Many great places to see in the world and the family escapes once a year to a new destination and the deals that we have with buying credits through Royal Holiday Vacation club has been a money saver and makes our planning a lot easier. Definitely recommend to any family to book with them instead of trying to go through an independent travel agent, or a priceline.com website.
Well lets say we were treated like royalty so I understand now why they call it Royal Holidays. I tripped when I walked into the hotel cause I was gazing at how decadent it was and the staff was so nice and attentive, and helped me with everything I needed. The entire trip that I felt like royalty. 5 stars all the way baby. Oh yeah.
Definitely the best trip ever. My husband being in the military it's great to go on a vacation when he comes home. We are glad we signed up for these deals and all of the good reviews turned out to be true.
Well my hipster wife told me about how her friend Beth went on a Royal Holiday vacation trip and we looked into it and was so happy to get away from this political madness we live in here. People did look at us funny for how we dress but I guess that’s expected in Asia when they aren’t used to our style here.
Great vacation deal better beach. I could see my feet in the water. Here I cant even see the water they tell us to drink. Def. going on another trip. Wish we had bought more credits. Will do so when we can afford to do so.
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Not the very best vacation of my life but I live in a vacation haven. The price was really good value for what we got but the service at the hotel was just sub par. It took 12 minutes for them to bring us extra towels and 20 minutes to receive our dinner after we ordered. The amenities at the hotel were excellent as well.
Canada it's great to be back home but the ocean was amazing in my visit to Miami, Florida. Really awesome stuff. Would recommend anybody to sign up for the Royal Holiday vacation deals if they are wanting to travel abroad or go on a short holiday.
Timeshares can be tricky but this one worked. Really don't know what to say but it was a great trip. My flight was delayed by 2 hours so that's why they get 4 stars instead of 5. Really don't like the delays that made the beginning of my trip not as enjoyable.
Saved around 2500 from what we would have spent with the kids and the whole family had we taken it upon ourselves to book this trip without the help of the Royal Holiday vacationer team. Glad we sat in and did the trip and saved money. You save me money and you get a good rating.
I had the most amazing vacation ever this year with Royal Holiday. I was looking to head down to Mexico from California and to see what was being offered for a beautiful beach front getaway. I ended up at an all inclusive resort that treated my husband and I like we were absolutely golden goose and better than any restaurant that we frequent in Beverly Hills. We will certainly be going back again for the food, royal treatment (I guess now I know why they call it royal holiday vacations), and for the crystal clear blue water beaches.
Breach of the services contract. Each year we pay maintenance to enjoy 10 thousand points that allow me to have holidays for a week. Last year after a difficult negotiation - for 4 months - finally the club accepted its fault. Last year I received a hotel of low quality and full of defects which made my holidays were a disaster. I was "compensated" with 10 thousand points extras. Since the beginning of November 2016 I requested a reservation for the week prior to Christmas, in Tijuana and the place named "Guerrero negro" in Baja California Mexico and finish in Cabo San Lucas. They said "we do not have hotels." And recommended the destination of Mazatlan. The agent said once again that room was not available. Then they recommended to me to go to Manzanillo and when I requested it, the step was the same.
Finally they also said Puerto Vallarta and New Vallarta. I got the same answer. I finally requested my booking on Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta, asserting that my wife, personally checked that had place in Vallarta and the agent said... "well it is truth, but it is not for Royal Holiday. It is for particular guests." Royal holiday uses this method of taking off customers. It means that we as club members don't have preference, so they don't respect the preference agreement, neither respect the previous payment done at the beginning of the year. So they have sold two time the same space. It means it's a fraud. Therefore it is not a club. Every time they are committing fraud.
They affected me and my family emotionally for two months, brought me in the uncertainty and deteriorating the expectation of taking vacations. The company has roughly violated the right of holidays - it is a human right - against me, my wife and daughter. I had to pay a hotel in Vallarta and to find the complement in Patzcuaro and to spend more money than I had scheduled. They might lose my holidays in addition to the psychological and emotional damage.
We signed up in 2011 when we were on a trip to the Bahamas but still lived in the USA. We thoroughly went through all the paperwork, and we did negotiate the price, which was reflected in the paperwork. We have used Royal Holiday for multiple trips. Several for ourselves (one being our honeymoon to Punta Cana), and 1 trip for my son for THEIR honeymoon to Mexico. Everything went off without a hitch and really have no complaints. We actually UPGRADED when we were in Punta Cana to more credits!
Now we are expats living in Thailand (for almost 2 years now), and Royal Holiday will come in handy for us to travel even more. We are almost done paying off our contract and are looking forward to only annual fees. We have done the math and we would have paid way more by purchasing the trips we took on our own. Most of the complaints I have seen are about people who are not paying their membership. Duh. Any company will harass you if you don't pay. Others have been about misrepresentation from Royal Holiday... which is definitely bad, but I do believe there are bad apples in every group. Just do your due diligence and make sure everything and all changes to your contract are signed, and you have a copy.
As for difficulty in communication, well just try living in Thailand for a while. LOL. Communication in foreign countries is always difficult. As a traveler, I would advise to roll with the punches. Not everything goes as planned. Any trip can be a disaster if you don't travel by this motto. The only downside for us was our inability to use our credits with RCI. Apparently, you have to completely change your account to RCI? Still not sure... but that's ok. We are just picking from the available options on Royal Holiday now. We have been happy with our accommodations, food, and staff. I would recommend.
We have tried to cancel our membership contract we purchased while on a family vacation in Cancun Mexico on January 7, 2017. Our assigned member service representative "Diana" has been no help to us at all. Diana refused to let us speak to anyone else besides her at Royal Holiday regarding our complaint, threatened to send us to collections if the payments were not made, and she eventually hung up the phone during our request to cancel. This of course, was after we had made two other attempted phone calls, but each time we had to leave messages and await Diana's return call. Please see the list of contract discrepancies and misrepresentations made by Royal Holiday employees below.
Page 1 of 5 of the contract states that we are married. We never stated or implied that we were married and we are NOT married. The only wording on page 1 of 5 of the contract that is written in Spanish is marital status. Under marital status it says CASADO. We are Americans and we only speak English. It is misleading that the only thing written in Spanish is our marital status. We had no idea what casado meant until we got home and looked it up. Writing false information on a legal contract is illegal and the practice of giving misinformation in a foreign language is deceptive. Page 4/5 of the contract under item #17 it states that "In the event of deviation in language between the wording in foreign language and that in Spanish language, the Spanish language will prevail." Thus, the Spanish language of marital status "CASADO" prevails on the contract and we are NOT married, thus, making this contract null and void.
Page 3/5 of the contract is missing one signature by the purchaser. Jason ** did not sign this page of the contract, thus, making this page of the contract null and void. Page 5/5 of the contract is missing initials by both purchasers on all 11 items listed requiring initials, thus, making this contract null and void. Page 5/5 of the contract under item #7 states we cannot use our membership until the calendar year of 2018. We were told by the Royal Holiday sales staff that we could use our benefits after 10 business days. This is one of the reasons we agreed to purchase the membership.
Addendum page of the contract under paragraph #2 states "Because purchasers are 50 years of age or older on the date of the purchase of this membership, you are entitled to accelerate the use of your holiday credits in accordance with the operating rules of the club." Neither purchaser was 50 years of age at the time of purchase, nor will either of us be 50 years old for many years! Yet, we were told by the Royal Holiday sales staff that we were purchasing the accelerated program that would make our membership a 15 year term in lieu of a 30 year term and we would get 20,000 annual points per year. Thus, the addendum page makes the contract null and void as neither purchaser was 50 years old at the time of signing on 1/7/2017.
Holiday Credit Certificate(s) - We were given two 60,000 holiday credit certificates which we were told were a bonus for purchasing the membership package we chose. This was the main reason we accepted the terms of the membership. We would not have purchased the membership without these additional credits, as we did not feel like 20,000 credits a year was sufficient for our traveling desires.
(Terms & Conditions) #1 states that the credits of the certificate are non-transferable. We were told by the Royal Holiday sales staff that the credits were transferable to anyone as long as our membership was in good standing. We were very clear with the sales staff that we wanted our parents and our children to be able to use these credits. We would not have purchased the membership had we been given the correct information from the sales staff about how restrictive the bonus credits truly are.
(Terms & Conditions) #6 does not apply for prime season or holidays or holiday weekends. We were told by the sales staff that the certificate points were good for any travel, anytime, anywhere, within the "RCI" book we received. The sales staff also explained that because we wanted to take a cruise to Alaska that we could use part of the 60,000 credits and still have credits left over for another vacation. However, this is also another misrepresentation of facts. The Holiday Credit Certificates don't even list the cruise lines as an option to redeem those points. Holiday Credit Certificate (Folio # **) was altered by Royal Holiday staff when "white out" was used under the terms and conditions paragraph for the activation fee section. Under #9 of terms and conditions it states that the certificate will be void by any alteration or erasure, thus, making this certificate void.
We were told by the Royal Holiday sales staff that the Royal Holiday daily all inclusive fee for members was $30 for the regular season and $59 for the high and or prime season. "So you would want to schedule your vacation during the regular season." This of course, was another misrepresentation of the truth. After further review of the RCI resort guide, and our conversation with our rep "Diana," we now know that the fee is $59 no matter when you travel. We were told by the Royal Holiday sales staff that their customer service was available 24/7, 365 days a year. However, once we tried to cancel our membership we realized that this was another misrepresentation. The customer service phone hours are limited. They are not 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We were told by the Royal Holiday sales staff that as members, we would have hotel transportation to and from the airport. "Can you imagine coming off the plane and there is a driver, with a sign and your name is on the sign, waiting for you, to take you to your hotel? We even know the kinds of drinks our members like and we will have those waiting for them too. That's the kind of service we give our members." This is completely untrue and a bold lie at best.
In closing, we were told numerous lies by the Royal Holiday sales staff, and they grossly misrepresented the contract we purchased to become a member of the "Royal Holiday family." If this is how you treat your members and or family, we do not want to be a part of it. Nor will we ever go back to another Royal Holiday resort. This has been nothing short of a nightmare and we have wasted more time than we need to in explaining our horrific experience with Royal Holiday. As a member of the U.S. Armed Forces I am appalled that my precious free time spent on vacation would be taken advantage of by a company who uses high pressure tactics in which sales representatives will make any and all promises to get the contract signed. I hope that Royal Holiday takes the ethically correct action and cancels our contract.
We signed up Nov 11 2016 at the Playa Del Carmen Grand Sunset Princess. The next day I went online and tried searching available trips in Mexico and Dominican Republic and found very limited choices and the ones I found would cost us $100 US each for all inclusive. For this along with the fact that I pride myself in finding good deals and booking online I decided to cancel our membership and prepared for the worst. I found a form letter online that quoted the Mexican Law "Article 56" that states our right to cancel within the 5 days and referred to the Consumer Advocate Group "PROFECO". We walked in and asked to speak with our salesman and presented the letter. He brought us straight to a room with the "Closer". We had a 2-minute conversation in which I expressed a general dissatisfaction with the program and we exchanged signed letters and were on our way.
It was a huge relief that they didn't try and bully us or threaten to keep our money. We expect our $4000 deposit back within the 15 days they promised. This small office does a million in sales annually so there are a lot of members. Even though this wasn't for us there must be some happy Customers but they don't usually go online to say so. I just felt it fair to express our positive experience.
I was scammed like most everyone else here. Terrible, fraudulent company that lie to get you to sign up, then fail to deliver on most everything they promised. Just stop paying them. They'll threaten and threaten, you'll keep getting calls. But they never reported me to credit bureaus so I never saw my credit score drop. Told the collection agency that finally started calling me after years of the company itself hounding me, that I would pay the back dues and fees once if they would then cancel my contract forever. That worked. Done and out.
We purchased in Cancun our trial membership on November 2014 for $2500. They asked pay $3000 but we offered $2000. (Did you know that you can bargain?) Anyway, the sales was long, aggressive but we got free Tour tickets (valued over $400). First trip we went to Cozumel Royal. Beautiful place, amazing view of the cruise ships. Great maintenance/housekeeping, food was great, we got reservations to the restaurants with no problem. Nice beach area, kids got free snorkeling equipment. Great activities for kids. Night entertainment was OK but needs improvement. Amazing beach ocean, calm water, clean. We only paid for food fees of $44/p/r/d, kids eat for 50%. Remember, everything can be bargaining in Mexico and hey, learn speak some Spanish.
I cancelled my vacation on the day I was supposed to travel. I was told that I would get all of my credits back except for that day. Later that day, I was informed that I could not get any credits back. I even had insurance on the trip, but I could not get my credits back. The lady told me to call the insurance company, but all I got was all lines are busy for an entire week. I am so ready to sell this timeshare.
We had a timeshare week for 30 and got bored of timeshare and sold the week for next to nothing. When approached by a salesperson in Cancun in 2011 we liked the concept of Royal Holiday club. We have been to Mexico 6 times and Europe 4 times. The sales technique could be more transparent and less aggressive. I have done my Math and come to the conclusion that you could make direct booking and the total cost would be about the same. Using Royal Holiday for planning and choosing holidays is like having a personal trainer instead of going to the gym yourself.
I would not recommend Royal Holiday or any Timeshare if you are computer savvy and have the time and energy to do all the searches and your financial resources are limited. Travel agents have limited horizons. There are "mini-lies" in their sales pitch. They claim that they can get cheaper travel flights. This is not the case when I first checked flights from Toronto-Mexico in 2011.
Food was uncooked. They are not able to manage a large group. I request the management to look after all these stuff. I'm paying more amount to other hotel. I'll never ever recommended to anyone. Very bad experience.
My husband and I visited the Royal Princess Resort in the Mayan Riviera in November of 2015. The night of our arrival we were scooted away from reception by a lady stating they were a representative of the hotel and that they wanted to book us for the "orientation breakfast" in the morning for new guests. The orientation turned out to be the Royal Holiday vacation proposal. After going through the sales pitches and examples of all the savings, we were made to believe it was a great deal. They even stated we would even get discounts on our flights.
The sales process was high pressure and confusing. They misrepresented prices we would pay at the all-inclusives we would have access to as well the total price we would pay for the product we had purchased. There is a delay in getting customer access to the on-line website. For a reason as soon as you have access it is after the 5-day period in which you can cancel your contract (which they do not let you know about), you will figure out that the deal is not such a great deal. After getting home and logged into their customer website - the price misrepresentation became incredibly apparent. What was also misrepresented was the rooms we would be able to book under our package. In all, I have to say that the whole process was confusing, which I am sure is done on purpose. Had the pricing been exactly was they proposed to us, it would have been a good deal. However it was not.
Justine of Naples, FL on Dec. 27, 2014 -- thank you so much! Your comments were very helpful although I continue to see what they will do. If you are curious about why I am pissed off at Royal Holiday, please see comments posted by Justine of Naples because they pretty much mirror mine. I am taking action to cancel and get my money back. Below I am copying a complaint email that I sent to PROFECO for your information. Wish me luck!
This is my second formal PROFECO complaint about Royal Holiday. As you have seen from the email from Sandra **, Royal Holiday keeps harassing consumers even after I have elected to cancel the contract in accordance with the contract itself and Mexican federal law. I have cancelled my contract both pursuant to the contract itself and Mexican federal law, and Royal Holiday should honor this request.
Despite what Sandra ** states, there were numerous misrepresentations and fraudulent comments made during the hyper aggressive sales presentation. First, Gregorio **, a sales manager, said that once I pay the down payment, the interest rate will be 1% until the principal amount is paid off (USD 9,000 in total). However, the agreement says that it will be 4% for the first 6 months, and it sometimes goes down to 1%, which is clearly different from what he promised.
Gregorio ** also promised that if I paid the principal amount early, I will get a 10% discount on the principal amount. But the signed contract says that it will be reduced to only 8%. Despite these inconsistencies, into the fourth hour of this hyper aggressive sales presentation, Gregorio ** kept pushing me to sign the contract because the differences are not that much money while I was complaining that I have to sit down and eat some food because of my health conditions due to my pregnancy.
Gregorio ** assured me multiple times that I can cancel the contract within five business days for any reason. But when I went down to the sales desk one day after I signed the contract to cancel in writing (which is in accordance of Section 11.a) of the contract, first he said that the contract is canceled, and then he said that it cannot be canceled without a valid reason. Gregorio ** forced me to write down a reason for cancellation which I refused. After I refused, Gregorio ** kept pushing that I have to give a reason which the "board of directors" has to review and sign off. What kind of company has its board of directors review service cancellation requests? After refusing to write down a reason multiple times, I was forced to write down the reason which is that there are all these scam reports against Royal Holiday that I was not made aware before I signed the contract.
Further, Gregorio ** then threatened me by saying that if I try to cancel, there is a penalty which is 30% of the contract price. He accused me of signing a document that said that I would owe them the 30% in the event of cancellation. It was unbelievable. Of course there is no document that says so, and Gregorio ** made multiple promises during the negotiation phase how I can cancel anytime. When I brought up his promises, Gregorio ** then started yelling at me saying that it was only a verbal promise which is not binding, and it is all my fault that I did not read contracts closely before I signed the contract. I could not believe his behavior.
The contract says that I can cancel within 5 business days for any reason if I give proper notice. I have given them proper notice already twice via email and I plan on sending another one via certified mail tomorrow (all three notices attached for your review). Royal Holiday still acts like my cancellation request was improper. I hereby sincerely request that Royal Holiday acknowledge via email at ** that the contract has been canceled by the company and that the company will be refunding the deposit of USD 1,845 to my credit card on file.
I read so many negative comments about Royal Holiday; I've had mostly nice experiences. Those that weren't as nice, were taken care of. I'm not happy about my home account in Nassau is no longer. But it may come back, have faith. I've never had to wait for a confirmation. If my computer acts up or I have questions, I call; I get my answers & get booked right then. I bought in 2002; I'm not sorry I did. Going to Dominican Republic & Las Vegas next year plus rolled some points into RCI. All is okay on my end.
They are awful to speak with and will not give you to a supervisor. On my call today they threatened my credit. I bought my timeshare at an all inclusive in the Bahamas and they dropped it. They actually told me I should go to Belgium or Peru.
Every year I have to deal with Royal Holiday. First of all my deal with them was for 4 weeks on papers however I have to spend hours on the phone every single year to get my weeks. They always try to give me one week only. Secondly, the value of my week dropped to half the value of last year. When I call to inquire they tell me your weeks are randomly selected by our system, we have no control over it. Conflicting info every single phone call. I have been told you can deposit your week in any season you pick so you get more points, however when I did that, they back dated my weeks to the lowest season with the lower value. Inconsistence, inconsistence, inconsistence, they will always try to cheat you out of the value you bought into.
I am unfortunately a member of Royal Holiday and suggest NO ONE SHOULD JOIN THIS! After you consider the money you spend and the high cost of yearly dues you are better off without timeshare type vacation memberships. I call Royal Holiday (RH) to get a reservation in Las Vegas October-2015. The person (CS) answering the call and said he would have to contact the hotel to see if he could get the extra night that was not available at the time. He said he would call back in 2 hours. But CS never called back and I made other arrangements.
Then two days later he calls and says he made the reservation and wanted to give me the confirmation number. I told him I could no longer use this and why did he not call me back as he promised. He said he did call back. Well, that's a lie because he did not leave a message and my caller log shows I had no missed calls that could have been any RH line.
I asked to talk to a supervisor to get this cancelled but there was none around - It was Friday afternoon. CS said they would call back on Monday. No one called so I called and CS told supervisor was in a meeting. Called back and talked to someone else and was told supervisor had a special event that day. I asked for a supervisor to call me back Tuesday. No calls. Tuesday I called and asked to talk to supervisor. No can do since a request was sent to listen to the phone call I had with CS initially. Now it is Friday, more than a week after my initial call on Wednesday last week. HOW do I get to talk to a supervisor or customer service manager at this horrible outfit?
As many other have described, got scammed into a membership and cannot get out. I think we ALL should do this: STOP paying the yearly membership. This will have a huge impact of their finances and hopefully eventually make them go out of business. They can't sue us all. There is enough evidence that this company is a bunch of liars and thieves. Their "product" has no value as it is easier and most often also cheaper just to book the vacation through free channels.
Do not fool with these people, not worth the headache. Not to mention the fee to activate the points, after you paid all your down payment money to them and your monthly payments. What did you pay an upfront for if you have to pay to activate points? We all can do the math? RIPOFF!!! I brought what they call a trial package in Cancun, Mexico in 2014... First they inundated you with all these films, rooms with jacuzzis, dual floors. Now the hotel I was in was already a nice hotel that I paid out of pocket to stay in so that is where they sold me. This year I called, tried to book the same hotel, can't, not available, had to stay in another hotel that Royal owned... the catch, sleeps 6, more than what my husband and I needed, only available during the time we could vacation.
Let me mention room smelled like sewage the whole time, had to beg to get room cleaned, not going to go into great detail but not what I envisioned. Not to mention the all-inclusive of 48.00 per person per day, and the food was garbage, I was sick the first day from the food that I ate out everyday, lived on apples for the week from the market. Needless to say very disappointed! Wish I would have read all the blogs and stayed away... I know this much. It is much cheaper to do Travelocity, Orbitz. We'll go through a travel agent than deal with these folks! This is the catch, they get you as soon as you get to the hotel... most people vacation for 4-5 days, by the time you get home, sit down... boom! Credit card gone through, can't get out! STUCK like chuck!! My 3 years in this godforsaken club or whatever you want to call it can't end fast enough!!!
We have been members for many sad years and 4 years ago invested $9000 for 250,000 bonus points. This turned out to be increments of 15,000 or 30,000 and couldn't be used unless an equal number were purchased. We decided two years later to have nothing to do with the company because we could no longer travel. HOWEVER they insist we pay the yearly maintenance fee of nearly $1200 U.S. in perpetuity and on our death give the time-share to family or friends to carry on this charade. It has now been put in the hands of a collection agency who are harassing us daily. This is not what I expected as I approach my 80th. A totally shameful sinful company who need to brought before courts and punished severely.
We were on a family vacation in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico July 2014. The sales reps are so pushy we decided to sit in on consultation. Of course we were amaze with all the great things that were included with the timeshare. We have been mislead and I'm trying to cancel my membership and I've been denied. We were informed and of course we should have got this in writing. We didn't but that we could cancel this at anytime. Now, that we are in the process of trying to cancel because of course is much cheaper to purchase a vacation directly through an agency and online than booking through Royal Holiday. I provided them with at least 4 different dates and months and NONE of the DATES were available of extremely high in cost. We need assistance in cancelling and DON'T know what to do! Need a lawyer QUICKLY. Any solutions please let me know. HELP.
To everyone who is planning to go to Caribe, here is a piece of advice: when someone approaches you talking about ROYAL HOLIDAY, tell this person to go ** her/himself. THIS IS A SCAM. Last December me and my fiance went to the Bavaro Princess in Punta Cana and were fooled just like the rest of you guys. Today, after 53 E-MAILS, a representative finally called me and told me that "after 4 hours inside a meeting room you start to hear what YOU WANT TO HEAR." Are you ** kidding me?!
I don't care how much money I will have to put into this, I am taking this ** company to court! IF ANY OF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN FORCES WITH ME, please e-mail me at **. We have to do something! My contract is "only" a three years one, but there are other people who have way longer contracts. PLEASE GUYS, we cannot let them get rid of this this easily!
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