Posted May 31st, 2012, 04:42 PM
I disagree. I bought my stock in late 2009 when it was $31 a share. Since then, I have received about $1,000 in OBC on Carnival, HAL, and Princess plus the stock dividends. No way I would ever get that in interest in any investment account.
That's great that you've gotten 1k back so far; however i'd venture to guess mileage varies per cruiser.
As you know, OBC will vary based on your length of cruises. For me, I dont take cruises that will garner the highest OBC as I dont get enough time off from work to do so. In the future, I hope that will change and I'll get more OBC. I own RCL stock and will be using OBC from the stock for the 1st time this year, however I'm only getting 100.00 because my cruise is only 9 days. I'd probably make more money if i left the 2700 dollars in the bank rather than buying stock but well, I'm hoping that long term, it'll sell at a higher rate and I'll be in a win/win situation. Always the gamble with stocks.
I'm not here to talk anyone out of it, I just know that one shouldn't base such a large financial decision based upon this one factor.