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Old 02-15-2005, 05:26 AM
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A guaranteed $25,000 prize pool awaits lucky guests sailing on any of three Carnival Cruise Lines' voyages featuring special slot tournaments in 2005. Sponsored by Carnival's Ocean Players Club, the tournaments are open to all guests age 18 and over and will be held aboard three seven-day cruises - May 22 from Miami aboard the new Carnival Valor, Aug. 14 from New Orleans on Carnival Conquest, and Oct. 29 from Port Canaveral, Fla., on Carnival Glory.

Each of these 110,000-ton ships offers a 9,000-square-foot casino with more than 220 slot machines and a variety of table games, including blackjack, craps, roulette and poker. The entry fee for the tournament is $100 per person which can either be paid in advance or once on board. Tournament entries are limited and guests are encouraged to enter prior to departure. First-place winners for each tournament receive $10,000 and a variety of other cash prizes totaling $15,000 will be awarded throughout the tournament.

Tournament participants will receive a number of on-board amenities, including complimentary champagne and chocolates in their stateroom, as well as an invitation to attend a private cocktail reception and awards reception. "The Ocean Players Club Slot Tournaments add even more excitement to our 'Fun Ship' cruises by offering guests a chance to take home a share of $25,000 in cash," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

In addition to fast-paced casino action, participants in the Ocean Players Club Slot Tournaments aboard Carnival Valor, Conquest, and Glory can enjoy 22 lounges and bars, an array of formal and casual dining options, including an upscale reservations-only supper club and complimentary 24-hour pizza and stateroom service, along with four swimming pools and a 13,300-square-foot health club.

The Ocean Players Club offers something for every level of player, from awards for playing slots to establishing credit lines and betting limits for high rollers. Players can earn points towards complimentary beverages, free gifts, discounts off onboard services, future cruise benefits and even cash back rebates redeemable on board future cruises.