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Carnival Sale On Internet Overload

If ever a cruise line needs to fill up a ship quickly, or a bunch of them, Carnival just did it. The premise is simple: Everybody loves a deal.

So on Tuesday, Carnival announced a “35-hour sale.” It was actually a 35-35 sale…35 hours to buy a cruise for $35 a day (starting prices).

How much did the people like it?

In the first six hours, so anxious were consumers to break the bank that they broke the website.

The demand crashed carnival.com. Within a couple of hours, it was fixed and the sale of select cruises from December through March resumed. It runs through midnight tonight Carnival Freedomand this is not a big deal for one ship, or one port. For example, here’s a few of the per-day, per-passenger prices (some even better) that we found once the website was re-started:

$25Los Angeles (return) to Catalina and Ensenada, four nights (December 1-5) on the Inspiration

$28Fort Lauderdale (return) to Key West, Grand Cayman and Cozumel (December 7-13) on the Freedom

$34Miami (return) to Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, San Juan and St. Thomas, seven nights (January 10-17) on the Glory

$35Galveston (return) to Progreso and Cozumel, five nights (December 15-20) on the Triumph

$43Miami (return) to Ocho Rios, Grand Turk and Nassau, six nights (February 22-28, on the Breeze

Clearly, Carnival wants to fill empty beds. Chances are the cruise line can still make a profit at these prices, because passengers do spend money once they’re on the ship.

But with this sale, getting there is a bargain.

Today at portsandbows.com: Holland America's new look

Caribbean Princess
4 nights
January 22, 2015
Fort Lauderdale (return): Princess Cays 
Inside: $289
Cost per day: $72

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