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Old May 27th, 2014, 11:02 AM
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Leaving on August 8 for an 11 day Cruisetour.. Can anyone that's done this please tell me the procedure for the last 4 days.. Will we get instruction while on the sea part on what to do the last day.. Being RCCL, I am sure they will be very organized but I just need to get it straight in my mind how this is going to work.. Also, I know that a lot of the meals on the land part will be paid by us, but someone on another board mentioned that there were excursions you could book.. I thought this was the excursion. Do we have to book additional excursions or is what we will be doing all you really need to do to get the full experience. I really need to find that money tree soon...
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Old May 27th, 2014, 01:09 PM
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First, I'm surprised your agent wasn't able to provide all the information about your tour.

When it comes to a cruisetour, all of them, not just RCCL, takes very good care of their tour passengers and providing details on what to do, when to do it, where to do it, etc. So, while you should have already gotten some detailed information from your agent, you'll get the rest of the information on the ship. (Personally, while RCCL is one of my favorite cruise lines, is not all that great for Alaska.)

As for the excursions, during the tour portion of your cruisetour, there are 'down times' when nothing is scheduled. During these times, you can book optional excursions to do things and go places that are not part of your organized tour.

As for the food, yes, almost all the food on the tour portion is not included in the tour price. However, there are some wonderful restaurants and you would be remiss not to try them.

And stop listening to what people on another board have to say - if it's the one we all have come to hate, most of the people on there have no idea what they're talking about anyway. So you did a good thing in asking your question here so others can provide you the information.

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I don't go through a T/A.. I do it all on my own... I really enjoy doing it and my T/A retired a few years ago.. Thanks for the info!! It was actually Facebook.. Could you recommend some of the restaurants that we need to try.
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First, you should always go through a TA. If you book with the cruise line, have any problems, and need assistance, who do you think they represent? Agents have access to contacts and assistance not available to you and they can be invaluable. Plus, if you're using an agent, they're more than willing to help you with all your questions, especially if they are a cruise specialist who's been there done that. They don't charge any fees for their services, so it makes sense to utilize their services, whereas the cruise line people are just there to sell you something - not to provide services to you. And lastly, while an agent will be able to offer any rates and amenities offered by the cruise line, often times an agent will be able to get you better rates or amenities not available through the cruise line.

Okay, enough of the benefits of using an agent.

As for your cruise, if you let us know your itinerary of your tour, either I or others on here might be able to suggest some great places to eat.

If you like some places with alot of character, I suggest the Red Dog Saloon in Juneau and the Red Onion Saloon in Skagway. Two of my favorite places that definitely have character, that's for sure!

In Denali, we really enjoyed the Salmon Bake across the street from the Princess Lodge.

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OK THANKS.... I may look into that T/A.. I have a friend that uses one... I'm sure he would love to have my business... Question though... If they don't charge a fee how do they make money.. I know it's not because they like us..
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We make a commission directly from the cruise line, so that's where we get our pay. Some agents will charge a fee on top of that to help stop those from contacting them just to get information and then going somewhere else to book.

But it just makes more sense to book with an agent because they want your repeat business and referrals, so they'll work hard to help you find the perfect cruise for you.

My advice is to stay away from agents who are always 'recommending' because we're all different and what one person loves, another will hate. And just because the agent loved it, does not necessary mean you will. Plus, not all agents are created equal. Like any other profession, there are those who generalize (sell everything and know very little about most things), and those who specialize (cruise specialists).

Might want to check out our posts on this issue; Finding a good TA

And this one; Travel Agents Know the Best Cruise Secrets

Hope this helps.

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