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Q&A: Free Cruise from phone survey? Scam?

Question by Selma: Free Cruise from phone survey? Scam?
I was called from (503) 468-5198 and was given a three question survey and was connected to a travel rep. I was offered a free cruise from them, but had to pay discounted port fees of $ 118. Its supposed to be free minus tips/alcohol/and gambling. I have 18 months to schedule it. Is this a scam? Anyone done this before? I received this email from them.

Caribbean Cruise Line Logo

Welcome to Caribbean Cruise Line, The Exclusive Cruise Line of the Port of Palm Beach, and an Official Cruise Line of Grand Bahama Island.

Your cruise experience is certain to be special aboard our fun-filled Bahamas Celebration, which was selected as the “Best Bahamas Getaway Cruise in 2011” by Porthole Magazine, one of the world’s leading cruise travel magazines. You qualify for our cruise by being one of the first 500 people in your area to take advantage of our national promotion. Congratulations!

Your significantly discounted “Cruise and Resort Stay” vacation package features the perfect balance of extraordinary destinations, outstanding service and genuine hospitality! By combining a two night Caribbean Cruise, fabulous destinations in sun-kissed Florida and the tropical Bahamas, and featuring some of the most trusted names in travel – we have created your “one call does it all” Dream Vacation for you!
YOUR VACATION PACKAGE INCLUDES:

YOUR 2 NIGHT CRUISE:
o 2 Night Cruise for two aboard the Bahamas Celebration to Grand Bahama Island, with all your meals, entertainment and activities included onboard.
o $ 50.00 in Casino Match Play valid aboard ship in the Wynmore Casino.

PACKAGE PRICING:
o Your total package cost is only $ 59 per person for the 1st and 2nd passengers, based on double occupancy.

o If you wish to add a 3rd and 4th Cruise Passenger in the same cabin, additional costs are only:
+ ages 12 and under $ 99
+ ages 13 and over $ 129
o The 3rd & 4th travelers in All Florida Hotels stay absolutely Free of charge*

About our Cruise Line:

Caribbean Cruise Line is proud to announce our flagship the Bahamas Celebration, and it’s selection by the Chief Editor of the prestigious Porthole Magazine as the “Best Bahamas Getaway Cruise in 2011”!

Caribbean Cruise Line is the Exclusive Cruise Line of the Port of Palm Beach; and has been called the Port’s “Crown Jewel” by the Port’s Executive Director Manny Almira.
Check out these videos of past travelers

Click this To View Bahamas Celebration Video

Our flagship, the Bahamas Celebration, conveniently departs from the Port of Palm Beach in South Florida at 5:30 P.M. (EST), and travels round trip to Grand Bahama Island – widely regarded as “The Jewel of the Bahamas.” This tropical island paradise is known for its unspoiled powder-white beaches, crystal clear blue waters and a relaxed atmosphere. It’s also home to our luxurious resort destinations.

Our luxury mid-size cruise ship boasts 500 well-appointed cabins, allowing us to travel up to 1,500 passengers comfortably. Cabin décor is modern and comfortable. With 24-hour room service available, and an emphasis on service throughout the ship, the Bahamas Celebration offers our travelers a memorable onboard cruise experience.

For more information visit us at www.2012getaway.com

Sincerely,

Robert Mitchell
President

Caribbean Cruise Line
Port of Palm Beach
301 Broadway STE 101B
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
Customer Care: Toll Free 1-800-221-8200,
Monday – Friday 9 AM till 10 PM

Best answer:

Answer by Ray
I was offered a free cruise to attend a presentation for Global Discovery Vacations. I went to the presentation and ended up joining Global. During the “closing” they offered to “buy back” my free cruise for Global perks. They told me it was a 3 day cruise and I had to pay taxes and port fees. They offered to buy it back to save them the cost and I was offered some nice perks. I could have taken the cruise at any time without buying a thing during my “presentation”. I live in Orlando and I know “free cruises” are pretty common, but nothing is really free. Check out the nice 7 days cruises at expedia.

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