I've been on 3 cruises, looking to book next one on the Valor. In the past, we've always booked on our own, we know the process, and never had any problems.
My question, however, is there any reason to use a travel agent - in particular - can you ever get better rates with them versus on your own? I would guess maybe they could have a group rate maybe, but am looking to see if there's a way to save a few $$$ on this next cruise!
I always book with a good cruise travel agent. You can ask if they have certain group space on certain ships and they can pass on the saving to you. There is never any need to actually be a part of that group. I've found that you can get better rates through a good travel agent and you always have someone to contact with questions or changes, etc.
I say use the TA for sure! I've used the same one for the past 6 years and she is amazing! Used her for a regular vacation to Hawaii and decided we wanted one more night. Called her from the beach and asked her to take care of it and 30 minutes later we had everything we needed without having to make a zillion long distance phone calls. Our TA also has a 24 hour service and although I've never used it, it feels good to know it's there if I ever need it. She also "knows" my likes and has been able to recommend great vacations that I have ended up LOVING. She is the one who suggested a cruise and I'm sure I will love that too. No extra costs either, which is nice.
Life isn't measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.
Carnival Valor April 2006
Contemplating a cruise wedding in 2010
My ds & dl have a ta. They were suppose to honeymoon in Cancun just days after the hurricane hit. My ds travel agent spent 10 hours arranging for him and his fiance' to go to another island for their honeymoon. My ds had to pay an additional $130 to the airline (who did not care). They did not care that the area was devastated. They just kept saying we can fly in there. The travel agent kept saying to them, "The place is under water."
My ds ta was the only reason my ds got a honeymoon.
I do not think you have anyone to go to with the internet sites. If you bought it, its yours. I don't know of any recourse. Does anyone?