This surprise anniversary cruise was a dud. Can he get a refund?

Richard Peterson decides to gift his wife with a surprise anniversary cruise to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.  Unfortunately, he books a Holland America Cuban Explorer cruise but 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 he get a refund? Read more “This surprise anniversary cruise was a dud. Can he get a refund?”

Eaten by bedbugs on a cruise! Is this enough compensation?

A cruise can be a terrific culinary experience, from fine dining restaurants to the midnight buffet. But customers don’t expect to be on the menu.  Read more “Eaten by bedbugs on a cruise! Is this enough compensation?”

Kicked off my cruise for peeing near the pool

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.
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The best consumer-friendly travel regulations you’ve never heard of

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. Read more “The best consumer-friendly travel regulations you’ve never heard of”

A broken kneecap, a denied insurance claim — and a missed cruise

I know what you’re thinking. Did Debby Russo fall behind on her interest payments and get roughed up by a loan shark?

No, almost as bad. She broke her kneecap, but she thought she was covered by her travel insurance. She wasn’t. Read more “A broken kneecap, a denied insurance claim — and a missed cruise”

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