Posted March 14th, 2012, 08:50 AM
I'm new to Cruise Critics' message boards though I've been a bit of a lurker for months now. I hope that it's ok to vent here and that my doing so will help someone. My hubbie booked our Carnival Western Carib cruise online at the Carnival site. Since 'registering' our 18 month old son seemed to indicate that we would be paying full price for him, my husband decided that he would simply call Carnival before our departure to make sure that our son would be accounted for (in our 2-person reservation). We anticipated having him sleep on a travel toddler bed that we packed to take.
In any case, there are now no rooms for a family of 3 even if we were willing to pay full price for a third person. We will be cancelling our trip and hoping desperately for a voucher (to use when, I don't know). We were supposed to be sailing on this Sunday Truth be told, I'm not sure how any of the cruiselines can justify charging even a fraction of money for a child under the age of 5. Really??!!! Our son wouldn't even have been eligible for their toddler program since he's not yet 2 years old. Ok, thanks for listening.
Well, I read this thread through and I wanted to say, "Welcome!" Since I don't know the extent that you have lurked or even that you knew the booking details at the time that your husband made them, I will make no assumption that you intended to stick it to the cruise line.
I remember about 12 years ago when I learned that the youngest of cruisers can cost as much as the oldest and I was shocked. I have since been educated by this board and others about the reason for the price for kiddos. Live and learn and I'm very sorry for your mixed up vacation issues.
I hope that you are able to look at it as a lesson learned and were able to enjoy a vacation. I would love to know what you ended up doing! I hope that the situation hasn't turned you off from cruising. (And honestly, from this board as well. Sometimes the responses can come across as a little rougher than intended. Especially to Southern Gals.
Not the first and not the last!