One would think that a wedding on a ship, would be a day to remember, and it was for all the wrong reasons for this couple. After watching the video, it seems a bomb scare was the catalyst, that changed this couples memories...from a need to happen, shortened wedding ceremony, the toast, being drowned out by an announcement over the loudspeaker, a stray passenger chomping on a buffet he shouldn't have, & guests being told they need to disembark...this surely was one for the books..Carnival couldn't have done anything different, and they gave the couple a refund on the wedding costs...take a look!
Carnival did the best they could and did refund the cost of the wedding. Let's hope that sometime in the future thoughts of this wedding will bring a smile to their faces. However, I know I would have been a little bit perturbed :-) if it had been my wedding.
I feel sorry for this couple. I must, however, question the reason they had guests from all over the country travel to the embarkation port for a wedding on the ship. I'm sure that it was made known that guests would have a limited time on the ship under ideal conditions. Then some jack-ss called in a bomb threat, lo- life scum always have a way or ruining a good thing. I wish them the best in their marriage.
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The slanted print news story I read put ALL the blame on Carnival. The same type of incident could have happened at a church or resort or wherever the wedding was to take place. Per the news media, Norwalk virus only occurs on a cruise ship and apparently a wedding disaster only occurs there too. Stuff happens, we can't always control life.
Bomb scare=real emergency
real emergency=some chaos (hopefully controlled)
If I had been a member of the wedding party I would have taken it upon myself to approach the 'crashers' and informed them this was a private party and to get the h*ll out!
It is a shame that their wedding was spoiled. They can always take the refund and have a wedding reception upon their arrival home.
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I have to agree with by_the_board. Carnival did all that they could in the circumstance. I'm sorry that the toast was ruined by an announcement but it is after all a ship and since it was close to sail away time announcements will happen. Not all announcements are trying to sell you something especialy on embarkation.
Here in Fl when you plan a wedding outside you better have a back up plan for rain, or if there is a hurricane either coming or on the day of.
I too wonder why some guests would fly in for the wedding and not go on the cruise. Hopefully they had plans for different type of vacation in the area.
I have been on 2 Carnival ships that had weddings the day of sailing and some guests for the wedding seem put out when it is time for them to leave the ship. Actually saw a couple have to be escorted out of the buffet to disembark.
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I wondered if they were first time cruisers, who had no idea of the goings on as the cruise readies itself to get underway. Everything got set back when the bomb scare began....the ship and crew did what had to be done, and everything on the ship got set back..so now, in this narrow time frame, the wedding and party had to take place...of course the wedding party was, upset, but the crew was just preparing as it should be, to get the ship ready to sail, to set off to sea.
The guests who came from all over to this wedding, and, not sail along,..that sort of surprised me..The cruise line is not at fault, in any respect,and, the refunding of the wedding costs was the right thing to do for this couple, under the circumstances...anyone trying to spin that the cruise line was at fault in any way, has never been on a cruise...
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