Posted April 12th, 2014, 11:49 AM
I got one of these "free cruise" mailings a couple days ago. It was just as described above. It was printed on a check. I had to tear off the perforated edges to open it. It looked legit at first and I was excited. I had read on CC about so many receiving free Carnival cruises that I had thought I was actually getting a free cruise.
I began to look a little closer at the check / certificate, Carnival is written in big letters. It also says free air if I respond within a certain time. All looked good. That's until I looked at the fine print, the offer is from a travel company. Also, no date listed.. um? what about my 72 hour deadline...lol.
I researched the travel company and quickly discovered this offer is bogus. Some people did fall for it. They were made to sit through a presentation then after jumping through tons of hoops got a credit for a cruise. They had to pay taxes, port charges, and other fees.... ended up costing as much if they had booked directly with Carnival. Oh and the free air fare? No one qualified because they were outside the 72 hour window even though they responded right away.... remember no date listed
The offer looks legit at first glance but don't fall for it. BTW, I am wondering if Carnival gave this company permission to use their name and logo? If so I am disappointed that they would do business with a company that is obviously scamming people.
Sailed: Enchantment OTS, Carnival Inspiration, Sovereign OTS, Carnival Liberty, NCL Epic, Ruby Princess, Carnival Breeze
Booked: Majesty OTS