MIAMI (February 26, 2008) – Carnival Cruise Lines will roll out its first-ever “Funtennial” celebration offering a variety of special offers and giveaways throughout the month of March, commemorating the anniversary of the cruise line’s inaugural voyage in March 1972.

            The month-long promotion will feature a different booking incentive each week during March, including free stateroom upgrades, shipboard credits, special savings and more. 

            The special offers are available in conjunction with a wide variety of “Fun Ship” departures, including select three- to five-day getaways to the Caribbean or Mexico, seven-day voyages to the Caribbean or Mexican Riviera, or longer length sailings to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and South America.

            Additionally, each week in March, a drawing will be held awarding a free cruise, along with a number of high quality digital cameras, to those who book any “Fun Ship” voyage that week. 

            The weekly cruise giveaway encompasses a four- or five-day western Caribbean voyage in an owner’s suite on the Carnival Imagination from Miami or Carnival Inspiration from Tampa.  These two ships are the first to undergo all phases of the line’s “Evolutions of Fun” product enhancement initiative and now feature the Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, Serenity adults-only retreat, resort-style main pool area, and renovated staterooms and spas.

            Consumers who book a “Fun Ship” cruise during the promotional period are also automatically registered to win one of 10 Fuji digital cameras to be given away each week during the “Funtennial” celebration – perfect for capturing terrific “Fun Ship” vacation memories. 

            “Our new ‘Funtennial’ promotion is a fun and unique way to celebrate our company’s anniversary while providing consumers with some very attractive savings and upgrades, along with some great prizes and giveaways,” said Ruben Rodriguez, Carnival’s executive vice president of marketing and guest experience.

            Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 22 "Fun Ships" operating voyages ranging from three to 18 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, New England, Canada, Bermuda, Europe, the Greek Isles and South America. The line has three new ships scheduled for delivery between now and 2011.

            To obtain information on the “Funtennial” promotion and view official contest rules, visit beginning March 1. Consumers may enter to win without purchase.

            Additional information and reservations on Carnival’s “Fun Ship” vacations are available by contacting any travel agent, calling 1-800-CARNIVAL or visiting


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