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47 minutes ago, Butterbean1000 said:

I don't sail for the gifts.  They don't have to give you anything.  


I don’t think anyone sails for the “gifts”. But they are a term in their VIP program so yes, they have to give you something. 
 

‘This luggage tag - to me - is incredibly tacky and worthless. Costs pennies if that on the dollars spent on many of the much nicer ones we’ve received over the years.   If this is where this program is headed, they might as well just drop it. 

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1 minute ago, TrinaLC said:


I don’t think anyone sails for the “gifts”. But they are a term in their VIP program so yes, they have to give you something. 
 

‘This keychain is incredibly tacky and worthless. Costs pennies if that on the dollars spent on many of the much nicer ones we’ve received over the years.   If this is where this program is headed, they might as well just drop it. 

You are entitled to your opinion, like belly buttons, everybody has one.  😀

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13 minutes ago, TrinaLC said:


I don’t think anyone sails for the “gifts”. But they are a term in their VIP program so yes, they have to give you something. 
 

‘This keychain is incredibly tacky and worthless. Costs pennies if that on the dollars spent on many of the much nicer ones we’ve received over the years.   If this is where this program is headed, they might as well just drop it. 


It’s not a keychain, it’s a luggage tag. 

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I got my lanyard the end of September and I used it every day.   If I got the luggage tag, I would use it on my carry-on.  My favorite thing about being Platinum is the 3 free bags of laundry per person.   I appreciate it!

 

 

 

 

 

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It's a gift.  The number of platinums is only going to go up so of course the gifts are going to become "less desirable".   They will most likely eliminate the gifts as some point.  I don't see it as a big deal.  

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32 minutes ago, Saint Greg said:

All of the sudden headphones and tervis tumblers don't look so bad do they?

 

We use those 2 all the time. DH loves the headphones, he uses them with his computer so I don't have to hear all the stuff he listens to! I'm very thankful for those headphones. I use the Tervis and the metal tumbler a lot. We sail on several different lines, so I don't think I'll be using the luggage tag, but our grandkids will love them. We have 2 grands now, but will have 4 total in a few months, guess that's a good excuse to cruise for enough platinum gifts for all 4 of them, right?? Works for me!

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8 minutes ago, beachbum6264 said:

 

We use those 2 all the time. DH loves the headphones, he uses them with his computer so I don't have to hear all the stuff he listens to! I'm very thankful for those headphones. I use the Tervis and the metal tumbler a lot. We sail on several different lines, so I don't think I'll be using the luggage tag, but our grandkids will love them. We have 2 grands now, but will have 4 total in a few months, guess that's a good excuse to cruise for enough platinum gifts for all 4 of them, right?? Works for me!

 

Agree on the kid thing. It looks like a kid thing or a girl thing. I just can't see a guy putting that on his suitcase. I think that'll be my first platinum gift. If the design were different maybe I'd use it. But I'll probably give that away. But it's funny I remember people complaining about headphones and backpacks...blankets. Now it's a little piece of plastic you could probably get at the dollar store.

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The best VIP gift was a night light. I still have and use it.  The luggage tag is .............................. OK and I will use it along with the dozen other luggage tags I have.  Believe me, if you are VIP, you already have luggage tags.  It's the thought that counts, however.  

 

  

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17 minutes ago, Saint Greg said:

But it's funny I remember people complaining about headphones and backpacks...blankets. Now it's a little piece of plastic you could probably get at the dollar store.

And Carnival listened! As I used to tell my kids. “If you complain about a gift, next time you won’t get anything.”

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These days I give all my Platinum, Premier and casino gifts to people I meet on the cruise.  Even the gifts I like!  

 

They will only end up in a closet when I get home so I don't have to haul them home in the suitcase and someone on the cruise gets to enjoy a free gift.  Usually first time cruisers want all the "stuff."  LOL

 

Win-Win..

 

 

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1 hour ago, richfret said:

It's the thought that counts, however.  

 

  

Yes, they thought long and hard before issuing another platinum gift worth 50 cents. Not sure how much that counts ..... if for anything. Terrible ......  Crap like this is why people should sail multiple cruise lines and not be 100% dedicated to a line offering crap to its platinum guests which is essentially worthless. 

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We should be receiving 3 of them, and I am excited to put them on my christmas tree! 

 

Carnival HAD to make cutbacks on the P/D gifts. From my understanding,, the cruise fare, with all that is included, is  on the average, the "break even" point. Most P/Ds' who cruise help make a profit for Carnival, but more and more P/Ds' are people who cruise without spending an extra dime- and nothing wrong with that- but that does lead to more expensive gifts potentially causing a loss for the line.

 

It seems they are now giving a "token" thank you, because the more expensive gifts are no longer pragmatic. As long as there  is a bit of creativity and thoughtfullness in this token, I am happy. 

 

I think it would be fun if they were to have a contest for ideas for gifts, that mass produced would only cost a dollar or so. That would be nice. [ of course I already have 83 items on my list!]

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4 hours ago, tallnthensome said:

Yes, they thought long and hard before issuing another platinum gift worth 50 cents. Not sure how much that counts ..... if for anything. Terrible ......  Crap like this is why people should sail multiple cruise lines and not be 100% dedicated to a line offering crap to its platinum guests which is essentially worthless. 


So I should stop cruising on Carnival because of their D&P gifts???  I cruise on Carnival because I like the atmosphere/vibe of their ships. My wife and I have had a great time on every Carnival cruise we have been on.  I couldn’t care less about what gift I get on a cruise. 

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We don't cruise for the gifts either, but the nightlight and tervis cups were the best ones we received.  I would have to say the worst gift was the Crocs visor.  Those things were terrible, we tried to turn them back in to guest services and they wouldn't take them.  We ended up giving it to our granddaughter, she loved it. 

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