Carnival Corporation & plc


Carnival Corporation & plc is an Anglo-American cruise operator and is currently the world’s largest travel and leisure company, with a combined fleet of over 100 vessels across ten well known cruise line brands.

As a dual-listed company, Carnival Corporation & plc is composed of two companies, the US-based Carnival Corporation and the UK-based Carnival plc, which both companies functioning as one entity. The Carnival Corporation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and Carnival plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

The Carnival Corporation was founded as Carnival Cruise Line in 1972 as a subsidiary of American International Travel Service (AITS) by Ted Arison and Meshulam Riklis. In 1987 Carnival completed an initial public offering of 20 percent of its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange, raising approximately $400m. The capital raised was used to finance acquisitions, so in 1993 the business was restructured as a holding company, under the name Carnival Corporation, with Carnival Cruise Line becoming its principal subsidiary. Between 1989 and 1999, the company acquired Holland America LineWindstar Cruises, WestoursSeabourn Cruise LineCosta Cruises and Cunard.

P&O Princess Cruises plc was formed in the year 2000 following the demerger of the passenger cruise operations of P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises from the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) Group. Following the demerger the company acquired AIDA Cruises, as well as establishing the A’Rosa Cruises and Ocean Village brands.

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Carnival Corporation & plc Archive

© Erwin Willemse

MV Vasco Da Gama – Past and Present

MV Vasco Da Gama, ex Pacific Eden, Statendam – Steel twin screw motor vessel (Statendam Class or ‘S’ Class) built in 1993 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italiani, Monfalcone, Italy. (Yard No 5881) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Holland America Line

© Wolfgang Kramer

MV Regal Princess (1991) – Past and Present

MV Pacific Dawn, ex Regal Princess – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1991 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italiani, Monfalcone, Italy (Yard No 5840) as a Passenger (Cruise) Vessel for Sitmar Cruises

© Sydney Sinclair

MV Magellan – Past and Present

MV Magellan, ex Grand Holiday, Carnival Holiday, Holiday – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1985 by Danyard Aalborg AS, Aalborg. Denmark (Yard No 246) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Carnival Cruise Lines

© Cees Bustraan

MV Arcadia – Past and Present

MV Arcadia, ex Queen Victoria – Steel twin Azipod ‘Vista Class’ motor vessel built in 2005 by Fincantieri – Cantieri Nav. Italiani S.p.A. Porto Marghera, Italy (Yard No 6078) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for P&O Cruises

© Erwin Willemse

MV Oceana – Past and Present

MV Oceana, ex Ocean Princess – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Fincantieri – Cantieri Navali Italiani SpA. Monfalcone (Yard No 6044) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Princess Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia

© Dennis Mortimer

MV Azamara Pursuit – Past and Present

MV Azamara Pursuit, ex Adonia, Royal Princess, Minerva II, R8 – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2001 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, Frankrike (Yard No Z31) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship

© Wil Weijsters

MV Crown Princess (1990) – Past and Present

MV Karnika, ex Pacific Jewel, Ocean Village Two, Aidablu, A’Rosa Blu, Crown Princess – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1990 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italiani, Monfalcone, Italy (Yard No 5839) as a Passenger (Cruise) Vessel