MIAMI -- Royal Caribbean Cruises will cut back co-op support and base commission pay to agents who advertise non-published or non-contracted rates starting Aug. 16.

The program affects rates in ads for both Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises in mediums like TV, newspapers, radio, catalogs, direct mail and online vehicles such as search engines, Web sites, e-mail and banner and popup ads.

"We really feel that rebating is damaging our distribution system," Lisa Bauer, RCCL's senior vice president-sales, told TravelWeekly.com Friday afternoon.

Carnival Cruise Lines said Thursday it would reduce agency compensation to retailers who published non-approved rates in public media.

To contact reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].

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