For the company sometimes referred to as Orient Line see Orient Steam Navigation Company Orient Lines was a cruise line specialising in exotic destinations that was in operation 1993—2008. The brand was founded in 1993 by Gerry Herrod who had previously owned Ocean Cruise Lines. Orient Lines was sold to Norwegian Cruise Line in 1998 and ceased operations in March 2008. The brand was sold to new owners in June 2008 and was planned to restart operations in April 2009.