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CARNIVAL NEWS - Carnival Earns 'Best Value Award' From Ocean & Cruise News

MIAMI (01/05/04) – For the 10th consecutive year, the “Fun Ships” of Carnival Cruise Lines have been named a “Best Overall Value” by the World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society (WOCLS), a 23-year-old organization comprised of leading travel agents and highly experienced cruisers. Carnival earned “best value” honors in the “High-Superior Four-Star-Plus” category.

The awards, which were published in a recent issue of the organization’s monthly magazine, Ocean & Cruise News, are divided into 10 categories and recognize those cruise lines, which provide the greatest satisfaction to guests at the best prices.

The WOCLS lauded Carnival for its high quality food and entertainment, as well as its diverse activities and festive on-board ambiance. “All Carnival ships stress fun and high-spirited activity, both in the design of the public rooms and in the overall product. The dining is on par with, and in many cases exceeds that of others in this category. The entertainment is some of the best afloat,” said Ocean & Cruise News Editorial Advisor George Devol.

Carnival was also recognized for its innovative shipboard layout and design, stating that the vessels are “very spacious and very ‘Las Vegas’ in their style and ambiance.”

Commented Carnival President & CEO Bob Dickinson, “Earning the ‘best value’ award for 10 consecutive years is very gratifying and speaks volumes to the high quality of Carnival’s ‘Fun Ship’ cruise vacations, which are rated higher than any other brand in the contemporary market. It is truly an honor and reaffirms our position as the world’s number one cruise vacation choice.”

Carnival is the most popular cruise line in the world, with 19 “Fun Ships” operating three- to 16-day voyages to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, Canada, New England and Bermuda from homeports throughout North America. The line currently has three new ships with an estimated value of $1.8 billion scheduled for delivery between now and 2005. The first of these, the 88,500-ton Carnival Miracle, is slated to debut from Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 27, 2004.