More twists and turns in ‘vacation gone bad’ saga

The saga of the vacation that went bad for a local family, continues, this time with a travel back in time, revealing a previous incident apparently with the same Travel Agent, Eunice Morris some three years ago.

The saga of the vacation that went bad for a local family, continues, this time with a travel back in time, revealing a previous incident apparently with the same Travel Agent, Eunice Morris some three years ago.

Katie Nixon in an interview with The Freeport News said she had a similar thing happen to her three years ago when using Morris’ services and she had taken the matter to court.
At the conclusion of that case, Morris was ordered by the court to simply repay Nixon the cost of her cruise, which Nixon said, was finally completed in December 2010.

Nothing more was done in this case.

According to the police, so far three groups of persons have filed police charges against Morris, which would include the Edden family from Smith’s Point whose trip last week was a tragedy according to the family.

Some 39 family members had planned a cruise trip on- board the Carnival Freedom and through a friend of the family, were put in touch with Morris Travel to make all of the necessary reservations.

The family was said to have left on schedule, taking a boat to Miami, where they were set to board the cruise ship. However, upon check-in some 10 members were not able to go on the cruise because no reservations could be found for them on the Ship’s Log. Initially there were only four rooms booked according to family members with another four being purchased with the use of a credit card by the travel agency when the error was discovered. Later it was said that the credit card was not able to be used and the family was told they would have to pay in cash the outstanding funds.

They were also threathened with arrest for fraud, as the cruise line alleged that the credit card used to book their room was invalid.

With some assistance from helpful persons they were able to complete the cruise in the midst of all the incidences. Upon their return to Grand Bahama the family filed a complaint at the Commercial Crime Section of the Central Detective Unit.

Other members of the family said they reported the matter just prior to the vacationing family’s return.

The family also retained the services of ParrisWhittaker Counsel and Attorneys-at-law.
Jacy Whittaker, attorney commenting on the case said, “Every day we hear about people getting tricked by those who feel that it is acceptable to take advantage of their time, of their trust, and of their money.

“Parriswhittaker will not allow fellow Bahamians, fellow human beings to be abused and abandoned without a fight. We’re here to stand beside them, the people of Smith’s Point, to right this appalling wrong, to defend them and to do whatever we can to restore their funds.
“No one should have to go through what these families have been through. No one!.”

Asked about the police procedures following the complaint, ASP Loretta Mackey said that they would investigate the case, finding evidence and speaking with the accused. If the accused is not on island, then the police would use their connections with other countries, using Interpol, to locate them and return them to the country to be questioned.

By Yasmin Popescu // Freeport News Reporter  // yasmin@nasguard.com
Originally posted here