Holland America cancels entire cruise for a charter
We were booked on the Holland America Volendam for round trip Kobe to Kobe Japan, March 31 through April 14. Today we received an announcement that the entire cruise was canceled because Holland America decided to sell (give?) the cruise to a charter. This after we had already made airline reservations, hotel reservations before and after the cruise.
We have never experienced anything like this before and are wondering as we signed a contract in good faith, with a deposit, doesn't Holland America owe us some recompense? in fact a fairly major recompense? We are also wondering how many people had booked that cruise that are now in the same snafu we are in? Have other people experienced similar situations?
Very sorry for your disappointment but unfortunately this happens from time to time and most cruise lines do it.
You may be able to recover cancellation/change fees but for the most part, cruise lines do not 'compensate' seeing the charter is announced so far in advance. Often they will offer a different sailing and perhaps a decent price on it.
Hopefully, you will find another cruise that works well for you.
I have to say this would drive me crazy, but we have seen it happen, and will again. Oprah chartered a RCI ship, and, like you, people struggled to try an recoup...Please let us know how things go, after you speak to them about your aifare, hopefully with good news...I hope you can fine an equivilant cruise....sounded great!
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