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Carnival Corporation President & CEO Tells the Industry Is Open for Partnership with the Caribbean Arnold Donald, President & CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc, delivered the State of the Industry Address at the 2019 FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show. A lightly-edited transcript of his speech follows:

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ood morning and welcome… It is good to be back in Puerto Rico…after the devastation of Hurricane Maria just two years ago. Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster in recorded history to affect Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Dominica. So it is especially meaningful to be here today. Though the recovery is still in progress, and certainly has not been easy, it’s good to see Puerto Rico back in business. And of course, one cannot talk about hurricanes without turning our attention to The Bahamas. I want to express our deepest concern and sympathy for our friends and our partners in The Bahamas who, just two months ago, experienced a storm of epic and catastrophic intensity like they have never experienced before. Hurricane Dorian was an unprecedented 24-hour nightmare, wreaking havoc and destruction to Abaco and Grand Bahama. 12 FOURTH QUARTER 2019 | TRAVEL & CRUISE

It does seem that more violent storms are occurring more often – but regardless of any future predictions, obviously we must be prepared for even stronger storms. We are your partner in the good times and in the hard times, and we are committed to the islands of the Caribbean. The Caribbean Islands were the first destination of the cruise industry 50 years ago, and they remain the number one destination today for the majority of first-time cruisers and the largest cruise companies. Cruise lines have already donated and/or raised $8 million in relief efforts for The Bahamas, including: •

More than 10 million pounds of food and supplies—filling more than 250 shipping containers—by Carnival Corporation; 20,000 meals per day—as well as water, medical supplies, generators, and a team of specially trained employees and volunteers to assist

with logistics and food and beverage efforts—by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. 400 pallets of humanitarian aid— along with 300 qualified volunteer and 150 Bahamians—on a single relief mission by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line; MSC Group using its cargo and cruise resources, with a focus on providing semi-permanent prefabricated modular housing; and Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings also using their cruise ships to deliver supplies and support. And Carnival Corporation, along with Royal Caribbean have reaffirmed and accelerated $455 million in existing investment projects in the Bahamas, specifically in the island of Grand Bahama where Dorian destroyed the eastern end of the island. That on top of the significant investments already in place.

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