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Carnival Shares – The shareholder benefits

Carnival Corporation & plc is one of the largest cruise operators in the world. The company’s portfolio of global cruise line brands includes Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard. Owning Carnival shares means you have a stake in one of the biggest cruise companies and can bag your self some shareholder benefits too.

In this post we will discuss what the shareholder benefits are and how many shares you need to get them.  Do remember this post does not constitute financial advice, if you are interested in buying Carnival stock, do seek independent financial advice first!

How many Carnival shares do I need to purchase?

To be entitled to shareholder benefits, you need to purchase a minimum number of shares. This benefit is available to shareholders holding a minimum of 100 shares of Carnival Corporation or Carnival plc.


What are the Carnival shareholder benefits (as of June 2023)?

Carnival stopped giving dividends due to the global pandemic and the impact on the business. Prior to this, shares were trading at £40-£50 a share, before plummeting to £5. While it doesn’t appear dividends will reappear anytime soon, there are still some shareholder benefits in the form on Onboard Credit. You only need to purchase 100 shares to receive the Carnival shareholder onboard credit, you wont get extra credit for buying more and it will only be applied to a room once.

How much onboard credit will I receive?

The amount on onboard credit you’ll receive as a shareholder will depend on the cruise line and the cruise length. See the table beow:

Duration of Cruise North America Brands Continental Europe Brands UK Brands (operating in GBP) Australian Brands
14 days or longer US $250 €200 £150 A$250
7 to 13 days US $100 €75 £60 A$100
6 days or less US $50 €40 £30 A$50

How do I apply for my Carnival shareholder benefits?

You can apply for you shareholder benefits any time between 90days and 28days prior to sailing.  While we have heard of people having them added in advance of 90 days, in most cases people are told to reapply nearer the cruise.

Applying is easy, you just need to send a copy of your share certificate or the latest statement proving you own 100 shares along with the following details:

  • Your complete legal name
  • Reservation/booking number
  • Ship and sailing date
  • Proof of ownership of Carnival Corporation or Carnival plc shares

The easiest way to do this is via email, but you can also send the details by post. We have listed the contact you need for each brand below:

North American Brands Continental Europe Brands UK Brands
Guest Administration
3655 N.W. 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel 800 438 6744 ext. 70450
Fax 305 406 6102
Email: shareholders@carnival.comPRINCESS CRUISES*
Commercial Compliance Support
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Tel 800 872 6779 ext. 13028
Fax 661 753 0180
Email: sbpcl@princesscruises.comHOLLAND AMERICA LINE
World Cruise Reservations
450 Third Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
Tel 800 522 3399
Fax 206 270 8060

Seabourn Reservations
450 Third Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
Tel 800 929 9391
Fax 206 501 2900

Customer Solutions
24305 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Tel 800 728 6273
Fax 661 753 0180

Guest Services Administration
880 SW 145th Avenue, Suite 102
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027
Tel 800 462 6782
Fax 954 266 5868

Despatcher Team
Piazza Piccapietra, 48
16121 Genoa, Italy
Tel 39 0 10 548 31
Fax 39 0 10 999 7019
Email: prizemanagementfax@costa.itAIDA CRUISES
Shareholder Guest Services
Am Strande 3d
18055 Rostock, Germany
Tel 49 (0) 381 20270805
Fax 49 (0) 381 2027 0601

Australian Brands

Customer Service Manager
PO Box 1429
Chatswood NSW 2057
Tel 61 2 8326 4000
Fax 61 2 8326 4550

For CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE in Australia, use the North America details.

Shareholders Guest Services
Carnival UK
Carnival House
100 Harbour Parade
Southampton SO15 1ST
United Kingdom
Tel 44 0 345 355 5111
Fax 44 0 238 065 7360
Email: shareholderbenefits@carnivalukgroup.comCUNARD
Shareholders Guest Services
Tel 44 0 345 355 0300
Fax 44 0 238 065 7360
Email: shareholderbenefits@carnivalukgroup.comPRINCESS CRUISES (UK)
Princess Cruises Military &
Shareholder Benefits Team
Tel 44 0 344 338 8663
Fax 44 0 238 065 7509

The onboard credit for Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard and Princess Cruises is determined based on the operational currency onboard the vessel. 

Please visit the Carnival Corporation website at for updates. We often use our shareholder benefits on our P&O, Princess and Cunard cruises.