Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line, headquartered in Miami, Florida, is the largest cruise line in the world, based on both annual passenger volume (22.0%) and total number of ships in its fleet (currently 26, of which 18 fly the Panamanian flag, 6 the Bahamian flag, and 2 the Maltese flag). It also makes up 8.9% of cruise industry revenue. Carnival’s distinctive red, white, and blue ship funnel, which also serves as its logo, is shaped like a whale’s tail (above).

Founded in 1972 by Ted Arison, who also co-founded Norwegian Cruise Line in 1966, Carnival today comprises only one of ten cruise line brands owned by the world’s largest cruise ship operator, the American-British Carnival Corporation & plc, which also owns operates:

  • AIDA Cruises;
  • Costa Cruises;
  • Carnival CSSC (a Chinese-American cruise line begun in 2019);
  • Cunard Line;
  • Holland America Line;
  • P&O Cruises;
  • P&O Cruises Australia;
  • Princess Cruises; and
  • Seabourn Cruise Line

In 1996, the Carnival Destiny became the world’s largest passenger ship, exceeding 101,000 tons. Today, Carnival currently has 15 ships exceeding this gross tonnage. Three other planned ships will be 183,000 tons, beginning in 2020 with the Mardi Gras, which will also feature the first roller coaster at sea.

Ports of call visited:

Carnival Legend (January 2010)Central American cruise:

  • Tampa, Florida (USA)
  • George Town, Grand Cayman (Britain)
  • Cozumel, Quintana Roo (Mexico)
  • Belize City (Belize)
  • Roatan, Bay Islands (Honduras)

Carnival Fascination (January 2011)Key West/Bahamas cruise:

  • Jacksonville, Florida (USA)
  • Key West, Florida (USA)
  • Nassau (Bahamas)

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