CHS: I completely understand the whole passenger contract. And I am also an avid
cruiser. However, we have missed ports of call twice. Once we were refunded
$12.50... The second time, they gave away free rum punch. (we're not
drinkers...dang it!) Hardly a reasonable compensation for missing the stop that
was "promised" in all the literature and advertising that entices people
to cruise. But then, it hasn't stopped me from drooling over
those same advertisements and booking again since... ;)And
you're right, bags and buckets would be a tough row...
@NedGrimley"Cruise lines are notorious for skimpy refunds, if
any at all, when promised stops are not made."I'm also an
avid cruiser (never been on Carnival, though). Not to defend
anyone, a promised stop is not really a promised stop. One major cruise
line's passenger contract specifically states this:"The
Guest agrees that the Carrier has the sole discretion and liberty to direct the
movements of the vessel, including the rights to: proceed without pilots
and tow, and assist other vessels in all situations; deviate from the purchased
voyage or the normal course for any purpose..."It is a risk of
cruising. We missed a port call only once, and the cruise line only refunded
the port taxes collected. Now, having to use bags and buckets is quite another
"Passengers aboard the stranded ship will also receive a full refund..."
I would hope so. Cruise lines are notorious for skimpy refunds, if any at all,
when promised stops are not made.That said, it is one of my favorite
ways to vacation!