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#1
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I got a card that said I could get a free 7 day cruise with Carnival for simply taking a 90 minute tour at a time share in Branson. Has anyone else had this to happen, and is it legit? I'm sure I'll have to pay the taxes, port charges, and transportation, but it would still be worth it if it's a legitimate deal.
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#2
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Joined Oct 2007
Originally posted by bigasufan
I got a card that said I could get a free 7 day cruise with Carnival for simply taking a 90 minute tour at a time share in Branson. Has anyone else had this to happen, and is it legit? I'm sure I'll have to pay the taxes, port charges, and transportation, but it would still be worth it if it's a legitimate deal.
Google the name of the company and see what comes up. Normally these deals have restrictions which includes sailing in the peak of hurricane season.
#3
Orlando,Florida
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Joined Mar 2008
Originally posted by bigasufan
I got a card that said I could get a free 7 day cruise with Carnival for simply taking a 90 minute tour at a time share in Branson. Has anyone else had this to happen, and is it legit? I'm sure I'll have to pay the taxes, port charges, and transportation, but it would still be worth it if it's a legitimate deal.
It's a time share sales gimmick,90 minutes can turn into hours of hell and pressure,especially if they are giving away a seven night cruise,you also have to facture in which port it leaves from and you most likely will have to pay to fly there,and you will get the worst cabin on the ship.
#4
Merced California
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Joined Mar 2006
Watch out for those "taxes, port charges, etc". They will end up costing you about the same price as you can find on online TA's. Friends of ours did this for a 4 day cruise and the port charges, taxes ended up $299 per person. The same cruise was online for $249 PP + 40.00 in taxes and port charges PP.
#5
Plant City, Florida
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Joined Apr 2008
Originally posted by welldone60
Watch out for those "taxes, port charges, etc". They will end up costing you about the same price as you can find on online TA's. Friends of ours did this for a 4 day cruise and the port charges, taxes ended up $299 per person. The same cruise was online for $249 PP + 40.00 in taxes and port charges PP.
This is exactly what happened to friends of ours.
#6
San Diego, Ca
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Joined Mar 2005
Forget about it, those are a joke, we went to a time share just to get a 3 day Paradise cruise, the agency what handle the certificate never honored it... First you submit the certificate via mail, then you get a form and you get to pick the 3 cruise dates they have to offer you, oh and get this, you pay 249.00 for port charges and taxes, this is what a 3 day cruise normally runs for Then you sit and wait, no one calls you, you dont get a booking number and when you do get a person and threaten to sue the heck out of them, they say the person that handled your paper work got fired so your papers got lost, Total scam, stay way. Those time shares are high pressure sales, be ready to go into battle.



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#7
Kure Beach NC
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Joined Mar 2007
We went to one in Myrtle Beach, held our ground saying no and got a voucher that allowed us to sign up for a vacation club that would then tell us the cruises which were available. Cost $100 for the club...well I have blown a $100 mant times so we used my credit card which offers a little protection and took a chance. Freds right, there is a lot of taxes and fees which made the cruise anything but free. However we cruised on the Pride of America in Hawaii for a week for $1000 total... the cruise was running about $1500 at the time so we "saved" about $500. We had no choice in the date or the room and the "travel agent" was useless... but we got our cruise.
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When it comes to these 'free' gifts. You normally get what you
pay for. When I use to travel a lot for work I would get these
all the time. I believe several hotels names are tied one way
or another to the time share. But could be wrong.
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I used to work at a bank that gave away "Free 2 Night Hotel Stay" coupons for new accounts and other incentives. These things were so cheesy, I hated even being associated with them. People had to mail in a voucher with an "activation fee," give their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices of dates and locations, no choice of actual hotels or rooms, lots of blackout dates, tax would still be charged, etc. It just did not seem worth the effort.
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#12
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Joined Mar 2004
I am a pro at playing the condo game as we call it. I have received many nice "prizes" but that free cruise thing is as wennfred said, total crap.

I love playing the game so much I actually go out looking for THEM. I will take cash, show tickets, gift ertificates, gifts, but I will not take hotel room stays or free cruises. Usually by the time you pay the "fees" required you could have just bought it.
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#13
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Joined Feb 2008
Originally posted by orlandofl
It's a time share sales gimmick,90 minutes can turn into hours of hell and pressure,especially if they are giving away a seven night cruise,you also have to facture in which port it leaves from and you most likely will have to pay to fly there,and you will get the worst cabin on the ship.
My husband and I just back from a Branson "90 minute" timeshare deal. We were there for over 5 and a half hours listening to person after person tell us how wonderful this deal is for the timeshare. It was a beautiful resort but give me a break. How does 90 minutes turn into 5-6 hours. We had purchased tickets to go to a show and ended up missing the show because if we had left the tour we would have been charged for the cost of our hotel room which would have been $175 per night @ 2 nights. We ended up eating the cost of the tickets. I would not suggest going unless you can plan to spend the entire afternoon there. I would also check the restrictions on the cruise. I'm sure there will be plenty. I would suggest reading all the fine print and believe me, there will be plenty. Good Luck.
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#14
Massachusetts
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Joined Aug 2007
We did one of those tours for a "Free 3 day cruise including airfare" We had to mail in a certificate got info back in the mail only to find out that the closest airport for the "free airfare" was not even remotely close to us. What a crock. Don't go!!
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