Yes the TA has to pay for that themselves, just like if a relative was sending you something.
April 13, 2003 Carnival Conquest
November 2, 2003 Norwegian Dream
February 26, 2004 Carnival Miracle
June 4, 20004 American Queen
November 20, 2004RCCL Grandeur/Seas
January 29, 2005 Carnival Sensation
September 11, 2006 Carnival Holiday
You know...but do you really know......that if your travel agency has booked some group space with Carnival and then sells the cabins to whomever wants to cruise that date hence fulfilling the group requirements....that CARNIVAL gives those gifts. The TA doesn't pay for them if it's part of the 'group' amenities.
This is my first cruise so I don't know about receiving any gifts on board, however my travel agent always gives me a little something everytime I book through her. When I booked this cruise she gave me a beautiful photo album. My last trip to Mexico she gave me a camera with 5 rolls of film. She is great and really helpful, I can't tell you how many times I have bugged her about this trip. While Carnival might provide some of the gifts, if you booked through a smaller agency my guess is that any gift you receive is from the agent.
If you get a gift from your travel agent, whether Champagne, Wine, flowers, Shipboard credit, or gifts before you go on the cruise, It is from your travel agent, not the cruise line, and she/he pays for it her self. As a agent myself, I always give my clients a gift of some sort, from shipboard credit, wine, chocolate covered strawberries, Asti Spamonti , film, disposable cameras, various type of gifts, and it comes from my own money.
If there is a group that my clients have booked into, and if the group is getting wine or phote or something, I still give my clients a gift directly from me.
The first TA didn't do anything. The second TA had a chocolate ship waiting for us when we boarded...that was wonderful - delicious dark chocolate. The TA we've used for the last four cruises....we shared a bottle of wine with the rest of the table on one cruise,
on our 25th anniversary she presented us with a bottle of wine as well as a $15 photo voucher. On the last cruise we were in a guaranteed cabin...no cabin number until shortly before we left....we were supposed to get something on that cruise as well but did not. She asked us afterwards as another couple who had booked a guarantee through her hadn't received their gift either.
In looking back we've received gifts from our TAs about 50% of the time.
I would be surprised if we get anything on the next one since we booked it through our Carnival Personal Vacation Planner.
Have used a couple different travel agents, have received a picnic basket full of utensils and a bottle of wine from one agent when we were celebrating our anniversary. From another agent my mom and I received a bottle of wine and I have also received champagne from my travel agent.
It is a really nice touch to get to your destination and receive a thank you from your travel agent. Even if it is something small.
Our first cruise(2 yrs ago) was to celebrate our 20th Anniversary and our travel agent sent us a bottle of wine and a cake at dinner on the 2nd night. We were surprised!
Last year we went to Jamaica and she gave me a large photo album.
My favorite TA (although I find no use for a travel agent with the evolution of online bookings) sent us a NICE (not cheap Zinfandel or Rose) bottle of wine and a cheese platter along with $100 shipboard credit (but it was a 14 day cruise).
Otherwise - she would send a cheese platter or a bottle of wine.
Now - I save ALOT more money and will send myself a bottle of wine after booking online...
I booked all 9 of my cruises with my TA I had something in my room from her ranging from bon voyage decorations to a bottle of champagne. It helps that I worked there for a while and have sent them mega business over the years.