Cancer survivor on cruise delay: ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — It wasn’t the trip Amy Carvin and Travis Kaiser had anticipated, but the Ohio couple who made the journey to Florida took it all in stride.

“It is what it is,” said Amy with a smile. It’s been said that attitude is everything, and Amy is all about the power of positive thinking. She and her boyfriend were looking forward to a fun cruise and the sunny shores of Cozumel. After all, being from Ohio, they yearned for warm weather.

So, their trek to Florida began at 1:30 in the morning in rural Ohio on Thursday. Thirteen hours later and three flights, they found themselves in Tampa Bay. They had traveled from their hometown to Columbus to New York City to the Bay area. What they had no way of knowing is that mother nature had something else in store for them, fog, and lots of it.

Port Tampa Bay closed at one point due to safety reasons.

Amy and Travis showed up to board the Carnival Cruise “Paradse,” but it wasn’t there. It would arrive in Tampa a day late, due to fog, which meant the duo would depart a day late. But, you won’t seem complaining anytime soon.

The mother-of-two has a simple motto these days, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” She knows firsthand that each day is a gift. Amy is a breast cancer survivor celebrating five years. Amy told WFLA, “I think through the course of all that, you just kind of figure out that life isn’t worth getting all frustrated. You just take things as they come.”

Carnival told the couple that Cozumel was no longer part of the itinerary. But, they didn’t seem to mind, as they enjoyed cocktails in Channelside Thursday night, awaiting their departure Friday afternoon. The four-day cruise would now be a three-day adventure. And, because they chose to stay with the cruise line and enjoy the vacation, Carnival offered perks.

The couple would enjoy a 50-percent refund on their trip and a 50-percent discount on future trips. “We’re doing fine,” said Travis. “We’re enjoying it.”

Carnival released the following statement Thursday night:

At this time the Carnival Paradise is making its way through the channel and is expected to be docked at the Port of Tampa cruise terminal at approximately 9:30 p.m. Due to the late hour of the ship’s arrival, the disembarkation process for guests currently on board will be completed tomorrow morning.

Therefore, today’s scheduled four-day cruise to Cozumel has now been modified to a three-day Cruise to Nowhere embarking tomorrow. Guests who were scheduled to depart on today’s voyage have been notified of the current situation and have been asked to arrive for embarkation between 12:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. tomorrow. Those who wish to sail on the modified itinerary will receive a 50 percent refund of their cruise and a 50 percent discount on a future Carnival cruise.

Carnival Paradise was scheduled to return today from a five-day cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel that departed on Saturday, Jan 23 from Tampa where it is based year-round.

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