Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Carnival Triumph Dead In The Water

If you didnt see it all over the news, Carnival's ship Carnival Triumph had a fire in the engine room and lost power.  As of this posting, it has been without engines for 2 days and is currently being towed to land by 2 tug boats with a third on the way.  Passengers are still on board because it was deemed safer than trying to transfer them at sea.  Once docked, Carnival is expecting the ship to be out of commission for at least a month and has started cancelling and refunding the future bookings

While this is sad for current passengers and those booked over the next month, it is not a common occurrence and it looks like Carnival is doing everything it can to compensate those on board.  Life happens! It will not detour me from booking with Carnival in the future.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Many Western Mexican Ports Dropped by Carnival

While we have decreased our cruise vacation allowance to gear towards more land based vacations things have happened that I missed recently Like Carnival doing a serious decrease of Western Mexican Riviera ports of call.  Gone are Acapulco, Mazatlan, Manzanillo, and Ixtapa.  The cruise we did a few years ago no longer exists at all while another has been drastically changed.  Carnival has good reasons for the drops. Mainly problems that lead to safety issues for the tourists and are doing the best thing they can to keep their passengers safe. 

Now, our decrease in cruises has nothing to do with safety of this type of vacation, but more a chance to pull a few items off our bucket list (Ireland in a few months for example).  However, we still check back for deals and to see if new ports get added, just not as often as we should I guess.  Finding that the ports are now gone is a little both dis heartening and a good feeling knowing that it was done in the name of safety.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Carnival's Ocean Players Club Sends Out Incentives

If you are a member of the Ocean Players Club (Carnival's casino) you may have recently received a little gift in the mail.  They have recently sent members cards (mine was for $25) that are redeemable for play on board.  While I am not sure if the amount goes up or down depending on how much you played in the past while on board, it is a nice gesture on their part to say please come back and gives us more of your money!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Can't Have Everything!

Carnival Cruise Line recently posted on its Facebook page that it will offer full reimbursement to anyone that wants to cancel their cruise that leaves December 2 2012 because it will include a booking of a group of drag queens and performers from the LOGO cable TV channel.  Reimbursement includes any non refundable fees incurred with non Carnival entities.  While the short notice sucks, the offer seems more than fair if anyone feels that this would effect their vacation.  Personally, I would keep my booking but that's me. 

Now if you read the comments on the posting, you would think it was the first time a cruise line ever booked an alternative lifestyle group onboard.  But for companies like Carnival its just a part of doing business.  I have cruised a few times where I found out there was a large group onboard after embarkation. The 2 most memorable were a Country music group that included multiple recording artists and their fans and a LBGT Halloween group. The music cruise wasn't so great because it meant many of the venues were closed off to us much of the time, the LGBT group was courteous and welcoming to everyone on the ship.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Cruising While Pregnant

If you want to take a cruise and are already expecting, its good to know the policies of the cruise lines.  Many will not allow women over 24 weeks to cruise regardless of what their doctor says.  An article in the Chicago Tribune recently showed what a couple went through with Carnival with the wife being 10 days past the 24 week rule.  People may think its not as big of a deal as the cruise lines make it out, but with the limited facilities on board to handle an emergency of this type, and the effort needed to re route to the nearest port in case of such an emergency, I can only assume that in the past it has happened more than the cruise lines would have liked in the past.  That's how rules like this one get started.  The ship has not only the expectant mother but a couple thousand other passengers to tend to.  While many may be understanding, there will be those that get very upset is something that could have been controlled by the cruise line causes their vacation to not go as planned.  Sounds cruel and it is, but just look at those that book a cruise every year and then try to sue the cruise line because of weather.  If they are going to get upset over something that can't be controlled, how do you think they will react to something that could have.  Right or wrong, this is why the 24 week rule is there.