Hubby has always wanted to go on an Alaskan inland passage cruise when we retired. His brother & wife also wanted to do this, so this year the guys figured out which cruise line, date of departure, airports, etc. With the help of brother’s travel agent everything got arranged…
Well… you probably already suspect that something is wrong. Because something always goes wrong when hubby and I travel. It’s a curse. Usually the wrongness presents itself during the trip. Not before we even pack for the damned thing!
In my opinion, the first thing wrong was the cruise by-passed Anchorage, it was the major place I wanted to see. I wanted to have lunch with my cousin who lives there. I stopped pouting when hubby promised we would take another trip (someday) to see my cuz.
The itinerary from the travel agent says our cabin is a category ‘OV’ (for ocean view), which we requested, and paid all that extra money for.
So, as soon as our trip was finalized (meaning we paid it off), I get on the cruise ship’s website. I wanted to find out what the ship offered. I found a cool “find your cabin” feature. I type in the cabin number, and up pop’s a deck layout and you get information about your cabin by clicking on it.
Oh. Hell. No. I admit I was shocked, but not that much. This is the kind of crap we deal with when we travel. It’s so annoying that I’m starting to stay home and give up on the whole vacation idea. Anyway, click on the photo below before reading the next paragraph. That way you will know what I was seeing at the time.
Our cabin has a window sure enough, but it is obstructed. Not just a little obstruction, like a pipe or a beam crossing in front of it. No. We are talking about Full Obstruction. The warning is in red text even. The cabin’s category is really ‘OW’. I imagine that “OW” stands for ‘Obscured Window’, but in my mind it means OW, I’ve been screwed!
I don’t know about you, but I tend to think of a fully obstructed window as a no-view situation. Ocean or otherwise. I am not happy about this.
There is no way that I’m telling hubby about this ridiculous glitch. His blood pressure does not need to be higher. That, and I do not want to hear about it.
Is that wrong? I feel I’m doing him a favor by sparing him the anxiety. Since I don’t want to rant about it with him, guess what? I thank you for listening.
I immediately sent an email to the travel agent, asking her to re-book us into a non-obstructed ocean view. You know, she should really check out the cabins before booking them, or at least double-check what the cruise line books. My opinion of her professionalism has dropped a few points. Especially since I have not heard back from her yet.
Thank Goodness I found this little hidden detail, BEFORE we boarded the ship. I shudder when I think about how this surprise would go over during check-in.
If only this stupid error will be our last ‘issue’ during our trip. Who knows – maybe we’ll get lucky and avoid hurricanes this time too.