It happens to everyone. You book something when you’re not paying attention and you get the dates wrong.
Normally you catch the mistake in time, but worst-case scenario, you endure some mild embarrassment when you show up on the wrong day/week/month, right?
One of our members took that scenario to the extreme, and has likely set a record for “Earliest Arrivals for a Cruise Disembarkation.”
DavidandPamela, brought his wife (presumably Pamela) and his mother-in-law along for a lovely Mississippi River cruise on American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Queen — only to realize he’d shown up at the dock a FULL YEAR EARLY.
You might be thinking, “His mother-in-law, too?! He’ll never live that one down!” Don’t worry, this story has a happy ending.
Miraculously, David, Pamela and mom managed to get on the cruise they showed up for, with the help of the ship’s First Purser, Dimitri.
“Dimitri was so helpful that he got us on the sail anyways at the last minute,” David wrote. Dmitri even got the group a cheaper rate than they’d paid originally, along with a full refund on their original cruise.
David owned up to his mistake and said he owes a huge debt of gratitude to Dmitri. David said the trip was absolutely ‘grand’ and exceeded his expectations … After service like that, I should think so.
Have you ever made a mistake while booking your cruise? Tell us in the comments below.
-By Jamey Bergman
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