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Old October 11th, 2007, 04:47 PM
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This will be my 2nd time on the cruise. The first time, my friend handled all the booking. So I wonder if there is a bargain site for booking cruise? I'm planning on Hawaii cruise and probably looking at NCL Pride of America. Any suggestion is really appreciated!
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You should most certainly book with a cruise travel agent to get the best price. That said there is NO agent who always has the best prices.

Shop around, try some of the agency who supports this site to get quotes. I'm sure you can find a great deal.
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Old October 11th, 2007, 11:36 PM
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Old November 5th, 2007, 10:35 PM
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best site I've ever found is cruisecompete.com

It shops over 25 travel agencies for the best price
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I've used TAs and the websites
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I go with travel agents because I like the human factor. I could book off the website, but what if something went wrong, you know servers are known to crash......I don't have loyalty to one agency, it is what is close and what vibe I get from the agent. I went to one and I got a negative vibe when she said they don't deal with Carnival!!!! How can you not deal with the largest cruise line in the world?...
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Old November 9th, 2007, 11:24 PM
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Just booked Carnival Fantasy with my local TA and got a much better price than Carnival's website offered. I used TA with both cruises. She has handled everything for us without any problems. I am sold on my TA.
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I researched my Feb 2008 Spirit cruise with 5 websites. I ended up going with Carnival, which I have never done. At first they were hundreds more. After calling and talking to a Carnival Vacation Specialist, they ended up being only $5 more than the cheapest site. I went with them to see how their service compares.

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I researched my Feb 2008 Spirit cruise with 5 websites. I ended up going with Carnival, which I have never done. At first they were hundreds more. After calling and talking to a Carnival Vacation Specialist, they ended up being only $5 more than the cheapest site. I went with them to see how their service compares.

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One thing everyone should KNOW ... due to cruise line's pricing and advertising policies, most cruise lines prevent TAs from posting their best prices on their web sites. It's no longer possible to find out what the best price is by surfing web sites. You have to email or call the web sites.. .or use a site like cruisecompete where you basically are putting the cruise you want out for bids. It gives you a cross section of offers, but nothing to guarantee that it's the best you can find with further direct contact with other agencies.
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Old November 12th, 2007, 08:28 PM
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Thanks to everyone for using a TA. I am one and it is good to see that cruisiers on this site support us. It is good to hear that many of you like the personal touch a TA gives. As a TA I know I can't guarantee you the best price everytime but I'll do my darnest to get my clients the best price and give them the best service. Thanks to all.
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Kuki wrote:
One thing everyone should KNOW ... due to cruise line's pricing and advertising policies, most cruise lines prevent TAs from posting their best prices on their web sites. It's no longer possible to find out what the best price is by surfing web sites. You have to email or call the web sites.. .or use a site like cruisecompete where you basically are putting the cruise you want out for bids. It gives you a cross section of offers, but nothing to guarantee that it's the best you can find with further direct contact with other agencies.



You are absolute right. After researching prices on websites, i always call and and talk to an agent. Everytime I call I am able to get a better price than what was advertised. Still my best price found by a TA was still only $5 better than Carnival direct.

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I have been on two prior cruises; one I booked through a local TA who was none too helpful, the next was booked for me as it was a company cruise, and I decided to attempt to book one on my own last summer for March, 2008. Since booking a cruise is a lot different than land travel, I quickly became frustrated and contacted a local TA who found the perfect cruise for our family, got us us good rates on flights, and located a pre-cruise hotel. Although I like her and the service she has provided, this TA does no offer any of the "perks" that some online agencies do, and now that I have become obsessed with researching cruising, I see how much money people save by booking through these agencies offering free gratuities, insurance, OBC's etc. I know I should be grateful for the TA's assistance and would not consider canceling our current cruise, but cannot get over the fact that we could have saved money by booking through one of the agencies that does offer these "perks", especially now that we have the fuel surcharge.

Does anyone have an opinion about using the agencies that offer the "perks" as opposed to the personalized service gained by using a local TA? For example, the TA lives where I do, so she is aware of the in's and out's of air travel from our city, and things like that.
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We've booked all our cruises with the same TA. She knows what we like and has helped clear up some issues (although minor in the scope of things but made for eliminiating frustration with the situation). She's great at watching out for airfares so that we get what we want. Even though as Platinum C&A, we don't have to pay the surcharge for picking our own flights, she makes sure we get good rates. Given that time is $, it's worth the slight different vs doing all the legwork ourselves.
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In reference to longbeachlarry's post about the waiver of air ser-charge due to C&A status; is this for air fare purchased through the cruise line only? I know very little about cruise/air except that it was a lot more expensive than the non-stop flight located by our TA, which is rare from our city, and seems to require flying in on the date of the sailing.

With the savings of booking independent air, we had enough extra money to pay for a hotel and meals for two days pre-cruise.

Although it has been more economical for us to have booked our air independently, as well as the security of flying in a day early, we are now locked into exact travel dates which has been a little disappointing since a six night sailing on the Independence of the Seas was added after we booked our five nighter on the Navigator and the flight dates are one day off to allow us to change our cruise to the Independence which I would have loved to have experienced; having already sailed on a Voyager class on RCI. Live and learn, I suppose.
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Old November 29th, 2007, 10:39 AM
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Paigelee-Yes, it's for the surcharge if you purchase from RCI. This way, we're not at their mercy for flights. We can pick ones that don't leave at the crack of dawn. We like to do a pre-night and sometimes a post night and then prefer to have the transfers handled for us. While surfing around for cheaper rates on hotels and airfare may get us some savings...the old adage "time is money" comes into play. We'd prefer the one-stop-shop of having our TA handle it and know that it's all taken care of. We can still opt for different hotels and air so we do have some flexibility.
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Longbeachlarry,
Yes, time is definitely money. However, we live in Kansas City where it seems we have less air travel to chose from all of the time; affordable non-stops are very rare but for our March 2008 cruise the price for the non-stop was too good to pass up, but had to go two days prior to get that flight.

I wonder if others feel frustrated that it is recommended to fly to port one day early which, in our case, limits how long we can cruise. Can't be gone from home more than seven days total. Do you ever fly in the day of the cruise? We did on our second cruise (have only been on two) and that was because it was a comp trip, so we would not be out of any of our own money of we missed the ship, which we did not, although my bag was lost for almost the entire cruise. I may be way off topic now. Sorry!!
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