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BANKATLANTIC AND CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES LAUNCH FIRST 'REAL TIME' ATM SERVICE ABOARD THE SUPERLINERS ECSTASY AND SENSATION

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in the cruise industry, Carnival Cruise Lines and an affiliate of BankAtlantic Bancorp (Nasdaq-NNM: BANC) have teamed up to offer guests the convenience of round-the-clock access to ATMs. The new service is unique because the ATMs are satellite linked on a "real time" basis to onshore ATM networks. As a result, cruise guests can make cash withdrawals from the ATMs, and obtain balances on their checking and saving accounts while the ship is at sea or in port.

Regional ATM network cards are processed via the Honor System, which also provides gateway service to other regional networks across the nation. American Express cards are also accepted by the shipboard ATMs.

The new ATM services are presently available aboard the Carnival Cruise Line SuperLiners Ecstacy and Sensation, and additional ships in the Carnival fleet are expected to be outfitted with shore-linked ATMs in coming months.

"Usage of convenient ATM services has become routine for most bank customers, and we have brought together today's latest computer and communication technologies to bring these familiar ATM services to guests aboard Carnival Cruise Line SuperLiners," said BankAtlantic Bancorp Chairman Alan B. Levan.

BankAtlantic is a subsidiary of BankAtlantic Bancorp, Inc. which, through an affiliated company, has installed the sophisticated ATMs aboard the Carnival SuperLiners.
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/CONTACT: David Finkelman, Corporate Communications, BankAtlantic, 305-760-5317/

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