Carnival's Workforce - Our Most Important Asset

Carnival's Workforce - Our Most Important Asset

Carnival knows the cruise industry like no other. No one else can cater to every type of guest. Twenty-five years since we set out to become the world’s largest cruise operator, we are one of the biggest success stories in the travel industry. We sail the world and carry nearly 10 million guests each year, or half of all cruise passengers. None of this would have been possible without the combination of talent, passion and dedication of our employees.


In fiscal 2012 Carnival employed approximately 76,000 crew members on board our 100 ships at any given time. Our shoreside operations have approximately 9,400 full-time and 4,300 parttime/seasonal employees. Due to the highly seasonal nature of our Alaskan and Canadian operations, Holland America Princess Alaska Tours increases its workforce during the late spring and summer months in connection with the Alaska cruise season, employing additional seasonal personnel, who are included in the workforce numbers already mentioned. We source our shipboard Officers primarily from Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, and the U.K. People from around the world comprise the remaining crew positions. We utilize various staffing agencies in many countries and regions to help source our shipboard crew.


Carnival is a diverse organization. Each of our Operating Lines has their own unique culture based on their headquarters location, guests served and the diversity of their employees. We value this diversity of people and thought. We recognize that maintaining a diverse workforce promotes an open, tolerant and positive work environment where everyone’s different talents and strengths can be utilized. We work to attract, motivate, develop and retain the best talent from the diversity the world offers. We believe that our ability to be competitive and to thrive globally depends on it.

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