I was so frustrated yesterday, having the sale offer expire during our online booking process. But I was probably wrong to try and blame anybody. Still, I decided to drop the entire idea. It's not fun to tell your wife that a cruise plan has been scratched.
Early this morning, I revisited the itinerary, but cheap SEA-LAX morning flights were gone. I investigated and found that San Pedro pier is 18 mi S of LAX but only 10 mi W of Long Beach (and AS had cheap direct flights to LGB available with ideal ETA/ETDs). Using a $50 Companion Fare Coupon (from Alaska Visa card) our flights total $258 RT from Seattle.
I ended up booking the inside cabin bargain deal (M@$349) $820 for two after taxes. I had to book over the phone with Alaska to get those unwanted transfers removed, but their agent was very courteous. The service you get from others is typically a reflection of your own mood & attitude at the time:
interactions can be a choice.
The best part was when Kyoko woke up and came downstairs and discovered the itinerary laying by the printer (yes, I totally staged that). We're looking forward to our first experience with Princess Cruises. If it's anything like Celebrity or HAL, we will love it all. And maybe I'll get lucky on the craps table again!