I've seen reference to cruise specialist TAs on several boards and am wondering how to contact such a person. I know it's against CM policy to identify individuals or agencies, but can anyone suggest a way to locate a "specialist"? I'd like to check into the possibility of booking with one of the super-luxury lines but would have to find something more reasonable than their published rates. Is such a thing possible?
You may want to try the "bargain finder" if the Cruiemates Baltic cruise doesn't work for you. Hopefully you have a list of the cruises and times you want prices on, then the travel agents will e-mail you all the information:
You may want to visit the CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) site. They have an area where you plug in your local zip code and they will give you a list of agencies in your area... led by those agencies that have an ACC (Accredited Cruise Counsellor) or MCC (Master Cruise Counsellor) on staff. These ratings assure you that you're dealing with an agent who is a cruise specialist.
I liked the Seven Seas Voyager cruise, but since I'm planning a trip to Iceland in May, August may be too soon to return to that part of the world. I had a particular cruise in mind already. Every time I pass the pier in San Francisco where the Crystal Harmony docks, I think it might be fun to take one of its Alaska cruises.
I'm having trouble using the Bargain Finder feature. It keeps asking for a login but refuses my password. It doesn't recognize my email address/zipcode, either. Strange, since I can access the message boards and update my profile from there. I'll try the CLIA site and see what I can find.