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Old May 18th, 2007, 08:28 PM
IBCRUZIN' IBCRUZIN' is offline
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I book directly with the cruiseline. I don't like having to deal with a middleman. I am a control freak.

Local TA's are not around 24/7 in case of an emergency. The perks that online travel companies offer is not worth being at the mercy of the company's standing with the cruiseline in case there is a problem.

For my upcoming cruise, I booked directly with Carnival. To date, I have received $484 in OBC for various reasons. I got this by calling Carnival directly. Would I have received this much OBC through a local TA? Not likely. Through an online TA? Depends on their relationship with Carnival and whether they felt like going the extra mile just for my benefit.
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