Carnival puts up prices

Record booking levels on Carnival
Cruise Lines early in 2010 have led to price increases for summer sailings.

The January-March ‘wave season’ is
traditionally the time of year where cruise operators offer cheap offers and
promotions for their forthcoming high season. Discounted fares and additional
on-board incentives are generally on offer to entice early bookers.

As a result, it is the busiest
couple of months for the cruise industry as post-Christmas, mid-winter northern
customers are looking forward to a summer vacation.

Across the board

Carnival operates 22 ships from
North American ports, visiting Grand Cayman on
a regular basis. Sailings during June, July and August will cost more following
the strong reservation activity.

Carnival Chief Executive Officer
and President Gery Gahill said that travel agent support, targeted marketing
and other enhancements had contributed to the surge in bookings.

“We’re seeing significantly
increased volume as consumers are taking advantage of the incredible value that
a Carnival cruise provides. And while pricing hasn’t fully recovered to 2008
levels, we are increasing prices and will implement an across-the-board
increase effective 22 March,” said the CEO.