A TA makes their money off a commission the cruise line gives them. We actually started by booking through carnival and transferring to a TA for a better rate. But this method also locked the rate through carnival if we couldn't fine a TA with a better price. Carla
- Carnival Inspiration 3/3/07 - Grand Cayman & Calica
If you are a first time cruiser and don't know which particular line you'd like to sail, find a good TA that can tell you about each cruiseline.
Even though I do most of the online work myself, I continue to use my TA. One, because we have become friends; two because she tends to find special deals that I haven't heard about; and three because it may just be coincidence, but everytime I have sailed I have been upgraded (I usually book a guarantee) - once from a 6A oceanveiw to an 8B balcony.
CarnivalSensation February 2015
Carnival Dream November 2015
Carnival Fascination April 2014
Carnival Elation March 2011
Carnival Imagination Sept 2007
Carnival Sensation Dec 2006
RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 2006
Carnival Miracle Sept 2005
Carnival Glory Sept 2004
Carnival Fantasy Jan 2004
I would always recommend booking with a travel agent. You can still do all of your own research online and decide what you want to book. Or if you aren't sure, the TA can help you make your decision. I just prefer the personal service you receive from a TA.
Mary Lou Scanlon
NCL Pride of America April 24, 2010
NCL Epic February 12, 2011
RCCL Allure of the Seas - September 18, 2011
Celebrity Eclipse - February 11, 2012:
RCCL Navigator OTS - February 9, 2013
Well, I ended up visiting a local travel agency, which seems like it's going to be a good idea. (Just like you all said.)
The price will be the same since I'd already found a good deal, but he has helped with a few things, such as pointing out the price difference between getting tickets through the cruise line and getting them on our own.