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Carnival corporation & plc is the world's largest travel company operating more than 100 ships. The company came into being in 1972 by the cruise industry pioneer, Ted Arison. The ships of Carnival Corporation & plc visit over 700 ports all over the world providing an extraordinary and amazing vacation to millions of travelers every year. The company operates a total of nine cruise lines for which it employs a diverse, passionate, and talented workforce from nearly 150 countries to host the guests approximately 13 million in number, every year.

Carnival Corporation & plc is a dual-listed company, composed of two companies namely, Carnival Corporation (headquartered in the United States), and Carnival plc (based in the United Kingdom). Both the companies work as a single entity under the name Carnival Corporation & plc making it the world's largest cruise company.

All the nine cruise lines under Carnival Corporation & plc offer exceptional value as well as an extraordinary and diverse range of vacation options to millions of guests from different backgrounds, cultures, and languages.

Carnival Corporation & plc ranks 312 for the world's largest public companies, and 94 for America's largest public companies based on Forbes Global 2000 list of world's largest public companies and Forbes list of America's largest public companies.

The headquarters of the company is located in Miami, Florida, USA, and the UK.

As of 2019, Carnival Corporation & plc has 120,000 employees working under the company as a whole.


The top priorities of Carnival Corporation & plc are to provide a safe and sound voyage to travelers, protect the environment, and to comply with all the requirements for everywhere they operate. The vision of Carnival Corporation is to deliver an unmatched delight so that guests may spend a joyful vacation. They are always exceeding their guests' expectations and are committed to just positive and a corporate culture based on diversity and inclusion. They are transparent to each other and drive with integrity, trust, and respect for each other. They intend to be an exemplary corporate leaving the people and places they touch even better.


Carnival corporation & plc together deliver delightful vacation experiences and step forward to shareholder returns by exceeding the expectations of guests and leveraging their industry-leading scale.


In 1972, the cruise industry pioneer Ted Arison formed Carnival Cruise lines and thence, the Carnival Corporation came into existence in 1994.

From 1989 to 1999, this was the period when the company acquired Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Seabourn cruise line, and Windstar Cruises. The name Carnival Corporation & plc was adopted to distinguish the flagship cruise line subsidiary from its parent company.

P&O Princess Cruises plc was formed in 2000 under the cruise ship division of the P&O group which was the pioneer to operate the commercial cruise ships in the world. The company acquired Princess cruises in 1974, further acquired AIDA cruises and established A'Rosa cruises, and Ocean Village brands following the demerger in the 20th century.

In 2003, the P&O Princess Cruises plc was acquired by Carnival Corporation and renamed as Carnival plc. Meanwhile, the two companies Carnival corporation, and Carnival plc merged into a single company.

In 2005, CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, and the China Investment Corporation were founded. The operations to these were expected to commence in 2019.

In 2018, Carnival Corporation announced an investment in a new terminal in Japan which was expected to open in 2020.


The nine cruise line brands of the Carnival Corporation & plc offer a wide variety of vacation options for a large number of guests every year. It offers a broad range of vacation activities and entertains millions of people from various cultures, backgrounds, and languages.

The company is so determined that it consistently exceeds the expectations of guests, and the cruise offerings provide an extraordinary and exceptional vacation for travelers all around the world and from every walk of life.

The cruise line brands of Carnival Corporate & plc are:


Carnival cruise line was founded as a subordinate of the American International Travel Service in 1972, by Ted Arison and Meshulam Riklis.

It is a branch of Carnival Corporation & plc being headquartered in Doral, Florida. It has 26 vessels and the largest fleet in the Carnival group.


Costa Cruises was founded in 1854. It is an Italian cruise line, branch of Carnival Corporation & plc since 2000. It consists of 14 ships of the company.


The cruise line Princess Cruises is the second-largest cruise line according to net revenue. It is integrated in Bermuda, while headquartered in California.

P&O Australia:

P&O cruise Australia is a cruise line owned by the British-American Cruise line. Its head-quarter is located in New South Wales, Australia.

Holland America Line:

Holland America is also a British-American owned cruise line. It was founded in the Netherlands and currently headquartered in Washington, US.


AIDA cruise line was founded in the early 1960s. it is a German cruise line and straightened out as a wholly-owned subordinate of Carnival Corporation & plc since 2003. It is based in Rostock Germany and Caters to the German-speaking market primarily. The facilities and amenities of AIDA ships are designed to attract more active and younger travelers. This cruise line operates 14 ships, with 2 additional ones on order.


Cunard cruise line is a British cruise line owned by Carnival Corporation & plc, while operated by Carnival UK. It is based in Southampton, England. Since 2011, Cunard is registered in Hamilton, Bermuda along with its 3 ships.


The Seabourn cruise line was founded by Norwegian investors in 1987 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. It is an ultra-luxury cruise line operating all around the world. It operates from seven-days to 100+ days around the world cruises.

The Seabourn fleet consists of 5 vessels among which, two sets exist as sister ships, while the fifth one was due to be launched in 2018.

P&O cruises:

P&O Cruises is based at Carnival House in Southampton, England. It is a British cruise line owned by Carnival Corporation & plc, while operated by Carnival UK. It was founded in 1977 as a subordinate of the P&O shipping company. It came into the ownership of Carnival Corporation & plc in 2003.

It has been awarded the company's Golden Cockerel trophy for the fastest ship in its fleet.

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