I am embarrassed to write this but I got suckered in to the phone scam of celebration cruise line... $789 worth a couple of months ago. I will get free hotel, air fare, rental car and cruise to bahamas on bahama celebration ship as long as I book in 18 months. I am so stupid now that I read it's a rip off scam. I don't know if I should go, chalk it up to experience or what. The funny thing is I have been on 6 Carnival cruises -- and a Norwegian cruise...all GREAT. What's wrong with me? What should I do?? It's been too long to get $ back (
Last edited by Dave Beers; June 1st, 2013 at 05:05 PM.
Reason: correct name of cruise line
First thing I would do is contact your credit card company and see if there's anything they can do to help.
You could try and talk to the company and see what they can do about refunding your money, but I wouldn't expect much there. If you don't mind the hassle, you could always file a BBB complaint. Not much else because you did accept their contract and pay their fees, so I don't see any legal ramifications available to you, but you might contact the State Attorney General's office and see what they suggest.
You may just be stuck with two choices; take the trip and see how it goes, or cancel and lose your money.
Unfortunately, companies like this are very good at scamming people out of their money. This is especially true for the Bahama Celebration, which is really a joke.
Obviously, as your mother told you, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
Best advice is to find a good reputable agent and always work with them when you want to plan a trip. They'll do their best to look after you and make sure you get a good deal while seeing that you don't get ripped off. And when you get these advertisements promising you unbelievable deals, just ignore them.
__________________ Travel Agent/Cruise Specialist w/13 yrs exp and 48 Cruises on 11 cruise lines! Favorites: Paul Gauguin - Tahiti: Uniworld River Cruises - Europe; Celebrity Solstice-class ships; Holland America - 12-nights Baltics & Russia; RCCL - 14-nights Greek Isles, Turkey, & Croatia; Holland America - 14-day Alaskan cruisetour; 10-night Canada/New England cruise; 21 days Hawaii w/7-night NCL cruise; Oceania - 25 days in Asia; more than 3 months touring Europe by train. And many all-inclusive resorts!
What state are you in - what state is the company in?
I would suggest asking nicely for your money back, and mentioning that if you don't get it you will report them to the BBB, the Florida Atty General, the police, the IRS, whatever... Oh, the local television news.
Technically, a cruise is usually refundable if you do not have date set. I know they do everything they can to take advantage of people.
If you do try to book a cruise start documenting everything; the date you request, if they ask for more money, etc etc etc, when you are ta that point where it just feels like a scam call a television station/newspaper hotline about "rip offs".
People have gone to jail for running this scam - and for less money than you have already paid in.
If you sincerely try to book a cruise, and you get nothing - there is ALWAYS small claims court. For a very small fee you can have a quick hearing, no attorneys, and very likely get your money back.
Also curious....I hope you were able to get some satisfaction.
I think I would go if you don't get a refund...might as well and make the best of it. Good luck!
Ray McDonald / Snoozeman
My Personal Cruise Blog: My Cruise Blog
Future Cruises: Carnival Triumph-Caribbean-7/28/2014, Carnival Legend-South Pacific-8/30/2014, MSC Preziosa-Mediterranean-10/25/2014, MSC Fantasia-Mediterranean-11/2/2014, Navigator of the Seas-12/14/2013, Norwegian Jewel-1/3/2015, Emerald Princess-1/11/2015, Carnival Freedom-2/2/2015, Carnival Freedom-2/15/2015.