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Old January 27th, 2005, 07:08 PM
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Default Has anyone ever missed their boat?

Just curious - has anyone missed their cruise from an airline delay, weather delay, etc. and did you ever catch up with the cruise. I hate thinking about it during the winter. Ours is next week and i'm already getting nervous. Its not too bad in VA but weather north of here caused other flights to be cancelled going south.
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Old January 27th, 2005, 09:03 PM
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Missed the boat on our very first cruise, due to a problem on the plane, which never left the airport. We spent 2 hours in line to get "help", the airline person wrote a new ticket and put the two of us plus a total stranger together on the same ticket, the stranger took off with the ticket, we all ended up going from Ohio to Texas to Miami. Got there after the ship left (this, after being on a plane since 6:30 am!) so we were flown to Nassau from Miami, arriving at 11 pm. Lovely resort but all restaurants except a snack bar were closed. Long after we should have eaten our first cruise meal, we were eating in our hotel room out of to-go boxes and the fare was cold sandwiches. We had also been stupid enough to pack everything useful in our luggage, which had been sent on a different plane (the luggage made the ship in time to leave Miami, by the way). The next morning while everyone was getting off the ship to explore Nassau, we were just making our way on to the ship for the first time.

Despite all that, we loved that cruise and became yearly cruisers! Plus, both the airline and RCI gave us credits. We have never again travelled without certain necessities in our carry-ons, which we should have been smart enough to do in the first place. Nor will we get back in line for help from a cancelled flight; we'll call the airline on a cell phone and book it ourselves. Even better, if possible we fly into the departure city the day before.

I will say that RCI did everything possible to help us out and had someone at every airport to meet us. The problems weren't their fault but they treated us as if they owed us. That was impressive.

Enjoy your cruise -- out of 8 cruises, this is the only time soemthing like that has happened. The pluses will more than make up for inconveniences!
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Old January 28th, 2005, 02:28 AM
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Default Re: Has anyone ever missed their boat?

Thank goodness we have never "missed the boat" ourselves but we have been on cruises where either the passengers, or their luggage, did not make embarkation.

We took a cruise from Vancouver to Hawaii one year and at least fifty people did not make the cruise because of delays with a flight coming from the east coast via Seattle. They did not make the cruise at all because after leaving Vancouver the next port of call was in Hawaii, five days later.

After hearing of the unfortunate chain of events for those passengers we vowed , if possible, to always fly in at least one day ahead of time. To make sure our luggage arrives with us as well. We have had experiences in Europe where the mail bags take priority over luggage on flights, therefore our luggage arrived a day later than we did.
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Old January 28th, 2005, 08:39 AM
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The last 3 New Years crusies weve always left port late due to people having airline/luggage problems. This past NY was a real mess because of the airline fiasco and weather. We were held up in port waiting for a group of 50 or so, and then in Nassau the next day we left late while we waited for another group to be flown in since they missed boarding in Pt Canaveral the day before!

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Old January 28th, 2005, 10:44 AM
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When flying from a cold climate to a cruise ship it is wise to always go a day ahead and stay overnight In a hotel, just a hedge against weather/mechanical delays.
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Old January 28th, 2005, 11:25 AM
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We missed our cruise once, and the first 2 days were at sea..... so needless to say on a 7 day cruise that's almost half the vacation. Luckily, we had insurance, and it covered everything - hotels, meals, etc. and we spent 2 days in St. Thomas waiting for the Grand Princess to arrive. And, then we also got lots of credits from Princess while on board.
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