Hi, My friend is on her first cruise, a 7 day cruise with Carnival. She sent me a message saying though they were having a good time, that the hard sales and time share pushes on the ship were making it less than perfect. I am going on my first cruise in April on Royal Caribbean. I have not heard this in any reviews in ref to this happening on the ships. I've even decided against some excursions due to natives hard selling. Is this true about the ships? Is this all ships? Or just Carnival?
Hard sells on ships???
I've been on several Carnival cruises, and have never seen a timeshare presentation on board. The store merchants on board may try to talk you into buying a watch or three, but it is easy to keep on walking past.
On shore, many of the merchants go for the hard sell, especially in poorer countries (Jamaica stand out), but a polite "No, Thank you" and keep walking seems to work for me. Don't let it scare you about going ashore in the ports.
I have done 5 Carnival Cruises and # 6 in the next few months. I have never had a time share presentation on any of them. some of the smaller ships do not even have a future cruise booking desk. All cruise lines try and sell you more goods and services once your on board, a polite "no thanks" or "not interested" does the trick.
As far as hard sell when in port, that does happen in a lot of 3rd world countries again, a simple no thanks and keep on walking will work just fine. The most pushy port sales people I have run into was in Turkey. If your afraid of this, go in a large group or ship excursion, do not wander off on your own in port.
Most important....... Go and have fun, see places you have never been to before, relax and enjoy.
I have been on 3 Carnival cruises and only once did I see a booth about time shares but they were not pressing people, it was stop by and chat situation. In ports, regardless of cruising of land vacays, most vendors do the Hard Sell. Like I told my wife, just say No thanks and walk away.
Maybe the time share company was a sponsor or something. That happened to my sisters a few years ago. I don't know if it was on Carnival or not.
Sounds like the time share marketing folk have came up with yet another gimmick. Basically they are subsidizing cruises of the short term variety on some of the majors like RCI, Carnival, Celebrity, plus others in exchange for listening to virtually endless time share sales harangues. Nothing really new here, except that cruise lines have made their ships and cruise itineraries available for such.
Perhaps regular guests are intentionally or unintentionally caught up in all the razzmatazz and no doubt it sacrifices on board space available for other events and entertainment options. Be nice if they would let other cruise guests know in advance if the ship was going to be booked up with this type charade crud, give one an option of bagging the voyage.
The only time I ever heard of a time share offer was on St Maartin. We heard one of the couples that went, when they said they weren't interested, were left to fend for themselves in getting back to their ship. Well, our ship. It was pretty tempting to go. Fortunately my wife was with me and was steadfast about not going.
I thought the hard sell was all of the spa products after your massage...... with the sell time taking up part of your hour.
I've had the "pleasure" of taking one of those "free" timeshare cruises (it only cost me $1.000 after special fees, taxes, etc, and I didn't even get the timeshare).
If the cruise I am on turns into one of those, then it will be the last time I cruise that line.
"...the hard sales and time share pushes on the ship were making it less than perfect"
Really? They can't just say, "No thanks", and walk away? Seems like a small thing to let get in one's way of enjoying themselves.
If the sales staff are located at one particular location, then yes, one could walk away. However when they are wandering the ship trying to get customers, then it begins to infringe on my vacation, and I will cruise with someone else.
So far, though, I have not run into it, so Hakuna Matada