I tried to use a local TA for our Med cruise last summer, but I just couldn't turn down the $500/pp difference in price between the rate she quoted (same as the cruise line website) and the the rate I got on line. The perks (OBC, wine, coupon book) were nice but I would have gone with the TA if that had been the only difference. DW & I had already done all the hard work of picking a cruise, would have loved some help with hotels in Venice and Rome, would have probably even bought insurance through her, but not for a thousand bucks!
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; John Masefield
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014, Regal 2014, 2016
Star Clippers: Royal Clipper 2015