Never ask a stranger what ID you need to cruise. This is why

Would you rely on a stranger’s advice about the required ID you need to board your next cruise? Salvatore Friscia says he did, with devastating results.

While planning a vacation aboard Carnival’s Pride, Friscia claims an unidentified phone agent gave him the wrong information about documentation requirements for the cruise. That guidance led him and his wife to show up for the cruise without the correct ID. As a result, the Friscias were denied boarding the ship and missed the trip entirely. Read more “Never ask a stranger what ID you need to cruise. This is why”

My luggage went missing on the way to the cruise. I want a full refund!

If your luggage goes missing on the way to your cruise, should you get a full refund? Pamela Shane thinks so. She says her pre-cruise hotel failed to deliver her suitcase to the dock in time for the ship’s departure. Now she wants $7,000 in compensation for the mistake that left her without her own clothes for the entire cruise.

But wait! There’s a twist. The hotel says it doesn’t even offer such a luggage delivery service.

Can the Elliott Advocacy team figure out what’s going on here? Read more “My luggage went missing on the way to the cruise. I want a full refund!”

This family got left on the dock! Is the cruise line responsible?

Harsh fact: If you don’t bring the correct ID to board your next cruise, you’ll just be cruising back home. Unfortunately, Charishma Motwani and her family recently experienced this awful scenario firsthand. As a result of documentation confusion, they shockingly were left behind, standing on the dock as NCL’s Bliss sailed away without them.

Motwani says Norwegian Cruise Line is responsible for the mistake that caused her family to miss their much-anticipated cruise. She believes the cruise line owes her a do-over or a refund for their lost vacation.

And once you hear the facts of her tale, you just might agree. Read more “This family got left on the dock! Is the cruise line responsible?”

This is what happens when you hate your cruise and get off the ship early

Should you receive a refund if you hate your cruise so much that you get off the ship early? What if you leave the cruise before it even sets sail?

Lori Rutt and her husband maintain that if intolerable conditions push you to leave the cruise, a refund is owed. The couple recently boarded their first cruise ever. But only hours later they disembarked — never to return. Read more “This is what happens when you hate your cruise and get off the ship early”

This is what can happen when you fly on the day of your cruise

Maybe you’ve chosen to fly on the day of your cruise and things went off without a hitch. But for Tom Watson and his wife, that’s a gamble they lost. A series of fiascos led Watson to arrive at the cruise terminal without a passport — for a journey to Cuba. With just minutes to look for the document, time ran out and they missed the cruise. Read more “This is what can happen when you fly on the day of your cruise”