Carnival Cruise Lines has rolled out a new sales event offering free best available upgrades on a wide variety of “Fun Ship” departures throughout 2009.

The new “Fun4All” promotion is available in conjunction with virtually all three- to 12-day cruises departing through Dec. 18, 2009, including voyages to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England and Europe. To be eligible for this special offer, bookings must be made between Jan. 5-23, 2009.

“With consumers beginning to make their summer and fall vacation plans, there’s no better time to book a ‘Fun Ship’ vacation and this free best available upgrade promotion makes the value of a Carnival cruise even greater,” said Lynn Torrent, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and guest services.  “The new ‘Fun4All’ sales event, combined with Carnival’s wide-ranging sales and marketing tools designed to help travel agents grow their business, should provide agents with a wonderful jump start for the new year,” she added.

Torrent noted that the new promotion arms travel agents with yet another effective selling tool to entice their clients to sail on Carnival, which not only offers great value but also the widest variety of cruise durations and convenient departure points in the industry.  “Plus, Carnival’s dedicated sales force – which collectively has more than 1,000 years of experience – is always available to help travel agents develop new and innovative ways to grow their business,” she said.

The new “Fun4All” sales event is capacity controlled and applies to new individual bookings for categories 4A and higher.  Upgrades are available within specific stateroom accommodation types (i.e., interior to interior, ocean view to ocean view, balcony to balcony, etc.). Guests must request fare code PFF when making the reservation.

Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 22 “Fun Ships” operating voyages ranging from three to 18 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Europe, Bermuda and South America.  The line currently has two new ships scheduled for delivery between now and 2011.  The first of those, the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream, is set to debut Sept. 21, 2009.