Cruise line Stock / Shareholder Benefit

All of the major cruise lines in the U.S. are publicly held companies meaning you can purchase shares of their stock. Did you know that the CCL, RCL, and NCL each have a shareholder benefit where if you own one hundred (100) shares, you may request an onboard credit? The amount depends upon a few variables (e.g., cabin type, booked fare type) but it usually starts at $100 and goes up from there.

Have you heard of this and do you take advantage of it?

6 Answers

We own shares in NCL, RCL, and CCL. Over the years, not only have we taken advantage of the shareholder benefit when we could, but the stock has done pretty well as far as return.

We own CCL stock. I use it on Holland and Princess. We take full advantage of the benefit. I was unaware that NCL had the same benefit.

Look into all the major players that are public. Since we are not exclusive to a single cruise line company, we own 100 shares of each as that is the minimum to access the shareholder benefit.

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I am a stockholder of Carnival and RCCL. Carnival is by far the better of the two. RCCL is more restrictive. If you have any other benefit, the RCCL stockholder will not kick in. I get more benefits when I take a cruise on ANY of Carnival's umbrella companies including HAL and Princess, etc... than I do from the dividend. I bought the stock right after the Costa Conrordia disaster when the stock dropped. RCCL has also done exceptional well it is just that I can't use it as often for cruises. Both were great buys. I suggest you watch for a downturn and then buy.

Additional words of caution about the investor benefit...
If you booked during a promotional fares, NCL and RCL may not grant you the investor OBC. It happened to us twice (once for each line) recently. I was not happy and do not feel it was at all fair but there was no budging on the point.
Today, I sent in requests for shareholder benefits on our 6 upcoming Princess cruises. I am looking forward to notification on which ones they plan to honor.

There may be an annual limit to the number of times you are granted OBC on a given cruise line. It is a point worth checking into.

Carnival is pretty lenient. RCCL is the most restrictive. You should do well on Princess.

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