Carnival Cruise Line is looking forward to an extraordinary 2023. According to a press release, Cyber Monday sales surpassed the cruise lines 2019 Cyber Monday sales by 50 percent.
“The Cyber Monday sale activity showed consumer demand across the fleet, and we were particularly pleased with the booking activity for Carnival Venezia’s new year-round service from New York, and our new extended six-month program for Carnival Magic out of Norfolk,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
“Our very successful naming ceremony for Carnival Celebration on November 20 and all the media coverage it generated clearly kept Carnival top of mind as vacationers got started on their holiday shopping yesterday.”
However, according to a Facebook post by brand ambassador, John Heald, the demand was high and Carnival was selling out displayed rates so quickly, some were unable to take advantage. He apologized for any disappointment this may have caused, and stated “the demand was strong and that is a shining example of people’s desire to cruise and have Fun.”
The demand for cruising has shown up throughout 2022 as Carnival was the first major cruise line to have its entire fleet open for business. Carnival reported record sales the week of March 28-April 3 after the travel advisory against cruising was lifted by the CDC.
November brought the Carnival Luminosa in Australia and Carnival Celebration from Miami. Carnival also has three ships joining its fleet over the next year in a half giving its guests more vacation choices than ever. All these factors solidify Carnival as the major cruise line in the States.
With the announcement of the coming Carnival Venezia and Carnival Jubilee in 2023, there are currently 24 ships in operation throughout Australia and the United States, while 26 are open for bookings.