Cruise line robocall settlement could put up to $900 in your pocket

By Nikki Kimbleton - The Morning Show anchor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - If you received a phone call offering you a free cruise from Carnival, Royal Caribbean or Norwegian Cruise Lines between July of 2009 and March of 2014, you could be eligible for up to $900.

It’s all part of a class action lawsuit that could have the cruise lines paying up to $76 million.

“If you’re getting a robocall where somebody is sending you a pre-recorded message and is trying to sell you something, that call is illegal, unless you gave that person or company specific prior written consent to make that call,” Janice Kopek, the Do Not Call Program Coordinator with the Federal Trade Commission, told WSPA-TV.

Kopek added the most of the robocalls people get are against the law, with a few exceptions like political, emergency, school and charity calls.

As for the Cruise Call Settlement, the amount available to someone depends on how many calls they got. Each call is worth $500. To file a claim, visit allows you to check your number against a database.

The catch? Attorney costs and other fees will have to be paid first by the company, and then the remaining money will be split between everyone who files a valid claim. So while the courts ruled that you should get $300 for each call, what you really get depends on the money that's left. 

One thing to remember when you check your number, make sure you type in the number only without dashes.

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