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Discussion in 'Community Message Board' started by Boat boy, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. Boat boy

    Boat boy Guest

    On this website is a link to an advertisement that is selling a book by a former cruise employee that claims to reveal all the "Hidden Secrets" on how to get free drinks, shore excursions, casino chips, spa treatments, cabin upgrades, free meals at the exclusive reservation restaurants and even free cruises! He claims he knows because he was the one on his ship that gave all this stuff away to passengers.

    So, since I am cheap and don't want to spend $27.00 , Anyone out there that can tell me what's in the book ? There must be someone that frequents this web site that has the info.

    Boat Boy
  2. Boat boy

    Boat boy Guest

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  3. suer182

    suer182 Guest

    For $25.00 I'll tell you.......

    Some of these "freebies" you can get by booking a group cruise and/or from a travel agency who might offer them. You can go on a shopping frenzy using the cruise lines credit card for points towards a free cruise.
  4. Boat boy

    Boat boy Guest

    Do I hear $20?
  5. bOB

    bOB Guest

    Send me your watch and two snickers bars......................................

    Most of what is in the book probably will not be of value at any given time and as suer mentions, a lot of the information is readily available just by searching out and doing what you are doing, visiting forums. This person has just taken many of the tips and tricks and assembled them in one place, handy, but worth $27 ????????????
    The idea of free drinks, spa treatments comps to the specialty restaurants and a FREE CRUISE are going to come with a lot of hoop jumping, you just don't walk up to a bar and say "give me a free drink" and get it, but an example of a free drink, I, and most of us here get coupon books as part of our perk package, guaranteed that there will be a buy one get one FREE drink coupon inside it. There's your free drink. REMEMBER, no free lunch in some way unless you know somebody high up, you will get what you pay for......... pay for what you get.

    Send me the snickers and I will give you your first tip............. FREE

    Ohhhhh and just because the ad shows up here on @ddicts (google ad feed) this person or book is not endorsed by Cruise Addicts
  6. Cruizer

    Cruizer Guest

    Of course not. You also need a mask and a gun for that to work.
  7. bOB

    bOB Guest

    I always wondered how you got all those free drinks................................................
  8. Missou

    Missou Guest

    I'll remember that for my first cruise. To give a tip to the waiter, do you think I should use my seapass card =huh :)D :wave
  9. Donna - dsw

    Donna - dsw Guest

    Missou - - - -All drinks automatically have the tip added (18%) usually - most first time cruisers don't realize this either.
  10. jetblue

    jetblue Guest

    And same goes for that guy who claims to know how to beat the airlines. It's all a bunch of baloney and not the kosher kind. Most of the information you will already know or read at websites like these, and for those who claim if you walk up to a gate agent and whisper code # 407 while hopping on one leg and doing the jitterbug are also just big scam artists.
  11. Beryl

    Beryl Guest

    The truism in life is that "nothing comes for free"! Having thought about what I have received for "free" over the years while on a cruise it seems to me that there are a couple of things you can do to increase your chances of getting some kind of "free" gift.

    1. Participate, participate, participate in the activities that are offered onboard.
    2. Find yourself a great travel agent!
    3. Do your homework.
    4. Remain loyal to the cruiseline of your choice.

    I have had "free" upgrades. Nothing that great worth mentioning though and at this point in my cruising life I always just book the cabin I want and have it marked NO UPGRADES. I prefer to know what I'm getting well in advance :) .

    I have enjoyed "free" drinks...at the Captain's Welcome Aboard Parties and at Past Passenger Parties. Also free wine when a staff member sat at our table. I have received a bottle of wine or 2 or 3 from my TA. I have won a bottle of champagne as well as drink coupons for participating and winning games. If you are an Elite member with Princess you get one free bar set up in your cabin...I don't quite qualify for that yet. I am spending a lot of money so that I will be able to enjoy "those free drinks" :grin By booking in with a group I have enjoyed quite a few "free" cocktail parties sponsored by the group TA. There is always terrible "free" champagne at the art auctions too...if you really want to sit through an art auction just so you can have a "free" drink!

    I have enjoyed free meals in the Specialty restaurants courtesy of a terrific TA. Also got a special luncheon for "free" by being one of the most travelled passengers aboard the ship.

    I have loads of "free" baggage tags, book marks, alarm clocks, playing cards and tote bags...again from participating in games (mostly trivia). :)

    I have had "free" onboard credits. Sometimes these come as a gift from my TA (and are usually a "group" booking perk). I always get an onboard credit because it's one of the perks of doing a future cruise booking when I'm onboard a Princess ship (and I usually, though not always, sail with Princess).

    Yes, I have had a free cruise....my DH had to pay $35.00 a day to accompany me on that one and we both had to pay the taxes. I won it by entering a contest I found in a trade magazine at my workplace at the time. The cruise was on Royal Cruise Lines (not to be confused with Royal Caribbean) .... anybody remember them?? I also know a couple who won a cruise on their last trip on Carnival...they will be doing back to backs for their anniversary this year as they added the "free" cruise to one they had already booked.

    Anybody ever had the "fee" spa treatment? I haven't seen that one on offer...unless it was in the "free" coupon book where you Buy one and get one "FREE"!
  12. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Guest

    One of my Clients has TWICE won a free cruise on Holland America while cruising on HAL.
  13. J.E. M.

    J.E. M. Guest

    I complained about a work crew installing carpet a 3 a.m. out side the cabin and got a free bottle of Champaign. On another cruise our table was served some real CR@P, we summoned the head waiter and he had our meals replace. The next night our table was provided meals from one of the speciality restaurants at no charge.
  14. smacks

    smacks Guest

    Boat boy,

    I'm happy with the free research already done for ships, ports, and excursions, the free suggestions and advice from the "old salts", the free recipes, the free roll calls to meet all your new, free friends (now maybe they could be the source of a free drink if you have a meet and greet on a cruise), the free group therapy for ranters and ravers...all this can be yours for free just by becoming an addict to cruise addicts! What else could a gal ask for?:D
  15. Boat boy

    Boat boy Guest

    I already do the "Past Guest" free food and drink. I have my Carnival Credit Card, etc... But this author made it sound like there were additional ways to get a lot of free stuff. If you have to complain about something to get stuff for free, then I don't want to do that. (I hate people that do that)
    But someone out there should know what the author knows without me having to pay for it.

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