Cunard redirects here. For other uses see Cunard (disambiguation). Cunard LineType Subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plcFounded 1840 as the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet CompanyHeadquarters Southampton United Kingdom and Santa Clarita California United StatesArea served Transatlantic Mediterranean Northern Europe Caribbean and World Cruises. Key people Samuel Cunard (Founder) Peter Shanks (President)Parent Carnival Corporation & PLCWebsite Cunard.