The Corona Virus Cruise
Well, more accurately stated, it would be the trip that we were worried would turn into a Corona Virus Cruise.
I mean this trip that my boys are meant to go on with my parents has just been overtaken by the concern I have about them going and it turning into a disaster.
Let me first give you the back story.
My parents LOVE to go on cruises.
It makes sense, they are older and they love to be on the water.
Cruising allows them to travel without a whole lot of stress.
At least, that should have been the case but with the current scare about CoVid19 and the rapid changes being thrown at us. Well, this mom (and dad are worried.)
But my thoughts are meandering. Of course, that is a bit similar to how most people are feeling about what is happening in our world today.
So let’s bring this back so you know about the cruise and where my mind is.
My (our) boys are now 22 and 24 years old. My parents want to take them on a trip and invited them to go on a cruise. They have invited them before but there were various reasons why it did not happen. However, this time they said, “yes.”
I want it to happen. They are all looking forward to it but every day we hear new information and new info about cruise ships not being allowed to dock.
My parents think it will be OK and they may be right BUT how can we take a chance?
And then… just like that it is time for the trip. Our oldest has flown down to Southern California and a ship remains docked outside of Northern California awaiting the news of what happens to them next.
Then I speak to my dad, who as it turns out, has an ear infection and has been sneezing. Like what are we thinking?
Here’s the bottom line:
This trip is a terrible idea at this moment in time. The whole thing needs to be squashed!
So we call Norwegian Cruise Lines and let them know that my dad who is 83 years old is showing some of the symptoms. However, they will not let us cancel.
I am surprised by this. Why would they put everyone at risk for this one fare?
We are not even looking for a refund. We simply want a cruise credit for a future trip.
My dad is ill. He doesn’t feel well…
Aren’t these the exact type of scenarios that they are trying to avoid?
Why am I being told that he has to show up and prove that he is sick?
He is on antibiotics, he has a doctors note and hotels, flights and all sorts of other travel is allowing cancellation if you even suspect you could be contagious.
I even advised then that just a few weeks prior he was out of the country on another cruise.
I find this all quite odd.
Please share your thoughts below.
Halfway through what would have been their trip all cruises were cancelled!
Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy
*Stress Free Cruising refers to being able to book now and having the ability to cancel within 48 hours of the cruise departure without losing any money. Your entire payment would simply be put towards another cruise.
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