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March 10, 2013

Sinking feeling over free cruise that isn’t

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Other than the time you’ll spend sitting through sales promotions, how free is this free offer?

For one thing, you’re on your own getting to Florida.

The rest is in the fine print.

“Bahamas Celebration reserves the right to charge an additional fuel supplement of up to $12 per person per day without prior notice” and you will be responsible for government taxes and port charges.

If you are still interested, you have to put some money down. It took about 10 minutes for Mandy, the “ticket agent” who answered the number listed on the offer, to get to that part. She was a charming and convincing saleswoman, talking up the fabulousness of the cruise and extended-stay offers.

She estimated the port charges and government taxes at $59 per person, or $118.50 per couple — the same amount as noted in the passbook fine print — and then asked for a credit card number.

You have to decide whether it’s a good deal, but cruisecritic.com warns that people have had “serious complaints when trying to book the offer, ranging from confusion about which company is making the offer (Caribbean Cruise Lines, which sends the deal, or Celebration Cruise Line, which operates the ship) to forced timeshare pitches and misleading pricing.”

n Do you think you’ve been scammed? If so, contact the police and the  Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection, at (800) 441-2555. Let us know so we can help others avoid finding themselves in a similar situation. Send your story to Joanne Arbogast at The Daily Item, 200 Market St., Sunbury, PA. 17801, or jarbogast@dailyitem.com.

 

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