Jeremy Moore is facing problems because of his travel Yachtnikan event that was billed as a cross between Freaknik and Yacht Week.
However, what was supposed to be an all-inclusive yacht for young black professionals, turned out to be different.
Tyla Morris, who spent a lot of money to get to Yachtnik, spoke to The Shade Room about her experience.
Morris says that a week before departure he received a message from Moore saying that because of the cancellation of the boat and the fines, he had to return the yacht without anything he had been promised, even though thousands of dollars had already been paid.
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That’s what happened to several other attendees including Shameka Jennings, who says her $3,000 trip turned into a $7,000 trip after she was out of pocket for almost everything.
Many of those who attended filed consumer complaints with the FBI as Moore said they were working on a chargeback. Could this have happened because of poor planning? Or a trick gone wrong?
The Shade Room investigates…
The experience has to be the vibe; young black professionals who travel to foreign lands, always have the opportunity to connect with other people who are similar to them.
According to the Yacht’Nik website:
“It’s a very unique experience that will bring you 7 days of spectacular seas, signature events, your own boat and hundreds of like-minded explorers to discover paradise around the world… Wake up every morning to a meal cooked by our hosts as we set sail already on the sea under the command of captains who are well versed in our work.”
Promises of Exotic Cruises in Luxury Yachts, with All-Inclusive Meals, Host, Skipper and More
From the photos and videos, it looks amazing. Exotic cruises to Croatia, Martinique and The Seychelles, where $3,000 can get you a luxury yacht, a host, 14 meals, DJs, pilots, water taxis, exclusive Yacht’Nik events and more.
“The red flags came up right away,” Tyla Morris told Justin Carter of TSR Investigates. “(The host and the owner) told us at the end of July, the boats are still eligible to cancel their trips, many boats have been stopped.”
Morris says that a week before his trip, he received a message from the owner and owner, Jeremy Moore, who explained that there was a “snowfall” that caused the cancellation of the boat.
Morris had already paid everything to join the group in the second week of the tour.
“And when they quit, Dream Yacht Charter (the charter company), which was supposed to take all the boats, canceled the whole fleet,” Morris said.
Morris says that Moore then had to return all the boats and quadruple their value and had to pay fines, and after doing this they ended up with bare bones “boats”.
From $3,000 All-Inclusive to $7,000 All-Inclusive, Attendees Gripe
He said that it came from everything to the individual.
Shameka Jennings was also there, and told The Shade Room that what started as a $3,000 trip turned into a $7,000 trip.
“We had to buy our own food and groceries, for the whole week, which should have been included. We were supposed to have water taxis for free, but we didn’t so we had to pay,” he said.
Jennings also had to hire a caterer to cook their meals – something he had promised and failed to deliver – and a captain to steer the boat, which were also included in the original price.
“He just made things look like they were no big deal,” Jennings said of the company’s owner and founder, Jeremy Moore.
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Morris and Jennings are far from the only ones feeling burned by Moore and his company. Videos and posts with the hashtag #ScamNik have gone viral online, with many other black professionals claiming to have been scammed as well.
Many of the “attendees” have made videos of themselves on social media exposing Moore and the “yacht” he sold them.
One of them was Chris Jones from Atlanta, who said he was looking forward to the music and vibes. But there were no DJs as promised.
“It wasn’t a planned trip,” Jones tells TSR Investigates.
Moore also spoke to The Shade Room to defend his name, and went on to say that several groups canceled 59 days before the trip, which put him in trouble with the charter company he partnered with, Dream Yacht Charters.
“They canceled our entire trip for non-payment,” Moore said. “This only gave me one week to find a way to raise money from different sources. I took out my own loans, my business loans, I took out several loans. “
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He said that in the end he took “the money from the people who were on the trip, adding that to stop the fines, that left the income.”
Moore insists that many of the things people complained about were provided, such as DJs and when asked about transportation/water taxis, he revealed that many attendees failed to fill out the travel form.
A formal consumer complaint has been filed by the FBI. Moore says she has received a refund, and is talking to credit card companies to get more refunds.
He said that as of now, he is not aware of the FBI investigation or the charges against him.
What do you think, Roomies? Was the owner of the company well-intentioned and unprepared? Or is there something more sinister lurking beneath the surface?