Carnival Cruise Lines is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Travel Agent Rewards Program with a special gift of 500 bonus points for current members, as well as for travel agents who enroll between January 31 and February 28, 2013.

The popular program, which currently has nearly 20,000 members, allows travel agents to earn points for completing various booking actions through and their GDS, as well as participating in educational activities, attending Carnival events and more.

Since the program launched one year ago, more than 375,000 activities have been entered by agents and nearly 4,000 items have been redeemed such as Carnival-branded logo items, gift cards and Apple iPads®.

“One of the many benefits of our Rewards Program is that it allows us to engage with our valued travel agents in a fun, memorable and rewarding way. We’re excited to celebrate the program’s ‘first birthday’ with special bonus points for agents,” said Joni Rein, Carnival’s vice president of worldwide sales.

“As an industry first, there has been such great enthusiasm from agents across the country regarding the program and we look forward to adding additional new and exciting elements to it in the year ahead based directly from agent feedback.”

Current activities eligible for point earnings through the Travel Agent Rewards Program include:

•    Creation of new online bookings
•    Completing training activities through Carnival Passport
•    Booking Cruise Rookies
•    Reading Carnival e-mails and visiting
•    Participating in various marketing promotions
•    Attending events including ship visits, the From Your Home to Our Home Port program and much more