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Old May 7th, 2010, 01:23 PM
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You know where you want to go and maybe even which cruiseline you prefer. So how do you decide which cruise to book when cost becomes your #1 filter?

For example, do you search online and get a feel for rates and go visit your local TA and hope s/he can match - or beat - an online booking? Or do you comparison shop on the web exclusively? Do you haggle? Try to get a discount?

Many people have a car-buying system. What is your booking system?
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I go onto to travel agent web sites and find the best price I can - and then I call that travel agent.

Prices vary the most week to week on the same ship/cruise etc.

If you are date-flexible you will save the most money.

By the way - we have tropns of articles about this - go to the front page and use the search tool in the left-hand column. "how to buy a cruise"
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You can try CruiseCompete.com but depending on what line you are looking at you may not see much difference.
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Thanks, Paul.

(I'm a researcher and I'm just curious about how people go about shopping for a cruise).
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If there is one t hing that drives me up a wall.. is doing all the research into the cruise and maybe even the cabin and having the cruise agent get the credit. Our last cruise I found it before a travel show and the price was incredible... I booked it with the cruise line.. t hen when I went a few days later to the travel show discovered I could have had the same price and a $200.00 OBC.. whether I would have the same cabin or not I don't know or the same upgrade.. My upcoming cruise I booked with an agent when the itinerary was released, no big OBC, but I decided to let her run around and earn her $$ booking the air fare Right now I don't know where I will go in 2011, but have a few ideas and before I go to the travel show will h ave print outs and see what that new agency (to me) is offering.. Her company didn't have a presence at the show this year.. You can shop the internet until you get crazy..my cruise last week was an absolute steal. The cruise I've booked with the t/a has jumped way, way up in price. The idea is to be an informed cruisers..find a cruise you want to go on, approx. area of the ship you want to be on and the possibility if a cabin is available..unless your like a friend of mine who threw up her hands and went to a travel agent and got soaked and lied to (a chain)
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