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Refund Unlikely For Pirate Ship Passengers

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We’ve written in the past about people who complain about everything and look for excuses to demand a refund. But when it comes to the passengers aboard the now-infamous Sea Princess, which essentially shut down all services from dusk to dawn for 10 of their 104-day sailing in order to avoid being detected and boarded by pirates, should a refund be issued?

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Ever since the story first emerged, the internet has been abuzz with talk of how the ship’s captain, after announcing that there was a “real” threat of the Sea Princess encountering pirates as it voyaged through the Indian Ocean, took what seem to many like extreme measures. “No deck parties, no movies under the stars, no late-night outdoor bar hopping or pool-dipping,” reported passenger Carolyne Jasinski, adding that “all around the ship, as the sun set, all curtains were drawn and all shutters closed.”

As news of the situation spread, with many dubbing the darkened vessel a “ghost ship”, the first thing many people have wondered is whether passengers on the ship should receive — or are even entitled to — a refund. And given that the reported cost of the 104-day sailing was around $40,000 per person, that seems like a reasonable question. A report in the Miami Herald points out that it’s unlikely, given that all cruise ship passengers sign a contract which covers practically every conceivable situation that might arise during their voyage. And yes, that includes pirates!

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“Although unlikely,” the paper quotes the Sea Princess contract as stating, “the ship may be confronted by actual or threatened war, warlike operations or hostilities. Carrier has the absolute right and sole discretion to respond to safety concerns of any kind, including but not limited to sailing with or without lights, deviating from customary practices or rules and regulations concerning navigation, cargo or other matters in time of peace, or sailing armed or unarmed and with or without convoy.”

Why They Should Get A Refund For Pirate Threat

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While the cruise contract makes it clear that the captain had every right to make the decision he did — despite there being no reports indicating there was an actual threat — it would be in the best interest of the cruise line to offer at least some form of compensation to those inconvenienced by the “blackout” period.

Why? Because whoever infamously said that there’s no such thing as bad publicity probably didn’t have their negative experience go viral the way this particular incident has. Offering even a small partial refund might go a long way toward helping negate some of the worldwide chatter — much of it not particularly positive — being generated by this story.

Should the cruise line offer a partial refund to the cruisers whose trip was impacted by this incident?

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Princess Cruises Wants You To ‘Flee the Freeze’

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Princess Cruises is offering a special opportunity for travelers to “Flee the Freeze” as temperatures dip below zero throughout the United States. On 7, 8, 10, and 14-day sailings to the Caribbean this year, New Jersey residents can take advantage of up to 32 percent off cruise fares and $32 in onboard spending money per person. (32 degrees being the freezing point, get it?)

Escape the winter chill and hit the sun-drenched Caribbean beaches this year. Sample cruises include:

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  • 7-day Eastern Caribbean – inside cabin $599 per person
  • 7-day Western Caribbean – inside cabin $599 per person
  • 8-day Southern Caribbean – inside cabin $649 per person
  • 10-day Eastern Caribbean Voyager – inside cabin $849 per person

Fares are based on double occupancy. The offer is combinable with the current Anniversary Sale promotion, where guests can earn up to $300 in onboard spending money. The “Flee the Freeze” offer is running now through January 22, 2018.

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Royal Caribbean Wants You to Find Your Adventure Personality

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With the winter blues in full swing – and half of the northeast region covered in snow (not an actual calculation) – many travelers are dreaming of where they want to vacation next. Royal Caribbean has teamed up with the international authority on personality research, Myers-Briggs, to create a convenient way for travelers to navigate the possibilities for their next adventure from beginning to end.

The easy, 13-question quiz draws on The Myers-Briggs Company’s knowledge of personality types, and assess a person’s motivations and interpersonal needs that most affect their travel preferences. Once complete, quiz-takers receive a unique description of who they are as a traveler and suggested destinations and activities that might suit them.

The Adventure Personality quiz will be available all throughout what is known as “Wave Season” in the cruise industry, where potential guests are busy planning warm vacations and the best offers are available for the year ahead. To find your adventure personality, visit myadventurepersonality.com.

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Fate of the Carnival Triumph Revealed

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With Carnival Cruise Line execs routinely speaking about reducing the size of their fleet and little known about the Carnival Triumph’s future itineraries, some fans worried the ship might be on its way out. But fans of the Triumph can relax, as it was announced today that the ship will be sailing a variety of itineraries from three different ports… including a 2019 stay in New York City.

Carnival Triumph Hits Numerous Ports

The Triumph, which joined the fleet in 1999, will take on an exciting new slate of sailings during the 2019-20 season, immediately after undergoing a major refurbishment that will see her receiving a variety of new venues to compliment the ones she already has, which include the always-popular Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Cantina Tequila Bar and Alchemy Bar. The new itineraries will see her sailing from New York, Fort Lauderdale and Norfolk.

Exciting News For New York Homeporters

Perhaps most exciting to New Yorkers will be the return of shorter voyages from the port. The Carnival Triumph will sail four-day cruises to Bermuda in 2019 — being billed as “long weekends” — on May 23, June 20, July 18, August 15 and September 12. For those wanting to trade The Big Apple for Bermuda a few days longer, the ship will sail a six-day Bermuda trip on June 24, 2019. That trip will include a two-night stay in Bermuda. And on June 24, 2019, the Triumph will sail an 8-day cruise out of NYC that will include two nights on Bermuda and a visit to Grand Turk.

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For those wanting to go North instead of South, Carnival will also offer three 7-day cruises — departing on September 22, September 29 and October 6 of 2019 — visiting New England and the Canadian Maritimes.

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Finally, the New York City sailings will offer 8- and 10-day options, as well as a 14-day Carnival Journeys cruise departing May 27, 2019, and visiting the Panama Canal, Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Costa Rica and Half Moon Cay.

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The Carnival Triumph will also sail out of Fort Lauderdale in 2019, doing 4- and 5-day cruises in April before heading to New York, and then picking up these itineraries again from November 2019 (after completing her Big Apple trips) until April 2020. In fact, at this point, Carnival is the only cruise line slated to offer a short-cruise itinerary from Fort Lauderdale, which should prove wildly appealing to the ever-growing population of people looking to take a cruise, but not necessarily having a week or more to commit. The 4-day sailings will depart on Thursdays and visit Nassau as well as either Half Moon or Princess Cay. The 5-day trips will depart on Mondays and swing by Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman.

Triumph’s Trip To Norfolk

Finally, the Carnival Triumph will also sail 5- and 6-day cruises to the Bahamas out of Norfolk, Virginia during May and October of 2019.

“We’re delighted to offer this unique schedule on Carnival Triumph,” says Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy of the ship’s port-hopping slate of itineraries. “With such an array of cruise choices, vacationers have the opportunity to enjoy short, value-packed getaways to tropical destinations [or] longer-length departures visiting spectacular ports of call!”

Will you sail Carnival Triumph out of New York City?

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