By Scott . . . On March 28, 2017 I drove onto the lot of Faccillo Affiliates of Florida Inc. with the intent of buying an automobile. I chose Faccillo because he had been advertising for a couple months that you get a free cruise if you buy Kia from him. It sounded like a really great deal so I signed the papers. I also want to take Robert, my new paramour, on this cruise. We’d be able to get to know about each other. Drove away with my new Kia and cruise tickets. Supposed to leave December 3rd and be gone for four days and four nights.
I purchased a 2016 Kia Soul that had 458 miles on it vehicle purchase price was $16,685. (I did not have a trade-in) There were additional charges such as tax, title transfer, and I also bought a service agreement. This brought the balance to $20,901.33. I received a rebate of $3,250 and I put $1500 down. Balance to be financed: $16,151.33.
Before the cruise, before December 3, I received additional emails from the Faccillo Cruise Control psyching me up for the cruise. I was psyched.
The fees for this “Win a Cruise” totaled $612.67. I paid an additional $84 for Travel Insurance. I had been assigned my cabin.
On November 7th I received my booking confirmation. Then on November 13, 2017 I pre-boarded online. I printed out my SETSAIL PASS and Luggage tags and made arrangements to secure my business while I was gone.
Then on November 28th, nine months after I bought the car and 3 days before cruise launches I get a call from Royal Caribbean Global Security. The women says that she is calling because “you’re on the state registry.”
I’m on the sex offender registry for a 1983 crime so I had to get permission from the County Sheriff in order to take the cruise. ( I was told to do this by the security agent) My partner had to request time off from work. But, my authorization from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, I booked my cruise.
She told me that there was an open investigation on me because I was on the registry and that I had to be approved by the security team before I could board. She told me to email her and “tell me what’ve you’ve done since your offense” (or something to those words.) She gave me an email to send it to and I quickly got something prepared. I choose to use the text from a letter I had sent to one of Bobbey’s friends (Bobbey is my legally married spouse).
I have done a lot for myself over the past 30 years since my offense. There’s no way that they could deny me. I was sure of it. I believe they planned to deny me even before I sent my narrative.
Royal Global acknowledge receipt of my document. After a day I called to see if the decision had been made. The woman told me she was waiting on her security team to contact her and she would contact me as soon as possible. Then on Friday (two days before the cruise set sail) she called me and said that she had a couple questions.
The only question I remember her asking was “who is Bobbey?” I explained that Bobby was my partner and nothing further was said.
She said that she would “pass that information on to her security team and then call me back.” I felt certain that if they were going to deny me, they wouldn’t care who “Bobbey” was. Yet I got a call back within the hour and was told I had been denied.
My brother and sister-in-law also booked on the cruise. In fact they had the cabin right next door to the cabin I was assigned. Imagine my surprise, after the cruise had returned, my brother told me that the cabin assigned to me had been occupied. They also told me that there were no children on this cruise.
So, I’m out all this money. Have a 2016 Kia that I really don’t need. To wit it’s almost a year old and I only have 2500 miles on it.
Can they do this?