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Old July 13th, 2010, 11:09 AM
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I seem to remember reading about this not long ago, but I have not been able to find the thread or post on it, hopefully someone can help At the time I didn't think much of it, however, we have now received an 'invitation' to attend a time share demo in New Orleans, in return we receive a 'free' cruise...fine print says pay port charges, etc... I am wondering if anyone has done this before and how much the fees actually add up to? And of course I am assuming that it would be one of the cheaper cabins, interior...wondering if it's possible to upgrade to ov. Gotta feeling would be better off waiting till we take a 7 day with a balcony, but hey..if it is reasonable thanks in advance for any and all advice...
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We attended one of those a while back. The company that was giving away the SO CALLED FREE CRUISE was SHUT DOWN by the State of Florida for fraud! We didn't know the state shut them down until we received a letter from the State of Florida. We paid a $500.00 deposit and didn't pay any more because we booked the cruise one year out and we would have paid the remainder later on. We tried to get our money refunded by filing through the state of Florida, but the state couldn't locate them...they took off, and we were out $500.00. SO BE CAREFULL! That was the one and only time that we didn't go through our Travel Agent. Also purchase Travel Insurance.
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oh my! dhudd that is terrible!! We will definitely be checking out this company with bbb before sending any deposits! Sure hope this is not the same company that got shut down in FL.

ok Trip, I'll bite.....What is Sea-Bus?
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Simple transportation to get you from point a to point b.....In Florida, they used to have the Sea Escape,and the Discovery. The Imperial Majesty is another, that is mentioned in many of these free cruises.

We took the Sea Escape to get to Freeport, for a day excursion years ago, hence, my term the sea bus...Honestly I cannot imagine being on it longer than a day. These are a far cry from any real cruise. I think the Discovery was once a ferry in Scandinavia. When you check them out, also check out their safety records.
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If it's anything at all, it'll be some line you probably never heard of. The cruise will be a "gambling boat" most likely. If it does happen to be a cruise line that you've heard of before, the taxes and fees involved will equal or surpass the total cost of the cruise if you went to a T.A. and bought it, and you won't be able to select the date you want to cruise,,,they'll do that for you!
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If you take the company's name from the certificate for a free cruise and put it in a google or yahoo search with quote marks around it I'm sure you would see a bunch of complaints. They get you money then sudden the date isn't available the deposit is much more then "real" port fees should be. My hubby and I got one of these once. I researched it then put the certificate in the circular file. The one I got was for a Carnival Cruise in a 1A cabin the "port fee" were about $250 for a 4 day cruise.
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You should check with the Florida State authoritys before you do anything.
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It is actually a Carnival Cruise, however they are not a sponsor...it does go out of New Orleans is the 4 day to Cozumel..during the fall/winter season . DH has requested more info. They are reallly making it sound good to him But, we could probably do a better deal ourselves! Looking on Carnival website, the cheapest cabins are 379. for October and 359 for November...not a huge savings for something that is supposed to be "free"! (if it is 250 in 'fees')
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It is actually a Carnival Cruise, however they are not a sponsor...it does go out of New Orleans is the 4 day to Cozumel..during the fall/winter season . DH has requested more info. They are reallly making it sound good to him But, we could probably do a better deal ourselves! Looking on Carnival website, the cheapest cabins are 379. for October and 359 for November...not a huge savings for something that is supposed to be "free"! (if it is 250 in 'fees')
Have you shown DH this thread? Again, I'll say "Run away, run away!" . If it sounds too good to be true... .
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thanks all, I knew I could count on you I was just putting some numbers together to show dh...this is for a 'free' cruise

"charges and fees" $275 x 2 = $550
"parking (guesstimeate) 30
'gas for traveling both ways 70
'insurance..gotta have it! 200
tips money (if not included) 100

this so called free cruise is over $900!! lol I do believe I can do find a better deal on my own
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