Carnival offers Wave season bonus

By Tom Stieghorst
Carnival Cruise Lines said it will pay a $25 bonus commission on certain bookings in January, as the industry’s Wave season swings into gear.

The offer joins Wave season promotions from MSC Cruises and Celebrity Cruises that have already been rolled out.

Carnival said the bonus payments apply to cruises of six days or more made in January for sailings from May 1 to Aug. 31, 2014.

Carnival also said it has sent agents advance notice of its first consumer promotion, which discounts fares by up to $400 on cruises of six days or longer that sail within five months of booking. Smaller discounts on shorter cruises are also part of the promotion.

MSC unveiled a "2-for-1 plus” promotion through March 31, that lets consumers pick a beverage package, an onboard credit or prepaid gratuities on certain Caribbean and European cruises and transition cruises between the Caribbean and Brazil.

Earlier, Celebrity Cruises jumped the gun on Wave season, which typically starts after the holidays, by reviving its 123Go! offer of perks on bookings between Nov. 29 and Feb. 28.

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