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Carnival and Orizonia Finalize New Spanish Cruise Operation

September 5, 2007

Carnival Corporation & and Orizonia Corporacion announced that they have finalized the agreements for a previously announced multi-ship cruise brand serving the Spanish market. The transaction is expected to close on September 14, 2007, with Carnival owning 75 percent of the joint venture and Orizonia owning 25 percent. The new joint venture company will be consolidated into Carnival Corporation & plc's financial results starting in the fourth quarter 2007 and is expected to be accretive to results in 2008.

To be called Iberocruceros, the new joint venture combines the two vessels of Orizonia's existing cruise operations with a ship from the Carnival group. In addition to Orizonia's 1,244-passenger Grand Mistral and 834-passenger Grand Voyager, the 1,486-passenger Celebration from Carnival Cruise Lines' fleet, will be transferred to the new Iberocruceros company. After an extensive renovation, the Celebration is scheduled to enter service in late spring 2008. Alfredo Serrano, currently general manager of the Iberojet fleet, has been appointed general manager of Iberocruceros, which will be headquartered in Madrid. Serrano will report to the newly formed Iberocruceros board whose chairman will be Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc's Costa Cruises unit. The board will also include Orizonia CEO Gabriel Subias.

The three Iberocruceros ships will fly the Italian flag. Itineraries for these vessels will be announced shortly.

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