Carnival Cruise Line celebrates 50 years in business – NBC 6 South Florida
The world changed on March 11, 2020, when the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic.
Countless businesses and industries were in limbo, with no idea what the future held. One of the hardest hit industries was commercial cruise lines.
Now, Miami-born Carnival Cruises has a lot to celebrate, including a business milestone.
“This year, this 50th anniversary celebration is even more meaningful to our team given the past two years,” said Carnival President Christine Duffy. “We were the only industry that was completely closed to operations, in the United States.”
Fifty years is a long time in service. The company was founded in 1972 by Ted Arison, an immigrant from Tel Aviv. In the space of 50 years, it has become one of the best-known companies in the world, employing more than 40,000 people.
“It’s really a celebration of a brand that has become iconic,” Duffy said. “We’re America’s cruise line, sailing year-round from 10 US homeports and celebrating 50 years of fun.”
Duffy said the founder’s vision has allowed the company to thrive.
“Ted Arison was our founder,” Duffy said. “His son Arison has been with the company since the beginning, he is now president of Carnival Corporation.”
According to the company, Arison moved to the United States in 1952, seeking new business opportunities. He first took his family to New York, then to Miami in 1966 where he participated in the co-founding of the Norwegian Cruise Line.
The partnership broke down, but Arison’s dream didn’t die with him.
“He had the opportunity to buy a ship,” Duffy said. “That ship was called TSS Mardi Gras.”
It was the first voyage of the new company which revolutionized the cruise industry.
According to the company, before Carnival, cruising was reserved for the rich and famous, but Arison priced its line for ordinary people.
“In our hearts, we’re still a carnival family,” Duffy said. “That’s what Ted Arison, our founder, believed in. Making cruise vacations accessible to everyone.”
Carnival has grown from a single ship to a fleet of 23 ships, each to be fully operational by May to serve passengers for years to come.
“The stories and the outpouring of love for this brand,” Duffy said. “What we represent to our customers is truly so inspiring, and I think that’s what we’ll continue to lean towards for the next 50.”