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You bet it's a scam! Contract or not, these cruise companies lure you in with cheap prices and then systematically extract more cash out of your pocket while using calculated methods to reduce costs. A few years ago on NCL, one of the ports on our itinerary was Acapulco. this was the most distant port and the prime selling feature of this particular cruise. No other ship went there from the west coast. As we boarded the ship, we were told that there was a problem with propulsion and we wouldn't be able to make it to Acapulco. Sound familiar? There went two weeks of planning, dinner reservations and excursions down the tube. Many people were very upset like me, but the vast majority of cruisers are happy playing cards in the salon and hitting the buffet. The cruise line knows this and so they get away with this kind of BS. I mean its all covered in the contract and there really is nothing you can do.You are already there and you are not ever going to get your money back once they have it in there greedy hands. Meanwhile, the cruise line just saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in fuel costs.
Friday, we are heading out on the Carnival Sensation for a Bahama cruise out of Port Canaveral. Any guesses as to what I received in my email this morning? You guessed it, an Itinerary change! Of coarse they were savvy enough to wait until the cruise was completely sold out. That way, no one could cancel or get their money back. They shortened the length of time in both ports. With the new shorter itinerary, there is no time for previously made plans.
This is the only industry that I know of where the merchant can change the product after you buy it. Truly a form of false advertising that should be illegal and not tolerated! How would you feel if you bought a brand new car with leather seats. When you picked up the car you were told that they had to substitute cloth seat because they were out of leather. Additionally, you were told you cant have your money back and that you just need to deal with it.....You would be mad as hell! Don't be in the 90 percentile that just bends over and takes it. Don't be naive in thinking that the cruise lines have your best interest at heart. It's a business operating on a shoestring margin. Join me in exposing these scamming cruise lines! Shame on you NCL and Carnival!!

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