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Trip Start Apr 26, 2008
Trip End May 14, 2008

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Saturday, April 5, 2008

We are now only 3 weeks to the exact time we would be leaving on our cruise and one theme song keeps playing in my head.  The theme goes like this, "You take the good, you take the bad, you take the rest and there you have, the facts of life..." and I think I know why this song played in my head all week long. Let me explain:
"You take the Good.." As I mentioned in my previous blog, we had something added to our cruise AFTER we had purchased our cruise. It is called a fuel charge and all cruise ship passengers in 2008 are charged this extra amount which comes out to $5.00 per person per day. We are going on a 14 day cruise and only paid a cruise fare of $300.00 per person and now a fuel charge that came out to an additional $70.00 per person. Well, it turned out we were not the only ones upset about this and a lawsuit was filed in Florida against the Cruise Lines for adding this charge to passengers who paid in full for their cruise in 2007. Royal Carribean, Celebrity and some other cruise lines caved in right away and gave the money back to their passengers but Carnival did not. Carnival had already in fine print with their contracts that they could add a fuel charge at any time and they were ready to go to court to prove it. However, earlier this week and probably to save face with loyal customers who probably would have booked with Royal Carribean next time, caved in and gave us our money back as an On Board Credit of $140.00.. Katty will have a great time at the slots..
"You take the Bad.."  Now this week really started off great, getting the money back from Carnival, our bags nearly all packed, our banks know we will be overseas so they will not freeze our accounts while we were on our trip, newspaper stopped, L.A. Fitness account on hold for three weeks, mail stopped for the three weeks as well. It seems all the stars are lining up and it will be smooth sailing from here on end... Then, Thursday, April 3rd, I woke up like every morning (thankfully) and got dressed, had my breakfast cereal (Special K) and turned on CNN news.. the same ritual I go through every morning. However, this time my favorite anchors were mentioning how ATA Airlines had filed bankruptcy and left all their passengers in the air (so to speak) and we were one of those passengers. We had a flight set for April 26th to get to Miami on ATA and now we were left pondering on how we would get to Miami. The good news, we used our credit card to buy our tickets and our credit cards will pay us back, if you pay cash ..well ..good luck in ever seeing that money. So, here is a lesson for all of you out there, ALWAYS USE A CREDIT CARD WHEN PURCHASING A TICKET. (who said my blog would not be educational..LOL..
"You take the Rest.."  Well, we now have our new airline tickets to Miami and believe it or not, they were slightly cheaper then our original tickets. We are flying on US Airways this time and there is one catch, we now have to fly into Miami the night before our cruise. So, we then needed a room in Miami and we did find one in South Beach for $155.00. Well, there goes that on board credit and the slightly cheaper price for our airline ticket. In fact, when you add our credit from the cruise line, our slightly better price for the airline tickets and the cost of the hotel stay, we only ended up gaining $1.50 back. Katty better hope for a penny slot machine now..LOL
So, my friends, I hope you learned a few things from this blog. It really does not matter how hard you plan things in advance. The BIG man up stairs will always find a way to have fun with you but in the end, if you keep a positive outlook, all will work out fine. That is, of course, until the BIG man up stairs wants to have a little more fun.. but hey..there you have it...
"That Facts of Life, The Fact of Life..."
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