I agree the old program Carnival had years ago was much better. I used some Sea Miles points on an upcoming 2nt Carnival Miracle cruise. The conversion of points was miniscule on what was deducted off the price of the cruise for the number of points I had to give up. Since I am an agent I don't like having to use someone else. But even I like the thoughts of a free cruise if I can get one, so I tried the card.
Mike, I would be really surprised if that girl got her cruise totally free. I can't see ICE using the points for port fees/taxes. (I could be wrong). It seems everything ICE touches is tainted. I plan to shred the card.