FREE CARNIVAL CRUISE? (or scam)

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#1
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Joined Apr 2003
My wife got a letter with the Carnival logo and a boarding pass. It stated she had won a free cruise and an 800 number to call.
Has anyone received similar>
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#3
Utah
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I think the bigger question is are you a sucker and will you call the 800 number?
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#5
The Woodlands, TX
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Yup, Carnival just randomly gives away free cruises. Just like I get all these keys in the mail from car dealerships saying I won a free car.
#6
Utah
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Bill, Give me a ring. I got some beach front property in Az i would like to talk to you about.
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#8
440 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
Come on. Can't some of you help this guy out? There have been posts on these scams before, and I just don't have enough information to help this poster out. Some of you might if you wanted to be helpful.
#9
San Antonio, TX
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Joined Oct 2003
We got that today too. Flip it over and in the fine print on the back it says you have to sit through a timeshare presentation. I knew it was a scam when I got it, but googled the phone number anyway to see what was up with it and couldn't get any hits.
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#11
Louisiana
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Joined May 2011
It's a timeshare. You sit in their presentation while they hassle you to buy in it. Then they give you a free cruise that is near impossible to actually book.
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#12
Central Massachusetts
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Joined Dec 2008
Originally posted by rdler
Come on. Can't some of you help this guy out? There have been posts on these scams before, and I just don't have enough information to help this poster out. Some of you might if you wanted to be helpful.
In situations like this, google is your friend. its amazing what you find when you type free carnival cruise postcard and boarding pass.
#13
The Woodlands, TX
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Originally posted by Crazy4Koko
In situations like this, google is your friend. its amazing what you find when you type free carnival cruise postcard and boarding pass.

Google. Or Yahoo. Or any search engine. Or common sense.
#14
Central Massachusetts
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Joined Dec 2008
Originally posted by arush5268d
Google. Or Yahoo. Or any search engine. Or common sense.

Actually, I tried yahoo.. and all the posts related to those words were actual legitimate ones tied to Carnivals policy and procedures!


google is much better at findin the 'crap'
#15
Orange County, CA
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Joined Feb 2007
OK, My wife got one today with an 877 number, so I fliped it over and see its not from Carnival but a timeshare sale 90 minutes ya right.....
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#18
Morristown, TN
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Joined Jun 2004
Myself and DH got one of the letters before but the letter did not say anything about a cruise. It wanted us to go visit the timeshare place. The day before we went we received a call and the lady told me if we arrived 30 minutes early we would receive a voucher for a free Carnival Cruise. Of course we went 30 minutes early to get that (never been on a cruise before this). We purchased the timeshare and they did not want to give me the voucher. I had to go down the road to their main office and argue with them to get it and the lady told me if we had not purchased she would not have given it to me. When we called to use the voucher, some TA in FL, she told us they did not have any more available rooms for the date we chose, we tried different dates and they never had the rooms available. The free cruise was for a 1A room for 2. In order to use the voucher we had to upgrade. That was the most expensive 3 day cruise we have taken and ever seen advertised. If I had known then what I know now about prices we never would have taken that "free cruise".
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#19
Morristown, TN
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Joined Jun 2004
Originally posted by golfadj
Wonder how many fools actually fall for this crappola.
We were one of them... Learned a very expensive lesson!!! but when we scheduled the tour for the timeshare we knew nothing about a free cruise.
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Fascination 5 days 5/14/11- Half Moon Cay, Nassau
Freedom 8 days 9/10/11- St Thomas, Antigua, Tortola, Nassau
Valor 8 days 9/1/12 PLATINUM! Grand Turk, LaRomana, Curacao, Aruba
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