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Old 06-22-2007, 06:26 AM
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so i've been posting on this board for a few months now, and heard tons of great cruise stories (thank you, by the way)...BUT, some people must have stories about bad experiences or ruined cruises...not that i want to bring down the mood, or turn people off to cruising, but im kinda bored at work and curious to hear tales about the time "the steward lost all my underwear", "i waited on line for the wrong boat and missed the right one", or even "grandma didnt look sick before we left..."

ill bet some are even funny now that you've had time to calm down
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Old 06-22-2007, 06:45 AM
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Our cruise was great. The only thing we laugh about is the fact that the only people walking straight on a rough night at sea were the ones that were drinking. Oh yeah, I got my left thumb slammed in the bathroom door at 2am as well and I was stone cold sober. Hurts like hell let me tell ya. Had it xrayed on the ship and the doc said he could see a cyst. NOT....my orthopedist here at home said its a bone chip floating around. I still have pain in it from time and time and I can feel the bone chip floating around if I push on the thumb knuckle.
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Mike,
Pulling into Long Beach Terminal in February for our cruise on the Mexican Riviera and not seeing Pride sitting in the water was one for our memory book.

The terminal was empty, except for Carnival personnel handing out paperwork. My husband thought he got the days wrong and the ship left without us.

Pride had a propulsion break down out at sea, giving the passengers before us an added day, and us one less.

We went to Disneyland and all was not lost. But, one day less at sea is still one day lost no matter how you look at it. Especially when you get yourself psyched up to board the ship.

That's my only disappointing cruising story. All the rest are fantastic memories.

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Old 06-22-2007, 07:26 AM
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Greyson - I understand your pain. Years of sports and stupidity have left me with plenty of similar injuries, some of which still bother me today.

Andrea - What did the company give you as compensation? Was it the trip to Disney, or did you pay for that?
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:39 AM
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Mike,
They reimbursed us taxi fare to a hotel and back to San Pedro Terminal the next day, 25% off of a future cruise, $50PP on board credit and $200PP for hotel/dining accomodations that evening.

They came through with everything promised. We have until Dec. '08 to use the 25% discount. Trust me... that won't be a problem using the discount.

We paid for Disneyland out of pocket. They weren't THAT generous, unfortunately.

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Old 06-22-2007, 11:14 AM
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My worst story would be of the cruise we never took. We were supposed to be sailing on the Ecstasy out of Galveston. 4 weeks before our cruise date hurricane Katrina came in. A week or so after that, CCL moved the Elation (not our ship, but the other ship) out of Galveston, moved the Conquest into Galveston and cancelled our cruise because they moved all the 5 day cruises to the Ecstasy. So were were 3 weeks from our cruise date with no cruise. CCL gave us a $100 each on board credit good for our next cruise and then promptly made millions from FEMA leasing them ships to use.

We ended up paying about $200 more than they gave us in on board credit so we could get on our cruise on the Conquest. I thought they should have just moved our cruise to the conquest but they dis-agreed.
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Old 06-22-2007, 11:21 AM
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One cruise I took out of San Juan, my luggage went to Seattle, WA. This was on Royal Caribbean. They were kind enough to give me a credit in their store on board, but there's no underwear. At the time, I didn't use a carryon, so I had to wash out the undies in the sink until my luggage caught up to me the next day in St. Thomas. On another cruise out of Miami, it took 2 days for my luggage to catch up to me. This time, thankfully, I had learned to take a carry on. I'm not sure where my luggage went on that trip, but the first formal night I ate at the buffet. Some how after a couple of rum punches, it really didn't matter. We've missed a few ports, but what the heck, the drinks are good on board. Even if the casino is tight Last year my hubby had a few too many rum punches in Antigua. I had gone ahead of him to put up the snorkeling gear. When he didn't show up in an hour, I went searching the ship (ok, the bars). I then called the purser's desk to see if he had indeed made it on board because I did have time to go back and search for him. They informed me that he had made it on board. About 2 minutes after I hung up, I got a call from sick bay. They ask me to come and collect him. I went down and found him hooked up to monitors asking the nurse for a rum punch. The doctor gave him a shot to help him sleep it off. After we wheeled him back to the room, I got dressed for dinner. There was no waking him so, I enjoyed the rest of the evening. It was 2 days before he indulged in any libations. All I could do was smile and let him pay the doctor bill ($160). Even these minor laughs could not be considered a disaster to me, I'm on board a ship!
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:59 AM
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Penny, your hubby sounds like the life of the party!

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Old 06-23-2007, 07:52 AM
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One cruise I took out of San Juan, my luggage went to Seattle, WA. This was on Royal Caribbean. They were kind enough to give me a credit in their store on board, but there's no underwear. At the time, I didn't use a carryon, so I had to wash out the undies in the sink until my luggage caught up to me the next day in St. Thomas. On another cruise out of Miami, it took 2 days for my luggage to catch up to me. This time, thankfully, I had learned to take a carry on. I'm not sure where my luggage went on that trip, but the first formal night I ate at the buffet. Some how after a couple of rum punches, it really didn't matter. We've missed a few ports, but what the heck, the drinks are good on board. Even if the casino is tight Last year my hubby had a few too many rum punches in Antigua. I had gone ahead of him to put up the snorkeling gear. When he didn't show up in an hour, I went searching the ship (ok, the bars). I then called the purser's desk to see if he had indeed made it on board because I did have time to go back and search for him. They informed me that he had made it on board. About 2 minutes after I hung up, I got a call from sick bay. They ask me to come and collect him. I went down and found him hooked up to monitors asking the nurse for a rum punch. The doctor gave him a shot to help him sleep it off. After we wheeled him back to the room, I got dressed for dinner. There was no waking him so, I enjoyed the rest of the evening. It was 2 days before he indulged in any libations. All I could do was smile and let him pay the doctor bill ($160). Even these minor laughs could not be considered a disaster to me, I'm on board a ship!
Unbelievable!!!! Hahahahaha too funny!!

How did he end up in the infirmary??

I would love to hear some of the stories the medical staff aboard a Carnival ship have to tell. I bet it is never a dull moment.
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On one of our first cruises, in the 1980s, we booked second seating in the dining room. We found out that this was the first week that new foods and preparations were being used, and they didn't have a good idea of which dishes would be the most popular. Add to that the fact that in first seating was a very large senior citizens' group that ate slowly and re-ordered several courses after finishing their first servings. The result was that the ship started to run out of food for the second seating. The first couple of days were ok. The third and fourth day, the waiter would tell us which items on the menu were not available because they had run out of them. By the fifth night, we weren't even getting menus anymore. The waiter would just tell us what they had left!

We never went hungry and it turned out to be a funny start to those meals, asking the waiter what scraps were left in the kitchen for us.

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