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Old May 26th, 2004, 08:16 AM
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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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Hi MP,
I would go with a good travel agent, especially for a large group like that. You'll need someone you can talk to with questions or problems, just makes it easier.

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definately go with a TA
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I agree. always go with a TA If there are problems , wouldn't it be better
talking to some one in person instead of someone a thousand miles from you
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Ditto on the Travel Agent. You will get the best discounted rate through an agency, espescially the online consolidators. I used an online agency for my booking of 15+ this fall with RCCL.
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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.

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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.
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HI:

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!
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I have used both a TA and the company directly
With the company I did not get an upgrade.
WIth the TA, I obtained a three cabin upgrade and two free pictures
I learned my lesson
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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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