Carnival offers draw for 30 free cruises, special group promotion

Carnival offers draw for 30 free cruises, special group promotion

MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line is offering travel partners a chance to win one of 30 free cruises aboard the new Carnival Vista and a special month-long group booking promotion as part of CLIA’s ‘National Plan A Cruise Month’.

Both the free cruise giveaway and group booking opportunity are available from Oct. 1-31, 2015.

With ‘See the Carnival Vista Cruise Giveaway’, every individual booking made by travel partners in the month of October is entered to win one of 30 cruises aboard the new Carnival Vista, set to debut next spring. Bookings must be made during the Oct. 1-31, 2015, to qualify for the promotion and winners will receive a cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on Carnival Vista. All qualified bookings must be submitted via a special section on GoCCL.com, the line’s travel agent Internet portal, to qualify.

Through the line’s group sales promotion, initial deposits are waived on select group cruises and agents can earn one free berth for every 10 full fare guests berthed (compared to the current policy of one free berth for every 15 full fare guests) on all voyages included in the promotion period. The offer is available on a wide variety of sailings between March 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017.

Also as part of CLIA’s ‘National Plan A Cruise Month’, Carnival is providing consumers with Early Saver rates plus a $50 per stateroom shipboard credit throughout the month of October on select sailings. In addition, throughout October, Carnival is offering Early Saver rates plus a $100 per stateroom shipboard credit on all of Carnival Vista’s 2016 European voyages.

“National Plan a Cruise Month is an important sales period for travel partners and we wanted to reward them for their hard work during the month of October with a chance to win a cruise aboard Carnival Vista, our newest, largest and most innovative ship,” said Carnival’s Vice President of Trade Sales & Marketing Adolfo Perez. “In addition, we’re making it easier for them to build lucrative group business with accelerated free cruise berths and no initial deposits with our group promotion that will run during the same period,” he added.

Set to debut in Europe May 1, 2016, Carnival Vista offers a number of one-of-a-kind innovations, including the first IMAX Theatre at sea; a unique suspended cycling experience called SkyRide; the 455-foot-long Kaleid-o-Slide, the line’s first tube slide, dedicated Family Harbor accommodations and much more. Following its inaugural season in Europe, Carnival Vista will reposition to New York for a series of voyages in November 2016 followed by the launch of year-round Caribbean service from Miami later that month.

The ‘See the Carnival Vista Cruise Giveaway’ is part of Carnival’s new ‘Onboard with You’ trade support platform, which houses the line’s numerous travel partner initiatives and tools. In conjunction with the launch, the company introduced its first-ever Facebook page for travel agents and a dedicated section on GoCCL.com. ‘Onboard with You’ reflects the line’s core mission to support travel partners through three core tenets – pledge, people and programs – with new elements to the program being introduced on a continual basis throughout the year.

For more information regarding the ‘See the Carnival Vista Giveaway’ and ‘National Plan A Cruise Month’ promotions, travel partners may contact Carnival’s sales team directly at 1-800-327-7276 or visit GoCCL.com which includes a variety of training materials as well as a video by Carnival President Christine Duffy and Adolfo Perez highlighting various aspects of the promotion.