HOUSTON -

Carnival Cruise Lines is taking a cue from the airlines and offering pay-for-perks.

Carnival will soon test the new program that will sell the perks, which include priority embarkation, early cabin availability and express luggage delivery.

The new program will cost $49.95 per cabin.

Carnival will begin testing the new "faster to fun" program on two ships later this month.

According to the cruise line, it developed the program based on extensive passenger surveys that showed strong interest in a fee-based package of benefits.