We're leaving on the Imagination on June 1st for a four day cruise. To make a long story short, we have six rooms book with a total guest count of 18.
Here's our problem. My step-son wanted to go on this trip with us, but his decision was made after we'd booked all six staterooms. We called our Carnival TA and had him put into a room with my brother (his uncle) and their two boys who are around same age (12).
Then I also purchased him airfare through Orbit on a Delta flying down with my brother and his family (the rest of our flights were booked months ago and are no longer available for purchase).
So I spoke with my step son, he was okay with the flight with his uncle and the kids, sharing their stateroom (next door to ours) and spending one night prior to the cruise in their hotel room in a different city.
So here's where it gets complicated. Last night my step son calls and tells us he doesn't want to go now. He doesn't like the idea of staying with his uncle and cousins (which he likes, by the way, they get along great). He's upset because he can't fly and room with us on this trip.
My husband and I booked our room for just the two of us because it's an anniversary present to each other. I explained to my step son that other than the first day in a differnt town/hotel he'd have lots of time to be around his family although because it's an anniversary trip we would want to do some 'couple' things together like dancing and spending some quality time alone.
I have three daughters that are going as well, and they had no problem with us (the parents) having our own room to celebrate the anniversary, but my step-son is very clingy to his father and resents that we won't allow him to stay in our room with us.
So now we're faced with a cruise and a airfare that we've paid in full with a sailing/flying date three weeks away. The airfare is non refundable so I guess that $300 is just lost. The cruise, I believe, I can get a 50% refund on it since it wasn't purchased using the early saver fare.
Do you if it's possible to allow another person to take his place on the cruise (and if so what costs are involved) and also the airline? Is a non refundable ticket transferable? I read somewhere that there is a loophole.. I read that we take his itinerary on the plane, find the cheapest flight to anywhere and change his reservations, then the airline will give us back the differnce in cost. Then wait a day or two and cancel the new reservation. Then they (Delta) will impose approx. $130 admin fees from the remaining balance and allow us to use any balance left in the next 12 months by issuing a voucher. I read that although a ticket is not transferable a voucher IS tranferable. So in that case, we can take a trip someplace within the year and use the remaining balance in any name that we want...
Do you know what's the best way to handle this situation or have we just lost our $600 and need to just kiss it goodbye?
Thanks for reading, I know it's long, I've very frustrated at the situation and to be honest a little frustrated at my step son also because he knew the travel plans in detail and wanted to , now he has changed his mind..... which puts us in a bad place.