Monday, August 24, 2015

Carnival offers bargain rates on social media packages

Carnival Cruise Lines is offering a “social media Internet package” that offers guests the opportunity to post pictures of their cruise on several social media sites for a bargain rate.

For just $5 per day, guests on 13 of Carnival’s 24 ships can get unlimited access a variety of popular social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Pinterest and others. If purchased for the entire length of a seven-day cruise, the rate drops to a flat $25. The package is scheduled for fleet-wide implementations by the first quarter of 2016.

Carnival Breeze
“Fast, affordable and reliable social media channels and the Internet have become essential on today’s cruise ships,” Gabriela Gonzalez, Carnival’s vice president of guest technology, said in a statement announcing the deal.

Unlike other shipboard Internet packages, Carnival’s social media package is unique in that it allows guests a “convenient, flexible and highly affordable option for updating their favorite social media channels during their cruise at one low price,” the cruise line’s statement added.

To surf more sites than just the websites included in the social media package, guests can purchase a “value” Internet plan for $16 daily that includes unlimited access or a “premium” package with a faster connection and video-calling capabilities through sites such as Skype for $25 per day.

The cruise line also has a new mobile app called “Carnival HUB” available through the Apple App Store and Google Play that enables passengers to exchange messages with other passengers. Carnival HUB is available for $5 for the entire cruise and offers access to free information about the ship’s features, day-by-day schedules of onboard events and itinerary details as well as an innovative “chat” feature, according to the cruise line. At present, the app is only available on Carnival Breeze, though Carnival plans to launch it on five more ships by the end of the year and all ships by summer 2016.

Carnival Cruise Lines in the largest cruise line in the world based on the number of passengers carried. It is the flagship brand of Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) and plc, traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges. Carnival’s brands include Princess Cruises, Holland American Line, Seabourn, Cunard, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, and P&O Cruises in the UK and Australia.

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