Cruise Charges Man With $853 Rebooking Fee After Wife Dies From Cancer

March 29, 2016 Updated: March 30, 2016

Tom Ast had booked a trip with Viking Rivers Cruise with his wife, Marilyn, but they would never sail together. 

She died at the age of 66 from cancer. On her deathbed, she told him she wanted him to still go on the cruise that they had booked together. 

When Tom called the cruise company to cancel the booking for his wife, he was told that he had to pay a $853 rebooking fee, or he would lose the $11,000 he had already paid for the cruise. 


A Colorado man who had just lost his wife of 45 years was dealt another painful blow when he received an $853 charge…

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“It’s like kicking somebody when they’re down on the ground,” Tom told Fox 31 Denver. “They said it was a rebooking because her name was taken off. That was their policy.” 

Tom then contacted the Fox 31 news station to share his story, and the station contacted the cruise company, which then refunded Tom’s $853 rebooking fee. 

“I still wish Marilyn could’ve went with me, but I’m looking forward to it now,” Tom said.