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Old May 8th, 2002, 08:32 AM
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Carnival's Elation To Launch One-Of-A-Kind Seven-Day Cruise Program From
Galveston In Fall 2003

MIAMI, May 7, 2002 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Carnival Cruise Lines today
announced that the 2,052-passenger "Fun Ship" Elation will launch the line's
first seven-day cruise program from Galveston beginning in fall 2003.
The 70,000-ton SuperLiner, currently based in Los Angeles, will begin
service from Galveston Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, offering a one-of-a-kind
"exotic" seven-day western Caribbean cruise program featuring a day-long
call at Belize City, Belize; as well as visits to Cozumel and
Progreso/Merida, Mexico.

The Elation will join the 1,486-passenger "Fun Ship" Celebration which has
operated four- and five-day cruises from Galveston since September 2000.

"We're delighted to expand our Galveston cruise program to include these
exciting new seven-day 'exotic' western Caribbean cruises aboard the Elation
which offer an unmatched combination of spectacular ports, along with
shipboard amenities that have made 'Today's Carnival' consumers' number one
cruise vacation choice," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. He added
that the 1,486-passenger Jubilee, scheduled to begin four- and five-day
cruises from Galveston Aug. 19, 2002, will operate that program through fall
2003 then be deployed to another homeport.

Commented Galveston Port Director Steven M. Cernak, "Carnival and the Port
of Galveston make a dynamic duo. Our business relationship has been
outstanding. Carnival has shown their commitment to Galveston and the port
intends to provide the necessary facility improvements to allow their
Galveston operations to grow and prosper. We are pleased and excited that
Carnival has chosen to expand its home port operations here and we look
forward to a long, mutually rewarding partnership."

"Exotic" Seven-Day Western Caribbean Cruises From Galveston

Beginning Sept. 28, 2003, the Elation will debut a year-round program of
seven-day "exotic" western Caribbean cruises from Galveston. Voyages will
depart the historic Port of Galveston every Sunday and visit Belize, Cozumel
and Progreso/Merida, each of which offers a variety of interesting sites and
attractions, including archaeological ruins and pyramids, as well as
gorgeous white-sand beaches, and myriad shopping and dining opportunities.

Elation Continues Carnival's Expansion from Galveston

With the Elation's new year-round seven-day Galveston-based cruise schedule,
combined with the Celebration's year-round four- and five-day voyages,
Carnival is expected to carry 240,000 guests annually from this fast growing
Texas port -- the most of any cruise operator. "Carnival has enjoyed
tremendous success since launching 'Fun Ship' cruising from Galveston 18
months ago, and deploying the Elation on our first seven-day program from
Texas speaks volumes about the incredible growth potential of this market,"
said Dickinson.

Myriad "Fun Ship" Amenities and Facilities

Introduced in 1998, the Elation offers such on-board amenities as 12
"themed" bars and lounges, including a multi-level theater showcasing
elaborate Las Vegas-style revues, as well as three swimming pools, a
conference center, Internet cafe and 12,000-square-foot health and fitness

Also featured are two full-service dining rooms, a patisserie, complimentary
24-hour stateroom service, and an expansive poolside restaurant offering
casual alternatives for breakfast, lunch and dinner and 24-hour pizza and
ice cream.

The Elation also houses a 2,400-square-foot play area for kids, part of the
line's complimentary fleetwide "Camp Carnival" children's program.

Pricing and Reservations

Carnival is currently accepting reservations for the Elation's new seven-
day western Caribbean cruises from Galveston.

And more news!

The PRIDE will move to Long Beach on September 7, 2003. This will be a 14
day repositioning cruise from Miami. Her first seven day cruise from Long
Beach will be on September 21, 2003. One interesting thing will be a longer
stop at Cabo San Lucas. The port call will increase by a few hours as
compared to the ELATION due to the PRIDE's increased speed capability.
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