Can the cruise line cancel my trip and keep my money?!

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the travel industry — that’s for sure. But in these unusual times, can a cruise line really cancel your trip and also refuse your refund request?

Of course, the answer to that question is “no.” But Elizabeth Ramirez says that’s exactly what NCL did to her — canceled her cruise and kept all her money. (Reprint) Read more “Can the cruise line cancel my trip and keep my money?!”

What happened to the earrings I bought on my cruise last year?!

The beautiful earrings that Robin White bought onboard her Caribbean cruise last year are missing. She’s been trying to find the lost gems for nearly a year, but the coronavirus pandemic has thwarted her efforts. Now Starboard Cruise Services claims a third party delivered the jewelry to her home last March.

So shouldn’t the company be able to provide proof of delivery of the $1,600 earrings? Read more “What happened to the earrings I bought on my cruise last year?!”

What if your agent cancels your cruise by mistake — and then quits?

What happens if your travel agent cancels your cruise by mistake and then quits his job? Unfortunately, Margaret Prendergast knows very well — you can quickly lose thousands of your hard-earned dollars.

Prendergast has been patiently waiting since March for Norwegian Cruise Line to process a refund for a cruise it canceled. But because her agent erroneously canceled her cruise several days before the cruise line, it’s a refund NCL will never send.

Now she’s asking the Elliott Advocacy team if we can somehow retrieve her lost $5,587. Can we do it?  (Reprint) Read more “What if your agent cancels your cruise by mistake — and then quits?”

What happens when your travel agent never paid for your cruise

What if you flew across the Atlantic Ocean for a much anticipated cruise only to find out that your travel agent never paid for it?

That’s exactly what happened to Peggy Wimberly. She got an awful surprise when she showed up in Barcelona for her Mediterranean cruise aboard MSC’s Meraviglia. Although Wimberly had made full payment for the trip months before, her travel agent never paid for the cruise. As a result of the nonpayment, MSC canceled the reservation weeks before the sailing. And although MSC eventually allowed Wimberly to board the ship, it cost her an unexpected additional $1,633 — and the loss of her preferred cabin.

Can the Elliott Advocacy team figure out what went wrong here?  Read more “What happens when your travel agent never paid for your cruise”

The cruise left without them! This is what happened next

Many months before the coronavirus brought the cruise industry to halt, Marcelino and Julieta Bautista found themselves in a terrible predicament. The couple redeemed a free “Casinos at Sea” award for a cruise through the Alaskan glaciers. But they pressed their bets too far when they flew into Anchorage on the same day as embarkation. And although their flight arrived as scheduled, something went terribly wrong and the ship left without them.

As a result, that freebie cruise turned out to be no bargain at all. The couple was forced to pay thousands of dollars to catch up with NCL’s Jewel. Bautista says that the cruise line made the mistake that caused the ship to leave without them.

Now he wants reimbursement for all their extra expenses and wants Elliott Advocacy to help get it. Can we do it? (Reprint) Read more “The cruise left without them! This is what happened next”

This is everything you need to know about taking a cruise

With the coronavirus keeping the cruise industry in a state of suspended animation, now is the perfect time to review our ultimate guide to a successful voyage.

The Elliott Advocacy team handles hundreds of requests for help from distressed cruise line passengers each year. Many of these cruise fiascos could have been avoided by following some simple guidelines. Here’s all the information you need to know about cruising before you embark on your next (or first) maritime adventure. Read more “This is everything you need to know about taking a cruise”

Why did the cruise leave without me? I only needed a blood transfusion!

If you suffer a sudden medical emergency during a cruise and get offloaded in a foreign country, can the ship leave without you?  Much to his dismay, Andrew Goldstein found out that the answer is ‘yes.’

During his last cruise aboard NCL’s Breakaway, the ship’s medical team informed him that he required an immediate blood transfusion. Unable to provide such a service on the boat, the cruise line sent him into St. Kitts to seek treatment. But when Goldstein tried to reboard the boat hours later,  NCL denied him boarding, and the ship sailed away without him. Now he wants a refund for his missed cruise and reimbursement for his additional travel and medical expenses. But is this a reasonable request?  (Reprint) Read more “Why did the cruise leave without me? I only needed a blood transfusion!”