The drive to the hotel from the hire centre was very confusing; we got lost twice, but were too scared to stop and ask directions after hearing of the fate of some who did. We had received strict instructions to attend the 'reps' meeting at 10am the following day, at which we expected to be given the 'safety and advice brief'. However, the whole hour was devoted to the selling of day trips and Disney tickets; there was no mention of 'no-go areas' or dangerous practices, even though a German tourist had been killed the previous day in Miami.
We travelled with Thompson, but such treatment is not the sole preserve of that company; many of our friends have travelled with a range of companies and none received any safety advice or protection from the mistakes so easily made by new arrivals. We were extremely fortunate in that we enjoyed an excellent holiday, but Sunday's wicked attack reminded us that it could have been very different.
Little Paxton, Cambridgeshire
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