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Carnival Corporation & plc Provides a Business Update

, /PRNewswire/ -- Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) provides a business update.MIAMIOct. 8, 2020

Carnival Corporation & plc President and Chief Executive Officer noted, "We have come full circle from initiating a suspension in the early days of the pandemic, to transitioning the fleet into a pause status, right sizing our organization and, now, embarking on the phased resumption of guest operations, underway in two of our world leading cruise brands, Costa in and AIDA in . We have accelerated the sale of less efficient ships, enabling us to capitalize on pent up demand on reduced capacity and structurally lower our cost base, while retaining our most cash generating assets. We are taking aggressive actions managing the balance sheet and reducing capacity to position us to weather this disruption and also emerge a leaner, more efficient company, reinforcing our industry leading position."Arnold DonaldItalyGermany

Resumption of Guest Operations

In the face of the global impact of COVID-19, the company paused its guest cruise operations in mid-March. The company resumed limited guest operations last month, with Costa Cruises ("Costa") successful voyages on two of its ships, and . The company is continuing the limited resumption of its guest cruise operations with sailings on additional Costa ships shortly, as well as with sailings on AIDA Cruises ("AIDA") which are anticipated to begin next week. These brands are beginning the company's anticipated gradual, phased-in resumption of guest cruise operations. The initial cruises will continue to take place with adjusted passenger capacity and enhanced health protocols developed with government and health authorities, and guidance from our roster of medical and scientific experts.Costa DeliziosaCosta Diadema

Other brands and ships are expected to return to service over time to provide guests with unmatched joyful vacations in a manner consistent with the company's highest priorities, which are compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of its guests, crew, shoreside employees and the people in the communities its ships visit. Many of the company's brands source the majority of their guests from the geographical region in which they operate. In the current environment, the company believes this will benefit it in resuming guest cruise operations.

Health and Safety Protocols

Working with global and national health authorities and medical experts, Costa and AIDA have a comprehensive set of health and hygiene protocols to help facilitate a safe and healthy return to cruise vacations. Both brands are providing guests with detailed information about enhanced protocols, which are modeled after shoreside health and mitigation guidelines as provided by each brand's respective country, and approved by the flag state, . Protocols will be updated based on evolving scientific and medical knowledge related to mitigation strategies.Italy

Costa is the first cruise company to earn the Biosafety Trust Certification from Registro Italiano Navale ("RINA"). The certification process examined all aspects of life onboard and ashore and assessed the compliance of the system with procedures aimed at the prevention and control of infections. Costa's comprehensive set of measures and procedures implemented on the ships that resumed operations, cover key areas such as crew health and safety, the booking process, guest activities, entertainment and dining, and medical care on board, as well as pre-boarding, embarkation and disembarkation operations, which includes testing for all guests prior to embarkation.

The company is encouraged that the Centers for Disease Control's ("CDC") No Sail Order was extended by only one month to , the same date as the industry's end of voluntary suspension of passenger operations. For many months, cruise lines have worked with experts worldwide to develop unprecedented public health protocols and are hopeful these measures will lead to a gradual, phased resumption of cruising by the end of the year. There is constant dialogue ongoing in for a potential cruise restart and the company is hopeful that the industry is in a position to collaborate with the CDC and administration to resume cruising from this year.October 31, 2020the United Statesthe United States

More broadly, as the understanding of COVID-19 continues to evolve, the company has been working with a number of world-leading public health, epidemiological and policy experts to support its ongoing efforts with enhanced protocols and procedures for the return of cruise vacations. These advisors will continue to provide guidance based on the latest scientific evidence and best practices for protection and mitigation.

Optimizing the Future Fleet

The company expects future capacity to be moderated by the phased re-entry of its ships, the removal of capacity from its fleet and delays in new ship deliveries. Since the pause in guest operations, the company has accelerated the removal of ships in fiscal 2020 which were previously expected to be sold over the ensuing years. The company now expects to dispose of 18 ships, ten of which have already left the fleet. In total, the 18 ships represent approximately 12 percent of pre-pause capacity and only three percent of operating income in 2019. The sale of less efficient ships will result in future operating expense efficiencies of approximately two percent per available lower berth day ("ALBD") and a reduction in fuel consumption of approximately one percent per ALBD. The company expects only two of the four ships originally scheduled for delivery in 2020, following the start of the pause, to be delivered prior to the end of fiscal 2020, including which was delivered last week. The company currently expects only five of the nine ships originally scheduled for delivery in fiscal 2020 and 2021 to be delivered prior to the end of fiscal year 2021. The company currently expects nine cruise ships and two smaller expedition ships of the 13 ships originally scheduled for delivery prior to the end of fiscal year 2022 to be delivered by then. Enchanted Princess

Based on the actions taken to date and the scheduled newbuild deliveries through 2022, the company's fleet will be more efficient with a roughly 13 percent larger average berth size per ship and an average age of 12 years in 2022 versus 13 years, in each case as compared to 2019.

 Update on Bookings

While the company believes bookings in the first half of 2021 reflect expectations of the phased resumption of its guest cruise operations and anticipated itinerary changes, as of , cumulative advanced bookings for the second half of 2021 capacity currently available for sale are at the higher end of the historical range. The company believes this demonstrates the long-term potential demand for cruising. Pricing on these bookings are lower by mid-single digits versus the second half of 2019, on a comparable basis, reflecting the effect of future cruise credits ("FCC") from previously cancelled cruises being applied. The company continues to take bookings for both 2021 and 2022.September 20, 2020

The company is providing flexibility to guests with bookings on sailings cancelled by allowing guests to receive enhanced FCCs or elect to receive refunds in cash. Enhanced FCCs increase the value of the guest's original booking or provide incremental onboard credits. As of , approximately 45 percent of guests affected by the company's schedule changes have received enhanced FCCs and approximately 55 percent have requested refunds. September 20, 2020

Total customer deposits balance at , was , the majority of which are FCCs, compared to total customer deposits balance of at . The decline in customer deposits is consistent with previous expectations. As of , the current portion of customer deposits was .1 billion with relating to fourth quarter sailings. Approximately 60 percent of bookings taken during the three weeks ended September 20, 2020 were new bookings as opposed to FCC re-bookings, despite minimal advertising or marketing.August 31, 2020May 31, 2020August 31, 2020$2.4 billion$2.9 billion$2$0.1 billion

Recently, Yield Optimization and Demand Analytics ("YODA"), the company's cutting-edge dynamic price recommendations and inventory management program, was selected as a finalist for an Operations Research award called the Franz Edelman. As a company focused on creating memorable experiences for its guests, it's quite an achievement to be recognized as a finalist to this award alongside companies like Intel, IBM, and Walmart.

 Increasing Liquidity

Carnival Corporation & plc Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer noted, "As of the end of the Third Quarter, we had over of available cash and additional financing alternatives to opportunistically further improve our liquidity profile. We have recently begun to optimize our capital structure with the early extinguishment of debt on favorable economic terms and the extension of debt maturities. In addition, with the re-launch of our fleet, we saw a good opportunity to improve our balance sheet with an equity offering. So last month we announced an at-the-market or ATM equity offering program. However, once we fully resume guest cruise operations, we expect our cash flow potential will build a path to further strengthen our balance sheet and return us to an investment grade credit rating over time."David Bernstein$8 billion

Due to the pause in guest operations, the company has taken significant actions to preserve cash and secure additional financing to increase its liquidity. Since March, the company has raised through a series of financing transactions, including the following transactions since :$12.5 billionMay 31, 2020

As of , the company has a total of .2 billion of cash and cash equivalents.August 31, 2020$8

Currently, the company is unable to predict when the entire fleet will return to normal operations, and as a result, unable to provide an earnings forecast. The pause in guest operations continues to have a material negative impact on all aspects of the company's business, including the company's liquidity, financial position and results of operations. The company expects a net loss on both a GAAP and adjusted basis for the quarter and year ending .U.S.November 30, 2020

The company's monthly average cash burn rate for the third quarter 2020 was , which was in line with the anticipated monthly cash burn rate. The company expects the monthly average cash burn rate for the fourth quarter of 2020 to be approximately . This results in an average monthly burn rate for the second half of the year of as previously disclosed. This rate includes approximately $250 million of ongoing ship operating and administrative expenses, working capital changes (excluding changes in customer deposits), interest expense and committed capital expenditures (net of unfunded export credit facilities) and also excludes scheduled debt maturities as well as other cash collateral to be provided. The company continues to explore opportunities to further reduce its monthly cash burn rate.$770 million$530 million$650 million

The company estimates non-newbuild capital expenditures during the fourth quarter of 2020 to be approximately . As of , the company's scheduled debt maturities are as follows:$130 millionAugust 31, 2020

Financial Statements

Refer to the Form 10-Q dated for the company's third quarter 2020 consolidated financial statements.October 8, 2020

  The company has scheduled a conference call with analysts at () today to provide a business update. This call can be listened to live, and additional information can be obtained, via Carnival Corporation & plc's website at  and .Conference Call
10:00 a.m. EDT3:00 p.m. BSTwww.carnivalcorp.comwww.carnivalplc.com

Carnival Corporation & plc is one of the world's largest leisure travel companies with a portfolio of nine of the world's leading cruise lines. With operations in North America, Australia, Europe and , its portfolio features – Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises (), Seabourn, Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises () and Cunard.AsiaAustraliaUK

Additional information can be found on , , , , , , , , , and .www.carnivalcorp.comwww.carnivalsustainability.comwww.carnival.comwww.princess.comwww.hollandamerica.comwww.pocruises.com.auwww.seabourn.comwww.costacruise.comwww.aida.dewww.pocruises.comwww.cunard.com

Cautionary Note Concerning Factors That May Affect Future Results

Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc and their respective subsidiaries are referred to collectively in this document as "Carnival Corporation & plc," "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 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 of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. 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: 

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:

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.

CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACT: , +1 305 406 7862; INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT: , +1 305 406 4832Roger FrizzellBeth Roberts

--  Borrowed an aggregate principal amount of  in two tranches
        under a first priority senior secured term loan facility on .

    --  Issued  aggregate principal amount of second priority senior
        secured notes in two tranches on .

    --  Entered into Debt Holiday amendments, deferring certain principal
        repayments otherwise due through . (Certain export credit
        agencies have offered a 12-month debt amortization and financial
        covenant holiday ("Debt Holiday")).

    --  Completed a registered direct offering of 99.2 million shares of
        Carnival Corporation's common stock and used the proceeds to repurchase
         of its 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2023 on .

    --  Issued  aggregate principal amount of second priority senior
        secured notes on .

    --  In  we entered into an equity distribution agreement with
        sales agents pursuant to which we may, from time to time, offer and sell
        shares of Carnival Corporation's common stock having an aggregate
        offering price of up to  through the sales agents (the "ATM
        Offering"). As of , we sold 23 million shares for net
        proceeds of  under the ATM Offering.

    --  In , we borrowed  under an export credit
        facility.$2.8 billion$1.3 billion$886 million$900 million$1.0 billion$352 million$610 millionJune 30,
        2020July 20, 2020March 2021August
        10, 2020August 18, 2020September 2020October 2, 2020September 2020
(in billions)           4Q     1Q     2Q        3Q     4Q
                       2020   2021   2021      2021   2021

Principal Payments (a)      (b)    (b)

(a)                    Excluding the revolving facility. As of
                       August 31, 2020, borrowings under the
                       Revolving Facility were ,
                       which were drawn in March 2020 for an
                       initial term of six months. The
                       maturities for these borrowings were
                       extended in September 2020 for an
                       additional six months through March
                       2021. We may re-borrow such amounts
                       subject to satisfaction of the
                       conditions in the revolving facility

(b)                    The company has principal balance of
                        and  of debt
                       outstanding as of August 31, 2020,
                       otherwise due through 2032, for which
                       covenant waivers expire during the
                       second quarter 2021 and fourth quarter
                       2021, respectively. The company is
                       working on extending these covenant
                       waivers. If the covenant waiver
                       extensions are not received, the company
                       would be required to prepay the
                       outstanding principal balance.$ 1.0$ 0.5$ 0.3$ 0.6$ 0.2$3.0 billion$0.5 billion$0.8 billion
• Net revenue yields                   • Estimates of ship depreciable lives and
                                       residual values

• Booking levels                       • Goodwill, ship and trademark fair

• Pricing and occupancy                • Liquidity

• Interest, tax and fuel expenses      • Adjusted earnings per share

• Currency exchange rates              • Impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus
                                       global pandemic on our financial
• Net cruise costs, excluding fuel perondition and results of operations
available lower berth day
--  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, growth,
        reputation, litigation, cash flows, liquidity, and stock price

    --  As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we may be out of compliance with a
        maintenance covenant in certain of our debt facilities, for which we
        have waivers for the period through  with the next testing
        date of 

    --  World events impacting the ability or desire of people to travel may
        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 may
        impact the satisfaction of our guests and crew and lead to reputational

    --  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 may 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 incident, and failure to keep pace with developments in
        technology may adversely impact our business operations, the
        satisfaction of our guests and crew and 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

    --  Geographic regions in which we try to expand our business may be slow to
        develop or ultimately not develop how we expect

    --  Inability to implement our shipbuilding programs and ship repairs,
        maintenance and refurbishments may adversely impact our business
        operations and the satisfaction of our guestsMarch 31, 2021May 31, 2021

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