Originally Posted by zydecocruiser
Travel agents and agencies also come and go, often taking clients money with them. At least Carnival is in no danger of going bankrupt.
That's a completely unfair statement saying 'often taking client's money with them'. Given there are over 9,400 agencies with over 105,000 agents in the U.S., it does not happen all that often, but when it happens, it makes big headlines. It's like when passengers on a ship getting the norovirus. It doesn't happen all that often, but when it does, it makes huge headlines and scares people unnecessarily.
But this is why you NEVER pay an agent directly. You never want to pay in cash or check, and you never want them to charge your credit card. You should always demand that they have the cruise line charge the credit card, then there's absolutely nothing to worry about. It's like any other profession out there - there are always a few than ruin it for everyone else. Look how many times people get ripped off by auto mechanics and appliance repair people! There always doing shows about all this going on. And we won't even begin to talk about used car sales people, tax accountants, or lawyers!
Saying a few agents are bad and no one should ever use one is like saying the Captain of the Costa Concordia is bad so we should never cruise again on any cruise line on any ship to anywhere because they are all bad and unsafe, and people often die going on a cruise.