My Mother was called and told she qualified for a cruise to the Bahamas and all she had to do was play the taxes on the trip. Well let me tell you it was a rip off. She did get hotel stay at Ft Lauderdale Ramada 2 nights- no meals provided. The regular cost was $59 which included a buffet breakfast for each person in the room. We got this one day because we added an extra day at our own cost. The room was clean but as I read on other sites, the internet connection did not pick up in the rooms and I even spoke to the manager about the blogs. His response was it costs $500 to get the company to come out to look at it and the hotel owners don't want to put out the money for that.
We then had to go to a rental shaing meeting. The talk was supposed to be 45 minutes to 1hr. It last 5 hours. We kept telling the agent we didn't want to buy in, so someone else came to help her "SELL" us, when that didn't work we had to go into a third room to tak with someone who offered foreclosures. What a bunch of crap. We finally said no can we just have the voucher. And finally we got to leave. It was like being held hostage. Plus we had to drive an hour away to do this.
The cruise itself was sitting in the port from 1-6 with people pushing drinks at $8.50 a pop. We finally left at 6pm only to go out into the international waterline and idle half the night. That way the cruise line could open gambling and betting in the casino. The entire trip only took about 3 hours total to get to the port in Freeport. Then you pay to go to the beach and shopping markets. $54 each person. That by the way was the cheapest excursion.
Others were up to $300 per person. So taxes of $515 plus all the added fuel costs, tips and special collections they do to split between the crewmembers and workers, I figure we spent 700 for a ride back and forth. The food was good, and the boat itself was nice but all the extra costs were not.
The best part of trip was when we went out on or own to the Ft lauderdale Beach on Commercial Blvd. at the pier. The weather was great and the people at the shops were helpful. The resturants were good and so was the food and service.
The hotel in Orlando- Ramada Plaza 100th- was dirty. The carpet was nasty the paint on the outside dbalcony was chipped off and several places on the wall were cracked. We didn't eat there and really just wanted to sleep and get our of there.
So on the whole, the trip was fun when we went out on our own. The cruise was a joke left in the evening and returned by 8 am. Couldn't see anything and sat too long in the port. Costs were terrible for the rental car they set up . Over $300 for the week and they just kepting telling us they really didn't want to use our insurance to cover the car. We needed their coverage. They charged $2.95 for fuel per gallon to refill the tank. Just seemed like it would have been cheaper to do the planning myself. I saw ads aying the cruise was $49 -$99 from FL. Plus we had to fly to and from to Pittsburgh, PA
Rather than take the call from them plan it yourself and take another tour other than the Bahamas at Freeport.