2011 reported revenues are $15.8 billion and 2011 net income was $1.9 billion.
Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 (New York) and the FTSE 100 indices (London).
History of Carnival Corporation & PLC
Carnival Corporation & plc does not have a long history like Deere & Company or Ford Motor Company Rather the world's largest cruise line was formed in 1972 as Carnival Cruise Lines by entrepreneur Ted Arison as part of a subsidiary of Boston-based American International Travel Service (AITS).
The company's start was hardly smooth sailing. Carnival's first cruise ship, the TSS Mardi Gras, run aground on a sandbar during its inaugural voyage. Here is an illustration lining up the first ship the TSS Marti Gras against the 100th Carnival ship the Carnival Magic.
In 1987 Carnival completed an initial public offering of 20 percent of its common stock, generating approximately $400 million which it used for a series of acquisitions.
The biggest acquisition occurred when the P&O Line's cruise operations were merged with Carnival in 2003. P&O is considered the oldest cruise company in the world with a history stretching back to the days of ocean liners, long before airplanes became the preferred way to cross the ocean.
Carnival Corporation Collector Gifts
As a cruise company and a major part of the travel industry, every ship carries all kinds of branded souvenirs for passengers to purchase. There are also other options.
Scherbak Ship Models of Englewood Co creates 1:1250 scale models of many Carnival Corporation. They are called waterline models because they are displayed sitting in model water, not showing the hull. With plenty of detail, they only run $200 to $300. A nice way to remember a special cruise.
There are many other model cruise ships in the market as well.
Carnival Cruise Dolls & Marketing Tie-ins
Books from Carnival Cruises and Love Boat DVDs
The Buffets of Carnival is an entaining secrets book by the ships' chefs.
The Love Boat was a popular TV series showcasing Princess Cruises from September 24, 1977, until May 24, 1986 on ABC. The sitcom was usually set aboard a cruise liner called the Pacific Princess, whose passengers and crew had romantic and funny adventures every week. Some episodes used other ships including twin sister Island Princess, the Stella Solaris (for a Mediterranean cruise), Pearl of Scandinavia (for a Chinese cruise), the Royal Viking Sky (for European cruises) and the Royal Princess and Sun Princess (for Caribbean cruises). The P&O Princess Line joined with Carnival in 2003, long after the end of the Love Boat series. DVDs covering the whole series are on Amazon.
Equity In Carnival Corporation
Perhaps one of the coolest gifts to remember a special cruise with is ownership in the Carnival Corporation and its ships. Yes, you can give an actual registered single share of Carnival Corporation stock to your loved one. The shares have the owner's name and address listed, a unique certificate number and are signed by company officers. Frame and mat it in a the color of your choice, and if you want, a little custom plaque can be added below the certificate.
Carnival Corporation Stock is the gift that keeps on giving. As a registered shareholder, your Ford enthusiast will get Annual Company Reports and dividend checks quarterly (when dividends are declared). Shareholders, even of one share, can vote on company business by mail, online or even attend the annual general meeting where company executives report to the shareholders.
Also as a registered shareholder of the company the way is open to join the dividend reinvestment and stock purchase program so that additional shares can be acquired with reduced or no brokerage commissions. There are a few ways to get Carnival Corporation stock, but OneShare sells Carnival Corporation single shares for the market value of the actual share, a transfer fee, and the frame, plaque and shipping cost.
Photos of Carnival Ships From the Very First in Order of Debut
The Carnival Cruise brand was a pioneer in the concept of shorter and less expensive cruises living up to the marketing slogan The Fun Ships. Carnival Ships are best known for their Las Vegas-style decor and entertainment. and there are a wide range of activities offered on board. The ships have a distinctive funnel in which is red, white and blue shaped like a whale's tail. The line's mascot "Fun Ship Freddy", is a character in the shape of Carnival's distinctive funnel.
Carnival Cruise's 23 vessels currently in operation account for 21.1% of the worldwide market share and are the largest fleet of the eleven different cruise lines owned by Carnival Corporation & plc.