I'm with you h20watson- I was amazed with the name retention too. Our steward knew our names by sight after we introduced ourselves. Actually have came in after we dropped our carry on in the cabin and said Mr and Mrs C.. I am your cabin steward.... And then on seeing him in the halls he would call us by name. They do all work very hard, I tip extra when I see them doing extra things to make our trip more special. That goes for the dinning staff too.
Carnival Cruise Lines:
Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise
NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007