Manic Monday is the 'baby' of the awesome Mo (a.k.a. Not The Mama) at It's A Blog Eat Blog World. It's a wonderful and fun way to spend Mondays each week. This week, Mo has chosen SHIP as the word we work/play with.
One thing I can tell you, however, is that I will never say I sat on a bench and watched my Ship sail by without me. I am the Captain of my Ship, the creator of my life!! My thoughts and my beliefs create my life experiences.
I was blessed to go on a family cruise from Vancouver BC up to Alaska!! For the most part, it was awesome!!! The sites were incredible, the food was abundant and delicious, events on the Ship, and off, were plentiful. I would go again in a minute, if given the opportunity, but never again on Holland America Lines. You see, the sewer system was backing up in some of the cabins, and the one Mom & I shared was one of them. The first time wasn't too bad, the flood was only in the bathroom and hallway, but the second flood was very bad. I was sleeping when Mom started calling to me to wake up. I'd only gotten to sleep a very short time before this as I was in the night club with my older brother, so waking and getting up was not what I wanted to do, but I did. Mom was saying something about the toilet overflowing and flooding, and half asleep I didn't understand fully until my feet hit the floor!! OMG, I was in 2" of sewer water! I grabbed our suit cases from under the beds and anything else that was getting wet, I tried calling the front desk but the phone wasn't working, I ran down the hall in my housecoat looking for help in the early hours of the morning. The only people I could find were setting up for everyone going ashore in the port of call we were docking in that morning. I told them we needed help and why, and they told me to call the front desk... I told them I'd tried and the phones weren't working. It took way too long to get help, but finally a 'cabin boy' came along... not ours, but I didn't care. As soon as he saw what was happening he 'flipped out' and went into high gear to stop the water to our toilet.
The flood was so big that the water ran under the wall and flooded the cabin my sisters were sharing, and a little bit but not much under the wall on the other side of our cabin and into the cabin my brothers were sharing. The cabin attendants vacuumed the water up and put big blowers in to dry the carpets in our cabin and 'the sisters' cabin, but they stunk!! Of the two cabins, our was the one that stunk the worst, but 'the sisters' was very bad too. You could hardly breath it was so bad. We had people down to see the cabins and all they would do was to put a machine in to take the odor out, during the hours it was in there we couldn't be, and within a few minutes of it being taken out, the stink was back full blast. Mom has lung problems and is on oxygen, so no way could she stay in that cabin, nor was it safe or comfortable for me. All 'the powers that be' would do for us is to say "So sorry. There's nothing we can do.", "So sorry. No, we can't move you to another cabin. There aren't any others." "So sorry. No, you can't go sleep in the spa. You'll just have to stay in your cabins." In the end, we moved the mattresses from Mom's and my beds, one to the floor of the brothers room and one to the floor of the sisters room. My brother Bernie slept on the one in the sisters room and Terry slept on the floor in their room, giving their beds to Mom & I. We were like that for 3 nights, I believe it was, until the last night we were able to move back as the smell had finally slacked off to where it wasn't too bad any more. All the 'compensation' we got was a bottle of wine sent to two of the rooms, ours and the sisters. The sisters and brothers drank both bottles when I wasn't there, so I never even got a taste.
Once home, sister M complained to her travel agent, who took it up with Holland America Lines. All they offered us was that each room would get a $200 on board credit to be used on our next cruise. Ya right.... as if there'll be a next cruise with them after that. When you pay that kind of money for your holiday, you expect better treatment that that.
Would I take another cruise, to Alaska or elsewhere?? You bet I would, in a nanno second, if I had the money or the opportunity!! Would it be with Holland America Lines? NO WAY!