Car Dealer Charters the Majesty of the Seas

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#41
Akron, Ohio
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Joined Sep 2007
Originally posted by Ivanna Cruz
Yup - my 2 friends and I were originally booked on this cruise - RCCL hasn't even notified the one person in our group who booked through RCCL that she won't be going! Tsk tsk, RCCL - converting to a charter is one thing - but not making sure the affected passengers are aware first - well, that's just not good PR. I know, RCCL won't be losing anything when we don't rebook with them - BUT - people would certainly feel better if they thought you valued them!

Just my 2 cents about the realities of cruising.

Ivanna Cruz somewhere on December 9th - so I'm headed on over to see what the other lines have that week.

This cruise is 7 months away. I too am booked on this cruise but, will wait till the end of June to see what they have to offer us. The special Huge has is for the month of May. They have to have their fees paid by the end of June. Huge is giving away inside rooms (and window rooms?). Here's hoping that they will up grade us to a balconey or junior suite at that time.

It is only a 4 night cruise!! My daughter knows someone who planned for a year for a 10 or 12 night Carnival cruise in Europe last month. The cruise was cancelled 1 or 2 weeks before departure. Now that is something to be upset about.

You will probably agree that the itinerary for this cruise is better than some of the other short cruises. Check out your other options but, I wouldn't jump ship too soon.
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#42
Akron, Ohio
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Well, we got the call today. It's official and our booked cruise has been cancelled due the Huge reserving the whole boat. Basically all they are offering is $100 OBC on one of 5 select cruises. But, $100 on a 4 day cruise isn't too bad. My sister and I will have to discuss this.

I hope everyone that goes on the 9th has a good time!!
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#43
SW Florida
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Joined Feb 2004
Originally posted by condogal
Well, we got the call today. It's official and our booked cruise has been cancelled due the Huge reserving the whole boat. Basically all they are offering is $100 OBC on one of 5 select cruises. But, $100 on a 4 day cruise isn't too bad. My sister and I will have to discuss this.

I hope everyone that goes on the 9th has a good time!!
I am sorry to hear this for you guys!

It does in indicate, however, that Fuccillo is telling the truth and that he indeed booked the entire ship.

I got 2 big pamphlets in the mail this week promoting this cruise. He must spend a ton on advertizing. I love his TV ads though.

Hope you find another fun cruise that'll suit you just as well and have a great time. Not sure $100 OBC is that good of a deal, though!
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#44
1,181 Posts
Joined Jun 2009
Received my call from RCI today about the "redeployment" as they phrased it. I really dislike the practice of a line booking rooms and then pulling the rug out on those who have made plans. I sincerely hope those getting the promotional cruise enjoy themselves, but I sincerely hope that the dealer and RCI take a financial bath on this one.
#45
Cape Coral, Florida
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Joined Apr 2001
First I want to say that lots of groups & businesses charter ships and passengers are displaced. It is terrible for the passengers displaced but I do not think the lines will stop chartering anytime soon. I live in Cape Coral & this guy, not dealership, has helped this community in so many ways, not just to the city, but the state as well and several Charities. When he gave away cars people came from all over the state & they had to shut down Pine Island road. When I post something I want to be able to back it up. This is from newspapers after he first arrived here & he is still giving. They cannot all be lying. He is a business man doing wonderful things. He is doing just fine without advertising anywhere, especially here. He is paying back. So blast me if you want, I can take it

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#46
Rhode Island, U.S.A.
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Joined Feb 2002
Originally posted by Iluvcruising2
Ouch!

Your tax system is really punitive.
Only for people that actually pay taxes.
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#47
Rhode Island, U.S.A.
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Joined Feb 2002
Originally posted by Gangway Style
I wonder how he will decide who gets inside rooms, ocean view rooms and the few balcony rooms.
The more options you put into the car the higher cabin category you get? A navigation system with a premium sound system with 21 speakers and quadruple woofers coupled with a 15 band equalizer may land you an owners suite.
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#48
Fort Myers, FL
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Joined Sep 2010
I am going on this cruise. I can't wait. The cost to us was $155 per person. ($99 taxes, $48 prepaid gratuities, and $10 document fees) It is going to be great!!! Cabin selection was random, but we were fortunate, we got an oceanview room, front of ship, on deck 4. Whoo hoo!!!
#50
Fort Myers, FL
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Joined Sep 2010
Oh, and I forgot to mention, I bought a very basic Kia Soul, no additional features, I didn't even get a key fob. And it is manual transmission. Cheapest one on the lot & I got an oceanview room. So, I believe it really was random, otherwise I would have an interior room on the bottom deck way in the back of the ship.
#51
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Joined Aug 2003
Originally posted by jackdiamond
Folks, it is a five night cruise on an old ship with few balconies.
It's a fine ship and not everyone needs a balcony. $155 for a five night cruise is a great deal. Don't rain on their parade.
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#52
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Originally posted by jackdiamond
Folks, it is a five night cruise on an old ship with few balconies.
And your point is?
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#53
Cape Coral, FL
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Originally posted by jackdiamond
Folks, it is a five night cruise on an old ship with few balconies.
Actually, it's only a 4 night cruise, and IMHO, the May promotion was nowhere near what he expected that he had to run the promotion again in July so he wouldn't have been stuck with an additional charge of maybe $100K for sailing without a full ship. As somebody else said, I would have rather had the cost of the cruise deducted from the car purchase as I wouldn't have wanted to pay between $400-$450 per couple before I even cruised.

Gregg
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#54
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Joined Nov 2006
Originally posted by Maxiecat3
Actually, it's only a 4 night cruise, and IMHO, the May promotion was nowhere near what he expected that he had to run the promotion again in July so he wouldn't have been stuck with an additional charge of maybe $100K for sailing without a full ship. As somebody else said, I would have rather had the cost of the cruise deducted from the car purchase as I wouldn't have wanted to pay between $400-$450 per couple before I even cruised.

Gregg
Interesting, since in the earlier ads he stated that it was from Monday to Friday. Also, the subsequent ads might have one to believe that the July promotion was for a separate cruise. So, as I read the various posts, the May ads did not produce enough buyers; hence, the July buyers will be on the same ship. I am always skeptical of those who are loquacious and loud.
#55
Cape Coral, FL
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Originally posted by jackdiamond
Interesting, since in the earlier ads he stated that it was from Monday to Friday. Also, the subsequent ads might have one to believe that the July promotion was for a separate cruise. So, as I read the various posts, the May ads did not produce enough buyers; hence, the July buyers will be on the same ship. I am always skeptical of those who are loquacious and loud.
The ads are correct. A Monday to Friday cruise would be a 4 night cruise. It sounds as you have seen the ads where he makes it sound like is was so great he had to send his sidekick to Miami to research other ships. Our local paper has ads each month where he lists how many cars were sold the previous month and the total for May, if correct and EVERYBODY bought the cruise, he still would have been short.

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#57
Cape Coral, FL
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Originally posted by jackdiamond
Also, Gregg he advertised it as a one week cruise. I suppose his and my definition of a week are different.
Well, I guess if you work and need to take vacation, you will be off from work Monday-Friday and that is a week's worth of vacation time.
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#58
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Joined May 2009
Originally posted by Fighterone
I heard him announce this last night: Kia's Fucillo "Huge" will give a free cruise to anyone who buys a car from him during the month of May 2013.

I couldn't believe it so I looked to see if there were threads on this or a roll call for the Majesty's sailing on 12/9/13. Nothing! It's hard to believe he'd do this. He claims he chartered it for 2,200 passengers. Do you believe this?

Given that RCCL's website does not even offer a cruise sailing for the Majesty on12/9/13 and there's a gap between the cruise sailing on 12/6/13 and 12/13/13 it's quite possible that the car dealer actually chartered the trip.

Why do you why this unbelievable ? Cruise ships get chartered regularly.
#59
Rochester, NY
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Joined Sep 2013
Just traded in my 2012 Soul for a new 2013 Soul (I hated the black color I had originally) today here in Greece, NY and got the free cruise too. The dealership was packed with folks signing paperwork. Even got to meet and talk with Mr Fuccillo today. Very down to earth guy, loves to brag about his son and Syracuse Orange.

I see cruisers already have cabin assignments so I'm guessing me and my aunt will be in one of the small small (no HUGE here, lol) interior cabins. First cruise for both of us and we are so excited. You'll find us at the hot tub and/or the bar :-)

For us coming from Rochester we are also getting free roundtrip air from Buffalo, so that's a super extra perk too. Just over two months to go..see you in Miami :-)

Anyone else from Rochester/Buffalo area know if we are on a chartered flight too?
#60
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But it's a Kia!
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