New 113,300-Ton Carnival Splendor to Operate Line’s First-Ever South America Voyages Beginning in January 2009

14- to 18-Day Departures Feature Extended Calls to Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile and Peru

For the first time, Carnival Cruise Lines will operate voyages to South America with 14- to 18-day departures featuring extended visits to magnificent destinations in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile and Peru aboard the new 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor beginning in January 2009.

Representing a new class of “Fun Ship,” the 3,006-passenger SuperLiner will offer a host of innovations including a luxurious 21,000-square-foot health club and the line’s first spa staterooms and suites.

Carnival Splendor will operate three special South America departures in 2009 — a 17-day, six-port cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan. 31-Feb. 17; a 14-day, six-port voyage from Buenos Aires to Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile, Feb. 17-March 3, and an 18-day, six-port South America/Mexican Riviera cruise from Santiago (Valparaiso) to San Francisco March 3-21.

“South America is truly one of the world’s most beautiful cruising regions, with magnificent architecture, diverse cultures and cuisine, and a wide variety of unique shore excursion options,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. “Combining the opportunity to visit these fantastic destinations while sailing aboard the elegant and luxurious Carnival Splendor makes our South American voyages a truly unforgettable and sought-after vacation experience,” he added. Dickinson noted that uniqueness of these South American cruises, combined with the amenities of an innovative brand new Carnival “Fun Ship,” is expected to appeal to both experienced and first-time cruisers.