Carnival Cruises sets weekly booking record
Carnival Cruise Lines set a new weekly reservations record, booking 165,308 guests between 7-13 February 2011, eclipsing the previous one-week reservations record set nearly four years ago.
Carnival President & CEO, Gerry Cahill, noted that while the economy is improving, consumers are still seeking value - one of several factors spurring the record reservations activity. He cited strong travel agent support and targeted marketing and sales initiatives.
“Clearly, consumers are taking advantage of the incredible value that a Carnival cruise provides, not only in terms of our fun on-board experience but also our many convenient close-to-home departure points and wide variety of short itineraries,” Cahill said. “This activity reaffirms that even in today’s economic climate, consumers still want to have fun and view their vacations as an important part of their lives,” he added.
Carnival’s 22 ship operate three- to 16-day voyages, including destinations in the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. The line currently has two new 130,000-ton ships on order - Carnival Magic, set to debut in Europe 1 May 2011, and Carnival Breeze, scheduled to enter service in spring 2012.