Why are the 5 day cruises extended but 4 days canceled?
I am booked for a 4 day cruise to Cozumel in late August, so I am watching this Swine Flu issue closely. I see that the next few 4 day cruises are all being canceled, but the 5 day cruises are getting two extra days at no extra cost. I have only paid the $150 deposit to reserve my suite, but come June 30th they want the whole ticket paid for.
I don't think its fair that half the people get 2 extra days free and the other half get the shaft. I realize its a big challenge, but it seems they could have handled this better.
I am not a geography whiz kid but I suspect it has something to do with the longer period of time at sea necessary to still make the cruise a cruise with port stops. Cruisers going out of Galveston, New Orleans and Mobile are very lucky. I'd be irritated to have my cruise cancelled but I would definitely jump ship to go on a five day that includes two extra days with the cruise line picking up plane change fees. Knowing how much we all have a blast in Cozumel, I can understand if some cruisers cancelled so that they could rebook for when they are going to Cozumel again. I wouldn't even mind being "bumped" to another cruise if it meant a good upgrade with flight change fees paid.
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It still sails out of Galveston, all they offered was to pay for adjusting return flights by two days. If I could get a seven day cruise for the cost of five I would, but my cruise is not until August, so I have no idea what the situation will be then. If they continue I will get canceled.
You can't extend both the 4 and 5 day cruises - there are not enough days.
Somehow it made sense to Carnival to extend the 5 day cruises (less extra time?) and cancel the 4s. I hope everything works out. I'm not a doctor (and I do not play one on TV) but I think we won't be worrying about Swine Flu in August.
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I am sure that geography is the reason. We're leaving out of Mobile on May 14 on a 4 night cruise. We were supposed to go to Cozumel but were changed to Key West. If your port is too far to do a change like that then they have no choice but to cancel and let you reschedule or offer a 7 night cruise instead which means they can go farther and change to some other ports.
I feel really bad for you if it doesn't work out that you can cruise now. I also feel sorry for the cruisers who were going to Cabo San Lucas and now get the Pacific northwest ports. They are nice ports I'm sure but 180 degrees from what they were expecting.