glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Are you getting all the cruise discounts that you deserve?

Here's a link to some of the common discounts passengers may be entitled to but aren't taking advantage of - especially first time cruisers. 

http://experience.usatoday.com/cruise/story/best-of-cruising/2015/06/08/cruise-discounts-sales-tips-advice/28568853/

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glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I always use my investor discount when booking on any ship owned by Carnival including Princess Cruises, Holland America and Costa.  I get more benefit from my stock by doing this then I get in dividends.  I also own stock in RCCL and I however do better with my investment itself than I do trying to use my stockholder benefit.  I also use my senior benefit and my state resident benefit.  Often I get discounts from my Past Guest status. Early booking is another way I save.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

We get all of the discounts that you mention above. 

If we are working with a TA, our's moves us into different promotions if they end up being better than what we originally booked.  The last change ended up with us getting $300 OBC.

After chatting with a few people, many did not have stocks and did not know about the investor benefit to owning cruise company stock.  Found that interesting.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I was thinking about the stock benefit (non-owner), but figured that CCL stock is currently about $45, so $4500 for 100 shares. At $100 per cruise OBC, it would take me 45 cruises to recoup my costs. At $25/year earnings, it would only take me 180 years to recoup. A combination would realistically take me about 35 years to break even.

I do not count on the stock increasing or decreasing value.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Thanks for the link. I do get all my discounts.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

BDRebel - there is the benefit of dividends and growth in the investment value to take into consideration as well. I'm not the numbers person here at home but my husband is an accountant and he says that all the cruise line stocks have been good investments from the point we got on board. The investor OBC is just a nice add-on.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

When I bought Carnival stock it was $28.  We were just disembarking the Carnival Dream when we heard about the Costa Concordia disaster.  As soon as we got home, we called our broker.

 We take longer cruises now - many 2-week ones that get us $250 in shipboard credit on each cruise.  And the stock has appreciated in value.  Plus the dividend is nice, also.  I think that we made a good investment.  Especially since we can use the benefit on HAL and Princess, too.

 

 

 

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Broker, that's what I always get when I try to invest.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Thank you CruisingCM.  Your husband is a smart guy.  If you cruise a lot as we do, it really does pay off.  We took four cruises all 2 week ones in one year and received $1,000 in shipboard credits.  That was just one year.  I do have to admit that it isn't typical. Now we are more likely to use other cruise lines as well.  

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I feel your pain, BAK1061.  Actually, though, I have done very well with both my cruiseline stocks.  We bought each after bad news about that cruise line.  

 

 

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

I don't qualify for any of them :( They need to have an amazing personality discount, or shop-a-holic discount... Now those I'd be all over :)

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