Originally Posted by mclaura
Now, is it important to have a TA that specializes in cruises? We live in a small town and the travel agent I have used here in the past is not a "cruise specialist" Other vacations we've been on I have used on line TA's who specialize in the vacation we were on (ex Dianey World) There seems to be SO many cruise ta's on line I'm not sure what to do. Of course I want to get a good price and good service. Help!
I agree that a GOOD TA would be a big help but there are many TA's out there and finding a good one who is knowledgeable is the hard part. One easy way to find out how knowledgeable and honest a TA is about cruising is to ask if they have heard about any recurring propulsion problems on some Celebrity ships. If they say NO, then keep looking!
I have tried this with several TA's and so far I am still looking but when I find one I will stick with them. FYI, there have been 18 propulsion failures with Celebrity ships and any TA worth his/her salt should be well aware of them and tell you about them.
As far as price, check on various cruise web sites and with the line that you are thinking of choosing. The best thing to do is to do a lot of research on your own so at least you will know what questions to ask.
You could book direct with teh cruise line and I believe that Carnival will allow you to later move your booking to a TA. This would let you shop around for the best deal that you can find at a later date with all TA's.
This board is a great place to get information.
Hope this helps.