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Carnival Cruise Lines Takes Home “Best Value” Honor in 2008 Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards

Posted on: October 24th, 2008 - Press Releases

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES TAKES HOME “BEST VALUE” HONOR IN 2008 CRUISE CRITIC EDITORS’ PICK AWARDS

 Also Honored for “Best Shore Excursions” along with “Best Main Restaurant” for its Conquest-Class Ships

             MIAMI- (October 24, 2008) — Carnival Cruise Lines was named the “Best Value” in cruising by the 2008 Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards, which honor the world’s top cruise lines for outstanding performance in 10 major areas.

            The winners were chosen by the professional editorial staff at Cruise Critic, an online consumer cruise Web site that attracts more than five million visitors a year and provides a variety of information, including ship reviews and the latest news in the cruise industry.

             “Carnival is honored to have been recognized by the editors of Cruise Critic for not only providing our guests with an exceptional vacation experience but one that provides tremendous value for the money. Great value is a cornerstone of our brand and is something that is especially important to consumers today given the current economic environment,” said Ruben Rodriguez Carnival’s executive vice president of marketing and guest experience.

            The line also received the top awards for “Best Shore Excursions,” and “Best Main Restaurant” for its Conquest-class ships.

            Carnival is the world’s largest and most popular cruise line, with 22 “Fun Ships” operating voyages of three to 18 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe and South America.  The line currently has two 130,000-ton ships on order — Carnival Dream, set to debut Sept. 21, 2009, and Carnival Magic, scheduled to enter service in June 2011.

            Every Carnival “Fun Ship” offers guests a variety of on-board facilities and features, including a variety of formal and casual dining options, expansive spa and fitness centers, at least three swimming pools, and three distinct kids and teen programs each offering fun supervised activities geared towards specific age groups: “Camp Carnival” for ages 2-11, “Circle C” for ages 12-14, and “Club O2” for ages 15-17.

            For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

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About Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:  CCL; NYSE:  CUK), is the world’s largest and most popular cruise line, with 22 “Fun Ships” operating voyages ranging from three to 18 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe and South America. The line currently has two 130,000-ton ships on order – the Carnival Dream set to debut September 12, 2009, and the Carnival Magic, scheduled to enter service in June 2011.

About Cruise Critic
Launched in October 1995 by The Independent Traveler, Inc., Cruise Critic® was the first consumer cruise site on the Internet. Cruise Critic is an online guide to cruises with cruise reviews and an active community where travelers can share opinions and experiences. In the last five years, traffic on CruiseCritic.com has grown 350 percent; the site currently attracts more than five million visitors a year.

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