Princess Cruises to Debut New Rewards Visa Credit Card



    
    New 'Princess Points' Program Offers Most Cruise-Related Redemption
Options
    of Any Cruise Line Credit Card

    Everyday Purchases Can Earn Free Cruises, Discounts and Onboard Amenities
    

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Nov. 6 /CNW/ -- Princess Cruises and Barclays
today announced the Princess Rewards Visa Signature card, a new co-branded
credit card and rewards program that offers passengers the opportunity to earn
free cruises, onboard credits, and discounts toward their cruise fares, air
travel or special amenities.  Applications for the no-annual-fee card will be
accepted starting December 10, 2007 at www.princessvisa.com.
    "Our passengers have been asking for this type of credit card option from
Princess, so we're very excited to offer them one with a rewards program that
features the most cruise-related redemption options of any card in our
industry," said Jan Swartz, Princess' senior vice president of customer
service.  "And we've added a number of features I'm sure many will appreciate,
such as no capacity controls or blackout date restrictions on rewards." Swartz
emphasized that another important feature will be the cardholder's ability to
still use their favorite travel agent to book reward travel.
    "Working closely with Princess, we customized a credit card program that
would help cruise enthusiasts earn reward travel and other amenities faster,
thus making everyday purchases with the card almost as rewarding as the cruise
itself," said Lloyd M. Wirshba, CEO of Barclays U.S. credit card business.
"With the Princess Rewards Visa card, Barclays is delighted to help make it
easier for more people to experience an unforgettable travel experience on
Princess Cruises."
    The Princess Rewards Visa Signature card introduces the "Princess Points"
program, in which card holders will earn two points for every dollar spent on
Princess purchases, whether for cruise fare or onboard expenditures, and one
point for each dollar on all other purchases.  Rewards start at just 2,000
points, and include a variety of choices, including:

    
    (*)  Free Cruises - beginning at 150,000 points, with no blackout dates or
       capacity limits.
    (*)  Cruise Discounts - card holders can redeem points for discounts ranging
       from $100 to $2,000 off Princess cruise fares
    (*)  Air Travel Discounts - valid on any air travel, card holders can
       receive a credit when they book any flight
    (*)  Special Occasion Packages - passengers can celebrate an anniversary,
       honeymoon, vow renewal or any special occasion with a choice of free
       packages, ranging from a Champagne Balcony Breakfast to a Grand
       Occasion Package
    (*)  Cruise Merchandise - card holders can choose to receive onboard gifts
       such as Lotus Spa credits, a bottle of champagne, a bouquet from the
       onboard florist and many other options
    (*)  Onboard Credits - passengers can reward themselves with onboard credits
       to be used for any onboard purchases, whether a romantic dinner at
       Sabatini's, an adventurous shore excursion or the ultimate souvenir
       from the onboard boutiques
    
    The Princess Rewards Visa Signature card is offered at a low introductory
APR and features up to 10,000 bonus points after the first qualifying
transaction, including 5,000 points for signing up and up to 5,000 more points
for balance transfers within the first 30 days.  Princess Captain's Circle
members are also eligible for an additional 5,000 bonus points when they use
the card to book a cruise by January 31, 2008.
    Further information about the Princess Rewards Visa card is available at
www.princessvisa.com.  Additional information about Princess Cruises is
available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or
by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com.
    
    About Princess Cruises:
    
    One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global
cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 16 modern ships renowned for
their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and
amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service.  A
recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the
opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings
to all seven continents, ranging in length from seven to 107 days.  The
company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE:   CCL, CUK; LSE: CCL).
    Princess Cruises is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  Our
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America,
Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion to
please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines
appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together we offer exciting
and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.
    
    About Barclays PLC:
    
    Barclays PLC is a major global financial services provider engaged in
retail and commercial banking, credit cards, investment banking, wealth
management and investment management services.  It is one of the largest
financial services companies in the world by market capitalization.  With over
300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50
countries and employs over 127,000 people.  Barclays moves, lends, invests and
protects money for over 25 million customers and clients worldwide.  For
further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.barclays.com.
    Headquartered in Wilmington, DE, Barclays U.S. credit card business has
more than 50 partnerships with some of the country's most successful travel,
entertainment, retail and financial institutions including US Airways,
Lufthansa, Barnes & Noble, Best Western, BJ's Wholesale Club, Travelocity and
Carnival Cruise Lines.  The company employs more than 1,400 associates in
Wilmington and Colorado Springs, CO, and was named a Top Employer in Delaware
in 2007. For more information please visit www.barclaycardus.com.
    News, background information and photography are available 24/7 at
www.princess.com/news.




For further information:

For further information: Julie Benson, jbenson@princesscruises.com, 
+1-661-753-1530, Carol Maglione, cmaglione@princesscruises.com, 
+1-661-753-1540, both of Princess Cruises; or Eric Sokolsky of Sparkpr, 
eric@sparkpr.com, +1-908-288-7201, for Princess Cruises Web Site:
http://www.princessvisa.com                  http://www.princess.com

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