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Old December 21st, 2004, 02:32 PM
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Has anyone every booked a cruise with "Vacations to Go" or any other cruise site? It's my understanding that you can get some pretty good deals through internet cruise sites. Are they safe? Has anyone had any problems? Are the "deals" really deals? Thanks for the info.
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Old December 21st, 2004, 02:49 PM
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My sister-in-law has booked through Vacations to Go and had no problems with them.
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Old December 21st, 2004, 04:37 PM
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Best thing is to comparison shop. Make sure pricing includes port charges and taxes, and the quotes you get are for the same cabin category.

Compare apples to apples, and indeed there are savings available.

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Old December 21st, 2004, 05:23 PM
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Vacations To Go is a valid seller of travel. I have used them before with no problems. I do suggest that you shop around until you find an agent or agency you are comfortable with.

As Kuki suggested: Make sure you compare apples to apples when price shopping. Also, remember that you only know if you have a real good agent if and when a problem arises. Saving $50 on the price of a cruise isn't worth it if the agent is not going to do all they can when a problem comes up.

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Just so you know - we don't mind people asking for opinions about specific agencies, but we do not encourage people to add recommendations to other agencies in a thread like this.

The important thing when dealing with online agencies is to work with the bigger, well established ones. That does NOT mean just the 2 biggest online travel agencies by any means. There are many cruise-only agencies selling 1000s of cruises a year online you may not have heard of yet, but you will if you look around the Web enough.

I believe those are the best places to get values.

I suggest you go to the ones you see advertising here and elsewhere. Good visibility usually means they have the financial solidity and cash-flow to be able to offer you great prices and service, too.

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Old December 31st, 2004, 10:54 PM
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I am using VTG for my Alaska Cruise.SO FAR...all is well..our agent has been great,and we feel we got a really good price..but until our May cruise has come and gone...
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I booked my first cruise (leaves next month) using the "reverse classified ad" feature available through CruiseMates. (Click on "Cruise Quotes" under "Cruise Shopping."). In 24 hours, I had email offers from five different TA's, and (without naming names), ended up booking with one that saved me $200-$300 over what the cruise line was charging. It was all done electronically, save for phoning in my credit card number, and so far it's been a great experience.
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Old January 3rd, 2005, 01:30 PM
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Thank you all for the information.
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Old January 7th, 2005, 12:13 AM
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As an agent myself, I have dealt with the company you are mentionnig.
They are no better or worst than all other bulk volume booking agents.

Their " discount " is offered off the brochure price ( similar to the "rack'" in
a hotel). If you were to phone the Cruise Company directly, you would be
getting the same price.These discounters are booking agents for the cruise
Companies,and offer them a conduit to thousands of customers,repeat or new,
which the cruise companies themselves could not even begin to service properly
without hiring hundreds and hundreds of agents. The "Vacation to Go'-types
of companies of course get a commission corresponding to their reach and
volume generated....this is where a number of high volume agents may,between
them,have "final" price to their clients different one from the other.The mere fact
they offer the product you are wanting speaks favourably about their standing with
the cruise Companies.

Internet deals ??? You're on your own there.....You take a chance and your odds
are not that great. In the ol'days, " last minute " deals were possible. These days,
with the very high occupancy rate enjoyed by the Cruise Co's, very few last
minute deals are ever ofered, notwithstanding what a glitzy web site advertising
may lead you to beleive.

It boils down to the ol' classic: if you deal with an agent who works for,or owns
a firm specializing in the cruises, AND YOU ARE COMFORTABLE with that
person, trust him or her to ,at the end of the day, give you the best product and
service possible.

The bulk booking agancies such as "Vacation to Go'" have good agents working
for them ( they have to be or would not be around)>I had one call me back
from Houston within 1 hour of my sending an e.mail....and I'm in Vancouver,BC....
That is good service even before you start !!!!

Good Luck
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