St. Maarten--don't get stuck going to a time share
If you are approached by a woman or a man who is handing out a scratch off ticket, and your ticket says you are a winner--be warned. The person will say you have YOUR choice of a prize: $500 shopping spree, $300 toward a casino voucher, a trip or a camera.
I have been to St. Maarten before and did a tour that included both the Dutch and the French sides, so I didn't have anything planned for the day. Be prepared if you go you will waste approx. 1-3 hours listening to their sale pitch for Oyster Bay. I knew that I was going to be listening to a pitch for a time share, but I went anyway.
When we arrived we asked about our prize--the choice of any prize listed.
The woman at Oyster Bay said that I didn't have my choice of prizes. After listening to the presentation I would scratch off a spot on my ticket that would reveal what I had won--at that point I knew it would be the trip which I had no intention of claiming that prize.
I mention to the lady we were miss informed by the person at the pier. She said the person who told you this could loose her job. I told the lady her name was Beverly (from triple 777). I had the lady write her name on the back of my scatch off ticket prior to going to Oyster Bay. She informed me that Beverly could loose her job by saying that to us. We ran into at least five other couples who were told the same thing by others doing the recruiting for Oyster Bay.
I figured they wasted my time--I would waste their time during the sale pitch--needless to say I wasn't planning on buying anything. I have been to other time share presentations. The scenery was beautiful! If I had brought my swimsuit with me I could have stayed by the pool after the presentation and enjoyed the sun and the scenery. Had I not come and listen to this time share I would have missed a truely stuning site. Supposedly, the Clintons have stayed at this time share when they were visiting in St. Maarten and Stalone had a home that he recent sold in the area.
They did pay for our cab ride to and from the site(no charge to us). However, to get a cab back to the pier took approx. a half hour after we finished the sales pitch. So, be warned if you do this tour late in the day you may run the risk of missing your ship. If you wanted to leave after arriving and being miss informed you would have to pay for your cab ride back to the pier.
I could have been out of the presentation in 45 to 60 minutes. But I figured they wasted my time-- I would waste their time. I made it appear that I was interested but I wasn't. That way they couldn't work with another client.
And, Yes, I did win the trip of which I have no intention of claiming. After I scatched off the spot on the ticket it just listed a letter "b". The lady appeared to look at a sheet and said you won a 3 night stay some where.
After returning to the pier I had some time to do some shopping and than headed back to the ship for a spa appointement on the ship.
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