Carnival sets reservations record
"We saw indicators last week that we were moving into a solid booking wave and the reservations activity so far this week further supports that view," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. "The heightened reservations volume we're experiencing at this time is encouraging and has prompted us to convert to a 24/7 operations schedule in our Miami and Colorado Springs call centers," he added.
Evidence of this is that parent Carnival Corporation and Walmart.com, a unit of discounter Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., have entered into an exclusive marketing and sales agreement to "provide dream cruises at every day low prices -- prices so low, in fact, that customers will be refunded the difference if they find a better deal on an identical cruise vacation within 14 days of booking."
Specials offered by Walmart.com range from a three- day Bahamas getaway for $247 to a seven-day Mediterranean package for $3,749.