To Brad813: Brad I think your thoughts about Carnival being in financial trouble are a bit premature. First of all nobody has said that the pins have actually been discontinued. It appears that for the short cruises they just don't offer them. I believe that all the other cruises give them out. I have always been given the pins with the invite to the past cruisesers' receptions. On a different note, I read where a cruise line saved over $40,000 a year by reducing the number of olives in a salad from 5 to 4. It seemed to be smart business not an indicator of financial troubles. Anyway, I do enjoy your posts. Keep them coming and hope you all have fair winds and following seas
I remember reading something similar about John D. Rockefeller: he saved into the hundreds of thousands of dollars by reducing the number of rivets going into something (not something important like an airplane wing!) At the time, I thought, how in the world did he figure that out....he was a math genius and he cared about saving money. Wish I would handle every dollar of mine that way.
We have recieved pins on every cruise. The last cruise was on the Spirit in Dec. 2007. I threw all our pins away when Carnival cheated us out of our cruise to Mexico. The swine flu scare was over, yet they still sent us to Canada. NO BEACHES THERE! We found out before sailing that they couldn't fill the cruise, so anyone who wanted to go to Canada paid half of what we did. Carnival only gave us a VERY small on board credit.