I'd suggest you find a good local travel agent. Our's has the "Certified Cruise Consultant" designation. Look for a company that has been in business for a long time.
Visiting with a TA won't cost you anything and a good TA is worth their weight in gold! You may be able to find something a little cheaper online, but this sounds like a very important cruise. Some online TA's will give you a good price but once you book with them they're "gone". (Not all, just SOME!) Anyone who advertises on the Cruisemates board is okay. They've been checked and double checked to be sure!
A good TA will run "interference" for you if you have any problems or questions. (And no, I'm not a TA, just have a wonderful one!)
And wow! 22 years as a police officer! I don't know where you are, but thanks again for doing one of the hardest jobs EVER!
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We have policemen friends and know what hey go through: therefore , thanks for being there for someone throughout your career as I know you were.
We booked the Holland - Volendam this June for June 2007, and also have booked our excursions. There are 54 of us going from the surrounding area, and when we finished booking, there were only 11 cabins left.
As previously posted, all cruise lines don't book the same way.
Hope you have a wonderful cruise with your family.