Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is one of the world's leading marine transportation companies. It is also one of the biggest, operating a fleet of about 600 vessels that include container vessels, bulk carriers, car carriers, tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, ferries and cruise ships. The company also has interests in finance, insurance, and real estate The company was established in 1942 as part of Osaka Shosen Kaisha (O.S.K.) Line (founded in 1884 during the period of early industrialization in Japan) and now remains part of the Mitsui group, who is one of its major shareholders. The new Mitsui OSK Lines was established in 1999 as the result of merging MOL and Navix Line. Its top competitors in its field are such well-established companies as A.P. M©ªller, Kawasaki Kisen, and NYK Line. A Japan-based company, Mitsui OSK Lines owns all kinds of vessels, warehouses and operates marine terminals all over the world. Its cruise vessels and containers with the company¡¯s alligator logo can be found in any port worldwide. Today, the company¡¯s major area of operations is international shipping, mostly over long distances; however, it is also offers cruise services and a leader in Japan cruise industry. The department of MOL that deals with passenger cruises is Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Lines, Ltd. (MOPAS). The cruise routes the company offers cover the globe and offer excellent levels of comfort, luxury, and safety that allow travelers to fully enjoy the pleasures of a sea voyage. Programs and schedules are tailored to meet different customer desires and budgets. Destinations are not limited geographically¬Ø they include Japan coastal tours, Southeast Asia, Micronesia, the Americas, Oceania, and Australia. MOPAS features Fuji Maru (built in 1989) and Nippon Maru (built in 1990), the two wonders of the Japanese shipbuilding. Launch of these advanced vessels was a turning point in the country¡¯s cruise industry, for they are unrivaled in their level of luxury and security by any other Japanese cruise liner. Both vessels can carry more than 600 passengers each and have such features as sky lounge, salon, dining room, theater, swimming pool, casino, and children¡¯s program. The major limitation you should be aware of if you are going on a voyage with this company is that it focuses mostly on Japanese passengers and you need to have some experience in the language and the culture if you are not native to the country. The other limitation is that the vessel is primarily designed as a work-study cruise ship; therefore, it does not work so well on pure leisure voyages. The interior design is traditionally Japanese, and the service is traditionally superb. Taking a sea voyage on MOPAS¡¯s giant and luxurious cruiser liners is a positive experience for a person with interest in the Japanese culture and speaking a bit of Japanese. Combined with all the conveniences a modern cruise vessels offer, this specialty of traveling on a Mitsui OSK Lines liner will make you marine experience unforgettable.