Monday, January 03, 2005

BOOK SHORE FUN ON-LINE: Carnival Cruise Lines now has an on-line shore excursion booking system on the line's web site for buying shore excursions. The new system works for all Fun Ship sailings to 65 ports throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, Canada, New England and Europe. More than 1,000 shore excursion choices are on tap, from snorkeling to horseback riding, helicopter flightseeing, and city tours. Listings include description, activity level, duration, and pricing. Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO, says “more consumers than ever are using the Internet for travel research and purchases and our new on-line shore excursion booking system provides Carnival guests with an easy and convenient means … .” To access the on-line shore booking engine, guests must be registered on carnival.com and have a fully deposited cruise booking. After accessing via the “View Cruise Details” link, guests are prompted with the “Add Shore Excursions” option. To purchase, guests simply click on their shore excursion choices and enter credit card information via a secure encrypted reservations portal. Confirmations are printable, and tickets are delivered to staterooms on embarkation day. On-line shore excursion orders can be logged from 180- to five days before embarkation, and guests can still buy onboard. To book a Fun Ship cruise, go to www.cruiseguide.com or call 1-800-CARNIVAL.