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mariner of the seas royal caribbean sports deck cruise shipOne North Carolina couple is going to impressive lengths to try and sell their home: they’re offering buyers a free Mediterranean cruise.

Maj. William and Mrs. Sabrina Marlowe’s four-bedroom house in Jacksonville, NC, has been on the market for four months, reports ENC Today, and it’s gotten no offers — yet. But these motivated sellers, who have to move quickly to accommodate a military transfer, hope a vacation will help sweeten the deal. In addition to contributing $2,000 toward closing costs, the Marlowes will treat buyers to a seven-night Mediterranean cruise, including airfare.

I contacted Amanda Parmer, the Marlowes’ real estate agent, to get the scoop on what exactly this cruise would entail. She told me that buyers can choose from three 2011 Western Mediterranean sailings aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, with port calls in Rome, Genoa, Monte Carlo, Corsica, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.

“We chose the cruise over other incentives as it seemed more attractive to buyers in the price range of our home,” the Marlowes told Jacksonville’s Daily News. “We thought we could get the most exciting vacation with a cruise, all inclusive, for our dollar. This is something most everyone would love to go on, but not pay for, especially after just purchasing a home.”

The Marlowes make a good point. I bought a home myself not too long ago, and after all the stress of house hunting, mortgage signing and writing out some very hefty checks, I certainly would have appreciated an all-expenses-paid trip!

You can check out the listing for the house here.

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–written by Sarah Schlichter

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2 Responses to “Buy a House, Get a Free Cruise”

  1. David P. says:

    Anything for a sale, right? I don’t think this would hook me. Feels too gimmicky. But they get points for creativity!

  2. Sabrina Marlowe says:

    This is our home- and we are excited to get the media’s attention in this slow housing market and economy. We sure hope this draws interest towards our home, only 4 years old, versus the new homes going up on every corner in this county. We saw these ideas in Cali when we lived there, and sold there, and we may just start a trend here in NC.
    Its certainly not a gimmick… its all lined up.. buy the home, we’ll give you a giftcard to the travel agent here in town to set it all up! Come take a look!

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