Royal Caribbean has docked up with MBNA to launch a new platinum VISA card. The new cruise card will go stern-to-stern with Carnival’s MasterCard issued by Capital One. The new “Royal Caribbean Platinum Plus VISA” offers one point for every dollar charged, and double points for booking a Royal Caribbean cruise, or making purchases onboard any Royal Caribbean ship. The card is also offering a 2,500 point bonus after the first qualifying transaction. Cardholders may redeem points for upgrades, discounts, special amenities, or free rooms. Upgrades from an inside to an outside stateroom start at 5,000 points, while a free cruise for two starts at 50,000 points. This is not the first cruise card for MBNA as they also issue the “Norwegian Cruise Line MasterCard” and “Orient Lines MasterCard.” Meanwhile, Carnival Cruise Lines linked up with Capital One in 2001 to launch “Carnival MasterCard” which offers an installment plan option. The optional “Fun Finance Plan” enables cruise vacationers to finance the expense of a cruise over a 24-month installment plan with interest rates as low as 9.9%. Cardholders receive one “Fun Rewards” point on each charged purchase, good toward Carnival cruise upgrades and discounts, up to a free cruise. For more information on the “Royal Caribbean Platinum Plus VISA” visit www.royalcaribbean.com. For information on the Carnival MasterCard visit www.carnival.com/Finance/default.asp.