We wanted to book the cruise, but we really would not have the money until my wife received yearly bonus. We always use at least part of this money use toward a vacation. Problem is we really wanted to make sure we were able to book a balcony room. I Did have the money right now so a relative wrote a check to me for the price of the cruise (approx. 2,500) . I used the money to write in full to a travel agent who works for a travel angency. Thats why we got the refund check.