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Carnival Cruise Lines gift cards now sold on land

Anthony Bernard, 10, from Quebec, flashes a smile before taking off on Twister, a water-park-worthy slide aboard the Carnival Breeze at the Port of Miami in this file photo from 2012. Carnival Cruise Lines said Thursday that gift cards that can be used for cruises or onboard purchases are now available on land.
Anthony Bernard, 10, from Quebec, flashes a smile before taking off on Twister, a water-park-worthy slide aboard the Carnival Breeze at the Port of Miami in this file photo from 2012. Carnival Cruise Lines said Thursday that gift cards that can be used for cruises or onboard purchases are now available on land. Miami Herald Staff

Once sold only online or aboard ships, Carnival Cruise Lines gift cards are now available on shore.

The Doral-based cruise line said Thursday that its prepaid cards are being sold in more than 9,000 stores around the country. The gift cards, available in amounts between $25 and $1,000, can be used to pay for a cruise or for purchases on board.

Carnival was able to expand the sales of its gift cards because of a partnership with Blackhawk Network, a prepaid payment network. The cruise company said the cards will be sold in retailers including Giant Eagle, Kroger and Safeway starting later this month and should be available in Publix stores in early 2015.

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