It was supposed to be the vacation of a lifetime for Pat and James Frost — a river cruise in France on the Viking Europe, from Avignon to Chalon-sur-Saône. The retired couple from Concord, Ohio, even added three days in Paris to round off their bucket-list getaway.
It started with a simple misunderstanding.
If you're one of the 303 million Americans who won't take a cruise this year, you might want to reconsider your vacation plans. This may be the time to head out to sea.
Here's an interesting question raised by what is probably an unsolvable problem: When your cruise is nonrefundable, what happens to the upgrade you purchased?
If you thought tipping was out of control in the United States, try heading out to sea.
The remarkable thing about the proposed Cruise Passenger Protection Act is that on its face, it looks entirely unremarkable. The law would require cruise lines to publicly report all alleged crimes on a ship and to disclose their passenger contracts in plain English.
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