Posted February 22nd, 2013, 01:22 AM
Last edited by fishywood; February 22nd, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Poison, thanks... that is what I was thinking but with the airlines anyone who is a no-show forfeits their seat and it can be given away... say you had 2 seats side by side booked on the same ticket.. your friend does not show up and the flight has been overbooked, they will give that vacant seat to someone else waiting even though your friend paid in full for it
You're comparing apples and oranges. It is part of the contract of carriage with your airline that if you are not at the gate within X
minutes of takeoff your seat may be given away. If you don't show up for your flight the ticket still has reuse value once you pay the hefty change fees. If you don't show up for a cruise the cruiseline keeps your entire fare without recourse unless you have cancel-for-any-reason insurance. (And in that case it is usually the insurance company issuing you a future cruise credit for [a percentage of] the amount you lost. In the case cited by Krazy above where a cancellation is eligible for a refund, the cruiseline does have the right to add the single supplement to the newly solo passenger--but as we all agree on, they will not resell the berth to a random stranger).
Debarking is a cruel procedure done to dogs.
Upgrades, Upsellls and Move Over Offers are completely different things.
As are being denied boarding and being disembarked early.
And don't get me started on Port Charges vs. Government Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses.
The Jones Act is for cargo. The PVSA is "that terrible law" that restricts USA domestic sailings. But without which there would likely be no cruise ships with casinos, duty free shops, and international crew members willing to work fantastically hard every single day.
Lots of people fly in the morning of the cruise and catch crazy early flights home. Why ask us if you can? Just to be harassed by the regulars?
No hotels have free shuttles, free breakfast, free wifi, or free parking. You pay in the rate. And could have found a better deal paying by the piece.
And don't forget: the cruise line is in complete control of the weather, political unrest, medical emergencies, and anything else that delays or re-routes your cruise. Be sure to demand compensation as it is you and only you who were affected.