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  1. I ended up leaving the cabin upgrade as is, holding out hope for another.
  2. I took a look this morning, you were indeed correct, IB is more pricey than ID. Still, I prefer the aft location. My TA sent an email this morning confirming the upgrade. I hope I get another!
  3. Interesting. I know I paid more for ID as I wanted a location in the back of the ship. When I booked the cabin, IA/IB were a bit cheaper but they were up front, which we did not want. So it goes. I’ll leave it as is for now, hope they “upgrade” me once again 🙂.
  4. After watching this thread for a while and waiting patiently with fingers crossed, I logged into my booking a short while ago and finally saw a change in cabin! A DOWNGRADE it seems from and ID interior to an IB interior. I paid slightly more for ID, not sure why they’d move me to a cheaper room. What gives? Any recourse at my disposal?
  5. Thanks! Perhaps there is hope for me yet 🙂
  6. I'm curious, for those who have received upgrades, did you book directly with Princess or with a TA?
  7. Hasn’t cost me anything actually, I only lose if I were to sell, I’m sure you are aware of that though. I am confident that the stock will bounce back well before I reach retirement age, more than a quarter century from now. As part of my ira portfolio, I chose this stock. If you are closer to retirement age or in desperate need of cash, avoid it no question. For me, I am fine with the investment. If CCL goes bankrupt, so be it. I’ll lose $3,200, I’ll be fine. If they don’t, I’ll be fine as well. If they continue paying the OBC and the dividend, I’m in a net positive situation unless I need to sell right now. I don’t and I can’t touch these funds for a long time. Finally, I’m not encouraging anyone else to buy the stock, merely showing that the OBC is still in effect as there were questions raised about that. So yes, I’m good with it. Cheers
  8. Purchased 100 shares on Monday, faxed the required information over to Princess at 2:32pm today, $250 OBC now posted to my account. I’m good with it.
  9. I picked up 100 shares today, cost me roughly $3,200. At that rate, my minimum annual return will be 7.8%, as my wife and I will take at least one 14-day cruise per year. Further, with a $2.00 dividend per year (paid @ 50 cents quarterly per share), the dividends will pay $200 per year. In total, at a minimum, my overall annual return on investment will be 14%, perhaps higher if we cruise more. All of the above is only possible so long as the cruise line continues to offer the shareholder OBC benefit and continues paying dividends at the same rate. Good enough return for me :). Cheers
  10. Perhaps you want to consider opening an IRA? You’ll have the ability to choose individual stocks while also putting away a bit of cash for retirement. Also, depending upon your level of income, you may receive a tax benefit for the amount contributed to account ($6000 max for a regular IRA of I am not mistaken). https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/081414/can-i-deduct-my-individual-retirement-account-ira-contribution-my-tax-return.asp Good luck!
  11. I can confirm that Princess will email a copy of the final bill. I had to contact them in January in order to obtain the final bill from my cruise during the holidays. It took about three business days for them to send it. Easy enough.
  12. Just to add a bit of clarity concerning alcoholic beverages in the package, the limit is 15 per day.
  13. Thanks for the detailed reply, this makes sense. I'm new to cruising and have thus spent a lot of time reading here on CC. I have noticed many posts linking meal quality and taste to specific ships, ie I won't cruise on Ship A as the food is terrible, Ship B is so much better. My one and only cruise was on the Caribbean Princess over the recent holiday season. While the meals were far from extraordinary, they were entirely suitable for our needs. Cheers!
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