Micky Arison (b. 1949) is an Israeli-born American businessman and the Chairman of Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise operator.
Micky is the son of Ted Arison, who co-founded Carnival Corporation with Meshulam Riklis. Micky started out in the sales department at Carnival Cruise Lines and worked his way up, becoming reservations manager in 1974. He became Vice-President of passenger traffic in 1976, and was named President three years later. In 1987 Carnival went public, raising $400m for future expansion, and by early 1989, Micky had engineered the acquisition of the Holland America Line. The purchase also included Windstar Cruises and Westours (now Holland America Princess Tours), a leading Alaska tour operator, heralding Carnival’s entry into the premium segment of the cruise industry. Micky was appointed Chairman a year later, in 1990.
Over the next few years, Carnival Corporation acquired brands in various other markets including the ultra-luxury Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruise Line, as well as contemporary European operator Costa Cruises, the region’s number one cruise line. Micky is credited with developing Carnival into a global cruise company and one of the largest vacation companies in the world, with an impressive portfolio of leading cruise brands. In 2003, he spearheaded the transaction that combined Carnival Corporation’s six cruise operators with the brands of P&O Princess Cruises, creating a truly global cruise operator with the leading cruise brands in both North America and Europe. Micky was the CEO of Carnival Corporation PLC until 2013, and continues to be Chairman of the Board of Directors