SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The Cruise Industry is trying to move past the Carnival Triumph debacle. San Francisco-based travel agent Bob Romano said lower-end cruise lines are reducing prices and higher-end companies are throwing in more amenities to lure wary travelers back to the high seas.

The disaster on Carnival’s Triumph cruise ship came at a bad time for the cruise ship industry. January and February are the prime booking months for summer cruises. It’s known as “wave season.” “All of a sudden, people’s thoughts turn to ‘what can I do for the summer,’ Romano told ConsumerWatch.

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We found deep Carnival discounts ranging from 53% off on a three-night cruise to Mexico to 78% off on a four-night Caribbean cruise. Many of the deals may only be available through an agent, but here are some sites to do online research:

www.carnival.com
www.celebritycruises.com/home.do
www.cruise.com/
www.cruiseone.com/travel/HomePage.html
www.lastminutecruise.com/

 

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