Carnival Cruise Lines was founded by Ted Arison in 1972 with the purchase of the Empress of Canada ship. The same year, the company’s maiden voyage on the TSS Mardi Gras, runs aground near Miami.
In 1975, the company purchases the Empress of Britain, which it renames to TSS Carnivale.
In 1982, the Tropicale is unveiled and a shipbuilding boom begins in the cruise industry.
In 1984, Carnival is the first cruise line to advertise on television. Carnival becomes the most popular cruise line in the world during the late 1980s.
In 1990, Carnival begins production on their Fantasy class ships. In 1999, Carnival unveils their Triumph class ships.
In 2001, the Spirit class is introduced.
In recent years, Carnival has been plagued by stranded ships including a fire on Carnival Splendor in 2010. A fire on Carnival Triumph, a generator failure on Carnival Dream and mechanical problems on Carnival Legend have all occurred in the first 3 months of 2013.
Today, Carnival operates 24 cruise ships.