It's safe to say that if you have a cell phone, you've fallen victim to at least one spam call in your lifetime, be it someone claiming you've done money, a prize or even a vacation.
But what most people don't know is that while these calls are extremely annoying, sometimes they're actually illegal.
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Hey, it's your time and anonymity they're violating after all.
most recent class action lawsuit being filed against one of these companies pertains to a call consumers received between July 2009 and March 2014.
A resort marketing group was making automated calls to phone numbers claiming to offer free cruises with three major cruise lines (Carnival, Norwegian Cruise and Royal Caribbean.)
The lawsuit states that those victimized by the phone calls could be eligible for up to a whopping $900 in cash as a result.
If you think you qualify for cash back, type your phone number
here and file a claim by November 3, 2017. RELATED: How to avoid getting seasick while on a cruise
How to avoid getting seasick while on a cruise
1. Call guest services
lot of people feel queasy once on board. Consequently, most cruise lines offer anti-nausea pills at their guest service counters at no extra charge. The motion sickness medicine will help until your body becomes accustomed to the movement of the ship.
2. Choose your cabin wisely.
A cabin with windows and a balcony will allow more air and light into the room, alleviating queasiness. Alternatively, an indoor cabin can exacerbate these symptoms.
location of the cabin can do wonders as well. According to Cruise Critic, cabin location is "a question of engineering, really." Choose a cabin lower and more central to the rest of the ship -- you won't feel the ship's movement nearly as much.
"The higher decks and cabins at the very front (forward) or back (aft) of the ship will rock and roll the most,"
3. You can still manage in an indoor cabin.
While an outdoor/balcony cabin is better for those prone to seasickness, an indoor cabin might be okay. One insider
insists the TV should be turned onto the "ship camera" channel. It "will create the illusion of having a window when you have an inside room."
4. Invest in a
It may be expensive, but a relief band could be your cure. Many cruise-goers insist on this small device, which fits on your wrist like a watch.
This FDA-approved device has been proven to stop motion sickness and nausea -- just remember batteries!
5. Opt for nausea-reducing foods.
If you call room service and complain of seasickness, more likely than not they'll send you up a bottle of ginger ale, saltines and green apples.
Vacationers swear by green apples. For many people, the sour taste is the cure for all sorts of motion sickness.
6. Keep your eye on the horizon
In doing so, your
brain "can use the horizon as a point of reference." It helps in reminding your brain that you are moving, solving the conflict between your ears and your eyes.
7. Your journey and time of year matters.
The rockiness of the boat can depend on the season or even the route of the cruise. Sailing across the Atlantic may face
rougher waters than cruising in the Caribbean.
If you're going to the Caribbean, it might best to avoid the summer or fall (
aka hurricane season). You don't want choppy waters, high wind or rain.
8. Go with a more modern ship
No, not for safety concerns. Big ships that were built recently were probably built with
stabilizers. Also used in ferries, the stabilizers are used to help prevent sea sickness.
9. Talk to your doctor about anti-nausea medicine.
Dramamine helps to calm, prevent and treat motion sickness. Bonine is also a popular medication to treat seasickness.
10. Check your posture
doctors believe that posture can influence how your body reacts to movement, like the rocking of a boat. If you're feeling nauseous, try sitting upright or with a pillow to support the neck.
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