This is one of the reasons that we always purchase "Travel Insurance". A few years ago I booked early, purchase and paid in full a supprise Birthday Cruise. Well my wife had a horrable accident and I had to cancel the cruise. We received ALL of our money back from Carnival along with a sympathyletter. We even received money back from NON Refundable airline tickets.
We love anything assocated with crusing and traveling. We are retired U.S. Navy...and loving it, "Been there...done that"! (almost).
MS Carnival Glory 11/2010
MS Carnival Liberty 11/2007
MS Carnival Spirit 10/2006
MS Carnival Victory 12/2005
MS Star Princess 12/2002
MS Carnival Victory 12/2000
USS Bristol County, LST 1198, 1980-1982
USS Turner Joy, DD951, 1973-1978