CNBC cited unnamed 'people familiar with the situation' and had no comment from the Saudis or Carnival.
A Carnival Corp. spokesman told Seatrade Cruise News the company doesn't generally address rumors or speculation.
5.14% stake in Carnival Corp.
PIF, the Saudi wealth fund, bought into Carnival Corp. in 2020, and today holds a 5.14% stake, according to Yahoo Finance.
Last year the PIF officially launched Cruise Saudi to establish the cruise industry there and create a new destination for international cruise lines via a network of ports. It is drawing a growing number of homeport and transit calls, from major operators like MSC Cruises to boutique brands like Scenic and Emerald.
Developing a yacht with Aman, chartered Silversea ship
Cruise Saudi is involved in a joint venture with Aman Resorts to develop a 100-passenger yacht.
Cruise Saudi was also a major presence at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami Beach last month.
Prior sale rumors
Rumors that Seabourn was in play had circulated earlier during the pandemic.
The ultra-luxury brand operates three 458-passenger ships and two 600-passenger ships and is set to introduce the 264-passenger Seabourn Venture, the first of two expedition newbuilds, this year, with Seabourn Pursuit to follow in 2023.
Carnival shares fell 10.3% to close at $11.76 on Tuesday as cruise stocks took a hit amid weakening macroeconomic forecasts.