Carnival Corporation has announced Christine Duffy has been named president of Carnival Cruise Line. The company, with 24 ships, is the largest of Carnival Corporation’s nine distinct cruise brands. Duffy, currently president and chief executive of Cruise Lines International Association, will assume the role on February 1st, reporting to Arnold Donald, chief executive of Carnival Corporation.
Carnival Corporation has announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Fincantieri, the world’s largest cruise ship building company, to explore the possibility of a shipbuilding joint venture aimed at accelerating development and growth of the cruise industry in China. The deal between Carnival Corporation and Italy-based Fincantieri outlines the framework for evaluating and exploring a potential shipbuilding joint venture for constructing cruise ships for the Chinese market.
Carnival Corporation has announced it will increase fleet capacity by nearly ten percent from 2014 through 2016, fuelled largely by the addition of four new ships across four brands in less than 18 months. This week, Carnival Corporation is christening two new ships in the span of three days as its Princess and Costa brands host official naming ceremonies for Regal Princess and Costa Diadema, the latest new vessels to join the company’s industry-leading fleet of more than 100 ships across nine cruise brands.
Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company, has announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation to explore the possibility of a joint venture aimed at accelerating the development and growth of the Chinese cruise industry. The Chinese sector is expected to be one of the largest cruise markets in the world, with 4.5 million passengers by 2020, according to the Chinese Ministry of Transport.
Carnival Corporation has announced chief operations officer Alan Buckelew will be expanding his leadership role by relocating to China to more closely oversee the company’s growing operations in the country. “As the world’s largest cruise company with a portfolio of nine industry-leading global cruise lines, we are the clear market leader in China and very well positioned to continue working with officials in China to help the country meet its goal of becoming one of the most important cruise markets in the world,” explained said Arnold Donald, chief executive, Carnival Corporation.
Carnival Corporation has outlined plans to significantly increase installations of its industry-first exhaust gas cleaning technology to more than 70 vessels. The expansion covering over 70 per cent of its entire fleet represents an increase from the 32 ships announced in September 2013.
Carnival Corporation has announced plans to significantly expand its market leadership in Australia, one of the fastest growing markets in the cruise industry. With Australian cruise passenger numbers having increased 130 per cent in the past five years and projections of 800,000 cruise passengers in 2013 growing to one million by 2016, P&O Cruises (Australia) will add two ships to its fleet in 2015.
Carnival Corporation has announced its plan to split the roles of chairman and chief executive officer. Present incumbent Micky Arison will continue to serve as chairman of the company, while Arnold Donald, a highly experienced and respected business leader, who has served on the company’s board for the past 12 years, will assume the chief executive role from July 3rd.
Cruise giant Carnival Corp has lowered its profit forecast for the second half of financial 2013 after a series of high profile incidents hit prices. In the most publicised incident, fire broke out on Carnival Triumph leaving passenger stranded in the Gulf of Mexico without power for five days.
Carnival Triumph has limped into the Alabama port of Mobile after being stranded at sea for four days. Carnival Corporation has drafted in 200 staff to the city, with 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew expected to disembark from the stricken vessel.
An engine fire has left the Carnival Triumph stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. Passengers onboard have only limited access to food and sanitation after the ship was stranded earlier.