We are planning a family reunion for June 05. 15+ rooms- so should be eligible for a group rate. Do you think we should work thru a travel agent or cruiseline rep? I know we should work with a certified cruise travel agent. I thought maybe the cruiseline would be best this far out, and could help with joint activities on board?
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Call a Travel Agent. Check with some friends who can refer you to one. Also I feel you would have a better Deal with an Agency than on line. Most Agencies belong to a Corstorium, that might have better deals, amenities etc over a website, plus you can deal with them personally. If you email me directly, I could possibly direct you to an agency if you live in Southern Calif area, or Dallas/Ft Worth area.
I Have never booked a "group" cruise but I have booked as many as 5 cabins and I used the cruiselines rep. without a problem and found that they were the cheapest. If there were any questions I needed answered she was there. I see many of the responses aboves stated they would use a TA versus "online agents" but I don't believe that was your question. If you are booking with Carnival I would be happy to give you my reps name maybe she can help, email me if you need it. Good Luck !!
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I've booked as many as 15 cabins with my online agent without any problems. I have used him to book several cabins for my wife and I and have referred him to friends without any problems, so I have a good comfort level with him. If you've never developed a rapport with someone online, I would definitely go with someone local.
I have been selling cruises on a part time basis in Toronto Canada for 4 years and I would suggest you work with a Travel agent. With over 16 people or 8 cabins on a sailing you can organize a nice group rate and get some perks for the entire group. Make sure you use a cruise specialist!
Thank you! to all who responded. I was thinking on line because everyone interested in the reunion is scattered over the US- so no "local" TA for all of us. but sounds like if I at least start with someone local (and specialists in cruising) it would be better. They can correspond by email or phone with the others.
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