Seems after I call a cruise line for information only, telemarketers call from the cruise lines try to sell their cruises. Most of their calls dont get through but occasionally one does. These cruise line telemarketers dont offer anything their web site does not show and they dont seem concerned with my concerns. I dont give them any phone number rather they capture the phone number via their 800 phone number. Phone number is on the do not call list and dont want any telemarketers calling Has anyone else received these calls? What is your position on these telemarketers calling? Has anyone received any benefit from these callers?
Some of the cruise lines can be a bit "aggressive" with their marketing. I recently had to tell Carnival, in no uncertain terms, that they would not contact me on my cell phone. I used my cell phone number for the contact number on my last few cruises. After two calls they finally got the message that they do not contact me for marketing. It seems they got the message.
In regard to the "Do Not Call" list. It is pretty worthless. If you have "ever" had a business relationship with a company they can call you. So if you have cruised on any cruise line they are exempt from the do not call list. The Do Not Call list is just a list of numbers for unscrupulous telemarketers. You know, the ones that the caller ID says "Bakersfield California" or "Out of Area".
Let the cruise line marketer know that you DO NOT want marketing calls of any sort and they will "probably" get the message and remove you from the list.
Take care and keep looking for the online specials.
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This is why it's always good to call a reputable Cruise Specialist instead of calling the cruise line directly. If you call the cruise line, they only know about themselves and no one else, whereas a Cruise Specialist will be able to discuss all the various cruise lines so you can compare all the options available to you.
But yes, often the cruise lines can be aggressive in their marketing. We've even had them call our clients directly, even though it goes against the cruise line's policies to do so.
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Just had one from MSC this week. I didn't even call them, only visited their website. I have no idea how they got my home phone number unless I logged in and I guess I must have. I told them I was thinking about a cruise, but would book through my Travel Agent. And I did a few days later.
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