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Old 01-02-2005, 06:30 PM
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I had a very bad experience with Royal Caribbean and missed my Cruise. I had booked a Western Caribbean cruise on the Rhapsody that departed Galveston on the Dec. 26th. I booked directly with Royal Caribbean and had them take care of the air. I could have booked the air cheaper myself but I always thought that when the cruise line took care of air it was their responsibility to get you to the ship. I also bought trip insurance from Royal Caribbean.

We arrived at Buffalo airport to find our flight on Delta was really a Comair flight to Atlanta and it had been canceled. They had notified Royal Caribbean the day before. Royal Caribbean did not bother to notify us of the cancellation. If they had, we could have tried to make alternate arrangements, even if we had to drive though the night to make the Atlanta connection. We tried to make alternate arrangements to fly out of Buffalo to get to any hub, but everything was booked up because of the Comair shut down.

We called Royal Caribbean and advised them of our situation. We asked if they could try to get us a flight out of a major airport that we could drive to and still get us to Galveston. Sandra from operations told me that it wasnít Royal Caribbeanís responsibility to check other airports. I was shocked with the apathetic, if not mean attitude she had. She had time to argue with me, at length, but later told her supervisor that she was too busy to check on other flights. I was also advised that we could not pick up the cruise at the first port of Key West.

When we got back home we tried to salvage our vacation by booking another cruse on the Royal Caribbean web site for the following day. We just had enough time to drive to Miami so we called customer service to advise them of our alternate plans. Customer service advised us that they could not authorize the transfer of our monies paid to the new ship and they would have the executive office call with a decision. When the executive office finally called it was five hours later, too late to drive to Miami.

I was then advised that there would be no refund of the cruise and they took no responsibility for all the errors they made with our flight. They said as a customer courtesy they would give us a credit for another cruise but it was only good for a year and couldnít be used on Celebrity their sister company. Our schedule does not permit us to go on another cruise this year. After arguing at length with Jason Maltais of the executive office he said if I donít take their offer by the following Monday Jan 3rd he would withdraw the offer. They also said the trip insurance did not apply because we never started the trip.

We have taken six cruises on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. I am shocked and appalled at the attitude of customer service and the hostile strong arm tactics of the executive office. If you were like me and thought if you booked air fare through Royal Caribbean and got their insurance, you were protected, think again. If you think customer service would be helpful if thing went wrong, youíre in for a surprise.

Rich Milazzo
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I had a very bad experience with Royal Caribbean and missed my Cruise. I had booked a Western Caribbean cruise on the Rhapsody that departed Galveston on the Dec. 26th. I booked directly with Royal Caribbean and had them take care of the air. I could have booked the air cheaper myself but I always thought that when the cruise line took care of air it was their responsibility to get you to the ship. I also bought trip insurance from Royal Caribbean.

We arrived at Buffalo airport to find our flight on Delta was really a Comair flight to Atlanta and it had been canceled. They had notified Royal Caribbean the day before. Royal Caribbean did not bother to notify us of the cancellation. If they had, we could have tried to make alternate arrangements, even if we had to drive though the night to make the Atlanta connection. We tried to make alternate arrangements to fly out of Buffalo to get to any hub, but everything was booked up because of the Comair shut down.

We called Royal Caribbean and advised them of our situation. We asked if they could try to get us a flight out of a major airport that we could drive to and still get us to Galveston. Sandra from operations told me that it wasnít Royal Caribbeanís responsibility to check other airports. I was shocked with the apathetic, if not mean attitude she had. She had time to argue with me, at length, but later told her supervisor that she was too busy to check on other flights. I was also advised that we could not pick up the cruise at the first port of Key West.

When we got back home we tried to salvage our vacation by booking another cruse on the Royal Caribbean web site for the following day. We just had enough time to drive to Miami so we called customer service to advise them of our alternate plans. Customer service advised us that they could not authorize the transfer of our monies paid to the new ship and they would have the executive office call with a decision. When the executive office finally called it was five hours later, too late to drive to Miami.

I was then advised that there would be no refund of the cruise and they took no responsibility for all the errors they made with our flight. They said as a customer courtesy they would give us a credit for another cruise but it was only good for a year and couldnít be used on Celebrity their sister company. Our schedule does not permit us to go on another cruise this year. After arguing at length with Jason Maltais of the executive office he said if I donít take their offer by the following Monday Jan 3rd he would withdraw the offer. They also said the trip insurance did not apply because we never started the trip.

We have taken six cruises on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. I am shocked and appalled at the attitude of customer service and the hostile strong arm tactics of the executive office. If you were like me and thought if you booked air fare through Royal Caribbean and got their insurance, you were protected, think again. If you think customer service would be helpful if thing went wrong, youíre in for a surprise.

Rich Milazzo
hohl@adelphia.net
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Old 01-02-2005, 08:30 PM
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I am so sorry to hear of your misfortune. What a horrible experience. Hence my continuing mantra:

Always use a local cruise specialist when booking a cruise.

Always book your own air and fly in at least a day before the cruise departs.

Always use third party cruise insurance.

I know the advice comes too late, but I hope you will help me spread the word.

Here is to better times.

Tom
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Old 01-03-2005, 05:12 AM
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Richard,
Thank you for sharing this very unfortunate incident with us. I am so sorry you endured such an unpleasant ordeal. Although there have been occassions when I have been forced to use the cruiselines air, I concur with Tom's mantra.

Did you pay by credit card? If so, I would suggest that perhaps you contact them. Since you did not receive the services you paid for, they may be able to come to your rescue.

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This is shocking and very disappointing. Particularly so because you are a good repeat customer.

I for one, with learn from this experience and continue to book with my TA, my own air, and my own insurance which I have always done, but that was more circumstance than me saying I would do it that way always (now I will!).

Best of luck in getting things resolved Richard.
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Old 01-03-2005, 06:38 AM
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Richard

What city are you leaving out of?
According to their logic no one would ever be started on a trip if the flight was delayed in the first airport.

Something smells fishy here.

Hope things work out for you. Thanks for sharig some of the things that can go wrong.
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Old 01-03-2005, 12:31 PM
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So sorry for that terrible experience, we always get to the port of departure the day before whether we are flying or driving. If we fly, I usually make our own reservations, this way the airline is responsible,I know this comes to late to help you but if you did use a major credit card, write a letter(and make a copy for yourself) and write down every persons name you talk to, even the date and time. I find that this works because you have a record of all information, send the letter with a tracking # or Return reciept requested. Theis has helped me so many times. Good luck
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Old 01-04-2005, 05:15 AM
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Remember, the cruise and insurance are different things. You may need to file your claim with the insurance company, not the cruise line. Let a lawyer attorney advise you on this. I know that no one likes to hear the ugly ďLĒ word, but find an attorney who specializes in insurance law, then ask for references about her/his insurance law practice. You may find she/he will be able to help you get what you paid for, your insurance benefits.
If it looks like youíve been taken for a ride by the cruise line and insurance company, a good attorney will handle this type of service on a contingency basis (you donít win, you donít pay; and the cruise line may end up paying attorney fees for you). Bring the attorney your cruise ticket and insurance policy, which should have been contained totally within Guest Vacation Documents you received from RCI. (Iím not an attorney, but I stayed at that hotel chain last night and watched one on television). Good luck.
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Old 01-04-2005, 05:17 AM
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on the contingency basis - I meant to say the insuance company or the cruise line may end up paying attorney's fees for you. sorry.
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Old 01-04-2005, 05:27 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by dolphin:
If we fly, I usually make our own reservations, this way the airline is responsible,


Dolphin

I am curious on how the air line is responsible and what are they responsible for?

Thanks
 
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