Consolidation in the cruise industry allows you to have investment exposure to quite a few cruise lines by purchasing just a couple of stocks. Cruise lines are in the general entertainment industry and compete for customers such as Disney and the Las Vegas resorts.
Determine how much you want to invest in cruise ship stocks. For example, the U.S. stock symbol for Carnival Corporation is CCL, and the symbol for Royal Caribbean Cruises is RCL.
Look up the current share prices for CCL and RCL.
Determine how many shares of each stock you want to buy. Divide the dollar amount of the investment by the current share price.
Call your stockbroker or use an online brokerage account to purchase the amount of shares you have calculated.
Monitor the financial results for Royal Caribbean Cruises and Carnival Corp. by reading their earnings press releases and listening to the quarterly conference calls.