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Old October 2nd, 2003, 08:46 PM
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We are planning a cruise in January 04 and was wondering if we should stick to a travel agent. In the past we have always utilized an agent but internet prices seem much lower. Does anyone have any advice on this subject. Thanks in advance.
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Old October 2nd, 2003, 09:05 PM
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Our TA was able to match any online price I found. We have never booked a cruise online but do book hotels and car rentals. I want to be able to call my TA for anything. Enjoy.

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Old October 3rd, 2003, 06:34 AM
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For for 10 years we always used a travel agent then one day I was on a travel site and saw a great price for a cruise that was unbelievable, we now book only through the internet.
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Old October 3rd, 2003, 10:39 AM
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Internet IS through a TA unless you go directly to the cruiselines website. I always recommend a TA. Check out the deals offered by the agents that advertise here at Cruisemates at the Cruise Bazaar.
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Old October 3rd, 2003, 10:44 AM
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Hi JOn,
If you want to start and get a basic idea on prices and availability, post in the "bargain finder" here at Cruisemates:

http://www.cruisemates.com/CF/bargfind/index.cfm

You should get some feedback from travel agents via e-mail and give you some ideas as to what cabins will cost, hope this helps, its always a good place to start.

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Old October 3rd, 2003, 12:48 PM
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We have researched available cruises on the internet, then bookedthrough the cruise line directly, or on line.
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Old October 3rd, 2003, 02:52 PM
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Find the cruise and bargain price online and print it then go to your TA and have her/him match the price. That's what I did this time around because I couldn't see booking my 6th cruise without her. Have a great cruise!
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