MIAMI (August 15, 2008) – Carnival Cruise Lines will launch an extensive stateroom recategorization encompassing the entire "Fun Ship" fleet, with the Carnival Valor the first ship to feature the new accommodation categories effective Monday, Aug. 18. The balance of the fleet will be recategorized by the end of 2008.

            Under the reclassification of stateroom categories, Carnival’s accommodations will now be categorized based on a variety of location factors such as mid-ship, aft and forward, as well as proximity to key public areas and specific deck. 

             “The change more clearly defines our available stateroom categories based on location and features and will enable guests to easily identify the category that best suits their specific needs and preferences,” said Lynn C. Torrent, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and guest services.  “For travel agents, a greater variety of cabin categories and smaller pricing gap between categories will create additional up-selling opportunities,” she added.

            Cabin assignments and pricing on existing reservations will not be affected.

            To familiarize travel agents with the new stateroom categories, a webinar is available via  Travel agents may also contact Carnival's reservations department at 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups) with any questions.  Please note that there may be a delay in the display of updated deck plans in some of the electronic distribution channels outside of and

            Carnival is the world's largest and most popular cruise line, with 22 "Fun Ships" operating voyages of three to 18 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe and South America.  The line currently has two 130,000-ton ships on order -- Carnival Dream, set to debut Sept. 21, 2009, and Carnival Magic, Scheduled to enter service in June 2011.