I had forgotten about the Cruise with Bob group cruise, that was a LONG time ago. What a classy thing for him to do.
Actually, though, Carnival did not even have a web site back then (if you can believe that) and he was probably doing research on you.
I remember being at Seatrade in 2000 when Carnival was just launching their Web site, and Vicki Freed walked up to a terminal next to me and logged in and showed it to Bob and he said, "So, that's it, huh? Looks 'pretty good'"