03/11/2015 11:48 EDT | Updated 05/11/2015 05:59 EDT

CRTC Fines Company Because You Didn't Just Win A Cruise To The Bahamas

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[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Sunset with view of the Holland America Line cruise liner MS Zuiderdam anchored at the port of Willemstad, Curacao.

OTTAWA - A company that made automated calls to Canadians telling them they had won a free cruise to the Bahamas in exchange for answering a survey has agreed to pay $200,000 for breaking telemarketing rules.

Consolidated Travel Holdings Group Inc. agreed to pay the penalty and to stop making unsolicited telemarketing calls to Canadians in a deal with the CRTC.

The federal regulator says it launched its investigation after complaints submitted by Canadians.

It says it found Caribbean Cruise Line used an automatic dialing-announcing device to offer cruises to Canadians, including many who have their phone number registered on the national do not call list.

Caribbean Cruise Line is owned by Florida-based Consolidated Travel Holdings Group Inc.

The national do not call list was launched in 2008 and has more than 12.7 million numbers registered.

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