DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

What would it take to make you postpone a cruise?

I may be cruising without teeth if my dentist doesn't work his magic (lol it's looking good they will be ready) But I would go if not.  The only thing that would prevent me from cruising would be a medical emergency for my family.

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BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

It would have to be a serious illness or personal emergency.

If it were a work emergency, then I would probably tell my boss to prepare my exit paperwork and start my retirement earlyBig Smile

ToddTheCruiser
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

Not sure if you mean cancel or postpone booking a cruise?  I just paid the bank $7000.00 in one shot to get rid of that car payment we all hate to have. Wiped it clean!  So I have to postpone any cruising till summer or fall.

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

I wouldn't hesitate to postpone if a member of my family was seriously ill, or if there was an accident. A friend of ours severely broke his ankle while packing for his cruise. He tripped over his open suitcase which was on the floor instead of his bed. The good news is that he developed a strong relationship with his TA during the process of getting his refund, and they've been together as a couple for about 3 yrs now.

As for the teeth - if I had broken off any, I would likely postpone because I wouldn't want to be paying for a dental bill in another country, and sure wouldn't want to be on a cruise with a toothache and not being able to enjoy my meals.

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

Postpone and cancel are very different... Money is a postponement, but a death in the family is a cancel... I know there are some people I check in and their friends can't make it for one reason or another and it makes me wonder myself. 

 

askeegan
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Family illness (serious) or death.  That is pretty much it!

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Ditto.

 

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

Illness or lack of money.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

 

Any health issue for myself or hubby would be an immediate nix. The impending passing of a close relative or friend requires careful examination and would be a case-by-case decision.

True story... 
We had just boarded the ship when we received the news that an aunt started to fail and was being hospitalized. We were pretty sure she was ready and wanting to pass because her ill-health had sapped her stamina and immune system; she was in pain all of the time.  We FaceTimed with her and she made us promise not to come home on her account. It was an extremely difficult decision but she told us she would be extremely unhappy if we came home and that there was nothing we could do. She would rather think about us being in a warm sunny place.  With heavy hearts, we decided to respect her wishes and cruised off.
We were not in phone range to get texts or calls. Ship to shore seemed idiotic considering there was nothing we were going to be able to do. The following day, I was walking on deck and over the PA comes strains of "Ave Maria".  It was a song that she used to sing at weddings (she used to play the organ and sing at church). I paused a moment to reflect about what a profound impact she had on my entire life... felt a warm embrace (as best I can describe the sensation) and continued on my way. When we reached port the next day, my brother had left a message the day before that she had passed peacefully with family around her reminiscing about all the laughs we shared over the years.  I've never heard that song played on any ship before or since... and have no regrets about having stayed on the ship. 

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

We have had to cancel a cruise because of the death of my father... as far as postpone, we would postpone before final payment for sever illness or accident.  I nearly did several years ago for gall bladder surgery... had the surgery and went on the cruise to recover in luxury.

 

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Every ship in every fleet sinking

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