Posted March 30th, 2007, 04:32 PM
It seems to me that my argument could be that I could take my refund and use that money to book a cruise elsewhere (which is a pretty good sum of money) and then use my cruise credit (around $5K) to book a 2 person cruise for my husband and me. It seems like this is the only way I could come out ahead in the deal. But it doesn't seem to be logical for Norwegian to take that position does it? Maybe I'm missing something.
I understand what you want and it doesn't seem unreasonable but I don't believe you'll get any lower price. If they can sell a space for more, why would they give it to you for a lower rate even taking into account that you were canceled. Again, I think NCL should rebook you at the same rate but I don't think they will.
Four days before Christmas we had a huge blizzard that closed the Denver airport for days. My flight leaving on 12/23 for vacation was canceled and United offered to give a full refund or let us rebook with no change fees but we'd have to pay the difference for the new fare. That's not fair. I had a super cheap ticket for the time I wanted to travel but I was canceled and had to go three weeks later. The fare was twice as much and I missed Christmas with family. Unfortunately for me and now for you, we were victims of pricing that adjusts all the time and we got the short end of the stick. I'm sure NCL believes that they're fulfilling their obligation to you by offering the full refund and they don't owe you anything other than that.
It doesn't hurt to ask for the same fare but I'd be really surprised if you got it. I also don't think telling them you'll cruise with someone else will make a difference. Whatever happens, I hope you have a good vacation.