Carnival's New Leadership, Reduced Advanced Bookings
While I have no behind-the-scenes knowledge here, it seems like a marketing move to show that they realize there were issues this fiscal year which, in the end, has affected their bottom line.
The AP story states that advanced bookings are down from last year, despite cheaper deals being offered.
I don't blame cruise-goers. Carnival was plagued with issues in the first and second quarters, including the Carnival Triumph woes and a Saratoga Springs teen dying on a NYC-Caribbean cruise in February.
All of these problems resulted in a Passenger Bill of Rights being made by the Cruise Lines International Association last month.