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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What Are The Odds?

Back in early March, Charles & I booked a 5-day Western Caribbean trip on Carnival Cruise lines. We've been working hard & greatly looking forward to it since then. We "are" to depart on May 11th with stops in Progreso (with an excursion to the Mayan ruins at Uxmal,) & Cozumel. Yes, that's right...Mexico.
Due to swine flu concerns, Carnival announced today that all cruises departing between now and May 4th will have no stops in Mexican ports. I can appreciate that, but our cruise departs a week later, so where does that leave us? I dislike uncertainty, particularly when a good chunk of money & a real chance at desperately-needed relaxation is at stake.
I strongly suspect (as continues to be borne out by news reports,) that things are going to get worse before they get better. I strongly suspect our trip to the Mayan ruins is "off." Ultimately I still can't complain. We have our health (so far,) & Carnival is offering some reasonable alternatives for affected trips.
Life is still & always good, but it's hard to watch dreams dissipate into mist when they're SO CLOSE you can taste them...

(This photo of the Carnival Fantasy [pre-upgrades] in the Port of New Orleans isn't mine. Unfortunately I don't know who gets the credit.)

20 comments:

Chris Eldin said...

Lana, I'm really sorry. I am. But I hope you two can do this trip at another time. It's not just getting the flu in Mexico. It's getting the flu and perhaps not having access to the medical attention you'll want and need.

JR's Thumbprints said...

As soon as I saw that cruise ship I said to myself, "I hope they're not going on a cruise to Mexico." Still, it's better to be say then sorry. I'm sure you guys will make the best of your vacation. Enjoy!

Lauren said...

I am sorry to hear that your trip might be changed around a bit. I was down visiting the ruins just a few months ago and they were beautiful. I hope you get the opportunity to go.

But I am sure that you will have plenty of time to go another time and can still have a fun cruise even without it. I mean, come on! It's a cruise :) Better than being at home, right? :)

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Let's hope this turns out to be less than they fear. As for the trip - I hope everything works out for the best...

Abe Lincoln said...

I know you would want to see the Mayan ruins at Uxmal and Cozumel so I would be a little stewed about that myself. I hope it all works out for you.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Lana, what a troubled time to take a cruise. I hope you have a great one when you go. Can't wait to see the pics. :D

Are you blogging for the hungry today? Let me know if you post so I can hop over to read it.

Am working on my second book contract and am busy. My blog visiting has slowed down but I look forward to the future. :D

Hugs, JJ

Charles Gramlich said...

I guess better now than when we were in the middle of the cruise.

Lynda Lehmann said...

LANA! It's a disappointment for sure, but not as much so, as getting deathly ill would be.

When you DO get to re-schedule, you won't have that concern looming over your head.

Still, I can empathize with your disappointment. But I want to visit you at your blog for a long time--so I'm glad if you don't take chances with this (or the cruise line doesn't).

Travis Erwin said...

I'm sure the two of you will have lots of fun together anyway. least I hope so. Can't wait for the pictures.

Scott said...

Lana,

That sucks!

Dave Coulter said...

What a drag....but it's better safe than sorry. Can't have you two getting sick :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Chris E.; Yeah, better safe than sorry, of course. It's just a disappointment after all of the anticipation of the last 2 months, y'know?

JR; Yes, better to postpone than risk illness & possible death. Still, it's a bummer.

Lauren; Well, our objective was to see Mayan ruins, so if they run our cruise without that part of it, we'll be cancelling the whole ball of wax 'til next Spring, I'm afraid.
Trust me--if it comes down to being on a cruise ship for 5 days or being at home for 5 days, we'd prefer to be home. Our home ROCKS.

Michelle (artscapes); Yes, I'm certainly hoping this doesn't turn out to be a major, global problem! Our trip can be postponed--it's not the end of the world, certainly. Where our trip's concerned, one way or another, everything will work out for the best.

Abe; Thanks. :) At least we can plan it for another time. Just a disappointment, but we've still got our health!

JJ; You may have to wait a year on the pix, unfortunately. No, I don't believe in blogging for the hungry, personally. If everyone would just send in $5 to a charity, the hungry would be better off. I'll send in my check, instead. Congrats on your book contract!

Charles; Yes, this is true. That's what happened to a ship that left Monday--Tuesday the plans were changed & they've been left with no options.

Lynda; Yeah, it's a bummer, but better safe than sorry!

Travis E.; We may end up just staying home that week, instead. Perhaps go see "Star Trek" in IMAX, if it's available. I'm afraid any pix would be less than inspiring. <:\

Scott; You said it!

Dave; Yeah. My boss had even discussed it w/her boss, who'd said they'd be concerned about letting me come back to work if we went. Margaritas on the deck, here I come!

letspaintnature.com said...

Oh no! Don't go! That's too bad...take what ever alternatives are being offered, maybe you can still vacation elsewhere.

Lana Gramlich said...

Christine; We probably aren't going (no decisions are being made until Carnival makes one,) but the only viable option for us would be to postpone the trip until this time next year, unfortunately. The alternative ports right now (none or one day in Key West,) don't appeal to us. We were going to see Mayan ruins. It was the purpose of the cruise. Maybe next year...

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Well, sometimes I introduce myself in company not as a writer, but a pig farmer, just to crack myself up.

Geez. Talk about clearing out a room!

...Better to be safe than sorry on the cruise. Feel your pain abou missing all the impottant Maya sites. I have been to the two great pyramids at Teotihuacan, just outside Mexico City. Wow.
Pretty baroque ancient civilization. Human sacrifice at botton, though. Ah well. I'd say we're getting pretty good at sending younsters to Afghanistan.
So what makes us so superior?...End rant.

Anyway, you will have fun. The Caribbean is great. Bahamas. British. The buggers drive on the wrong side of the road!

Lana Gramlich said...

Ivan; Looks like we'll be trying for next year, now. A disappointment, yes, but c'est la vie.

Travis said...

I always try to find the positive. So despite the disappointment of not getting to go this year, now you have a whole new round of anticipation as you postpone the trip.

Chrissy said...

I am so sorry, our holiday last year was with XL and they went bust whilst we were in midaair and it was awful. It is always a shame when you are looking forward to something but I see you are going to the state park instead so I hope that it will be really cool. I think you might need those 4gb cards!

Larry said...

I don't like uncertainty either but your instincts are telling you what you need to know.-Go with the flow-If you ened up with an alternative it could turn out to be more interesting than what you orignally planned-that's the way life is sometimes.

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis; Oh yes, a vacation's a vacation, even though plans changed!

Chrissy; Dang! I can't imagine what you ended up going through! Yeesh--that must've been no small hell.
I'm sure we'll get lots of quality relaxing in at the woodland cabin. :)

Larry; Yes. I've often found that no plans often become the best plans, after all!

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