Also people who will take notice. I am a real customer, not someone who is getting kickbacks for protecting carnivals interest.
I wish I was getting a kickback... then I could cruise more often. The best I can say is that being a past guest we often get a better price that first timers that don't use any of the other discounts. When does that happen?
Sorry you had such a bad experience. But cruising isn't for everyone and as stated by others, all cruise lines have the option to change ports for reasons we may never know. We have been on a few that we only learned the reason once we were home again and family members saw it on the news. We had fallowed a cruise that was one day ahead of us at each port and some passengers had been accosted on an island (were not hurt because they defended themselves and a local died) so Carnival cancelled all ships going to that port until the authorities could insure the safety of their passengers. We learned about much later. Also the first sailing of the Dream from it's US port....we could not dock in San Juan because of guide wires that would hit the life boats. The captain tried 3 different docks to no avail. You ask, didn't they do a virtual docking before? Yes, but someone forgot to put in the guide wires into the computer model. We were not given permission by San Juan to make this a tender port, so we had to pass it by. Many of our fellow passengers were meeting family in San Juan for early Christmas. They were really bummed and felt the whole trip was ruined But that was not Carnival's fault nor were they required to compensate any of us, except for the port fees required for the San Juan port (which they did).
So if you want total control over you itinerary.... you should not cruise.
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