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Complaint Review: Tropical Sails Corp.

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  • Submitted: Wed, September 26, 2012
  • Updated: Thu, October 04, 2012

  • Reported By: Inna — Internet United States of America
Tropical Sails Corp.
18189 W Weatherby Dr. Surprise, Arizona United States of America

Tropical Sails Corp. Dan Oppliger Australia Eclipse 2012 Scam - Tropical Sails - Daniel Oppliger overcharges - he is a scam artist Surprise, Arizona

*Consumer Comment: Prostitutes galore and Daniel Oppliger cheated me

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Fun Under the Stars

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: I am a Woman. Dan has many family traveling with

*Consumer Comment: Are there hookers and prostitutes involved in booze bashes?

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Smooth Crooz'in

*Consumer Comment: The above person should be ashamed

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Accusing Tropical Sails with scam is a big LIE!!!

*Consumer Comment: I was cheated by Daniel Oppliger and Tropical Sails

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Think Twice !!

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Tropical Sails runs a "bait" operation where they advertise lowball prices in their brochures and then charge their clients more than their published prices. Daniel Oppliger, owner of Tropical Sails Corp. is running a scam.

For this November Solar Eclipse 2012 Cruise he advertises a J cabin on the Dawn Princess for $1799 plus $55 in taxes but then tells me that the taxes are higher and that I will have to pay a fuel surcharge which makes for a higher price than he advertised.

He does not provide astronomy lectures on this cruise like Melitacruises did on their China eclipse cruise but only a talk about the eclipse and he provides a cocktail party but no other group activities other than group dining. He has no professional astronomers on the cruise unlike Melitacruises that had several professional scientists giving lectures every day of their cruise. This is hardly a "solar eclipse" cruise but simply a cruise that coincides with a solar eclipse.

Unlike Melitacruises that provided shore excursions on their cruise for all their clients, Dan Oppliger leaves his clients on their own and does not provide shore excursions and can not assist in providing shore excursions for those of his clients who want them. He leaves his clients in the ports of call completely on their own, high and dry. This is hardly what one would expect for a professionally run Solar Eclipse Cruise.

There is another ripoffreport on this website that calls Dan Oppliger a crook where he overcharged a client. When I mentioned this to him he gave me false information about this denying that he overcharged the client. From my investigation of this it is clear that Dan Oppliger and his Tropical Sails Corp. is a scam operation.

Before posting this report, I emailed Dan Oppliger asking him to explain himself and that if he didn't I would be posting this report. I refused to respond to my email confirming that he is a scam artist.

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This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/26/2012 02:24 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Tropical-Sails-Corp/Surprise-Arizona-85374/Tropical-Sails-Corp-Dan-Oppliger-Australia-Eclipse-2012-Scam-Tropical-Sails-Daniel-Op-947052. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Prostitutes galore and Daniel Oppliger cheated me

AUTHOR: Philip Seldon - (United States of America)

The ex-employee who posted above confirms that Daniel Oppliger overcharges debits on his clients credit cards hoping that the charges won't be noticed.

She said that she was one of his female assistants and says that he provides female assistants to his male astornomy tour clients and that these assistants make a lot of money and that these assistants are foreign.

Reading between the lines of this posting makes it apparant that Daniel Oppliger is supplying prostitutes to the male members of his tours to make them happy. Shame on him!

And in addition, he overcharges the debits on his clients' credit cards hoping that they won't be noticed. Shame on him!

This assistant seems to know everything about Daniel Oppliger and tells us that Daniel Oppliger is bad news!

BEWARE OF DANIEL OPPLIGER AND TROPICAL SAILS - HE IS A CHEAT AND A CROOK
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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Fun Under the Stars

AUTHOR: Alexia - (USA)

Daniel is a nice man. He's an excellent businessman in making additional money. Daniel does bring his wife on many cruises. His wife use to be an assistant on the cruises. When his wife is not along on a cruise, the foreign assistants are constantly at Daniel's side. Daniel's side business isn't disclosed to many people. The astronomy assistants can make lots of extra money helping with the gentlemen astronomer requests during the cruises. Daniel operates in cash, never makes credit card refunds, and overcharges on most credit card debits that's rarely noticed.  I'm not surprised that Daniel wouldn't refund the New York astronomer his money. Daniel employs the best attorneys that nobody can beat. Daniel has many young foreign ladies that work for him as assistants. I use to be an assistant for Daniel.  He kept shorting me on my pay so I stopped his cruises. I work for another cruise line assisting astronomers and freelance assist with astronomers. Now there's no problems with checks or tips being correctly accounted on paychecks.
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#3 REBUTTAL Individual responds

I am a Woman. Dan has many family traveling with

AUTHOR: Cimen Sertbas - (United States of America)

Person who name himself exemployee, you must be out of your mind.
you are also creating false information. I am not a man and everytime we travel with Tropical Sail/Dan Oppliger I've found male clients number less then females.
Most of the participants are usualy couple and family. Dan also join this tours with his wife. We do never saw any female asistancy that your hallucination creates .  
You must be very angry for not working any longer with Dan. Do you really think you can insult us as traveler and Daniel Oppliger in such a easy way.You are not doing well to yourself by trying to accuse this very descent and family oriented tour company and its cients.

Stop lying and fabricating your imaginary fantasies
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#4 Consumer Comment

Are there hookers and prostitutes involved in booze bashes?

AUTHOR: Philip Seldon - (United States of America)

The above poster wrote:

"Dan runs a great business. Most of the cruise vacationers are men with cameras and telescopes. There's never a need to have scientists on a relaxing tour of the galaxy. Tropical provides young women as assistants to these lonely astro amateurs. The abundance of food and alcohol results in shooting stars for everyone. Dan's business strategy attracting customers is out of this world."

As I read this Daniel Oppliger is providing women to lonely astro amateurs with an abundance of alcohol to result in shooting stars for everyone which in other parlance means "happy endings."

Is Daniel Oppliger running as astronomy tour or a whorehouse for lonely astro amateurs? The above poster seems to know the answer.
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#5 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Smooth Crooz'in

AUTHOR: Tropical Crater Tours - (USA)

Dan runs a great business. Most of the cruise vacationers are men with cameras and telescopes. There's never a need to have scientists on a relaxing tour of the galaxy. Tropical provides young women as assistants to these lonely astro amateurs. The abundance of food and alcohol results in shooting stars for everyone. Dan's business strategy attracting customers is out of this world.
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#6 Consumer Comment

The above person should be ashamed

AUTHOR: Philip Seldon - (United States of America)

The above person should be ashamed - calling me a liar and dishonest is outrageous when the facts are clear - Daniel Oppliger cheated me as fully explained in the above posting. This person is a rogue.

I am not a liar and I am not dishonest - I was cheated by Daniel Oppliger and it seems that he has mistreated other potential clients as exemplified by their ripoffreport postings. He has a total of four ripoffreport postings.

One must wonder who this poster's parents were and where they came from to have instilled such outrageous and poor moral values in them to make such false accusations. Shame on them.

Philip Seldon
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#7 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Accusing Tropical Sails with scam is a big LIE!!!

AUTHOR: Cimen Sertbas - (United States of America)

I am customer of Tropical sails and Daniel Oppliger since last 15 years and have received many wonderful services in a great budget from them.
Daniel Oppliger who is the owner of Tropical sails has wonderful and very descent way of offering his services. We always have fully understanding of the given services and extra expenses when we purchase tour from Daniel Oppliger. We travel with Tropical Sails frequently never heard and/or witnessed unhappy customers. 
We always get perfectly enough information about the eclipse and astronomy. Anyway almost all of us experts of the astronomy and followers of the eclipse.
I think Daniel should sue this liar and dishonest person for  attacking him in such a low manner.
no one should be walking away easily after such a badly set up criminal offence
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#8 Consumer Comment

I was cheated by Daniel Oppliger and Tropical Sails

AUTHOR: Philip Seldon - (United States of America)

Your clients may be happy with Tropical Sails but I am not. I was cheated by Tropical Sails. 

My name is Philip Seldon and here is my tragic story:

Daniel Oppliger, owner of Tropical Sails Corp., had a hotel charge my American Express card for an unauthorized charge. This charge was in excess of his brochure price. I told the hotel that Daniel Oppliger was a cheat and a crook and that he overcharged me. The hotel agreed with me and gave me a refund of the difference between what he had them charge me and his brochure price. Daniel Oppliger is a disreputable businessman, a cheat and a crook.

Here's are the details:

Tropical Sails, owned by Daniel Oppliger, advertised a Transit of Venus tour in its brochure for four nights with three breakfasts, a Luau, porterage, taxes and an event shirt for $469 per person double occupancy and $769 single occupancy at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui, Hawaii. The transit was on June 6, 2012.

I signed up for the single occupancy for $769 for four nights with the Luau, taxes and event shirt only to discover that Dan had the hotel charge my credit card for $921.69. And I never got the event shirt promised.

I never authorized Dan to have the hotel charge my card, only to have Tropical Sails charge my card and only for the $769. I was overcharged and cheated by Daniel Oppliger who earned a hefty commission from the hotel.

I asked Daniel Oppliger to refund me the $152.69 overcharge in an email and got this email response:

"Phillip,
You are Royal Lahaina's client, not ours. Please direct your concerns to them and do not contact me again. You have wasted enough of our time and we should bill you for reservation and other services provided. Thank you.

Regards,
Daniel F Oppliger
Tropical Sails Corp
18189 W Weatherby Dr
Surprise, AZ 85374-7315"

I was not Royal Lahaina's client but Tropical Sails and I never made my reservation with Royal Lahaina. I had not heard of Royal Lahaina before dealing with Tropical Sails. Daniel Oppliger is a cheat and a scam artist as you can see from his response above. He had the hotel charge me $921.69 for the four nights that he advertised for $769. Daniel Oppliger is a crook.

Considering the hefty commission Daniel Oppliger earned from the hotel he could easily have refunded the $152.69 overcharge but he chose not to do so preferring to cheat me. He is a disreputable businessman and a rouge.

If you want to go on an astronomy tour for a Solar Eclipse or to view the Northern Lights I recommend that you consider the trips by MWT - MelitaTrips (www.melitatrips.com) or Sky and Telescope Magazine or Astronomy Magazine or the other tour companies that advertise in these two magazines.

BEWARE OF DANIEL OPPLIGER AND TROPICAL SAILS. DO NOT BOOK YOUR TRAVEL THROUGH THEM - IF YOU DO YOU MAY BE SORRY
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#9 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Think Twice !!

AUTHOR: Medsail - (Sweden)

Tropical Sails Corp has sent us many clients over the years. We have never had a problem with Mr. Oppliger or the pricing.  We at Medsail Holidays have many programs with various prices which may be confusing with some consumers.  The packages vary to way each boat owner decides to do things.

We have many happy notes from Tropical Sails clients.

Savas Ozel.
Medsail Holidays AB
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