In case you missed this press release from Carnival I thought I would post it here on the message boards as I thought it very important and very nice for Carnival to do for our military.
CARNIVAL LAUNCHES NEW DISCOUNT PROGRAM
FOR U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL
For A Limited Time Only, Up To Four 'Fun Ship' Staterooms May Be Booked At
Special Discounted Rates
MIAMI (05/22/03) - Through a new program from Carnival Cruise Lines,
active U.S. military personnel can book up to four "Fun Ship" staterooms at
savings of up to 50 percent off published fares. The special rates are
available for a limited time only on a wide variety of "Fun Ship" departures
through the end of 2003.
The discounted rates start at $169 per person for three-day cruises;
$199 per person for four-day cruises; $219 per person for five-day cruises;
and $299 per person for seven-day, on sailings to the Bahamas, Caribbean,
Mexico, Alaska, and Canada/New England.
"Carnival has historically offered discounts for military personnel.
However, this new program not only allows men and women currently serving in
the U.S. armed forces to enjoy special savings on 'Fun Ship' vacations but
also to bring along their friends and family members at the same discounted
rates," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.
Reservations can be made through any travel agent or by contacting Carnival
Cruise Lines' Special Promotions Desk at 1-800-794-6225 and requesting fare
Valid military identification is required at the time of booking. Military
personnel must sail to be eligible for discounts on additional staterooms
purchased. Rates reflect category 1A (interior) accommodations and are
capacity controlled. Certain other restrictions apply.
Carnival Cruise Lines is a proud member of the exclusive World's Leading
Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Holland America Line,
Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, Windstar Cruises and The
Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guests, and a
commitment to quality and value, our member lines appeal to a wide range of
lifestyles and budgets. Together, we offer an exciting and enriching cruise
vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.
What a great thing to do! Just wish they would have done that prior to our cruise earlier this month. We did however, take advantage of the discount Carnival gave us because we are military (not 50% though ;-)) Even without a discount, cruising is by far the most dollar friendly vacation we've ever been on. We plan to cruise again very soon.
Thank you for the information, Jim. I missed this press release, and I have a friend in the Navy who will be interested in these special deals. (Hopefully we can convince him that a cruise vacation is nothing like the Navy!)
I'm so glad I read the message boards, it's the only way I find out a lot of useful information like this.
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Now posting as MichelleP.
Called a travel agent on this today, I was checking on the price of a 7 night western carb. on the Triumph on Nov. 1st, in a 8A guarentee, could someone let me know if this is a good price.
She quoted me 470.00 pp plus port fees and taxes for a total of 636.96 pp (this does not include insurance) just want to make sure this is a good deal.
I also called Carnival direct and they gave me the same price, should the travel agent be able to beat Carnivals price or is it the same because they say its a military special?
As it is a special offer granted by CCL the price may well be the same through both the TA and CCL. The Press Release states ACTIVE military which would preclude retired but hey, it never hurts to ask.
Sounds like a good price too me. I wish we knew about this last week, before our family booked on another cruise line. We were looking at the Glory but for 2004. Oh well, I hope some of our Military can take advantage of this cost savings and relax on a great Carnival cruise with their loved ones and friends.