Cruise ships are notorious for adding unwanted fees and surcharges to their guest folios, but one stands above them all: The mysterious minibar charges in Peter Hoagland’s cabin.
Daniel Sellers decided to surprise his wife with a Princess cruise to the Caribbean. And after he confirmed that his spouse could cruise with just a passport card, he booked it. That trip never happened and as it turned out, the surprise was on him.
Susan Parelman was enjoying a cruise vacation on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas when she disembarked in Cozumel, Mexico to do some shopping. Unfortunately, she felt she was “ripped off” at a jewelry store that she claimed was vetted by the cruise line and now she wants a refund.
Several days before Thuan Bui’s Carnival cruise, most of his scheduled ports of call are canceled by the cruise line. So he cancels his trip. Now he wants a full reimbursement for the cost of the cruise, travel insurance and airline change fees. You might think you know how this one ends — but you might be wrong.
Donna Klemond’s Celebrity Cruises ship departs three hours early – just as she arrives at the port of embarkation. Neither Celebrity, her travel insurance company nor her travel agent will help compensate her for the cost of the cruise. Can our advocates get them to weigh anchor on issuing her a refund?
When Karen Del Zoppo’s husband suffered a heart attack two years ago, he sustained severe anoxic brain damage, which left him with the mental state and motor skills of a two-year-old.
Del Zoppo didn’t want that to stop the family from enjoying a vacation. As a registered nurse, she’s more than capable of caring for her mentally handicapped husband. So she recently booked a getaway for the couple and her brother and sister-in-law — a western Mediterranean cruise that left from Venice, Italy.
Richard Peterson surprises his wife with a Holland America “Cuban Explorer” cruise for their 40th wedding anniversary, but he fails to check the itinerary or the cancellation terms. So when his wife rejects this gift, he is in a bit of a bind. Can we help?
Joan Barrett says that she was enticed to book her next Princess cruise by the lure of an unlimited alcoholic beverages package. Now she is asking for our help because the cruise line is limiting her to “just” 15 cocktails per day.
Zelma Friedling booked a Caribbean cruise a year in advance but canceled after two hurricanes hit the islands they were scheduled to visit. The cruise line refunded the money she paid for the cruise, but neither the cruise line nor the travel insurance company will refund what she paid for travel insurance.
Will we help her get her money back?
It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime for Marion Aymie and her husband. But their plans ran aground when Princess changed the cruise schedule.
Allen Mcdowell and his wife book a cruise package with flights. When they arrive at the airport for the return trip, they learn that their flight is changed. But, they aren’t notified of the change and they miss the flight. They have to buy new tickets, and can’t get their money back. Can our advocates help them get reimbursed?
If you’re a new cruiser, you likely have question after question about making your reservation, what actually happens on cruises, meals, entertainment, tipping and many other issues.
When French America Line cancels Barbara DeRosa’s cruise, it promises to refund her airfares. But the cruise line still hasn’t followed through. Can our advocates get French America to speed things up and issue the promised refund?
Norwegian Cruise Line cancels an Alaskan cruise booked in the United Kingdom, but oddly enough, that same cruise is still available to those in the United States. Can our advocates help?
Pamela O’Meara books a cruise, but has to cancel her vacation for a medical reason. The trip insurance she bought won’t cover her cancellation. Can our advocates help get the insurance company to pay her claim?
Linda Keberle and her husband planned a 12-day Baltic vacation on a Holland America cruise, departing from Copenhagen, Denmark. But while they were still at the Cleveland airport, British Airways shut down its operations. The Keberles canceled their trip, believing that they would not be able to make their connecting flight on British Airways to Copenhagen.
When Carole Schachter and her husband booked a cruise vacation in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, they were looking forward to winding along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. But they didn’t factor travel time to the ports of embarkation and disembarkation into their plans — or a penalty for canceling their trip.
Just what constitutes a “full refund”? James Patterson is asking this question after Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) canceled his cruise.
When Joe Shepherd is forced to cancel his Princess cruise, he receives a check for less than his claim. Can our advocates get Princess to reimburse him for the remainder?
A cruise to Cuba is a dream for many people, but there are specific rules that a company must follow and a special certification it needs to run a cruise.
After a disastrous cruise, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) issued $2,500 in vouchers to Jaihar Murli and his family. But the certificates expired after a year, as they usually do.
If you’re an experienced traveler, maybe you know about the Department of Transportation’s 24-hour rule for airline ticket purchases, or EU 261, the European consumer protection regulation for air travelers, or the Fair Credit Billing Act.
Joyce Jordan and her husband booked a trip online. Sadly, Jordan’s husband died before the trip and outside the cancellation and refund time period. She’s hoping for a refund. Can we help Jordan recover any of her money?
When Susan Braitman boards her cruise ship in Southampton, England, her luggage doesn’t board with her — and it takes four days for British Airways to reunite her and her bags. When she asks for reimbursement of the cost of items she needed for those four days, the airline goes silent. Can we help reunite her with her money?
Audrey Claxton and her husband are about to depart on a cruise to Hawaii. But like many cruise passengers, they find it a burden to schlep their bags from their home to the ship.
Jo Peckinpaugh and her husband were looking forward to a relaxing Caribbean cruise. Then their flight was canceled and they couldn’t make it to the ship on time. Can we help save their vacation?
Frank Pirri asked us for help with not one but two Princess World Cruises that he and his wife needed to cancel because of a sudden, serious medical diagnosis. But without travel insurance we thought that they would be out of luck. Happily, in this case, we were wrong.
But should you expect the same results? The short answer is no.