Some known cruise scams are the hidden sales pitch, long-distance scam and prize cruise, warns AARP, Inc. These scams are designed to get people to authorize credit card charges and can also involve identity theft. They generally increase during the winter.
The hidden sales pitch require passengers to sit through high pressure presentations for expensive time shares before boarding the ship. While passengers may get a cruise, the presentations can last several hours.
The long distance scam requires people to call a long distance number to claim their cruise. These numbers are typically for foreign countries and have high per minute rates. They are designed to run up a person's phone bill.
The prize cruise asks winners to give a credit card number for any incidental fees. These fees are typically higher than the cost of a cruise through a legitimate company.