Sunday, September 6, 2015

Bands and cruises



Two of those ants out there on the football field belong to us.  It took me a bit, but I finally found Macey on a small drum and Ansley in the clarinet section.  They (all) performed quite well.  The beat goes on…go, Band!

Now about that cruise come-on.  That is just what it was.  It was a travel reservation group (not a time-share, so they said, but it is like unto it).  Of course, they show multitudes of travel destination photos on a big screen; show prices from all those specialty price shopping sites, then throw up “their” price and the essentially half-price savings one would receive if one were to join them TODAY.  If one does not join, the “free” air-fare, cruise certificate certificate will still go home with you.  Hold on to your wallet!

If it sounds too good to be true, it more than likely is.  That old adage is still accurate.

We resisted sales pressure and did NOT join their club; we brought home their “free cruise” certificate…had a nice celebratory dinner at The View with $2 draft beer (we could afford it, after saving those big bucks!)…then went to watch our kids perform at halftime.  About half the town was at the game, which is what happens on a Friday night here in the mountains.

Well, my personal travel agent (MM) went online the very next morning and did a whole bunch of checking up on this travel organization, as well as the benefits (or not) of this free cruise certificate.

Or not is accurate!  Yes, you do have to pay taxes and port charges on the certificate (we were told that up front), but………..its use is somewhat limited, and the fees, etc., we would have to pay to redeem it far outweighs the deals MM often finds by his independent little self.  Plus, we don’t do well with having an unknown third party arrange our travel plans.  Our way is the best (and cheapest) way for us to go.

We each got a free cuppa coffee and had to listen to a 90 minute talk.  Thankfully, the photos were nice, and so was our young salesman.

The End.

Yes, we already have a cruise (or two or three) booked.  Details soon.

Crank up the music and have a little fun this Labor Day Weekend, celebrating the end of summer.

Happy Sunday, y’all!


Barb said...

I think I have sat through about 3 Disney vacation time share thingys, back in the day. Partly because:

a) we had nothing planned for that particular block of time so why not?
b) it was air conditioned
c) we got a prize of some sort

Honestly, the best part was we really did enjoy the tour of the mega $$$ Boardwalk suites, which we would never in a million fork over the money for. Y'all. But it sure was fun to see how the weathy folks do Disney. Then we took the Disney bus back to our family resort. :)

My Dad is counting down to Thursday night when the Patriots regular season football begins. Bless his heart.

Have a marvelous day! xoxo

Sandee said...

You did well to walk away from that sales pitch. They work hard don't they. The deliver very little though. I found that out the hard way.

Have a fabulous day. Big hugs to you and tons of scritches to the babies. ♥♥♥

Joy said...

Yep, too good to be true is nothing but trouble! Glad you got to see the girls march. I will join you when the weather gets a bit cooler.

Haley D. said...

Thanks for coming out for the band! They'll be even better next time when they have the entire show on the field.

Smart moves on the "free" travel, too, but no surprise there!