising, closes it's doors.
- Aloha Pacific Cruises, a company
which organised cruises in Hawaiian waters goes bankrupt: Monterey, their
only ship is put up for sale. She is sold to Mediterranean Shipping Cruises the