Friday, January 04, 2008

Cancelled trip

We were supposed to take the fast craft from Tagbilaran City, Bohol back to Dumaguete City where we are scheduled to fly back to Manila over the weekend.
Unfortunately, the fastcraft cancelled its Cebu-Tagbilaran-Dumaguete-Dapitan trips, thus, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded and scrambling for alternative trips.
The Ocean Fastferries, owners of the ocean jet fastcraft disclosed their vessel was under repair.
This turned out to be a nightmare for holiday vacationists who were trying to get back to their home bases.
I was told a group of Japanese tourists were not able to take their Mactan-Tokyo flight because of the sudden cancellation by the Ocean Jet vessel.
We ourselves were left trying to figure out how to get back to Dumaguete since our flight back to Manila emanates from Dumaguete.
Besides I had scheduled meetings with clients in Dumaguete before leaving back for Manila.
We were already poised to take another fastcraft to Cebu and take the three-hour land trip to Dumagtuete City.
This is because to my mind, we need to be in Dumaguete at least on Friday, that's today, because our flight to Manila is Saturday .
However, just as we were about to take this route, as if on cue, the airline sent us a text message reminding us that our flight is on Sunday January 6 and not on January 5 Saturday.
I thought all the while that our flight to Manila was Saturday.
After realizing this, we thought we should take a gamble and hope that the Ocean fast craft to Dumaguete would resume Satuday.
It did.
So we shall be leaving Saturday morning back to Dumaguete, and fly to Manila on Sunday.
You can imagine what an unexpected cancellation of a single trip can possibly alter your schedule.
Just think of those having connecting international flights.
It must be a post-holiday nightmare for them.

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