Federal Judge Threatened to Keep Carnival's Cruise Ships Out of American Ports

I have a Carnival cruise booked to depart July 22, 2019, should we take any precaution to protect our cruise payment against loss.

Tags: Carnival Cruise Lines

7 Answers

Always buy insurance.

cruise insurance is always a good deal, but if you booked a cruise in good faith and they completely failed to deliver, regardless of the cruise contract, I think they would be on the hook for a full refund of the cruise fare. They would not be on the hook for associated costs such as airfare or hotel though. That is where the cruise insurance comes in.

We used to debate whether or not to get it...it was like a tradition...not get it enough times and suddenly you have a "free" cruise...the very few times we actually did it, once I saw a medical evac on the pier, and anther time all kinds of peeps were coughing all over...all I know is now we buy buy insurance, regardless...the idea that CARNIVAL is so revoltingly, deliberately disgusting as to continue dumping, AFTER a 40million dollar fine is mind boggling. Worse, they've even figured out a way to cover it up..Theres no doubt in my mind that they would issue a full refund and probably credits toward the next cruise...that is, if you would actually book one with them after this.

I've always been one to purchase the trip insurance. It may not be common knowledge, but the trip insurance is also your medical insurance onboard, that covers you if your normal health insurance company will not cover your med expenses onboard.

Thankfully, I had it on my cruise on empress in 2018. I became so sea sick on the 3rd day of the cruise, that my....evacuation of all stomach contents...lead me to dehydration, and the beginning stages of Diabetic Ketoacidosis. I DID have to pay out of pocket before leaving the ship, however, my health insurance only covered 25% of the cost of IV Infusions and Potassium injections. The trip insurance covered the other 75%. This essentially paid for my trip insurance on my next 10 cruises...

Couldn't agree more OPUS...discovering that Medicare doesn't work at at sea, and even some supplementals don't either. doing the research AFTER the fact is NOT helpful. Considering how often we cruise (or try to) we just quit debating the issue, and buy it. That rule applies to folks with "non-retirement" type plans too...do you know FOR SURE you're covered??? hmmm?? mebbe, mebbe not,,,And that's just the medical expenses end...what about trip interruptions?

Now then, the OP was wondering specifically what happens if CARNY has to cancel because of their illegal activities coming home to the Judges roost? My above post was an assumption...but the more I think about it, the surer I am that CARNY would HAVE to make it right..how MUCH right is an open question. I don't know who you could actually ask about an issue like that...Its that ol fine print thing y'know...that's not helpful I know...if I was booked on CARNY, I think at the very least Id do is start following the hearing scheduled for the 22nd...just to see how PO'd a Federal Judge can get...

Forgot to add the most salient point...no matter what they do to make it right, YOUR cruise...the one you planned for, budgeted, mebbe scrimped and saved and paid for, and was looking forward to as it drew closer? That cruise? just went into the dumpster..no matter what they do, they can't make THAT right...especially knowing THEY did it to themselves, and deserve it. But, we shall see soon enough...

She seems pretty PO'd Yankee.

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, this is unchartered territory. I cannot find any record of a cruise ship being banned from docking in its port of Origin, only temporarily quarantined.

Hopefully all of the attention being drawn to this will force Carny to clean up their operation

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