The Free Cruise Offer: Scam or Legit?
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"Celebration Cruise Line is filling the void left by Imperial Majesty Cruise Line, a similarly budget-minded, first-timer offering -- and one that also relied on the free cruise timeshare pitch to help fill its only ship. IMCL ceased operations in March 2009"Thanks for your comment ... there's no denying the connection between Celebration and Imperial Majesty, and it's something we go into greater detail in our corporate profile of Celebration Cruise Lines:
Imperial Majesty has "evolved" into Celebration...same players, same "phone rooms"....same unhappy stories
I live here in South Florida. These are really rinky dinky operations....they do have a LOT of phone rooms, hard sell phone rooms
same deal with Imperial Majesty
Bottom line is that Celebration is really a nickel/dime operation...an old Norwegian ferry converted to a "cruise' ship....1/3 the size of most major cruise ships, lacking the stabilizers
I know people who have been on it...they were annoyed by the pushy/sales stuff...they even rope people into a forced sales pitch for excursions and extras as a "manditory" meeting /muster drill
When you add up the extras, the costs...figure in an upgrade unless you want to stay in a broom closet with no tv....the cruise is just not worth it
A 3 night cruise on Carnival, NCL or RCI is a real cruise...Celebration is just a bit above the Discovery and the old (defunct) Sea Escape
A fewyears back, we 'won' the free cruise on the Regal Empress. Our award included an 'optional' timeshare sales pitch. I entered discussion with a lot of skepticism and being a somewhat experienced cruiser knew they types of things included in a cruise and what is 'additional'.Exactly ! Good for you . We did one of these Timeshare deals. We just kept repeating " We have no intention of buying a timeshare.
So for us, it turned out to be 2 nights at $59 pp+tips+fuel surcharge. While certainly not of the level of a mainline cruise line-we still had a good time and would consider doing it again
But we knew what to ask and what to expect-a first time cruiser probably wouldn't.
The POINT is that when you book with a regular cruise line, the policies are CLEAR and you don't have $$ held hostage. With this "deal" you pay $$, then you get a number in the mail to call to make your reservation. At that point they want more $$. Then they want more $$ when you're down there.Hard to argue with the above posts. My issue is that alot of the issues discussed could ,to a lesser degree,be applied to "regular cruise lines". How easy is it to get back your money after final deadline for a regular
cruise? When is this drop-dead date for regular cruises? Months Before! And thats not even mentioning ES rates
Again most of the"no free lunch" comments are correct as is "you get what you pay for"
Fine - Go with eyes open and you may have a good cheap time
Never trust these kind of offers on internet until the source is from a reputable or well established firm.I don't think anyone reputable or well established is going to just "give you a free cruise".
Simply ignore the e-mails and send mark them as spam so they won't bother you in future