FYI...they showed them (the mother/daughter) on the local news; they didn't seem to care, not one whit. Sad.
NCL Sky-Plan B April 23-26th 2010 Bahamas BB 0055 NCL Sun April 10-21, 2013 11 Southern Caribbean BB 0053
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its clearly fraud. they took money that should have been held in trust for a future event. if they used it for themselves its fraud. Its clearly what is called a ponzi type scheme(use money for someone else get people to invest in something and then pocket the money).... but this has nothing to do with NCL...I am sure someone will blame NCL for this and "Never cruise this line again"
here is the link
and they have already been CONVICTED of fraud for this matter so there is no doubt on it.
Wow I was told by my travel agent NEVER pay by check because of exactly this type of scenario. Always pay by credit card.That's true for pretty much anything that involves big money and/or deposits or events to occur later (plane tickets, wedding dresses, etc.). If they take a credit card, use it, even if you have enough cash. Just use the card and pay it straight off. That way, if there's fraud, or if the intermediary goes bankrupt (or, for that matter, the cruise line or airline does), you dispute the payment through the credit card company. You get your money back, and the dispute is then between the vendor and the credit card folks, not you.