I've never cruised before but have booked our first in August 05 for the family. I'm reallly excited and thinking about also booking another (Celebrity) for spring break 06. I need to book early because I'll be using ff miles for the air fare, but my son's Latin Club is also planning a trip to Italy and it may take place at the same time. If I book the the trip in the next couple months for the 4 of us in my family and my son does not go, can we change the passenger name so my daughter could take along a friend without losing any money? Any advide as to how to do this would be really appreiated.
Yes, you should be able to do it, but far enough in advance so all the documents can be correct and be sure to travel with all the required identifications, passports preferably. At one time we added a person to our cabin and as long as the cabin has enough room for the number of cruisers its usually OK. This may be something to mention to the travel agent at the time of booking.
I'm in that predicament right now! I surprised my two nieces with a cruise and now the little one (she's 10) won't go. (She's afraid) So my other niece wants to take her friend along. My travel agent said there is a time frame where you can either cancel for a full refund or change the name. So as long as I do one or the other before Feb 11, everything will be ok. (This is on Royal Caribbean)
The only thing is the airfare.... I cannot get a refund or change the name on the airline ticket. It is non-refundable, non-transferable. So I will end up with an airline ticket in my niece's name good for one year. I wish I can change the name, but they won't let me.
(The flight is booked with Delta)
Actually CG, it depends on the cruiseline. My bil found out he couldn't cruise 2 days before their May cruise. Disney changed the name (to mine, but unfortunately I couldn't go) 48 hours before the cruise.
My sister didn't even have time to tell them I couldn't come and when she boarded they said "Where's Dorothy?"
I would call Celebrity and get specifics.
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