Carnival UK moves into new Southampton headquarters

Opening of landmark city base for Carnival UK

Opening of landmark city base for Carnival UK

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Shipping & Heritage Reporter

THE new home of Britain’s biggest cruise ship company, Carnival UK, was officially opened in Southampton yesterday.

Carnival House is the latest multi-million-pound landmark building to grace the city skyline.

The corporate headquarters, overlooking Southampton Water, will not only house 1,118 employees but the impressive, glassfronted building at Harbour Parade, off West Quay Road, will bring staff who previously worked in five separate offices across the city under one roof.

Carnival UK is the parent company of some of the most famous names in shipping, including P&O Cruises, Cunard and Princess Cruises, which all have vessels based in Southampton.

To mark the building’s inauguration, a cheque for £5,000, raised by Carnival UK employees, was handed over to help fund the construction of Jack’s Place, a new wing at Naomi House, the children’s hospice near Winchester.

● Pictured at the opening are, from left, David Dingle, chief executive of Carnival UK; Susan Kennedy and her husband Andrew, corporate services director of Carnival UK.

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11:14am Mon 20 Jul 09

gorf says...

The city skyline?

Southampton doesnt realy have an impressive skyline does it? bigges building is the millbrook towers!!

(im sure i will be corrected if im wrong!)
The city skyline? Southampton doesnt realy have an impressive skyline does it? bigges building is the millbrook towers!! (im sure i will be corrected if im wrong!) gorf
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12:21pm Mon 20 Jul 09

MaxxieO says...

Yeah, Millbrook Towers is the tallest building in Soton with Canberra Towers very close behind.
Yeah, Millbrook Towers is the tallest building in Soton with Canberra Towers very close behind. MaxxieO
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3:14pm Mon 20 Jul 09

Apostrophe says...

It's a beautiful building, which has taken a long time to construct. Unlike the hideous blue and yellow monstrosity that was thrown up next to it.
It's a beautiful building, which has taken a long time to construct. Unlike the hideous blue and yellow monstrosity that was thrown up next to it. Apostrophe
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6:12pm Mon 20 Jul 09

Tommy News says...

Very proud to see a prestigious company relocate to the city.

Well Done Carnival!
Very proud to see a prestigious company relocate to the city. Well Done Carnival! Tommy News
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10:05pm Mon 20 Jul 09

darv66 says...

Impressive building and impressive rival liner just across the road. Just a coincidence that this rival liner is the view from Carnival's brand new building this week?...
Impressive building and impressive rival liner just across the road. Just a coincidence that this rival liner is the view from Carnival's brand new building this week?... darv66
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11:03pm Mon 20 Jul 09

Floridaspike says...

As an exemployee of Carnival of some 20 years in Florida onboard their modern Liners, and a native of Southampton, This is great news for the town. One couldn't work for a better company. I wish them well in making Southampton their Home port.
Great Company...
As an exemployee of Carnival of some 20 years in Florida onboard their modern Liners, and a native of Southampton, This is great news for the town. One couldn't work for a better company. I wish them well in making Southampton their Home port. Great Company... Floridaspike
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11:07pm Mon 20 Jul 09

Floridaspike says...

As an exemployee of Carnival of some 20 years in Florida onboard their modern Liners, and a native of Southampton, This is great news for the town. One couldn't work for a better company. I wish them well in making Southampton their Home port.
Great Company...
As an exemployee of Carnival of some 20 years in Florida onboard their modern Liners, and a native of Southampton, This is great news for the town. One couldn't work for a better company. I wish them well in making Southampton their Home port. Great Company... Floridaspike
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12:00am Thu 23 Jul 09

WoolstonSean says...

Tommy News wrote:
Very proud to see a prestigious company relocate to the city. Well Done Carnival!
They are not actually relocating to Southampton as Carnival have been present in Southampton for many years but are currently spread around five other office sites around the city.
After P&O were taken over by Carnival and eventually Cuanrd it meant that there were several offices to maintain so it made sense to have a new purpose building built to house all there UK Brands such as Cunard, Ocean Village, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises.
[quote][p][bold]Tommy News[/bold] wrote: Very proud to see a prestigious company relocate to the city. Well Done Carnival![/p][/quote]They are not actually relocating to Southampton as Carnival have been present in Southampton for many years but are currently spread around five other office sites around the city. After P&O were taken over by Carnival and eventually Cuanrd it meant that there were several offices to maintain so it made sense to have a new purpose building built to house all there UK Brands such as Cunard, Ocean Village, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises. WoolstonSean
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12:06am Thu 23 Jul 09

WoolstonSean says...

darv66 wrote:
Impressive building and impressive rival liner just across the road. Just a coincidence that this rival liner is the view from Carnival's brand new building this week?...
Yes and I was on that impressive rival liner all day on Sunday and saw the celebrations on the top floor of the Carnival UK HQ with palm trees and white linen tables for the guests who were taking a good look at the rival!

And that rival cruise ship I have to admit has to be the best I have been on, absolutely stunning and classy, and I have been on all the liners that call here except the Artemis which I have 'yet' to have been aboard!
[quote][p][bold]darv66[/bold] wrote: Impressive building and impressive rival liner just across the road. Just a coincidence that this rival liner is the view from Carnival's brand new building this week?... [/p][/quote]Yes and I was on that impressive rival liner all day on Sunday and saw the celebrations on the top floor of the Carnival UK HQ with palm trees and white linen tables for the guests who were taking a good look at the rival! And that rival cruise ship I have to admit has to be the best I have been on, absolutely stunning and classy, and I have been on all the liners that call here except the Artemis which I have 'yet' to have been aboard! WoolstonSean
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12:11am Thu 23 Jul 09

WoolstonSean says...

WoolstonSean wrote:
Tommy News wrote: Very proud to see a prestigious company relocate to the city. Well Done Carnival!
They are not actually relocating to Southampton as Carnival have been present in Southampton for many years but are currently spread around five other office sites around the city. After P&O were taken over by Carnival and eventually Cuanrd it meant that there were several offices to maintain so it made sense to have a new purpose building built to house all there UK Brands such as Cunard, Ocean Village, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises.
I meant to to say after P&O were taken over by Carnival and then Cunard also being taken over by the American owned company then there was the spread of offices around the city accomodating different divisions which the new office will then be home to all!
[quote][p][bold]WoolstonSean[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tommy News[/bold] wrote: Very proud to see a prestigious company relocate to the city. Well Done Carnival![/p][/quote]They are not actually relocating to Southampton as Carnival have been present in Southampton for many years but are currently spread around five other office sites around the city. After P&O were taken over by Carnival and eventually Cuanrd it meant that there were several offices to maintain so it made sense to have a new purpose building built to house all there UK Brands such as Cunard, Ocean Village, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises.[/p][/quote]I meant to to say after P&O were taken over by Carnival and then Cunard also being taken over by the American owned company then there was the spread of offices around the city accomodating different divisions which the new office will then be home to all! WoolstonSean
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