Good morning wander tribe! While being quarantined, I wanted to brush up on my travel knowledge and I stumbled across the Great Vacation Guarantee provided by Carnival Cruise Lines. Let’s take a look at what it looks like shall we?
Breaking Down the Guidelines
- If you’re not happy with any 3–14 day Carnival Cruise Line vacation you take to The Bahamas, the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, Bermuda, Canada/New England or Alaska, just let Carnival know within 24 hours of leaving the port of embarkation. If Carnival gets something wrong, they will refund 100% of your fare with no hassles and our Guest Services team will get you back to your home or port of embarkation free of charge.
- Their Guest Services team will make all the arrangements to get you off the ship as quickly as they can, and fly you to either your home airport if you flew in, or back to your point of embarkation if you drove to the ship.
- Simply notify Carnival’s on board Guest Services desk. If you decide later that you want to give Carnival another try, they will give a $100 per stateroom on board credit to any guest in your party who exercised the guarantee and, within a year, books another Carnival cruise.
- Applies to individuals who are U.S. and Canadian residents only.
With cruising being a great way to see many countries at once, I highly advise any and everyone to give cruising a try. Whether it’s Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess, or Norwegian, be sure to take note of all of it’s guarantees, and payment/cancellation guidelines in the event you have to cancel and or decide that you no longer want to continue your cruise once you’ve embarked. Looking deeper into the Great Vacation Guarantee, I looked through a couple of reviews and some past passengers were not happy with the guarantee because they had to “PROVE” that they were not having a good time. This negates what is mentioned above and I can understand why past passengers were unhappy when trying to utilize the guarantee.
When deciding on cruising with any cruise line, give them a call and see if you can get them to email something to you in writing. Just to have it on stand by in the event you may want to cancel and or utilize any of the guarantee policies. To take it one step further, PLEASE look into their insurance policies to ensure that you are actually getting your money back and not a voucher. I mean, who wants a voucher to return in the future if you weren’t happy the first time around right?
Last but not least, take a look into travel articles and posts on the topic. For example, TripAdvisor has a lot of feedback on the matter and many posts from past passengers on their experience with the guarantee.
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