A few simple actions by Carnival employees merit loyalty from one family for over 100 cruises.
When one person has sailed 40 cruises, all of them on one cruise line, you wonder how that cruise line earned such loyalty. Such is the case with David and Linda, known in CruiseMates by the username LHP.
David has been on 44 Carnival cruises – and has never sailed on any other line. At age 22 the single David cruised once a year before he met his wife to be, Linda, at age 30. Nine years of nuptial bliss later David introduced Linda to cruising. Now she has sailed on 35 cruises, all of them on Carnival.
All together, David, Linda and kids have taken well over 100 cruises on Carnival. “As a family, we started out like everyone else, once a year in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. We took two in 2002, three in 2003, two in 2004, one in 2005, three in 2006, four in 2007, eight (!) in 2008 once our oldest son graduated and six in 2009. We will have five for 2010 plus one or two penciled in for October.”
My job as a cruise reviewer and reporter is to compare cruise lines. I constantly assess the differences between cruise ships and make judgments on what kinds of ships appeal to specific cruisers.
David and Linda gave me an identity crisis. But also the over-riding realization that Carnival deserves a ton of credit for its ability to satisfy them so completely they have never considered another cruise line. That is truly amazing.
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