I admire Bob a LOT! And I agree he did many very very good things for the industry.
When CruiseMates first began , even though the site was small and just starting out, and we were doing our very first group cruise Bob agreed to make it a Bob Dickinson/CM group cruise.
And even though it was the small, baby steps, group cruise that led to our programs growth, Bob met with us for a private Q&A session, and dined with us in the evenings.... entertaining us with industry stories, and talking to us about the future of the industry, and the future of Carnival.
Though he was President of the world's most successful cruise line he took time from his schedule to spend a significant amount of time with the 20 or so of us in that group; very admirable.
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'"
I am the editor, but I also speculate, ask questions and play devil's advocate. I reserve the right to change my mind.
I agree that Dickenson has done a lot for Carnival and is a phenomenal businessman and leader. His ability to understand the market, its trends, customers and potential are what has made Carnival what it is today.
He is also responsible for Carnival Cruise Lines being able to adapt to change without losing its identity. A task that isn't easy in this day and age.
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