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Old August 2nd, 2009, 11:35 AM
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KNOWLEDGABLE CRUISERS: i am curious about whether when booking a cruise if it's better to book thru the cruiseline or online site or an agent to get best possible cabin locations. i also noticed that differnt sites ffer different pricing for same itinerary. i'm hoping the pro cruisers can help me make the right choice especially since all ships have deck codes AB AC etc. thanking all in advance who reply
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Old August 2nd, 2009, 03:51 PM
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Unless a travel agency has bought a block of cabins there should be no difference in cabin availability either directly through the line or through a Travel Agent. With the myriad of deals a good TA can help you get the best deal, on line the work is left up to you.
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Do a bit of "poking around" on the net, at different online agencies. then I generally post a request at "cruisecompete.com". That way I have a very good idea of what the cruise I want should sell for. Be sure to compare apples with apples etc. I've always found that a good agent works best for me. More often than not, they can throw in insurance, or O.B.C. or an even better price than you'll find from the lines, plus you'll get that personal service that is sometimes lacking with the cruise line agents. I have stuck with the "cruisecompete" agents from time to time, and have never had a problem. Good luck, and let us know how it works out.

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Ken gives you some great advice. I STRONGLY recommend using an agent. On a Carnival or NCL cruise they should always be able to match or beat a PVP or cruise line representative in terms of price.

Here is a great article from Kuki that gives some great advice and knowlege on how cruise lines price their cruises.

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We have done both--thru the cruise lines and thru an agent. Last cruise to Alaska we went thru Princess and we ended up getting a huge upgrade plus we had gotten the cruise as a 2 for 1 deal. We have used Costco too and were pleased with them as well. With Costco, if you use your Amex card, your normally get a 2 category upgrade (depending on the crusie line). Our first cruise was thru a TA and didn't get such a good deal until we started poking around the internet comparing prices. Only after we questioned her about pricing did we get an upgrade. This next cruise is set for New Years and the TA has been great about matching pricing as well as finding lower prices for us. So weigh out it all, do your homework.
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