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Cruisers Ripped Off By Shuttered Travel Agency

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It looks like 2018 got off to a crappy start for dozens of cruisers who were left in the lurch when a Florida travel agency went out of business. Worse, the company promised to refund monies lost by the end of the year and, according to reports, has failed to do so. In fact, it’s looking as if the unlucky would-be cruisers may never see their hard-earned money returned.

Thousands Of Dollars Down The Drain

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When Legendary Journeys, a travel agency in Southern Florida, unexpectedly closed its doors in November, dozens of their customers were stunned to discover that their deposits had vanished and, as a result, their trips had been cancelled. And although Al Ferguson, president of the shuttered company, reportedly promised to pay customers back their lost money, former client Carolyn Ross told the local news, “We have no received one penny,” adding, “we do not expect to at this point.”

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On December 1st, several weeks after the closure Ferguson sent an E-mail to passengers updating them on the situation. “In the last 30 days,” it read in part, “a significant amount of progress has been made. And we will continue to make significant progress.”

The poorly-worded letter seemed to place blame for customers not receiving refunds on everyone from their credit card companies to the issuer of their travel insurance. “We continue to advise you do demand coverage protection through your travel insurance provider,” the letter read.

“We are sure you see great progress is being made,” the missive ends, “and will continue to be made to resolve all issues.”

Sadly, that was the last communication most of the disenchanted cruisers have had from the company. While Ferguson blamed the closure on employee theft, the impact of the hurricanes on the Caribbean and unrest in Cuba, that’s not particularly comforting for Ross and her husband, Jerry, whose trip was meant to celebrate a special occasion. “It was for our 50th wedding anniversary,” Jerry told the local news.

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June Special: Kids Sail Free to the Bahamas

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With summer around the corner, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has a special deal for families traveling with kids. Valid for all June cruises, those 16 and under will sail free if they’re staying in the same stateroom with two paying parents.

With the school year wrapping up and Father’s Day on June 17, it’s the perfect time for a quick escape to the Bahamas. Both of the line’s ships, Grand Classica and Grand Celebration offer a number of activities for guests on their way to the island. There are youth clubs divided by age, swimming pools, multiple dining options, a mini movie theater, mini rock climbing wall, a ball pit, and more.

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There’s also a number of shore excursions that families can take part in once they arrive, including snorkeling, a beach day, cruising the beach in an open-top Jeep, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, and more.

For more information, visit bahamasparadisecruiseline.com.

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Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Take Annual Photos on Cruise Ship

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The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have officially wrapped up their 2018 annual photo shoot, and this year a Miami-based cruise ship was the backdrop.

Over 20 of the cheerleaders sailed to the sunny Caribbean this month aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside, donning a number of clothing styles for the photos while capturing the ship’s iconic design. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Annual is set to be released at the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Fashion Show this fall.

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The cheerleaders also took part in photo shoot in ports along the way, including St. Maarten, San Juan, and Nassau. During the voyage, the cheerleaders engaged with guests throughout the cruise during a variety of activities, including at the sail away party, hosting youth cheer clinics, posing for photo ops, and doing special performances to entertain guests. To kick off the cruise, they provided a warm Miami Dolphins welcome by taking over the terminal with mascot “TD” to cheer guests into their vacation.

The annual photoshoot onboard MSC Seaside came on the heels of the Dolphins’ first ever Fan Cruise onboard the same ship in March. The voyage included football legend guests of honor including Kim Bokamper, Terry Kirby, Sam Madison, Nat Moore, Joe Rose and Patrick Surtain, for a week of themed activities. The team will be hosting their second cruise in 2019.

The Miami Dolphins and MSC Cruises are in the midst of a three-year partnership, which resulted in the Fan Cruise. It will be hosted annually over the next three years.

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Carnival Horizon Makes Inaugural Call in Canadian Port

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Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new Vista-class ship Carnival Horizon made her first-ever call in Halifax, Nova Scotia yesterday.

The day was a welcome change for cruise passengers; it was the first port stop after six days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean. Ship officers as well as local officials held a traditional plaque ceremony in the Library onboard, where a plaque was given to the ship by the Port of Halifax and other tokens were exchanged, including a model of the ship given to the port by Carnival Cruise Line.

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Carnival Horizon is the sister-ship to Carnival Vista, which pioneered a number of new concepts for Carnival including the SkyRide bicycling attraction and the Dreamscape LED sculpture in the atrium. Some of Horizon’s unique new features include a sit-down barbecue smokehouse and brewery as well as a Cat in the Hat themed WaterWorks water park.

Click here for a video of the ship headed into the Port of Halifax.

Click here for our article on all of the free food found aboard Carnival Horizon.

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