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We were coming up on our 25th wedding anniversary in June and were trying to decide what to do. Our 2 favorite baseball teams were playing in Dallas, we could go see a show in Kansas City, or we could just do what we usually do and watch our son play baseball.
OK, dummy, my wife says, how often do you get to celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary (the cynical side of me says only once like all of the others, but that's another story). Yea, Yea, an excuse for a trip (I love to travel). So what are we going to do? We were just at Disney World at Christmas, so that's out. She says how about Europe (yuck), or Hawaii (Oh, yeah). OK, time to play. First thing Europe is out, too expensive (or at least that's what I told her), let's go to Hawaii.
On a whim I decided to check out a cruise. We went on a cruise for our honeymoon, and haven't been since, so why not? Let's see where to go? How about Alaska? She has always wanted to see Alaska and I love the idea so let's check it out.
Now the question is when. We decided that the first two weeks in May were about the only time we could really get away. After looking around it came down to the first sailing of the Island Princess. (I don't know about going to Alaska in early May, too cold BRRRRR.) OK, let's go for it.
We booked and paid, this was around the first of April, kinda last minute. Only one balcony cabin was left, E632 catagory BE. OK, I was hoping for something better (Boy was I wrong), but off we go.
We got our pre-cruse documents in about a week. This is getting exciting. We got on the internet and arranged all of our shore excursions, more exciting. We filled out all of the pre-cruise information, robes or not, Coke or Sprite, to be or not to be...more excitement.
Three weeks before sailing, no documents, so I go in to the TA's office and ask, she says be patient. OK. Two weeks before sailing, no documents, I go in to the TA's office, let's call Princess. Mailed last week should get them today. No problem. That's Monday. Tuesday, no documents. Wednesday, no documents, back to TA's office, call Princess again. Princess says it usually takes about 10 days after they are mailed, don't worry. (What me worry, it's just my job, it's what I do best.) Finally, Friday, one week before sailing the documents arrive.
Now were really excited. Let's look at the itinerary. Let's see we leave lovely OKC at 6:30 AM (yes, that's AM), go to Houston (aren't we trying to get to Vancouver?) change terminals and planes, get on a 737, (for a 4.5 hour flight are you nuts), and fly to Vancouver. By the way your clastrophobic wife is sitting in a middle seat on the other side of the plane from your window seat. This is not good. No problem, I'll just go to the Continental Airlines website and change the (THE PLANE IS FULL) seats. OK, plan B. We've both got a bunch of frequent flyer miles, we'll just upgrade to first class. Call Continental, "no can do". Call Continental again, "no, you really can't". "Princess buys bulk rate tickets from us and there is no way we can upgrade them no matter how much you want to pay." OK, I'm stubborn, call TA and have her call Princess. "Yea, Princess might be able to do it if you cancel your air, that will cost you 100% of what you paid for the air, then if it is available we'll rebook you." I don't think so. So off to the airport we go dreading the long flight to Vancouver.
By the way did you check the time on the flight home? 8:30 pm to 6:30 am, 9:30 am to 10:30 am, that looks like fun.
Moral of this story - try to make your own air reservations.
Next arrival in Vancouver.