The dream of an Ohio woman, Keri Witman, to embark on a three-year luxury cruise around the world came crashing down when Life at Sea Cruises abruptly canceled the voyage. The cruise promised a journey across 148 countries and 382 ports, covering all continents. It offered amenities such as food, travel, internet access, and medical care and was priced at $30,000 per year.
Witman, who runs a marketing agency named Clever Lucy, sold her home to fund this dream. She planned to work remotely during the cruise and invested $38,500 to reserve her room. The ship was initially scheduled to depart from Istanbul.
However, the voyage was repeatedly delayed as Life at Sea Cruises failed to secure a ship. The company specifically targeted the Carnival Corp ship AIDAaura, but the vessel was bought by another company. The repeated postponements sparked concern among the passengers, leaving some, including Witman, without a place to stay.
Refunds and Regrets
Life at Sea Cruises is now offering refunds to all passengers in monthly installments until February 2024. But the abrupt cancellation has left many customers, like Witman, grappling with disappointment and anger. They are now forced to grapple with the aftermath of significant life changes made in anticipation of the cruise.