So I get this phone call. A recorded voice offers me a free cruise in return for taking their survey. I'm always happy to take a survey, so I take the survey. Three questions: How do I rate the performance of the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, and the President on the debt crisis, from 1 to 5. Maybe half a minute to answer them all. Then they connect me to someone calling himself Fred Jones who explains the deal: A free two-day cruise to Grand Bahama from Palm Beach, FL. Port tax and gratuities not included. I can book the cruise any time in the next 18 months, but I have to pay $118 port tax now. I ask two questions: How much do most people give in gratuities, and why do they demand the port tax today, rather than at the time of booking the trip? Fred cannot answer either question, so he connects me to Justin, who also cannot answer the questions. I point out that I have no idea if he is who he says he is. He could be a con man trying to get my credit card. He deflects the question by talking about how reputable Caribbean Cruise Lines is. He claims the state of Virginia is somehow involved, and certainly I would not imagine that the state of Virginia is supporting a scam. I repeat that I have no way of knowing if anything he is saying is true, because the survey company called me. I don't know if I'm talking to a legitimate rep for the cruise line, or a scam artist. So we've reached an impasse and I say goodbye. I didn't tell him that I get seasick and a cruise doesn't really interest me all that much. Hey, I had nothing better to do for a few minutes. So my question is: Was this a scam? Or are they really just trying to fill empty cabins (as Fred claimed) to generate positive word of mouth, and (as Justine added) perhaps get me into the ship's casino? Secondary question: Is a two-day cruise to Grand Bahama even worth the $118 port tax? (That's for two people. I could have taken up to 3 people with me, doubling the port tax, which is $59 per person.) Meals are included. Alcohol probably not. Non-alcoholic drinks, I didn't ask.