Kuki is right. We booked our first cruise direct with carnival. It was neither a awful or great experience.
We are now going on our second cruise. Booked with a PVP with the idea of transferring to a TA. We tried cruise compete but got that gut feeling that something was wrong with the 2 quotes we got back. So we didn't go that route.
I did just contact the TA used here for group cruises, Nancy S. Bogert. She is great! It looks like we will be using her.
I will post again as soon as the transfer is complete but I am loving Nancy so far!! Carla