|Wholly Owned Subsidiary|
|Industry||Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism|
|Founded||March 11, 1972|
|Headquarters||Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|Christine Duffy, President|
|Revenue||US$10.9 billion (FY 2011)|
|US$1.9 billion (FY 2011)|
|US$35 billion (FY 2011)|
|US$13.4 billion (FY 2011)|
Number of employees
|3,900 - Shoreside
33,500 - Shipboard
|Parent||Carnival Corporation & plc|
Footnotes / references
Carnival Cruise Line is the world's largest cruise line based in Miami, Florida in the United States. It is a subsidiary of the American-British company Carnival Corporation & PLC, one of the largest travel and tourism companies in the world.
Originally an independent company founded in 1972 by Ted Arison, the company is now one of ten cruise ship brands owned and operated by Carnival Corporation & plc. The company has the largest fleet in the group, with 25 vessels currently in operation that account for 21.1% of the worldwide market share. Executive control of the company is provided by the North American division of Carnival Corporation, headquartered in Doral, Florida.
Carnival was a pioneer in the concept of shorter, less expensive cruises. Its ships are known for their Las Vegas-style decor and entertainment. The line calls its ships "The Fun Ships", and there are a wide range of activities offered on board. Its trademark is the funnel, which is red, white and blue and shaped like a whale's tail. The mascot for Carnival is Fun Ship Freddy, a character in the shape of Carnival's distinctive funnel.
In 2001, Robert H. Dickinson, then President and CTC, participated in a BBC documentary, Back To The Floor. Dickinson went to work at the lowest crew levels on the Fun Ship MS Carnival Imagination in the Caribbean, where he shadowed a Romanian cleaner, Alina.
In 2004, Carnival Corporation ordered for a development program for Carnival's new ships, the Pinnacle Project, calling for a 200,000 GT prototype, which would have been the world's largest cruise ship.
As of 2009, the latest and largest asset in the Carnival fleet was Carnival Dream, a new 128,000 GT ship. Carnival Dream entered service on 21 September 2009. After several voyages in the Mediterranean she was set to offer weekly Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral from 5 December 2009. A sister ship, Carnival Magic, debuted on 1 May 2011. On 1 December 2009 it was announced that Carnival placed an order for a third Dream-class vessel. It entered service in June 2012 and is now homeported in Galveston. On May 10, 2010, Carnival selected a name for their new Dream-class vessel in 2012; Carnival Breeze.
On 26 October 2012, it was announced that Carnival had ordered a brand new ship for their Carnival Cruise Line brand. This ship was built by Fincantieri and is the largest ship they have ever built. It sailed its maiden voyage on May 1, 2016, nearly four years after Carnival Breeze entered service. The new ship is named Carnival Vista.
In January 2017, Michael Thamm was appointed CEO of Carnival Asia by the Carnival Corporation. As CEO, Thamm will oversee operations in China and the region. Thamm's career spans more than three decades in the cruise and shipping industry. Thamm serves as CEO of Costa Group since Jul. 1, 2012 and continues to work at Costa Group alongside Carnival Asia.
2018 and 2019 will also see the addition of a new liners to Carnival's fleet, when the Carnival Horizon and a yet unnamed new-build set sail.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, three of the Carnival cruise ships were chartered by the United States government for six months to serve as temporary housing until the houses can be rebuilt. After being chartered for six months, their planned voyages were cancelled, and passengers were refunded. Holiday was originally docked in Mobile, Alabama, and later Pascagoula, Mississippi, and Ecstasy and Sensation were docked at New Orleans, Louisiana. The six-month contract cost $236 million. The contract was widely criticized, because the vessels were never fully utilized, and Carnival received more money than it would have earned by using the ships in their normal rotation.
The company has reportedly been paying wages under $1.50 per hour to employees with low-to-nonexistent benefits, such as holidays or minimal vacations. Monthly salaries of the high paid workers are around $1,300. The crew wages are supplemented by gratuities, and one former Carnival crew member cited that crew receive up to 95% of their income from tips. Employees report strenuous working conditions such as 14-hour shifts with no days off. As of October 2013 retirement benefits were revoked.
See also Costa Crociere Accidents and incidents for incidents associated with the parent company's other cruise operations.
On September 19, 1999, Carnival Tropicale's engine room caught fire en route from Cozumel to Tampa. While disabled in the Gulf of Mexico, the ship was struck by Tropical Storm Harvey. No crew or guests were injured during the two days Carnival Tropicale spent without propulsion. The ship was later sold and renamed Ocean Dream.
On February 10, 2013, Carnival Triumph, with 3,143 passengers aboard, suffered an engine room fire, leaving the ship adrift for four days in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship was towed to Mobile, Alabama, docking on the evening of February 14. In subsequent litigation, Carnival documents were uncovered that revealed multiple generator maintenance problems creating a "disaster waiting to happen." In response, Carnival's court filing takes the position that the contract that passengers agree to when they buy a ticket "makes absolutely no guarantee for safe passage, a seaworthy vessel, adequate and wholesome food, and sanitary and safe living conditions."
On March 14, 2013, Carnival Dream experienced an emergency generator failure while docked in port at Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. The ship was scheduled to leave port around 5 p.m. ET the day before. The United States Coast Guard said they were notified by Carnival that Carnival Dream was experiencing emergency generator problems. Carnival announced that the passengers would be flown back to Florida rather than completing their scheduled voyage.
On the morning of March 15, 2013, Carnival Legend suffered a mechanical problem with one propulsion pod while at sea. The cruise line cancelled Carnival Legend's scheduled stops in Belize and Grand Cayman, and the ship returned to Tampa, Florida at a reduced speed of 19 knots (22 mph) (Legend has a regular cruising speed of 24 knots).
|Carnival Vista||Vista||2016-present||133,500 GT||3,934||Miami, Florida
Until September 16, 2018
Beginning September 23, 2018
|Panama||The largest ship ever built by Fincantieri for Carnival Cruise Line.|
|Carnival Breeze||Dream||2012-Present||128,000 GT||3,690||Galveston, Texas
Until September 16, 2018
Beginning September 30, 2018
|Panama||The largest ship ever built by Fincantieri until Carnival Vista|
|Carnival Magic||Dream||2011-Present||128,000 GT||3,690||
Port Canaveral, Florida
Until September 29, 2018
Beginning September 30, 2018
|Panama||The largest ship ever built by Fincantieri until Carnival Breeze|
|Carnival Dream||Dream||2009-Present||128,000 GT||3,646||New Orleans, Louisiana||Panama||The largest ship ever built by Fincantieri until Carnival Magic|
|Carnival Splendor||Splendor||2008-2019||113,300 GT||3,012||Panama||Referred to as a Splendor-class ship, was originally designed for Costa Cruises as Costa Splendor, but the Carnival Splendor was transferred to Carnival Cruise Line during construction and is essentially a modified version of the Concordia-class ships. Will transfer to P&O Cruises Australia in late 2019.|
|Carnival Freedom||Conquest||2007-Present||110,000 GT||2,980||Galveston, Texas||Panama|
|Carnival Liberty||Conquest||2005-Present||110,000 GT||2,980||Panama|
|Carnival Valor||Conquest||2004-Present||110,000 GT||2,980||Panama|
|Carnival Glory||Conquest||2003-Present||110,000 GT||2,980||Miami, Florida||Panama|
|Carnival Conquest||Conquest||2002-Present||110,000 GT||2,980||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||Panama|
|Carnival Miracle||Spirit||2004-Present||88,500 GT||2,124||Long Beach, California ;
Until January 13, 2018
|Panama||Built to Panamax form factor|
|Carnival Legend||Spirit||2002-Present||88,500 GT||2,124||Seattle, Washington ; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ; Honolulu, Hawaii Summer months
Sydney, Australia (Fall, Winter, Spring months) Melbourne, Australia
|Malta||Built to Panamax form factor|
|Carnival Pride||Spirit||2002-Present||88,500 GT||2,124||Baltimore, Maryland ||Panama||Built to Panamax form factor, Former Flagship for Carnival|
|Carnival Spirit||Spirit||2001-Present||88,500 GT||2,124||Sydney, Australia
Shanghai, China 
|Malta||Built to Panamax form factor|
|Carnival Victory||Destiny/Triumph||2000-Present||101,509 GT||2,754||Miami, Florida||Panama||Modified Destiny-class|
|Carnival Triumph||Destiny/Triumph||1999-Present||101,509 GT||2,754||New Orleans, Louisiana||Bahamas||Modified Destiny-class.
On February 14, 2013 the ship was towed to Mobile, Alabama for repairs after an engine room fire and resumed service on June 13, 2013, almost 4 months after being out of service. After Dry Dock she became the leader of the two member Triumph Class.
|Carnival Sunshine||Destiny/Sunshine||1996-Present||102,853 GT||3,002||Port Canaveral, Florida ; New York City ; Charleston, South Carolina ; Norfolk, Virginia||Bahamas||Originally sailed as Carnival Destiny from 1996 to 2013.
World's largest passenger ship (measured by gross tonnage), when built.
First cruise ship over 100,000 GT. Carnival now identifies the Sunshine as the only member of Sunshine Class. The first ship in the fleet to receive all Funship 2.0 amenities.
|Carnival Paradise||Fantasy||1998-Present||70,367 GT||2,056||Tampa, Florida||Panama||Originally, Paradise|
|Carnival Elation||Fantasy||1998-Present||70,367 GT||2,056||Jacksonville, Florida||Panama||Originally, Elation|
|Carnival Inspiration||Fantasy||1996-Present||70,367 GT||2,056||Long Beach, California||Bahamas||Originally, Inspiration|
|Carnival Imagination||Fantasy||1995-Present||70,367 GT||2,056||Long Beach, California||Bahamas||Originally, Imagination|
|Carnival Fascination||Fantasy||1994-Present||70,367 GT||2,056||San Juan, Puerto Rico ; Barbados
|Carnival Sensation||Fantasy||1993-Present||70,367 GT||2,056||Miami, Florida||Bahamas||Originally, Sensation|
|Carnival Ecstasy||Fantasy||1991-Present||70,367 GT||2,056||Charleston, South Carolina||Panama||originally, Ecstasy|
|Carnival Fantasy||Fantasy||1990-present||70,367 GT||2,056||Mobile, Alabama||Panama||Originally, Fantasy|
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|Gross Tonnage||Home Port||Flag||Notes||Image|
|Carnival Horizon||2018||2018||133,500 GT||Barcelona, New York City, and Miami||Panama||Sister to the Carnival Vista.|
|TBD||2019||2019||133,500 GT||TBA||Panama||Sister to the Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon. Originally planned to sail for P&O Cruises Australia.|
|TBD||2020||2020||180,000 GT||TBA||Panama||Will be the first LNG powered and the largest ship ever built for Carnival Cruise Line.|
|TBD||2022||2022||180,000 GT||TBA||Panama||Build by Meyer Turku, Finland|
On July 29, 2016, Carnival announced that the second Vista Class Ship would be named Carnival Horizon that is scheduled to be delivered March 2018.
|Mardi Gras||Empress||1961||1972-1993||27,284 GT||Panama||Also known as Empress of Canada, Olympic, Star of Texas, Lucky Star, Apollo, and Apollon. Scrapped in 2003.|
|Carnivale||Empress||1956||1975-1993||31,500 GT||Panama||Also known as Empress of Britain, Queen Anna Maria, Fiesta Marina, Olympic, and The Topaz. Sold for scrap in 2008.|
|Festivale||Festivale||1962||1977-1996||32,697 GT||Panama||Also known as Transvaal Castle, S.A. Vaal, Island Breeze, and Big Red Boat III. Sold for scrap in 2003.|
|Tropicale||Tropicale||1982||1982-2001||36,674 GT||Liberia||Was Carnival's first purpose-built ship. Also known as Costa Tropicale, and Pacific Star. Now known as Ocean Dream in May 2008.|
|Holiday||Holiday||1985||1985-2009||46,051 GT||Madeira, Portugal||In 2009, Holiday became the Grand Holiday for Iberocruceros. Now sails with Cruise & Maritime Voyages as the Magellan.|
|Jubilee||Holiday||1986||1986-2004||47,262 GT||Liberia||In 2004 Jubilee became the Pacific Sun for P&O Cruises Australia and the Henna in 2013. Sold for scrap in 2017.|
|Celebration||Holiday||1987||1987-2008||47,262 GT||Madeira, Portugal||In 2008 Celebration became the Grand Celebration for Iberocruceros, now sails for Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.|
Restaurants on board Carnival ships include Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, Carnival Steakhouses, Cucina Del Capitano, Mongolian Wok, Guy's Burger Joint, Pizza Stations, Tandoor Kitchen, Taste Bar, Chef's Kitchen, Dining Rooms, Red Frog Pub, BlueIguana Cantina, Carnival Deli, Java Blue, Shake Spot, Pig and Anchor, and Fish and Chips