Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, cruise-line operator Carnival (NYSE:CCL) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Carnival and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Carnival facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Miami (1974)

Market Cap

$28.7 billion

Industry

Hotels, resorts and cruise lines

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$15.4 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Micky Arison (since 2003)
Vice Chairman/COO Howard Frank

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

7.5%

Cash/Debt

$465.0 million / $8.9 billion

Dividend Yield

2.7%

Competitors

Genting Hong Kong Limited
Royal Caribbean Cruises
(NYSE:RCL)
TUI

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 27% of the 508 members who have rated Carnival believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, portastatic, highlighted Carnival as a particularly untimely selection:

Public perception and financial ramifications following recent issues, including "sewer ship" and [Costa Concordia] disaster will weigh down [Carnival]. Decreased bookings will follow. Thumbs down for the next year.

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