MIAMI (January 11, 2007) — Carnival Cruise Lines’ field sales team has been named "best in the cruise industry" by readers of the leading travel trade publication Travel Weekly in its annual Reader’s Choice poll.

The survey results, which were based on a poll of 44,000 Travel Weekly readers, were announced at a recent black-tie event in New York.

Travel Weekly’s "Best Sales and Service" award recognized Carnival’s 77-member team of business development managers (BDMs) for exceptional skill and professionalism in supporting travel agents who market and sell Carnival cruise vacations. Carnival’s BDMs partner with travel agents in pursuing initiatives to develop new business, and also provide agents with a wide variety of training opportunities to hone their product knowledge and sales and marketing skills. Carnival’s BDMs call on approximately 25,000 travel agents throughout the U.S. and Canada and are supported by a staff of 50 business development representatives at the company’s Miami headquarters.

"Our business development managers are pacesetters in the travel industry and to receive this recognition by Travel Weekly readers – comprised of some of the most knowledgeable and experienced sellers in travel - is certainly an honor and a validation of Carnival’s ongoing efforts to serve the agent community," said Vicki Freed, senior vice president of sales and marketing of Carnival Cruise Lines.

Carnival is the world’s largest and most popular cruise line with a fleet of 21 "Fun Ships" operating voyages ranging from three to 16 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Greek Isles. The line currently has four new ships scheduled to enter service between now and spring 2011.

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Carnival Cruise Lines is a proud member of the exclusive World’s Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, Windstar Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together, we offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.