The cruise ship left without them! How did this happen?

What if your flight to catch your cruise lands on time, but the ship still leaves without you? That’s the terrible predicament that befell Marcelino and Julieta Bautista. They recently redeemed a free Norwegian Cruise Lines “Casinos at Sea” cruise through the Alaskan glaciers. But they pressed their bets too far when they flew into Anchorage on the same day as embarkation. Although their flight arrived as scheduled, something went terribly wrong and the ship left without them. Read more “The cruise ship left without them! How did this happen?”

This is how to buy someone’s hotel reservation (and lose $955)

Reselling hotel reservations on third-party marketplaces, like Cancelon, seems to be a new, thriving industry. But while you might be able to buy someone’s hotel reservation at a discount if they can’t use it, should you?

Veronica Rose’s recent battle to recoup $955 that she lost to a hotel reservation resale fiasco through Cancelon should give you pause.  Read more “This is how to buy someone’s hotel reservation (and lose $955)”

No, a printout from Ancestry.com is not valid ID to cruise

Barbara Vannier’s adult daughter tried to check in for her international cruise with just a driver’s license and a printout from Ancestry.com. Unfortunately, she quickly found out that this is not valid ID to cruise to Canada and the ship left without her. Now Vannier wants an apology from Royal Caribbean and a full cash refund for her daughter’s missed vacation. But is she entitled to either?  Read more “No, a printout from Ancestry.com is not valid ID to cruise”

Do not let coronavirus panic make you cancel your trip right now

Coronavirus panic is at full throttle. In the last week, we’ve received hundreds of requests for assistance from fearful travelers about coronavirus-related cancellations. Our advocacy team has been on call night and day, answering questions and providing help. But many reaching out to us have travel plans several weeks and even months in the future. These troubled travelers want to know if — and how — they should cancel their trips right now.

But for most of these travelers, the answer is simple. Do not cancel your future trip today. Read more “Do not let coronavirus panic make you cancel your trip right now”

Coronavirus fears: What you need to know about canceling your vacation

Are coronavirus fears driving you to cancel your upcoming vacation? If you’re considering canceling, you aren’t alone. In recent weeks, pleas for help from travelers who want to cancel cruises, flights, and hotels have inundated our helpline.

These consumers all hope to override the written contract they have with these providers and get a full refund.

But if you decide to cancel your vacation, can you get your money back?
Read more “Coronavirus fears: What you need to know about canceling your vacation”

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