akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Carnival Fascination Chartered By FEMA

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Just a couple of days ago, cruisers were assured their Oct 15 cruise would sail as planned on Carnival Fascination out of San Juan.  Now, FEMA has chartered the ship.

I'm sorry, but IMHO, this had to have been in the works when Carnival was assuring their guests that they would sail as planned on Sunday.

Makes me even more nervous about our Oct 21 cruise on RCCL Adventure of the Seas. 

I'm not saying that the charter shouldn't have happened.  I do think they should have been more forthcoming with their passengers.  It's especially hard when it's a port that really has no other options for tourists at the moment. 

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DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

We have botched helping Puerto Rico so badly in the beginning that it would not surprise me if this is a fairly recent decision that FEMA made to get people out of there....

With the disease breaking out that is killing people from drinking contaminated water, the situation has escalated drastically...The situation there is far worse than what is being reported and as more people from the private sector (movie stars, etc.) get involved, the demand for the government to do something has reached a higher level ...

Carnival probably weighed out which cruise ship to pick based on capacity and bookings and chose that one but won't be cancelling any others ...

akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

That could be.  I don't think it's a bad decision on the whole, but I really feel for those who were to cruise this weekend.  It will be ported in St.Croix which should relieve some of the strain on San Juan.  But loss of cruisers and now FEMA dollars could be a big financial hit on the hotels that are able to accommodate guests now.  No good answer, I guess...

 

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

It sure would be disappointing to find out at the last minute about a cruise being cancelled. I hope yours is fine Grandma Jo.

JCOAKML
Contributor Level: Captain

Oh you posted this already.  I'll delete my post.  Sorry!!!

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I'm sure that on the other hand lots of people are glad to have the cruise canceled.   It is not fun going to a trashed port with nothing open and not much to do.   I would not book a Caribbean cruise for a few more months until things get more up and running.  Nervous   

 

I would be upset with the last min notice of no cruise and have had non-refundable air and hotel.   The article said Carnival would work with people on that.  The other thing I did not like was refunds will be out in 3 weeks....they should only take a few days to send out.

akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Great minds think alike LOL

If you are on the same wavelength as I am, you'd probably better start to worry Big Smile

Danyl and I were talking about this on my drive home.

 

Very valid points on both sides, I do think that CCL should be getting the refunds out faster than 3 weeks. They will be making money on this venture no doubt.

 

I am concerned about how stable to port infrastructure like restaurants and other food places are to support cruisers invading a port daily. These people barely have power to take care themselves right now. I do understand that the $'s the cruisers bring in are needed to economic survival, but right now I am more concerned with getting the power back on and stopping the flow of disease.

 

If I were on a cruise and it got cancelled, I admit I would be upset if my cruise was cancelled the last few days, but I hope that I would be able to come up with an alternate vacation, the thing would be waiting for three weeks for the refund...

 

Hope the Caribbean gets back on its feet soon!

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

I find it interesting that FEMA reached out to Carnival and not other cruise lines...or maybe they did and the other cruise lines were more interested in the bottom line??? Or maybe because Carnival did this after Katrina, FEMA knew they had a partner willing to help.  I would be upset to have my cruise cancelled but would try to find another cruise during the same (or near the same) time period, especially if it is in the latter part of the time frame.  I am happy that Carnival is willing to do more than "lip service" and the initial outpouring of help.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I really feel for the people in Puerto Rico.  The situation is dire.  I hope that Carnival goes out of their way to help the passengers affected by the charter.  I will be visiting Puerto Rico in April,.  I'll let all of you know how I find the island then if we still are allowed to visit it.  I know that Florida has accepted many people from Puerto Rico already.  Their children are already enrolled in our schools including colleges. 

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

GrandmaJo since you are cruising out of San Juan next weekend, please let us know what you an, about the situation as you see it, when you are there.

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