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Washington, D.C. 20549










Date of Report (date of earliest event reported) February 24, 2021





Carnival Corporation   Carnival plc
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)   (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Republic of Panama   England and Wales
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)   (State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
001-9610   001-15136
(Commission File Number)   (Commission File Number)
59-1562976   98-0357772
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

3655 N.W. 87th Avenue

Miami, Florida 33178-2428


Carnival House, 100 Harbour Parade,

Southampton SO15 1ST, United Kingdom

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip code)


(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip code)


(305) 599-2600

  011 44 23 8065 5000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)   (Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
None   None
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)   (Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)



Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class  




Name of each exchange on which

Common Stock ($0.01 par value)   CCL   New York Stock Exchange, Inc.
Ordinary Shares each represented by American Depository Shares ($1.66 par value), Special Voting Share, GBP 1.00 par value and Trust Shares of beneficial interest in the P&O Princess Special Voting Trust   CUK   New York Stock Exchange, Inc.
1.875% Senior Notes due 2022   CUK22   New York Stock Exchange LLC
1.000% Senior Notes due 2029   CUK29   New York Stock Exchange LLC


Indicate by check mark whether the registrants are emerging growth companies as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2) of this chapter).


Emerging growth company  ¨


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ¨




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Item 8.01 Other Events.


On February 24, 2021 Carnival Corporation (together with Carnival plc, the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) completed the sale of 40,450,619 shares of Carnival Corporation’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share, in an underwritten public offering (the “Equity Offering”).


The Equity Offering was registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-3ASR (File Nos. 333-252433 and 333-252433-01) (the “Registration Statement”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on January 26, 2021. The terms of the Equity Offering are described in a Prospectus dated January 26, 2021, as supplemented by a Prospectus Supplement dated February 22, 2021 (filed with the Commission on February 23, 2021).


The Company expects to use the net proceeds from the Equity Offering for general corporate purposes.


In connection with the Equity Offering, on February 22, 2021, the Company entered into an underwriting agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with Goldman Sachs & Co LLC as sole bookrunner and the underwriter thereunder. The Underwriting Agreement includes customary representations, warranties and covenants by the Company. It also provides that the Company will indemnify the underwriters against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act.


The foregoing description does not purport to be a complete statement of the parties’ rights and obligations under the Underwriting Agreement, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Underwriting Agreement, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 1.1 and is incorporated by reference into this report.


The legality opinions of Tapia, Linares y Alfaro, Maples and Calder and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, issued in connection with the Equity Offering, are attached hereto as Exhibits 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3, respectively, and are incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement.


This Current Report on Form 8–K shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy shares of Carnival Corporation common stock or any other securities, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.


Cautionary Note Concerning Factors That May Affect Future Results


Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc and their respective subsidiaries are referred to collectively in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including the Exhibits hereto (collectively, this “document”), as ‘‘ the company,” “our,” “us” and “we.” Some of the statements, estimates or projections contained in this document are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions with respect to us, including some statements concerning the financing transactions described herein, future results, operations, outlooks, plans, goals, reputation, cash flows, liquidity and other events which have not yet occurred. These statements are intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability provided by Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical facts are statements that could be deemed forward-looking. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about our business and the industry in which we operate and the beliefs and assumptions of our management. We have tried, whenever possible, to identify these statements by using words like “will,” “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “depends,” “expect,” “goal,” “anticipate,” “forecast,” “project,” “future,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “target,” “indicate,” “outlook” and similar expressions of future intent or the negative of such terms.





Forward-looking statements include those statements that relate to our outlook and financial position including, but not limited to, statements regarding:


• Pricing Estimates of ship depreciable lives and residual values
• Booking levels Goodwill, ship and trademark fair values
• Occupancy Liquidity and credit ratings
• Interest, tax and fuel expenses Adjusted earnings per share
• Currency exchange rates Impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus global pandemic on our financial condition and results of operations


Because forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are many factors that could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements. This note contains important cautionary statements of the known factors that we consider could materially affect the accuracy of our forward-looking statements and adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial position. Additionally, many of these risks and uncertainties are currently amplified by and will continue to be amplified by, or in the future may be amplified by, the COVID-19 outbreak. It is not possible to predict or identify all such risks. There may be additional risks that we consider immaterial or which are unknown. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following:


·COVID-19 has had, and is expected to continue to have, a significant impact on our financial condition and operations, which impacts our ability to obtain acceptable financing to fund resulting reductions in cash from operations. The current, and uncertain future, impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, including its effect on the ability or desire of people to travel (including on cruises), is expected to continue to impact our results, operations, outlooks, plans, goals, reputation, litigation, cash flows, liquidity, and stock price;
·As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we may be out of compliance with one or more maintenance covenants in certain of our debt facilities, for which we currently have amendments for the period through November 30, 2021 with the next testing date of February 28, 2022;
·World events impacting the ability or desire of people to travel have and may continue to lead to a decline in demand for cruises;
·Incidents concerning our ships, guests or the cruise vacation industry as well as adverse weather conditions and other natural disasters have in the past and may, in the future, impact the satisfaction of our guests and crew and lead to reputational damage;
·Changes in and non-compliance with laws and regulations under which we operate, such as those relating to health, environment, safety and security, data privacy and protection, anti-corruption, economic sanctions, trade protection and tax have in the past and may, in the future, lead to litigation, enforcement actions, fines, penalties, and reputational damage;
·Breaches in data security and lapses in data privacy as well as disruptions and other damages to our principal offices, information technology operations and system networks, including the recent ransomware incidents, and failure to keep pace with developments in technology may adversely impact our business operations, the satisfaction of our guests and crew and may lead to reputational damage;
·Ability to recruit, develop and retain qualified shipboard personnel who live away from home for extended periods of time may adversely impact our business operations, guest services and satisfaction;
·Increases in fuel prices, changes in the types of fuel consumed and availability of fuel supply may adversely impact our scheduled itineraries and costs;
·Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates may adversely impact our financial results;
·Overcapacity and competition in the cruise and land-based vacation industry may lead to a decline in our cruise sales, pricing and destination options; and
·Inability to implement our shipbuilding programs and ship repairs, maintenance and refurbishments may adversely impact our business operations and the satisfaction of our guests.


The ordering of the risk factors set forth above is not intended to reflect our indication of priority or likelihood.





Forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results. Subject to any continuing obligations under applicable law or any relevant stock exchange rules, we expressly disclaim any obligation to disseminate, after the date of this document, any updates or revisions to any such forward-looking statements to reflect any change in expectations or events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.


Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.




Exhibit No.   Description
1.1   Underwriting Agreement, dated as of February 22, 2021, by and among the Company and  Goldman Sachs & Co LLC.
5.1   Opinion of Tapia Linares y Alfaro.
5.2   Opinion of Maples and Calder.
5.3   Opinion of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.
104   Exhibit 104 Cover page from this Current Report on Form 8-K, formatted in Inline XBRL (included as Exhibit 101).







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each of the registrants has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


By: /s/ David Bernstein  By: /s/ David Bernstein
Name: David Bernstein  Name:  David Bernstein 
Title: Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer  Title: Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer


Date: February 24, 2021   Date: February 24, 2021