Carnival Jamaica Cruises 2012

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The world's largest cruise group, Carnival announced profits down at the end of a nightmarish year with the sinking of one of its ships, the Costa Concordia.

Compared to 2011, profit before tax fell sharply and from 1.9 to 1.3 billion dollars. Revenues in 2012 also decreased from 15.8 to 15.4 billion while booking volume has remained the same.

CEO Micky Arison said that the tragedy of the Costa Concordia in January, where 32 people died, had made ​​2012 "the most difficult year in the history of our company." Generally, fans cruise were reluctant to spend much money for their vacation at sea

Arison has insisted that the group was "well positioned for a recovery in 2013."
But the gloomy forecasts have caused a drop in the shares listed in London.

While booking volumes for the first three quarters of 2013 are in line with those of last year, Carnival said that ticket prices are lower. The group emphasizes that its European brands "continue to be negatively impacted by the deterioration in the economic environment."

The group has commissioned two new ships, ship passengers for 2660 Holland America Line, to be delivered in 2015 and 4000 passenger ship for Carnival Cruise Lines, to be delivered in 2016. Two new vessels will enter service next year, Carnival helping to achieve its target of 10 million passengers for its entire global fleet.

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