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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You can try CruiseCompete.com but depending on what line you are looking at you may not see much difference.
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Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014, Regal 2014, 2016
Sail Windjammer: Mandalay 2017
Star Clippers: Royal Clipper 2015
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)