Carnival Corporation & plc - company profile


Carnival logoUnder the umbrella of the globally operating British-American cruise company Carnival Corporation & plc act nine well-known societies as well Fathom, the Newcomer of the Year 2015. The Carnival Group is the world's largest cruise operator and one of the largest tourism companies with around 11 million guests annually. Leading brands are part of the group's portfolio.

The origins of the company group go back to those founded in 1972 Carnival Cruise Lines. Their first ship ran, the Mardi Gras, already on her maiden voyage Miami due to. However, this mishap could not slow down the company's development. Carnival expanded unstoppably after acquisitions and an IPO. Since 1993 the company name Carnival Corporation & plc has been used to bundle the holding activities. The term Carnival Cruise Lines, on the other hand, is only used for the cruise activities of the founding company.

Princess Cruises - Ruby Princess in Fort LauderdalePrincess Cruises - Ruby Princess in Fort Lauderdale


After the merger of Carnival Corporation with P&O Princess Cruises plc, the world's largest cruise company was created in 2003. The corporation has two headquarters in Miami / Florida and in London. Its shares are listed on both the New York Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. The group claims to be the most profitable travel company in the leisure sector. 

AIDA Cruises - AIDAsol in LisbonAIDA Cruises - AIDAsol in Lisbon


The group includes the following predominantly very well-known brands that are well established on the market:

Seabourn Sojourn in the port of Valletta / MaltaSeabourn Sojourn in the port of Valletta / Malta


In addition to the cruise lines, an operator for tours in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon region enriches the group's range of services. In April 2011, the 100th ship became the Carnival Magic, accepted. Currently, in December 2015, according to the stock exchange information services, the association has a fleet of 101 cruise ships. Five ships are to be added to the fleet in 2016, including two ships from AIDA Cruises.

Holland America Line - Eurodam in Venice

Holland America Line - Eurodam in Venice

The company notes that 200.000 guests are carried on board all ships at any one time. This roughly corresponds to the population of the city of Karlsruhe. 

Cunard - Queen Victoria in IstanbulCunard - Queen Victoria in Istanbul


Despite everything, not everything is going well in the ranks of the Carnival group. In January 2012, the one acquired in 2006 collided Costa Concordia in front of the island of Giglio with a rock. A total of 32 people lost their lives in this accident. In addition, a diver had a fatal accident. The cost of scrapping the wreck should amount to around 100 million euros

Carnival - Carnival Legend off BelizeCarnival - Carnival Legend off Belize


It was not fatal, but quite spectacular on board the Carnival Triumph in February 2013, after a fire in the engine room in the Gulf of Mexico caused power generation to be interrupted and the ship to be unable to maneuver. The resulting conditions on the ship were described as bleak. In March 2013, the Carnival dream and the Carnival Legend hit the headlines because of drive problems.

P&O - Ventura in SouthamptonP&O - Ventura in Southampton


(Karl Beyer - Update December 2015)