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Post Shore Excursion Shares In ROLL CALLS

Posts looking for members to "share" your excursion, or posts mentioning that a few more spaces in a van are available and you should contact so and so, are not allowed here or or on any of the other forums except the ROLL CALL forums. Use the specific ROLL CALL thread for your ship’s sailing date to find others willing to share your shore excursion tour costs. You are targeting the specific group of people who would be most inclined to share since they are already sailing with you. Do not start a new ROLL CALL thread in a ROLL CALL forum with your share request. Use your existing ROLL CALL thread to post your share request.

 

To explain our Roll Calls further and how to find the Roll Call thread for your cruise, please read What is a Roll Call? Everything you Need to Know and How To: Create A New Roll Call. For more information about our famous Roll Calls, please read the Roll Calls and Our Policy Regarding Facebook and Roll Calls sections in the Guidelines we all agreed to follow when registering for our free Cruise Critic memberships.

 

Participation of Tour Operators/Guides/Drivers/Businesses/Transportation or Taxi Drivers/Tourism Website Owners in Ports of Call

Our Ports of Call forums are meant to be a place for cruisers to exchange information with other cruisers. Therefore, the participation of Tour Operators, Guides, Drivers, Businesses, Transportation or Taxi Drivers is not allowed. Any TOUR GUIDE or COMPANY who pretends to be a member and posts recommendations about their company risks having their company name PERMANENTLY CENSORED from the forums.

 

Businesses in ports of call who wish to respond to a posting on-line should first contact the Community Manager at community@cruisecritic.com. Posts not cleared with the Community Manager will be removed. There shall be no exceptions to this policy. You should know that Cruise Critic will never remove negative posts from the boards at the request of any tour company, cruise line, store, shop, taxi company, driver, guide, etc.

 

Tourism website owners, official representatives from port operations (and their associates, employees or designated representative) are encouraged to participate in the discussions on the Cruise Board and establish themselves as experts on a particular topic. They may respond to members' inquiries with useful answers. They may not, however, list or refer members to their websites in their posts. Tourism websites may include their business name in their signatures, and may include their website link in their profile only. No promotional material or conducting business will be allowed, nor may you recommend specific businesses in ports of call. Only items of a general nature may be posted on the forums.

 

Advertising is not allowed on Cruise Critic

Tour operators/guides/drivers/businesses in Ports of Call may not promote their business in any way -- that includes posting a link to their website, phone number, location, tour information, hours of operation, pricing, scheduling, etc. No promotional material or conducting business will be allowed. This includes scheduling times of tours, confirmation of events/deposits/e-mail receipt, etc (and any other discussion determined to be of a customer service nature in the sole discretion of Cruise Critic).

 

Participation of Local Experts in Ports of Call

Locals living in ports of call are encouraged to contribute, as long as their recommendations are general in nature. Those living in ports of call who recommend individual businesses or tour operators/guides will find that their posts have been removed and their posting privileges may be suspended.

 

Donations

All posts/discussions soliciting donations or the collection/bringing/passing out of supplies/donations are not allowed. They will be removed from the boards, thus allowing our members to continuing discussing visiting these ports and finding interesting and fun shore excursion information. Repeated violations will result in suspension of posting privileges. This applies to all forums on Cruise Critic, even ROLL CALLS.

 

“One Post Wonders” – will be removed from the boards. This phenomenon essentially amounts to single or multiple posts created by a brand-new member touting tour operators/businesses/guides/drivers in ports of call.

 

Copyright Infringement

The posting of blocks of text obtained from anywhere on the Internet, online newspapers, web sites, Facebook and other social media sites, magazines, etc., defeats the purpose of our Cruise Boards. All of this information is available to everyone online, and doesn't add to the idea of sharing firsthand experiences and cruise advice. Also, the majority of information out there is protected by an author's individual copyright. Therefore, we will remove such information from the message boards. However, linking via url to the information is allowed.

The one exception to this would be Cruise Line press releases. You may post these word for word on the boards, if you clearly indicate the source.

 

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