Are cruise disasters affecting travel?
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CREATED Mar. 15, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - With 3 Carnival cruise ships having issues in the past week and last month's disaster on the Carnival Triumph, the travel industry must be affected right?
Some viewers telling FOX 4 they are nervous for upcoming cruises, including Fort Myers woman Ryan Allen.
"It's making me think that I might have booked the wrong cruise," she said.
Allen booked her cruise aboard the Carnival Victory for April 29th. It was a surprise for her boyfriends birthday. Now, with Carnival's recent problems, she's been the one surprised.
"I'm very honestly turning it over in my head to go with another cruise line," said Allen.
To do that, she would have to give up half of what she paid for the cruise.
"It hasn't changed any thing yet," said travel agent Natasha Cular on whether the cruise disasters are affecting travel.
She is the manager at Fort Myers Travel North and says she isn't getting any requests for cruise cancellations. She is, however, getting jokesters on the line looking for a cruise discount. But it is actually the opposite.
"I'm working on cruises now for next year and they're actually higher," said Cular
She adds that seas are safe.
"We have maritime laws, we have inspections, you have international, domestic inspections, your Coast Guard. Everybody is going to be checking everything."
Cular says most people know the good still outweighs the bad.
"People still look at it, 'I pay once, I get to go away, I'm catered to, I can gain my 5 pounds, and I'm happy!" she said.
"So you say at this point, not reason to fret?" asked reporter Kelli Stegeman.
"No, not at all," responded Cular.
Allen, however, isn't so sure. She is asking Carnival for a full refund.
"If they're not willing to do that then I'm going to basically just suck it up and go and cross my fingers and hope that nothing is going to happen," said Allen.