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December 09, 2005

Carnival Cruise Lines Names A 'Best Cruise Value' By Ocean & Cruise News For 12th Consecutive Year



Earns Top Honors in High Superior/Four Star-Plus, Short Cruise Categories, Places Second in Overall Value Rankings

MIAMI (Dec 1, 2005) – For the 12th consecutive year, Carnival Cruise Lines has been named a “best cruise value” by Ocean & Cruise News, the monthly publication of the World Cruise & Ocean Liner Society, comprised of highly experienced cruise enthusiasts.

Carnival received top honors in the High Superior Four Star-Plus Category and was named the “Best Short Cruise Value” in the publication’s annual “best value” awards, which recognize those cruise lines that provide a high quality product at the best prices.

In the overall value rankings, Carnival Cruise Lines placed second behind its sister company, premium operator Holland America Line but ahead of other premium lines. The awards are featured in the Nov. 15, 2005, issue of Ocean & Cruise News.

Carnival, which quietly launched a product improvement program several years ago, was acknowledged for its upgraded dining and service standards, high quality entertainment, spacious accommodations, interesting itineraries, and affordable pricing.

“Carnival just continues to improve in all key areas of service, dining and entertainment. Its product upgrades have really paid off for the line and its passengers.

All this, combined with moderate prices, makes Carnival a real value winner. The line’s product upgrades have not only moved the Carnival product up in the overall value rankings but also forced every cruise line above them, even the most deluxe, to keep a watchful eye over their shoulder,” said Ocean & Cruise News Editor Tom Cassidy.

Commented Carnival President and CEO Bob Dickinson, “Earning a ‘best value’ award 12 years in a row from an esteemed organization such as the World Cruise & Ocean Liner Society speaks volumes about the tremendous value that a ‘Fun Ship’ cruise provides. Carnival has invested significant resources in product upgrades – from the luxurious new ‘Carnival Comfort Bed’ sleep system to an exclusive alliance with world-renowned French master chef Georges Blanc and these awards reaffirm our commitment to providing guests with high quality vacations at affordable prices.”

Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with a fleet of 21 “Fun Ships” operating voyages ranging from three to 16 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe and Bermuda.

The line currently has two “Fun Ships” on order – the 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom set to debut in Feb. 2007 and an as-yet-unnamed 112,000 vessel scheduled to enter service in spring 2008.

Press Release by Carnival Corporation

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Posted by Denise at December 9, 2005 03:50 PM

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