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Florida couple charged $100,000 for cruise ship dinner

Florida couple charged $100,000 for cruise ship dinner

We’ve all seen prices go up lately, but you can’t blame that story on inflation. So how did a Florida couple get a $100,000 dinner bill on their cruise?

When you book a cruise, there are plenty of free meal options that are usually quite good. Now, for those who want something different like Italian cuisine, sushi or steak, cruise ships offer specialty restaurants for an additional fee. This Florida couple, Alex and Alicia, recently booked a cruise on Royal Caribbean Symphony of the seas. During their seven-day cruise, they decided to dine at Jamie’s Italian, one of the ship’s specialty restaurants.

Alex and Alicia enjoyed a multi-course meal of Crispy Calamari, Garlic Bread, Penne Pomodoro, Arugula and Parmesan Salad, followed by Lemon Meringue Cheesecake and Hot Chocolate with vanilla ice cream. When the couple checked their account on board, they saw a fee of $98,638.93 from the restaurant!

Obviously they didn’t eat $100,000 worth of food. It looks like someone mistakenly entered an ID number into the tip box instead of the correct tip amount. Problem solved, right? Not really. Royal Caribbean reversed the wrong charge, but the charge still appeared on their credit card. This resulted in a hold on their card for the remainder of their cruise. “It was quite stressful to manage during the holidays”, said the couple. “Our card was declined while we were off the boat on an island, probably because this authorization blocked available credit on the card.”

In the end, they saw this as a technical issue and not their server’s fault at the restaurant.

[SOURCE News Channel 8/Cruise Hive]

14 Places Kids Can Eat Free in Southwest Florida

With EVERYTHING so expensive these days, it can cost an arm and a leg to take the family out for a meal. Luckily, we found these 14 places where kids can eat for free in Southwest Florida.

I took my kids to Taco Bell this week and it was $30 for the three of us! $30 for Taco Bell? What?

But, now that school and sports are back in full swing, sometimes the only option is to grab a bite to eat. While it’s nice that so many places offer parents a meal break for their kids, they all seem to offer it on a Tuesday.

The people at Hip2Save compile a list of places across the country that offer these opportunities. With their help, we simplified our list with 14 places kids can eat free in Southwest Florida.

As always, specials may vary by location and day, so always be sure to contact your local restaurant before making the trip. And make sure you have the reward numbers for the places that offer the birthday treats.

If you know of any local moms and dads offering these free lunch opportunities with a declining economy, let us know. While these channels are delicious and we appreciate the deals, we also love giving our small businesses some love.