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Roses are red … and white and blue … and all will adorn Carnival Cruise Line’s float in the 130th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. Adolfo Perez, senior vice president of sales and trade marketing for Carnival, showed off his flower powers as he and 11 California-based travel advisors helped prepare the replica of Carnival Panorama during Decorating Week in the lead-up to the parade. Carnival Panorama is set to be the cruise line’s first new ship to debut on the West Coast in 20 years when it arrives at Long Beach, California, in December 2019. At the annual all-American pageant in Pasadena, California, the 55-foot-long float will have many of the familiar elements of Carnival ships, including the…

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Carnival Cruise Line was named Best Domestic Cruise Line and Best Family Cruise Line at the 16th annual Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards at a black-tie gala in New York City. This marks the third consecutive year that Carnival has earned the Best Domestic Cruise Line honors. Based on Travel Weekly reader surveys, the awards recognize the travel industry suppliers who were “the best of the best” in various product and service categories during 2018. “We are thrilled to receive this important recognition from the readers of Travel Weekly as both the best domestic cruise line and the best cruise line for families,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival Cruise Line President. “We truly appreciate the support of our valued travel partners…

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Carnival Cruise Line earned a Silver Award for Best Cruise Line for Families and a Bronze in the Best Cruise Line Onboard Entertainment categories in Recommend magazine’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, the publication announced today. Recommend’s audience of travel advisors voted for their favorite destinations, hotels and resorts, tour operators, cruise lines, rail vacations, car rentals, airlines and host agencies to determine the winners in each category. “A Carnival Cruise Line vacation is ideal for families — from our exclusive Seuss at Sea program and WaterWorks to SkyRide and Hasbro, The Game Show — and to be recognized by the readers of Recommend, who know travel better than anyone, for this and our entertainment is an incredible acknowledgement,” said Adolfo…

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Just in time for Wave Season, travel advisors who want to take their earning potential to the next level can opt-in to Carnival Cruise Line’s 2019 “AMP Up Commission Challenge” to qualify for higher commission rates. The program offers travel advisors the ability to increase their commissions up to 15 percent following a booking qualification period from Jan. 1 — March 31, 2019. Agencies who reach set booking goals during this window will earn the increased commissions on new Carnival Cruise Line bookings made from April 1 – Dec., 2019. Registration for the Program is open beginning today through Dec. 23, 2018, on GoCCL.com. “Last year our travel agency partners embraced the AMP Up Commission Challenge and exceeded their goals…

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Carnival Cruise Line Earns Three Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards

by Joyce Oliva

Carnival Cruise Line earned three Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers Choice Awards, earning top honors in the Best Value for the Money, Cruise Director and Computer Facilities categories. Award winners were determined by thousands of readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine, who voted for their favorites in 51 categories. Winners are published in the November/December 2018 issue, which hit newsstands this week and is available  online at Porthole.com. “Porthole Cruise Magazine is a respected publication with an audience of true cruise aficionados who know the cruise business and are discerning in their tastes,” said Adolfo Perez, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and trade marketing. “Winning in three categories is a testament to how our shipboard staff exceed guests expectations every day.”…

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Carnival Cruise Line made a big splash at Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld, Nov. 7-9, 2018, at the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. The annual conference and exhibition was staged by Northstar Travel Media, parent company of the Travel Weekly branded publications. In addition to participating on panels and hosting seminars, Carnival took over the workshop floor with a 300-square-foot activation space with activities and prizes, including Carnival cruise giveaways. “CruiseWorld provides us a perfect platform to show our Fun Ship experience and interact with agents in a big way, and each year we try to up the fun factor with something that’s going to be entertaining and memorable,” said Adolfo Perez, senior vice president of sales and trade marketing for Carnival.…

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Carnival Corporation’s five North American brands are tapping into one of the top business schools in the country to strengthen the support their business development managers provide to travel agent partners. In a unique collaboration with the Aresty Institute of Executive Education of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Carnival Corporation has developed a new Sales Strategy and Customer Marketing certificate program. This partnership with Wharton Executive Education ensures that sales teams across Carnival brands have the top skills in the industry to deliver the best sales and service to their trade partners. Sales Strategy and Customer Marketing courses are taught by Wharton School faculty and are delivered through lectures, assigned coursework and discussions with professors. After completing…

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Carnival Cruise Line Launches Newly Redesigned Travel Agent Finder On Carnival.com

by Joyce Oliva

Carnival Cruise Line is launching a completely redesigned version of its popular Travel Agent Finder. The upgraded tool is more user-friendly and provides enhanced individual agency information, as well as displays more agencies to help consumers find a local travel professional within Carnival’s extensive network. In the first phase of the redesign, which is complete, the look and feel of the page was updated to better match the cruise line’s main site, www.carnival.com. Further, it now uses Google Maps to display agency locations, providing a greater degree of detail and accuracy than was possible before. “As we continue to deliver on our commitment to support our travel agent partners as they grow their business, we’ve significantly enhanced the functionality and…

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Nexion Travel Group honored Carnival Cruise Line with its 2018 Supplier Humanitarian of the Year Award during the host agency’s 2018 CoNexion Conference Sept. 23. It was the first year the new humanitarian award was presented, and it recognizes a Nexion Preferred Supplier Partner that has gone above and beyond assisting those in need as a result of natural disasters, as well as a company that actively contributes to poverty alleviation, sustainable tourism, cultural heritage preservation and other philanthropic endeavors. Accepting the award on behalf of Carnival was Alicia Steuart, senior sales director, key accounts, who also was named Nexion’s 2018 Business Development Manager of the Year. “Through its charitable works, Carnival has proven to be not just a great…

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To mark the start of Choose Cruise Month, Cruise Lines International’s annual monthlong consumer awareness campaign, Carnival Cruise Line is offering low fares, stateroom category upgrades and an early-booking bonus. Travelers who #ChooseCruise and #ChooseFun with Carnival can qualify for low per-person rates of $259 on select two- to five-day cruises and $469 on select cruises of six days or longer through December 2019 if booked by Oct. 31, 2018. Reservations made during Choose Cruise Month also qualify for free two-category upgrades. In addition, Carnival is offering an early-booking bonus for reservations made during the first week of Choose Cruise Month from Oct. 1-8. Along with a great rate and upgrade, two- to five-day cruises receive a $25 per cabin…

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