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Carnival cruises profits suffering from a bad spell of vessels’ incidents

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013 - 00:14 UTC
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The Costa Concordia on the reefs off the Italian coast took 32 lives The Costa Concordia on the reefs off the Italian coast took 32 lives
Carnival Dream went adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for five days last February Carnival Dream went adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for five days last February

Shares in cruise company Carnival have fallen more than 7% after it issued a profit warning its second in just three months. Carnival, which operates ships under brands such as P&O and Costa Cruises, said full year revenues, which were expected to be flat, would now fall 2-3%.

Carnival blamed the drop on a higher-than-expected rise in voyage cancellations. In turn, this weaker demand resulted in downward pressure on ticket prices.

“The company now expects full year 2013 earnings per share to be in the range of 1.45 to 1.65 compared to its previous earnings guidance of 1.80 to 2.10,” Carnival said in a statement.

The company began cutting prices to fill cabins, dropping the fare for some trips in April to as little as 38 dollars a night per person. While bookings increased, the amount of revenue captured from each customer has declined, Carnival said. Cancellations were also higher than expected and higher fuel and marketing costs, as well as less-favorable exchange rates, will also crimp profit, the company said

Panmure Gordon analyst Karl Burns advised investors to sell the shares following the warning, saying cutting ticket prices was unwise.

“Price reductions have not been offset by a high enough increase in volumes,” he said. “This bodes ill for the future as we think Carnival will struggle to regain pricing power.”

The firm has suffered a series of high profile problems with its ships.

The most devastating incident was in 2012, when its Costa Concordia ship ran aground off the coast of Italy. Thirty-two people died in the shipwreck, which an official report blamed on the captain of the Costa Concordia, as well as assigning some responsibility to Costa Cruises.

More recently, Carnival chief executive Gerry Cahill was forced to apologise to customers after its Carnival Triumph boat was left adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for five days in February. The 4,200 passengers aboard the cruise suffered overflowing toilets and a shortage of food.

In March, a Caribbean cruise on its Carnival Dream boat had to be cut short due to a “technical” malfunction of the ship's back up diesel generator.

Soon after another Caribbean cruise on its Carnival Legend ship was also shortened due to a technical fault.
 

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  • Faz

    Hmmm.. resembles the Rgland navy. Perhaps Carnival can make a bid to run it?

    May 22nd, 2013 - 08:35 am 0
  • ChrisR

    There was a problem on the P&O Oceana on Friday last week, something to do with the rear thrusters losing the electricity supply from the control cabinets. Had to anchor off Portsmouth to effect a repair as the ship could not manoeuvre properly and it did not dock in Southampton until 09.30 (should have been 02.30).

    There does seem to be a shortfall somewhere on the inverters used for control purposes. It may be underspecced design or the components themselves not being up to standards after some years of use (my 'guess' based on practical experience) but it is making the whole industry look very bad indeed.

    Remember the spate of ‘fires in the electrical system’ events? That’s where the inverters are housed.

    May 22nd, 2013 - 05:26 pm 0
  • God.Is.An.Illusion

    “The company began cutting prices to fill cabins, dropping the fare for some trips in April to as little as 38 dollars a night per person.”

    Really?
    Where, and when?

    Just another illusion .......

    May 25th, 2013 - 02:02 pm 0
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