(2:15 p.m. EDT) -- In an effort to streamline the way travelers pay for their cruises, Carnival Cruise Line has introduced EasyPay, a payment plan that automatically charges the credit card on file in three installments.
EasyPay is available to prospective passengers who make deposits at least 90 days before the final payment due date. Any cruiser who signs up for the program will see his or her credit card charged each month for three months, starting 30 days after the initial deposit is made.
"...we're making budgeting and paying for a cruise even easier and more convenient," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, in a statement.
Although Carnival doesn't charge for the service, travelers are responsible for interest fees levied by their credit card companies on the charges from Carnival.
Passengers interested in enrolling in EasyPay can do so on Carnival's website, through a Carnival call center or via a travel agent. They can also opt out at any time after signing up.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor