This is what happens when you’re convinced to buy an expensive diamond during your cruise

Have you ever felt convinced or even forced to buy a diamond or any other expensive item during a cruise stop?  Kathy Hoffarth says it happened to her.

While cruising through the Caribbean with Royal Caribbean she purchased a $16,000 diamond at Diamonds International at one port. Unhappy with that purchase, at the next stop, she exchanged it for a larger, more expensive one. Now that she’ s home she doesn’t want that bigger diamond either.

She says the employees at Diamonds International made her buy this diamond and she just wants to send it back. And she wants a full refund. But is that possible? (This article first appeared in 2018, but the lesson is the same :) ) Read more “This is what happens when you’re convinced to buy an expensive diamond during your cruise”

If you want help from your cruise line, you need to ask

What if you need special help from your cruise line? What should you do?

That’s the situation posed to the Elliott Advocacy team today. The Benton family expected the Carnival cruise they planned for their family to be wonderful. But something went wrong. Stacy Benton, the designated family trip planner, says her wheelchair-bound mother-in-law had no access to a bathroom during the entire 5-day cruise!

And now she wants the Elliott Advocacy team to ask for a refund for this cruise fiasco. Read more “If you want help from your cruise line, you need to ask”

This is what happens when your travel agent never paid for the cruise

Peggy Wimberly got a big surprise when she showed up in Barcelona for her Mediterranean cruise aboard MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia. Although she had made full payment for the trip to her travel agent, the agent never paid for the cruise. As a result of the nonpayment, MSC canceled Wimberly’s reservation weeks before the sailing. But no one informed her.

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.

(#4: Counting down the top articles of 2019)

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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”

An injury forced me to leave the cruise. What happened to my $ 62,000 claim?

Getting hurt on a cruise can lead to sky-high medical bills, missed adventures and other expenses. Virginia Casady knows. Last year, she suffered a terrible injury aboard the Viking Sun. That injury led to a sudden, premature end to her 120-day, $80,000 round-the-world cruise. Read more “An injury forced me to leave the cruise. What happened to my $ 62,000 claim?”

Surprise! You’re on the Do Not Sail list. Now what?

Norwegian Cruise Line just informed Christie Cook that she has been added to its Do Not Sail list. In other words, she’s banned from cruising with NCL and its affiliated lines — forever. And she says the company will not tell her why. However, the details of her case provide strong clues for her banishment. Read more “Surprise! You’re on the Do Not Sail list. Now what?”