Last updated: 02:16 PM ET, Tue November 05 2013

Carnival Offers Complimentary Cruises to Travel Agents

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship Carnival Cruise Line September 09, 2013

Carnival Cruise Lines is offering free cruises to travel agents who request one at the line’s travel agent portal Sept. 12-26. Eligible sailings depart between September and January. Agents who have signed up for the Travel Agent Rewards and Carnival Passport programs can submit requests a day earlier, on Sept. 11.

“During our Carnival Conversations events, we heard from agents that one of the best ways for them to sell the Carnival product would be to simply experience a cruise just as their clients would,” said Joni Rein, Carnival’s vice president of worldwide sales. “We wanted to give agents the opportunity to sail on the ‘Fun Ships’ with their friends and family while also rewarding and encouraging participation in our Carnival Passport and Travel Agent Rewards programs by offering early access to this exciting new promotion for members.”

Travel agents can view available cruises and request their preferred sailing at Carnival’s agent site. Upon receiving a booking confirmation number, agents then call 800-438-6744, ext. 78830, to secure their reservation. Cabin space is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Agents may receive one complimentary cruise and can bring up to three guests in their stateroom. A non-refundable $50 deposit for first and second guests is required, which will be converted to an onboard credit upon boarding.

As part of the Carnival Conversations, Carnival also recently extended its interline rate program to travel agents and introduced last-minute travel agent fares.