I want to plan a large family cruise. I am looking at approx 18 people. I've only booked one cruise before but it was for 2 people and was done through RC's site. I want to book this one, or at least gather information right now, through a travel agent. I've never in my life used an agent and have no idea who is good, reliable and trust worthy. I live in Passaic County here in Northern NJ. Does anyone have or know of any TA's in Passaic or Bergen Counties that can be recommended?
Also, has anyone booked such a large cruise before? Are there discounts/offers that I can inquire about for myself being the bookie, especially one of that size? Maybe upgrades or lowered prices on all the rooms? I am looking to book this for the 2014 year. Is that typical or is this WAY too early to plan this far ahead? My concern would be someone not being able to come for whatever reason.
Any help is much appreciated. I also hope that I posted this in the correct forum. If not, I apologize. I searched the forum's and did not see anything that matched what I was looking for. I am new to this forum.