Abercrombie & Kent
The M/S Explorer (96 passengers) makes luxury expedition cruises with Zodiac landing craft and naturalist lecturers in remote regions of the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and Antarctica. (800) 426-7794.
Alaska Sightseeing/Cruise West
The Spirit of Discovery (84 p), Spirit of Alaska (82 p), Spirit of Glacier Bay (58 p), Spirit of '98 (101 p) and upcoming Spirit of Columbia (72 p, the former New Shoreham II) provide casual quarters and close-up views of Alaska in summer, the Pacific Northwest in spring and fall and the San Francisco Bay area in spring. (800) 426-7702.
American Canadian Caribbean Line
Caribbean Prince (76 p), Mayan Prince (90 p) and new Niagara Prince (84 p) are low-key, non-fancy U.S.-flag vessels with casual dress, soft adventures and lots of seniors aboard. (800) 556-7450.
American Hawaii Cruises
The Constitution (798 p) and Independence (798 p) are U.S.-flag ships based in Honolulu that emphasize Hawaiian traditions, food and culture as they cruise around the islands. (800) 765-7000.
A fleet of 13 small steamers (131-322 p) sails the coast of Norway year-round, stopping at 35 ports along the way as they deliver mail and supplies. (800) 666-2374.
Carnival Cruise Lines
The glittering "fun ships" Fascination (2,040 p), Sensation (2,040 p), Ecstasy (2,040 p), Fantasy (2,040 p), Celebration (1,486 p), Jubilee (1,486 p), Holiday (1,486 p), Tropicale (1,022 p) and Festivale (1,146 p) will be joined by the new Imagination (2,040 p) in July of 1995. (800) 327-9501.
The Horizon (1,354 p), Meridian (1,106 p) and Zenith (1,374 p) cruise the Caribbean, Bermuda and part of the Panama Canal with outstanding food and service at moderate prices for young and middle-age couples and families. (800) 395-2300.
Clipper Adventure Cruises
The World Discoverer (138 p) offers expedition-type adventures with Zodiac inflatable landing craft and naturalist-lecturers on board through the end of the Antarctic cruise season in February, after which the ship returns to Society Expeditions. (800) 325-0010.
Clipper Cruise Line
U.S.-flag Yorktown Clipper (138 p) and Nantucket Clipper (102 p) sail America's coastline and waterways, stopping at historic ports along the East Coast for sightseeing and golf programs. (800) 325-0010.
Club Med Cruises
Club Med 1 (376 p) and Club Med 2 (392 p) are sailing ships/motor yachts that cruise the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South Pacific offering water sports and casual Club Med style. (800) 453-7447.
Commodore Cruise Line
Commodore's Enchanted Seas (736 p) sails from New Orleans into the Mexican Caribbean with various theme evenings celebrated aboard. (800) 237-5361.
Costa Cruise Lines
The handsome flagship CostaRomantica (1,350 p) and sister ship CostaClassica (1,300 p) cruise Italian-style in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. (800) 332-6782.
Crystal Harmony (960 p), which cruises worldwide, ranks as one of the top ships in the luxury class of traditional cruise vessels. Sister ship Crystal Symphony (960 p) debuts in May. (800) 446-6620.
A new division within Cunard of mid-sized, moderately priced ships includes the Crown Jewel (800 p), Crown Dynasty (800 p), Cunard Countess (790 p) and Cunard Princess (750 p), offering year-round cruises in the Caribbean and Europe and summer sailings in Alaska. (800) 221-4770.
The QE2 (1,814 p), a city in itself, makes regular transatlantic crossings between New York and Southampton, interspersed with Caribbean cruises throughout the year, plus a 102-day world cruise beginning Jan. 6. (800) 221-4770.
A luxury fleet cruising worldwide under this new label is headed up by the elegant Royal Viking Sun (740 p) and includes the Sagafjord (620 p) and the Vistafjord (736 p), classic mid-sized luxury ships attracting an older, affluent audience, and the yacht-like Sea Goddess I and II (116 p each), renowned for their champagne-and-caviar lifestyle. (800) 458-9000.
Delta Queen Steamboat Co.
The classic Delta Queen (176 p) and more modern Mississippi Queen (436 p) are paddle-wheelers that cruise the Mississippi and other nearby rivers on three- to 12-night sailings from New Orleans and points north. The new American Queen (420 p) joins the fleet next summer. (800) 543-1949.
Diamond Cruise, Inc.
The striking Radisson Diamond (350 p) is a futuristic twin-hulled ship with extra-spacious cabins and public rooms, fine food and service, which sails the Caribbean, Panama Canal and Europe. (800) 333-3333.
Dolphin Cruise Line
SeaBreeze (842 p), OceanBreeze (776 p) and Dolphin IV (588 p) are vintage ships with affordable prices, good for first-time and budget cruisers. (800) 222-1003.
The Argonaut (160 p), Jason (272 p), Neptune (186 p), Odysseus (452 p), Triton (706 p, the former Sunward II) and World Renaissance (536 p) sail the Aegean and Mediterranean in comfort but little style, with some winter Caribbean and South American cruises. (800) 554-4114.