Cruise behemoth Carnival Corp. will relocate its upscale Cunard line from Miami to Santa Clarita this year, the company said Friday.
Cunard will share administrative and technology functions with Carnival's Princess Cruises unit, which is already based in Santa Clarita. The move will save the world's largest cruise company about $20 million the first year, Carnival said.
About 180 of Cunard's 300 employees will be let go. Fifty will be reassigned in Florida, and 70 positions will be moved to Santa Clarita, said Julie Benson, a spokeswoman for Princess Cruises.
"Clearly there's space for some people who are interested in coming," she said. "We would hope that many of the positions will be filled by Cunard staff."