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  1. Is that the "fact sheet" from Hargreaves Lansdown who were also championing Woodford Patient Capital recently?
  2. Your figures are skewed because you are ignoring the significant cost of the two week cruise you need to purchase to get that "free" £150. And when planning future holidays are you more inclined to book a Carnival cruise because of the "free" OBC rather than do something else? When purchasing shares its usually a good idea to do a bit of research about the company you're considering buying. There is a lot of material about Carnival - can you find one that recommends they are currently a good buy in light of the OBC perk? But my main point is this - if you purchased a two week cruise and the price changed (up or down) by £150 the day after booking would you be remotely bothered?
  3. Well I think my point has been proven with the examples above of "staying at the table" when you've doubled your money rather than "cashing out". The cocktail waitress will be round again soon...
  4. I am talking about the decision to buy *today* despite assessments they the share will continue to underperform. I don't quite understand the importance attached to OBC. To get any sort of return you have to book a two week cruise - at significant expense- to get £150. If the price of your cabin changed by £150 (in either direction) just after booking, would you really be that bothered?
  5. There is another thread running discussing the best way to buy Carnival shares with several posters suggesting now is a good time to buy in view of the recent share price drop and perk of "free" OBC for shareholders. I have suggested that the OBC perk should not be a consideration when purchasing shares in especially in light of the gloom noted above but they aren't having it. It seems that the OBC perk plays the same role as "free" drinks in a Vegas casino - the gambler waiting for his $5 beer while losing $25 hands at the blackjack table...
  6. Sobering read about Carnival's woes in Europe, and it mentions over capacity in relation to the German cruise line Aida https://apple.news/ApX9CZXz_RHKFeeyBI6r3jw
  7. Well yes, I was just questioning your statement that And pointing out that investing in an index is generally a smarter investment choice than buying an individual stock. In order to get any significant value from the OBC perk you have to commit to at least a two week cruise with Carnival every year. So you're spending a couple of grand to access £150. My initial post was prompted by the comment that now is a "great time" to purchase Carnival shares - I am just not sure that the relatively modest OBC perk compensates for the significant capital risk...
  8. Only if you're confident the share price won't fall further. And you have to spend a significant amount to cruise for four weeks a year. The S&P index is up 18% this year by the way...
  9. 20% drop in quarterly profit, Cuba travel ban, $20m dumping penalty, increasing price of oil and slowing bookings in Europe are the factors to consider (amongst others) when purchasing Carnival shares. OBC should be at the very bottom of that list...
  10. It isn't usually a good idea to buy shares for the "perks" though. Carnival have gone from £50 to £34 within the past year. That's quite a hit if you have the 100 necessary for "free" OBC - you'd have to go on quite a few cruises to offset that loss...
  11. If any long term cruisers have the time and inclination I think it would be interesting if they could put the cost of a cruise from the "golden age" into here https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/monetary-policy/inflation/inflation-calculator And compare to what we pay now. I suspect the results will be hair-raising! I was reading on the Cunard board that a bottle of wine that was £25 on Brittania was $62 on Cunard (both prices before Peninsula discount and Cunard "service charge"). You get what you pay for indeed...
  12. Thanks, I'm sure I will. It looks an acceptable alternative to the "full" Nutshell tour, and given the price of a straight round trip on the train makes sense to do. Really looking forward to this trip!
  13. Have decided to "play it safe" and go with P&O - I've heard there can be issues getting the train independently if there are a couple of ships in that day. The P&O "premium" for that tour isn't too bad so decided to go for it. Thanks for the replies
  14. Got a Norwegian cruise coming up, and I don't want to get cash and end up with an annoying amount of Krone at the end that I'm unlikely to use in the near future and isn't worth changing back. Is it realistic to expect to be able to depend on contactless credit cards and Apple Pay for the shore days? I can go for days without using cash in London but just wondered if this was the same in Norway? Thinking in particular of things like cafes, public transport etc Thanks in advance
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