I got tickets for a free cruise to the Bahamas, but i declined.

About a week and a half ago, I wound up getting a call from a radio station of some sort. One i didn’t listen to that’s for sure because I cant stand the radio. Anyways, I missed the call, and later saw the number and wondered who it could have been, so I called back. 

It was an upbeat automated voice message from Nighthawk 91 FM and they wanted me to push some numbers to play a trivia game in order to win a 2 night cruise to the Bahamas sponsored by Holiday Cruise Line. Even though I had serious doubts that it was even real, I still played. I was only studying for a final that, needless to say, determined my final letter grade.

So they asked me 3 questions about some artists and said that if I got them right, I was a winner. The first question was “What artist is known for liking the color purple?”, then they gave me a 3 different artists to choose from and I chose Prince because “Purple Rain” of course. The next question was who made the song “Beat it”. I pressed 3 for Micheal Jackson. So easy, I’m thinking . The last was “which one of these artist was part of N Sync?”. I knew it was Justin Timberlake and it’s ironic because I had only known just a week prior that he was even in the group when I talked about N Sync with a friend. Seriously, never knew what they had even looked like, and with that stroke of luck, I won.

Then, they give me instructions on how to claim my 2 tickets, so I checked out the website put my number in and it confirmed I was a winner. I then was directed to a page that told me I had to pay some type of fee that was like around $150, and only then would they send me an email that contained my 2 tickets. 

This is the part that I felt stupid for not doing research before I had gotten to this point so I looked up to see if anyone had gotten this call and had payed the fee and actually went on the cruise. To my surprise, it just so happened that a lot of people did. Though it was only 2 days or more like 1 or less than a day to actually be in the Bahamas, they actually went, and enjoyed their time. Some posted pictures and most kept saying that if anyone actually got this call that they were lucky so I pondered my situation thinking I haven’t been doing much all summer aside from summer school and babysitting, and I was definitely considering it. I felt I needed some fun but I didn’t know anyone I could take. Even though this didn’t have a date that you had to use them by, I knew that everyone was so busy , and by everyone I mean the small circle of friends I do have and would want to go with me.

So my next idea was to give them away but that didn’t go well either. Everyone thought that if they were docked here in Texas and not in Florida then maybe it was just not worth it, which I had originally thought that too. But still I didn’t think it be wise to just waste 2 free tickets.

Sadly, I did anyway.

I wound up passing up the opportunity due to the fact that it just wasn’t worth it to me and apparently a lot of people I knew. To have to drive or fly all of the way to Florida, be on the ship most of the time and not really spend much time in the Bahamas didn’t sound to good because after all, it was only 2 days. I did think about selling the tickets but found out its not so easy doing that because my name would be on them and that could cause havoc with the buyers and the company. So talk about being stuck between and rock and a hard place.

Anyways, now on to pretending like it didn’t happen like I’ve been doing since the deadline to claim the tickets passed. Just continuing my summer cruiseless. Oh well though, I can say I do feel pretty cool since nothing exciting like this generally ever happens to lil ol’ me, so ill take it, thanks. You just gave me a post to write about. 

UPDATE: This was an old post I had written last year May 2017 on Sweet Humility. My summer was pretty hectic with school and work. I cant believe I was even thinking about considering this. But I’m glad I didnt for that reason because I just went to the Bahamas a couple weeks ago for my 21st birthday with my mom that lasted a week and I had a blast! I can’t imagine had I only gone for just a day or two. How funny… still it was a pretty cool experience and made me feel kind of special. I remember feeling kind of bummed about it, but this goes to show that you never know what’s in store for you.


Check out I went to the Bahamas with my mama! to see my experience in Nassau, Bahamas!

Have you guys ever gotten a crazy call like this? and did you ever act on it? Please share below!



  1. June 29, 2018 / 10:41 pm

    Latiffany Mona,
    this happened to me too! I “Won” a vacation and just had to put my credit card details over the phone to the agent for the “fees”. Mine turned out to be a complete scam and it was back in the days before I checked everything. Thankfully I had given them a card that was completely maxed out 🙂 I’m so pleased you got to experience the beauty of the Bahama’s with your Mama eventually.

    • Latiffany
      June 30, 2018 / 12:44 am

      Yeah it was shocking lol. But strangely people had blogged about the same thing and they said they say its real!
      But yes thankfully the scammers didn’t get your money. Who knows, maybe mine were scammers too!
      Anyways, thanks for reading!

  2. Taetske
    July 3, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    Good afternoon Tiffany,

    When I read your story I thought what a shame you did not go. Then at the end, you said you went for a week with your Mother so you did go cruising after all. I had something similar happening to me. I live in the south of Spain and won a ticket to Venice, departure from Barcelona, only 1000 km away from where I live. I did not go of course.
    Twice in my life, I worked on a cruise ship. 3 Months on a Greek one in 1973 and 7 months on a Russian one 1978.
    Now working is quite a bit different than being a passenger. I treated myself to a 60 years birthday gift and the next year, 2011, I cruised for 14 days in the Caribean, I can only say lovely.

    Regards, Taetske

    • Latiffany
      July 3, 2018 / 3:33 pm

      That’s awesome, I bet you had a great time. To be honest it wasn’t worth going in such a short time plus it would cost a lot more to fly to florida so i couldn’t do it. Anyways happy belated 60th! Its always nice to get away and celebrate yourself every once in a while ☺

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