Defunct Cruise Lines
White Star Line
Probably most famous for its ill-fated vessel, the RMS Titanic, White Star Line was founded in 1870 as the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company; the line began with six ships of the Oceanic class: Oceanic (I), Atlantic, Baltic, and Republic, followed by the slightly larger Celtic and Adriatic.
In 1902 the White Star Line was absorbed into a large American shipping conglomerate, International Mercantile Marine Company, but due to financial problems the company was dissolved in 1932.
In 1933 White Star and rival company Cunard were both in serious financial difficulties because of the Great Depression, and on the 10th May 1934 the two companies merged creating Cunard White Star Limited, Cunard continued to operate until 1998 when it was acquired by the Carnival Corporation, the company's headquarters are based in Southampton and California and it still operates under the name of cunard but is a Subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc