Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®,” with 23 ships operating voyages to a variety of beautiful destinations in North America and Australia. Carnival also has two new Excel-class ships scheduled for delivery — Mardi Gras in 2021 and an yet-as-unnamed ship in 2022, both of which will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, part of Carnival Corporation’s “green cruising” platform.”
Carnival has earned its position as the world’s most popular cruise line by offering more of what consumers desire in a vacation — a wide variety of on-board choices and a fun, relaxed atmosphere, along with outstanding value and beautiful destinations. In keeping with its distinction as “America’s Cruise Line,” Carnival operates from 18 homeports along the East and West Coasts and Gulf of Mexico, providing consumers with convenient, close-to-home options in getting to and from their cruise. Roughly half of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive of a Carnival homeport.
For over 48 years and 80+ million guests, Carnival’s mission has been to live up to its brand promise of creating fun, memorable vacations at a great value.
Carnival was one of the early adopters of free alternative dining and celebrity chef partnership trends with the introduction of Guy’s Burger Joint to Carnival ships in 2011, part of an expansive fleetwide multi-billion-dollar ship refurbishment program designed to bring exciting culinary, beverage, entertainment and activity options to its fleet. Over the past 10 years, Carnival has introduced a number of branded, company-developed spaces that resonate with guests. These include the exquisite Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Bonsai Sushi serving authentic delicacies from the Far East, the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub, BlueIguana Cantina Mexican-themed eatery, and a gourmet multi-course dining experience, The Chef’s Table. Carnival was the first North American cruise operator to create a craft brewery on board its ships.
Carnival continues to stay true to its reputation of spirited fun with a festive onboard atmosphere and diverse entertainment options, including the high-tech Playlist Productions production shows, rollicking piano bars, sizzling dance clubs, hilarious Punchliner Comedy Club performances, and all-ages, audience participation favorites such as Hasbro, The Game Show, and Lip Sync Battle based on the hit TV show.
In its constant pursuit of innovation, Carnival has been on the forefront of shipboard technology, introducing innovations such as the first social media Internet packages and the popular Hub app, which provides a wealth of information to enhance guests enjoyment of their cruise, including dining reservations, a day-by-day schedule of activities and a chat feature that allows guests to communicate with members of their traveling party.
The leader in family cruising, Carnival carries more than 800,000 kids per year and operates award-winning youth programs — Camp Ocean (ages 2-11), Circle “C,” (12-14), and Club O2 (15-17), each offering expansive facilities, age-appropriate activities, and highly trained staff. Through an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the line’s Seuss at Sea has become one of the most popular family-friendly program in the travel segment. Seuss at Sea brings the world and words of the beloved children’s author to life through exciting and immersive on-board youth, family, dining, and entertainment experiences, including The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends, character appearances and, on select ships, including the Carnival Freedom, the Dr. Seuss Bookville family reading venue.