Hello. I am a newbie - so please pardon me if any of this has already been covered...
My family and I (4 total) are planning a cruise on Carnival for the week of 03/16/08 - 03/23/08 on the Conquest, departing from Galveston. I had checked with numerous websites to see if I could get a competitive price for a guaranteed balcony stateroom. No matter where I went, including Carnival direct, I got the same quote, $3,489.52.
After reading advice on this message board (thank you!), I started calling agencies instead of just getting online quotes. However, of the four I called, only one (Cruise Value Center) gave me a different rate... $3,265.52. This same agency also had the least expensive insurance of all.
I also spoke with Cruises Only, America's Vacation Center, and one other. My questions are:
1) Have I just spoken to less aggressive agencies, and might find even better than Cruise Value Center, if I try more agencies?
2) Does CVC have a good reputation, including their insurance package?
3) Anyone have a reason why it would NOT be a good idea to go ahead and book this, since it is a Spring Break week (and I assume it will get more expensive as time passes)?
Thanks! Again, sorry if any of this is Cruise 101 stuff. This is our first.