With reservations now open for the new Carnival Vista, which debuts in May 2016 with eight- to 13-day Mediterranean itineraries, Carnival Cruise Line is hosting a special promotion offering reduced initial deposit requirements for group bookings by 50 percent, as well as an enhanced amenity points program for travel agents, through February 28, 2015.

Through the new “Meet Up in the Med” promotion, guests may enjoy reduced deposits of $200 per person (compared to the standard $400 per person) on Carnival Vista sailings departing between May 1, 2016 and October 21, 2016.  In addition, Carnival is offering travel agents eight amenity points versus the normal six amenity points for each group booking.

“We heard from travel agents over the last year how important group business is to them, so we wanted to present a value-driven group opportunity that not only offers attractive options on our newest ship but also on our first European sailings in three years,” said Joni Rein, Carnival’s vice president of worldwide sales. “From multigenerational family gatherings to girlfriend getaways, this promotion offers agents a multitude of ways to bring together groups who want to visit breathtaking European destinations on our newest, most innovative ship.”

Group fares applicable to this promotion, which are available between now and February 28, 2015, begin at $999. Certain restrictions apply.