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3 minutes ago, ontheweb said:

This has to be the ultimate in nickel and diming. Why can't they just look at them as cheap advertising as others see you use one of their pens.

 

The Carnival logo pencils are even cheaper advertising.:classic_wink:🤑

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16 hours ago, Saint Greg said:

Maybe we can get them to install the pens that are chained to the desk like they have in banks. I’d just like to fill out my luggage tags with something that can’t be erased.

 

Here's an idea...fill out your baggage tags at home!  You're welcome!

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4 minutes ago, Cushing985 said:

 

Here's an idea...fill out your baggage tags at home!  You're welcome!

 

Um, you do know he was referring to the luggage tags they give you to debark, right?  Which he wouldn't have at home prior to the cruise?

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13 minutes ago, Cushing985 said:

 

Here's an idea...fill out your baggage tags at home!  You're welcome!

 

The zone tags you get on the last day?

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11 hours ago, richstowe said:

I came home with a few Carnival pens on my first cruise . Next thing you know I've got a (Carnival) beer stein filled with pens from the 6 cruise lines I've sailed . Odd yes but inexpensive ( actually free) mementos .20190324_223034.thumb.jpg.e72799f74cb4169ce25f88777636f7bf.jpg

 

 

You’re going on my list with these people. 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Saint Greg said:

You’re going on my list with these people. 

Is it a good list or a bad list ?

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6 minutes ago, richstowe said:

Is it a good list or a bad list ?

 

Its just the list. I call it the list. But notice I no longer have a pen. I no longer have a cruising sign. And I no longer have yellow cups for my lemonade. Blue, water. Yellow, lemonade. Not green everything. It’s madness!

 

 

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I don’t know why people want that stuff though. All I can think about is how many people drank out of those cups. I’ve seen them used as spit cups as well. How many people stuck those pens in their mouth? Maybe their ear or nose...then their mouth. Maybe filled out their luggage tags on the toilet. As for the sign...the other side of it says ”snoozing.” No telling what people are in the middle of when they put that out.

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12 hours ago, emoorehead said:

Make sure you hang your pen from your lanyard.....then you can flaunt your pen AND annoy the lanyard haters. 

 

 

I might even bring my own tablecloth for non-formal nights. 😄 

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I always have a pen in my purse, backpack, etc. While I do like the clicky top Carnival pens, I never take the free hotel pens. My entire house would be filled with crappy pens if I did that. I think I will survive this.

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You do need a pen to fill out your Custom/Immigration form.  Pencil is not acceptable.

 

 

MARAPRINCE

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Just now, Maraprince said:

You do need a pen to fill out your Custom/Immigration form.  Pencil is not acceptable.

 

 

MARAPRINCE

 

Haven’t had one the last few cruises...think they did away with it.

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2 hours ago, ontheweb said:

This has to be the ultimate in nickel and diming.

Why can't they just look at them as cheap advertising

as others see you use one of their pens.

.

Part of me agrees with you

and for a long time I've been saying

that cost-cutting over the longer term ultimately results in an inferior product

and then you've got to try hard to win-back your customer base, now lost.

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On the other hand

cruise lines are cutting down on wastage, much of it mindless wastage!

Every cruise that departs has issued about 1,500 pens to about 1,500 cabins.
One per cabin, sometimes two per cabin. Every cruise, every week.

 

Room stewards have been feeding-back consumption figures

to the bean-counters in Miami.
Room stewards have an accurate idea of who appreciates the pens

and takes them home - and how many broken ones end up in the cabin's rubbish-bin.

(along with reams of silly paper-printed promotional stuff for Diamonds, etc.)

 

 

Someone said

you can still get a pen from Guest Services if you need one

and I believe that applies to a pack of playing cards for sea days.
Ask for one and it shall be given. No wastage there.

 

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Corporations have discovered how much wastage is a real factor
and are trying to curb it, and if you or I were running a business

we'd be thinking along those same lines too.

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3 minutes ago, Aplmac said:

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Part of me agrees with you

and for a long time I've been saying

that cost-cutting over the longer term ultimately results in an inferior product

and then you've got to try hard to win-back your customer base, now lost.

_______________________

 

On the other hand

cruise lines are cutting down on wastage, much of it mindless wastage!

Every cruise that departs has issued about 1,500 pens to about 1,500 cabins.
One per cabin, sometimes two per cabin. Every cruise, every week.

 

Room stewards have been feeding-back consumption figures

to the bean-counters in Miami.
Room stewards have an accurate idea of who appreciates the pens

and takes them home - and how many broken ones end up in the cabin's rubbish-bin.

(along with reams of silly paper-printed promotional stuff for Diamonds, etc.)

 

 

Someone said

you can still get a pen from Guest Services if you need one

and I believe that applies to a pack of playing cards for sea days.
Ask for one and it shall be given. No wastage there.

 

__________________________________

 

Corporations have discovered how much wastage is a real factor
and are trying to curb it, and if you or I were running a business

we'd be thinking along those same lines too.

This is very true. 

Funny how as consumers people feel it is ok to watch the bottom line by using cost cutting strategies such as coupons, loyalty programs, and being mindful of wasting products they paid for, but when I corporation tries to do the same thing they are seen as cheap.

I'm not attacking anyone personally, just my general observation from working in the hospitality and medical industries for a number of years.

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One night, at my son's Boy Scout meeting, they needed pens/pencils for the troop.  I dug through my purse and found 14 of them. 

 

If you ever cruise with me, find me and I'll happily donate a pen!  🙂

 

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25 minutes ago, Beffy1167 said:

One night, at my son's Boy Scout meeting, they needed pens/pencils for the troop.  I dug through my purse and found 14 of them. 

 

If you ever cruise with me, find me and I'll happily donate a pen!  🙂

 

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1 hour ago, Saint Greg said:

How many people stuck those pens in their mouth? Maybe their ear or nose...then their mouth.  Maybe filled out their luggage tags on the toilet.

you may have inadvertently poisoned these sweet children . For shame . 

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I liked to use my Free Pen to write on the Table Clothes in the MDR. Then I would race down and have my gratuities removed.

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14 hours ago, Joebucks said:

RIP pens. May you enjoy a peaceful eternal afterlife with tablecloths and pillow mints. Is there any reason to cruise anymore?

 

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH The Humanity!!!!!

 

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1 hour ago, Saint Greg said:

 

Haven’t had one the last few cruises...think they did away with it.

You are correct and not just for cruises.

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1 hour ago, richstowe said:

According to some ,

you may have inadvertently poisoned these sweet children . For shame . 

Who said it was inadvertent? ;) 

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16 hours ago, MeganGC1983 said:

My last cruise, I was at Guest Services to reactivate a sail and sign that was not working, two ladies in front of me were there just to get pens. One said she needed “10 or so”. Oh, and each got their pack of cards. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

 

10 pens? That’s crazy. I had no idea people were using the ship as an office supply store.

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Of course they're gone.  It's the Carnival way.

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11 minutes ago, fyree39 said:

Of course they're gone.  It's the Carnival way.

No. Not gone. Just relocated to the gift shop with a price sticker on them. 

 

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Hmm... just think of how many Vista Class cruise ships they will be able to build with the savings on pens alone.  At least two, I would think. 🤑

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