That's good to know - I've been denied it so often on Royal and Celebrity that I quit asking..... managed to buy 100 shares years ago at $13.85 and originally worked well and paid for itself many times in dividends and OBC. Later, they started denying the OBC's because I had gotten some perk or other (I could never exactly tell what it was). I didn't even ask for it for my 12 night Transatlantic... but I will for the upcoming B2B in Australia! Thanks for the info!
I agree with Literary Lynn, we enjoy lectures related to the ports we are visiting (not just some crazy random topic) - history, authors, art, etc..... the Azamara Mediterranean cruise we took in 2010 was arranged this way and it really made the ports we were visiting even better. I have also enjoyed art classes and cooking classes that I have taken on other lines.