If you actually did, you might not take the cruise. Some of the "finer" points include:
* The cruise line can change the arrival or departure time at its leisure, with zero advance warning. If you end up eating travel costs, tough $hit.
* If someone in your family dies while at sea, good luck getting even 1 red cent in reimbursement. Basically you'll be lucky to get burial and funeral costs.
* Have a legitimate reason to sue? Good luck there as well. You agreed to binding arbitration, at a venue of the cruise line's choosing? Lucky enough to have one of the rare instances where you can sue? Good luck again. You have to file your case in southeast Florida, which, by the way, is where the cruise industry is based.
You can download the standard contracts at both the Royal and Carnival websites. If more people would read their contracts, they probably wouldn't go on a cruise. Let's put it this way ... if an airline made you sign a document that said "if our plane crashes, you will get nothing and you can't sue us" would you fly?
Another thing to do would be to take out trip insurance. God forbid someone gets sick and has to be airlifted off a cruise while the ship is at sea,its very expensive and I heard it can be as high as $10,000.00,so for extra bicks its money well spent for the insurance.
so let me get this right. if a family member dies at a hotel on land, you would get burial and funeral costs? a cruise ship is a floating hotel and with tremendous value. they are not for all people, but if you plan it right,it could be a fantastic vacation. you make any vacation on what it is. most friends and family members that have taken a cruise think that it is absolutely a good value.