A cruise company that promised clients a “3-year trip” has announced that it is yet to have found a ship for the cruise that’s due to set sail on the 1st of November 2023. Passengers are furious about the lack of communication, with some spending over $100,000 for the trip so far.
Uncertainty Surrounds the Highly Anticipated Life at Sea Cruise
With the launch date nearing, the Life at Sea cruises, a much-anticipated three-year round-the-world venture set to sail from Istanbul on November 1, faces uncertainties as the company has not yet secured a ship for the voyage.
Concerns Rise as Company Can’t Find a Ship
Despite assurances from Life at Sea that the cruise will proceed as planned, travelers are growing increasingly apprehensive about the viability of the cruise due to the delay in securing a ship.
Financial Worries and Buyer’s Remorse
Some passengers have invested over $100,000 in the venture and now harbor concerns about the potential cancellation of the cruise.
Future Residents in Limbo
Miray Cruises, the parent company of Life at Sea, had intended to finalize the purchase of a ship, likely the AIDAAura from AIDA Cruises, by the end of September.
Sale of the Ship Stalled
Despite excited travelers paying in full, the sale remains pending, raising doubts among the worried passengers.
Ambitious Venture Hit by Internal Conflicts
Life at Sea Cruises originally gained attention for its ambitious three-year global itinerary at affordable prices. However, internal conflicts and staff departures have plagued the project, culminating in a lawsuit by Miray against former team members.
Residents Fear Potential Homelessness if Cruise Doesn’t Proceed
Some passengers have staked their homes, businesses, and savings on this venture, leaving them in a precarious situation if the cruise is canceled, desperately hoping for the cruise to materialize as planned.
Discontentment Grows Amidst Lack of Communication
Passengers express dissatisfaction over the lack of communication from the company, with queries and concerns left unanswered, leaving them in the dark about crucial details related to the cruise.
Company Assurances Met With Skepticism
Although Kendra Holmes, CEO of Miray, assured that the sailing is not delayed and that the cruise will meet its launch date, passengers remain skeptical, doubting the feasibility of meeting the November 1 deadline.
Financial Impact and Joblessness at Stake
Passengers, who have already invested substantial amounts in the venture, feel the financial strain and uncertainty, with many facing potential homelessness and joblessness if the cruise does not proceed.
Passengers Express Regrets and Lessons Learned
Some passengers lament their decision to invest in the venture, citing their passion for the trip overshadowing their better judgment, “I’ve not wanted to tell anyone – I’m embarrassed, I’m ashamed that I fell for it,” one said.”
Situation a “Joke”
The passenger speaking, who has invested $100,000 into the trip called the whole thing a “Joke,” and expressed that they “should’ve listened to their gut.”
Refund Policy Raises Concerns
Residents express concerns about the refund policy, which would only allow a 10% refund for cancellations at this stage, leaving them in a difficult position regarding their financial commitment to the project.
Doubts Loom Over Cruise Readiness and Condition of Ship
Passengers expressed skepticism about the cruise departing on November 1, especially given the uncertainty surrounding the acquisition of a ship and doubts about the readiness of the vessel.
Residents Hold Onto Hope
Despite their anxieties, passengers hope that the cruise will go ahead as planned, given the immense sacrifices and preparations they have made, showing their commitment to the venture.
“No Idea What’s Going On”
Another worried passenger admitted, “I’m in limbo – I have no idea what’s happening from one day to the next.”
Once in a Lifetime Opportunity
“If it goes ahead, it’ll be an amazing opportunity that’ll never happen again at the price we paid. I wasn’t willing to lose that opportunity,” they said.
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