Carnival Cruise Lines Puts Europe On Sale

Carnival Cruise Lines is sweetening the pot on Europe cruises this summer with free upgrades and onboard credits of up to $300 per cabin, for reservations made by Jan. 30.

The deals are on the soon-to-debut, 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic, cruising the Mediterranean from Barcelona.

The ship, currently under construction in Italy, will cruise on seven, nine and 12-day itineraries from May 1 to Oct. 16.

The "best available" upgrade applies to specific cabin types – if you book an ocean view cabin you'll be upgraded to the "best available" ocean view; if you book a balcony cabin, the upgrade is to a better balcony cabin.

The shipboard credits, which passengers can use in any way they choose including for drinks, shore excursions or spa treatments, are based on how long you cruise -- $200 for shorter cruises, $250 for the nine-night, $300 for the 12-day.

The Carnival Magic introduces new features including the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub serving the cruise line's own private label beer, the Cucina del Capitano Italian specialty restaurant, featuring family-style Italian fare, and the SportSquare outdoor recreation complex, which includes the first outdoor ropes course at sea.

After the inaugural Europe season, the Carnival Magic will do weeklong Caribbean cruises from Galveston, Texas, beginning Nov. 14, becoming that port's largest year-round cruise ship.

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