A thought occurred to me today. The prevailing trend amongst the cruise lines, is, larger ships, minimal staffing. Cut back on staffing on all ships. Don't worry about service, for the right low price, people will pay to get on board. Then I read a lot of complaints about the poor service. Well, let me say this. If you are a stockholder in any cruise line, and you receive poor service, SHUT UP !!!!!!!!!! You see, the way I see it, you are the root cause of poor service. Let me explain..........you buy stock for an investment. You want it to go up. Well, if a cruise line shows high profits, your stock goes up. But, in order to post profits, expenditures must be cut. What gets cut first ? People/wages/salaries.....the people who clean your cabins,serve your food, etc. All cuts made by the Board of Directors, is done in the share holders best interest ( and theirs ). Again, tied to higher profits. Bonuses for executives ( who don't cruise btw )......tied to profits.
Now, am I telling you to sell your stocks ? No. I'm just saying if you hold shares of CCL, and enjoy the discount you get, don't complain about poor service. Just be happy knowing your stocks value is rising. Oh, and kindly clean your own cabin. Call it sweat equity. You're an owner after all.