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A three hour trip is one thing. Three years is something else entirely. (Getty Images)

Just sit back and you will hear a tale, a story of destiny.

On March 1, cruise operator Mirai Cruises announced a three-year, 130,000-mile cruise organized by subsidiary Life at Sea Cruises.


“Come aboard the beautifully renovated MV Gemini – With 400 cabins and room for up to 1,074 passengers – cruisers will live well and work at sea, the company promised in its press release.

It is now unclear whether the cruise will materialize. Or if he does, what ship he will be on.

According to CNN, Life at Sea Cruises is in a dispute with its parent company over seaworthiness. MV GeminiAnd some passengers are already asking for refunds.

Trip starting at $30,000 from Istanbul on November 1, 2009.

A spokeswoman for Miray Cruises insisted in a webinar this week that the ship is not being called.

“This cruise is not canceled,” she said. “We’re moving forward. It’s going to take off on Nov. 1 as planned. So I want to make sure that’s cleared up now. We’re not canceling this.”

But it remains to be determined whether the passengers will travel on the ship GeminiAs expected, or if you change to another ship.

And if a new boat arrives, Mirai says passengers may not know the details of the vessel other than gross tonnage and how many cabins there are.

Not exactly an ideal situation for anyone shelling out more than $30,000 for a three-year adventure at sea.

CNN cites as an example Sharon Lane, a retired California high school teacher, who booked a cabin for the trip and plans to sell “95% of her possessions” on the cruise.

She says she is not going anywhere now and wants her money back.

That’s understandable given the fact that he’s on board. Gemini It was one of the key selling points for the cruise.

“The ship will offer traditional amenities including world-class dining, on-board entertainment and leisure activities, with modern workplace facilities such as a first-of-its-kind business center with meeting rooms, 14 offices, a relaxation lounge and a business library,” Mirai said in a press release.

“The ship will also include free medical visits, learning and enrichment classes and a 24-hour on-call hospital to leverage volunteer and philanthropic initiatives.”

Now, all bets are off.

My advice? If you book this trip, make sure you know what contingencies are in place if the ship gets into trouble.

And take a tip from Howells on “Gilligan’s Island.” Pack everything you have. just in case.

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