Before the pandemic, Carnival Cruises had one of the largest fleets of cruise ships: 24 ships. But that’s just under the Carnival Cruises brand.
Carnival owns nearly half the market
Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) owns several other cruise lines, including Princess Cruises, Holland America Cruises, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia & UK), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, and Cunard.
Between all 9 brands, Carnival owns 91 ships
Carnival Cruises – 24 ships
Princess Cruises – 16 ships
Holland America Cruises – 10 ships
Seabourn Cruises – 5 ships
P&O Cruises Australia – 3 ships
P&O Cruises UK – 6 ships
Costa Cruises – 10 ships
AIDA Cruises – 14 ships
Cunard – 3 ships
Coronavirus pandemic hit cruise lines hard financially
Since the pandemic’s financial downturn, Carnival announced it will part with 13 ships so far.
Due to the upkeep and fuel costs of older ships, Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald told The Points Guy, “absolutely, there will be an acceleration of retirement of ships. There’s no question about that. I’d go so far as to say it’s highly probable you’re going to see some ships actually scrapped as opposed to just moving to secondary or tertiary markets.”
Alyce is the founder of DIY Cruise Plan and a DIY travel enthusiast. Her first cruise was to Alaska on Holland America and it made her excited to cruise again. Since then she's been on 1 river cruise in China, 1 Carnival and 6 Royal Caribbean cruises: Empress, Harmony, Oasis, Serenade, Symphony, and Adventure. She has visited 12 countries. In her free time, Alyce enjoys researching ships, itineraries and cruise lines, and sharing her love of cruising and travel with others. She lives in North Carolina with her American Eskimo Dog, Neville. He has yet to go on his first cruise, but Alyce is confident he would enjoy it.