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Old July 27th, 2003, 01:21 PM
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Do you use a TA ( online or brick and mortar) to book your cruises or book your own directly through Celebrity? Why? Do you book your air and cruise seperate or take the cruise/air package offered thru Celebrity? Why? Thanks.

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We have book 3 times though a great guy on the internet. He always seems to be in line with price, even a little better then going direct. By using a reputable Travel Agent you have someone that can work the system, and aviod additional hassels, but shop around until you feel comfortable.

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I was worried what I might find when clicking on your link.

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Now back to the question at hand; if you know what you are doing and have cruised several times before you will most likely save money by booking via an internet company (not through the cruiseline itself) if you are the least bit hesitant do the TA thing. As has been said, using a TA gives you a middleman and some protection if something goes wrong. We were about to book via the internet, but actually got a better rate by using our Travel agent. if you have time, check the internet, see what's out there and then contact your TA to see what she/he can do for you. Happy cruisin

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The cruise cost portion of this is really very simple. If a TA (whether online or in person) isn't quoting you a price BELOW what the cruise line is selling it for directly, they really ARE NOT interested in your business.

If you get a price AT or ABOVE what the cruise is selling it for.... RUN. There are 1000s of TA who will EASILY beat that price. Some by a significant margin.


As far as air goes, it gets even more complicated. As a rule, for regular air fares, you can beat the cruise line's prices by booking yourself. Lately we're seeing more exceptions to that rule, with the cruise lines occassionally offering terrific bargain rates as part of their package. In some cases even free air.
So.. you have to check if they are offering any special air package. If not... book your own air.

Another exception is "open jaw air tickets" (flying to one port, but returning from another)
Normally the cruise line air, in these cases, is cheaper than what you can find on your own.

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In the early 90's before I was as net savvy as I like to consider myself now, I used Cruises Only via a 1-800 number. I have tried their website and do not like the fact that I cannot get a complete quote/price on-line. Currently I check www.icruise.com, www.cruise411.com and www.expedia.com to see where I can find the best rpice. My last cruise (Celebrity Century 6/21) was booked through expedia. My next (Celebrity Galaxy 9/12) was booked through Cruise411. I pretty much check the cruise line websites to see how many cabins are still available and check out more specific information on the ships.

There are plenty of good cruise websites (like this one) that can direct you to online cruise brokers where I think you really get more bang for your buck,

As for air, in 99.9% of the cases, it is cheaper for me to book my own airfare out of Balitmore than it is to pay the $350 or so cruise price for their airfare. This upcoming cruise on the Galaxy sails from Baltimroe so this will be my first experience driving to the port - I may never fly for a cruise again!
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I do exactly what other experienced cruisers have been doing; Homework. Check on- line agencies and narrow down what ships and dates as well as cabins work for my critieria at the best acceptable price. Then I go to my home area large agency TA and get quotes. You only need to have one major change or problem to realize the value of having someone who knows you work for you. This recently occured when we booked for 7 people - two cabins including children. Shortly after booking I was informed that the cruise we booked was for Adults only. It took numerous phone calls to the corporate headquarters by myself and the TA to finally confirm that this "advise" was not true. My TA has always worked hard for our repeat business. When she is not available and timing is an issue for a sale, then I will choose another agency. I booked air with the cruise line half of the time: again, I can cancel cruise line air if I find a better buy and especially if I can go travel a day early. Next years plans are with the cruise line. I can't even get air for less than $450 pp with the cruise line charging $309.
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A great TA is the only way to book a cruise. You will get better prices and perks with a great TA. If you are booking directly you are paying too much.

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I've wondered about this myself. I'm glad you brought this subject up, Rick.

Posters here mention "a great TA"...but what exactly is a "great TA"? What do they do that makes you call them "great"? I ask because I am in a quandry as to how I am going to book my next cruise. Three years ago I booked on-line, got a good price and booked the air on my own and had no problems at all. Two years ago I decided to try a local TA that is exclusively a cruise agent. I knew the ship, itinerary, date etc and went in and met with an agent personally. She simply dialed Celebrity's number, got the price and reserved a cabin. I did the air on my own using frequent flier miles. When our info arrived from Celebrity, I went to the TA's office and picked up our information. They (the TA ) gave us a canvas tote bag with our tickets etc from Celebrity. Sailed without any problems at all. When I returned home, there was a questionnaire from the TA just to collect feedback. I completed and mailed it back. Ok, not overly impressed with them so far, but no problems. So last year, I decided to to try them again. The agent I dealt with the previous year was leaving for vacation so she referred me to a different agent--no problem, this one actually had more personality than the first. She picked up the phone, dialed Celebrity, got a price, reserved the cabin, I paid and left. Didn't hear a word from them until my tickets etc came in from Celebrity and again, I went to pick up and a vinyl tote bag was provided by the TA. Sailed without any problems again. Not a word from them since. I book ed June/July 2002, sailed February 2003 and have not heard a word from this TA. No follow up call or questionnaire. Am I expecting too much in thinking that they could check in and see if I'm ready to book again? Is that viewed as unacceptable?
I'm ready to book again for next winter, but am considering booking on-line or through Captain's Club desk especially since I have my $50 certificate I'd like to use. What do you all think? I've found some good prices on-line, but don't know if I can use CC coupons and/or certificates if I book on-line.
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Deb and I do price compare our Celebrity cruises and then we book thru the Captains Club. If I had found a TA who could have saved me money, I would have gone thru them. We have been very happy with the Captains Club price plus I like the control we have over our cruise. I honesty think that most TA's get your money and forget about you. Just my thoughts. I think a lot of people use a TA because they may feel a little intiminated going it on their own. Sort of like using a real estate company to sell your house vice selling it on your own.

ROSS are you a TA ? Sorry but I don't think your statement is at all acurate. Would'nt it be nice to know in advance whether or not you are dealing with a "great" TA.

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I use my wonderful TA for booking the cruise and usually do the air on my own.

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A couple of years ago a friend of mine and I went on a Scandanavia/Russia cruise with Princess on the old Pacific Princess. We booked through a travel agent who has been a personal friend for years. It started out fairly simple but got complicated before it was over. I was very happy not to have to have dealt with the problems and let my TA do it for me. We had originally booked on Island Princess and the ship was sold after we booked but before we sailed. My TA not only got our booking changed she got us an upgrade due to our being "upset" because of the date changed. That was number one great save.

The second thing. I agree with everyone who says to fly to your departure port the day before you leave but in this case my friend said no, because of the date change she couldn't take another day. My TA said in that case, book your air through Princess which is what we did. That night our flight from Miami to London was cancelled after a long delay while we sat onboard roasting in the July heat and hearing "just 15 more minutes" more times than you care to think about.

As soon as I got home that night I called my TA. She contacted Princess immediately. Evidently they have (or had) a special 24 hour number for TA's. She got us booked into Amsterdam, the ship's first port of call, the next morning. Since we were on a much newer aircraft, that flight went off without a hitch. We took a (long) taxi ride to the ship. When we arrived we were escorted onboard immediately and given credit for the lost day and the very expensive taxi ride. Great service and this is why I will always use a travel agent even if I have to pay a few dollars more. Despite the earlier problems, this trip rated very low on the aggravation scale.

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Rick.. You and I have had this same discussion MANY times in the past. And if you're happy, and satisfied booking direct through the Captain's Club desk then that's all that really matters.

BUT.. if you're shopping your cruises and finding agents who can't save you money on the fare then you are most certainly looking in all the wrong places. A TA who can not beat the cruise lines pricing should take down their shingle!!

Your example of selling a house direct, or with an agent just doesn't work here. An agent who sells you a cruise for the same price as the cruise line is offering is receiving a commission of anywhere from 15 - 20% of that fare, plus depending on the sailing there may be more in it in the way of incentives/kickbacks (for lack of a better term).

For an easy customer who knows the ship and sailing date they want, don't you imagine just about any agent would discount at least a part of that commission to get your booking? Just good business sense! And very bad business sense on the part of the few you must have run across who don't discount at least partially.

I'll make you a deal... next time you're going to book, call the Captain's Club and get a price, then e-mail me. I'll give you a list of TAs to call for a quote on the same sailing, same category. If everyone of them doesn't beat the cruise line's price, there'll be a bottle of champagne waiting in your cabin.... on me.

Well not laying on me... I won't be there.

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Yes, you can use CC coupons with reputable TA's on-line. I've used a $250 coupon on our present cruise to Hawaii, and used a 25% off coupon for a debarkation change in 2001 on the Zenith. Both times, my agent accepted the discounts, and this was on cruises that were already priced low (free airfare on the Hawaiian trip). If you want the website, I'll be happy to e mail it to you. Not ethical to put the website on this site.

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Kuki email is on it's way BTW instead of champagne...could you please make that a good white zin ...lol



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Kuki,

Another exception is "open jaw air tickets" (flying to one port, but returning from another)
Normally the cruise line air, in these cases, is cheaper than what you can find on your own.


It actually depends whether your itinerary meets the airline's definition of a legal "open jaw" -- most airlines require (1) that there be only one "open" segment (including the initial dparture and final return) and (2) that the "open" segment be shorter than each of the segments that you actually fly. By way of example, flying from St. Louis to Seattle and returning from Los Angeles to St. Louis would qualify as a legal open jaw, but flying from San Francisco to Seattle and returning to San Francisco from Los Angeles would not qualify due to the distance requirement. Likewise, flying from St. Louis to Seattle and returning from Seattle to Chicago would qualify but flying from St. Louis to Seattle and returning from Los Angeles to Chicago would not qualify due to the restriction to one open segment. Most airlines honor fares with "round trip" requirements for legal "open jaw" itineraries.

I have also found that it's often quite affordable book a basic "round trip" itinerary and then to buy a separate "one way" ticket between the port of embarkation and the port of disembarkation. For my cruise from Vancouver to Seward last year, for example, I bought a "round trip" ticket between my home and Seattle plus a separate "one way" ticket from Anchorage to Seattle. "One way" tickets between either Anchorage or Honolulu and the west coast are surprisingly inexpensive.

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Dana,

Posters here mention "a great TA"...but what exactly is a "great TA"?

A "great TA"

>> Knows and understands the cruise industry and the various cruise lines and destinations (ports of call, embarkation, and disembarkation), and thus can help you to select the cruise (line, ship, destination, timing, etc.) or cruise-tour package that's right for you and can provide sound advice as to what to wear, bring, etc., for each line and destination,

>> Handle complicated travel arrangements (for example, booking hotel arrangements and/or air on your own before or after the cruise) properly,

>> Provides whatever level of booking you want or need and interfaces arrangements that you book on your own seemlessly,

>> Does not have to untangle problems because (s)he gets the booking right the first time around, no matter how complicated, so there are no problems to untangle, and

>> Follows through to ensure that you receive your documents, tickets, etc., in a timely manner.

Unfortunately, many travel agents fall way short....

Am I expecting too much in thinking that they could check in and see if I'm ready to book again? Is that viewed as unacceptable?

I think that I would be annoyed if my travel agent were calling me constantly to inquire whether I'm ready to book another trip. I do get flyers from the agency periodically, but anything beyond that would be an unwanted intrusion.

[i I'm ready to book again for next winter, but am considering booking on-line or through Captain's Club desk especially since I have my $50 certificate I'd like to use. What do you all think? I've found some good prices on-line, but don't know if I can use CC coupons and/or certificates if I book on-line. [/i[

A competent travel agent would know exactly what to do with your coupon so you would receive your shipboard credit, or at least would know who to call at Celebrity to inquire how to process it.

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Rick,

I basically have always booked my cruises through a travel agent because there was no direct booking until recently. The only exceptions were my more recent Princess cruises that I booked aboard ship on previous cruises, and Princess normally assigns shipboard bookings to the travel agent who booked the cruise on which the passenger makes the booking for purposes of commissions and follow-up. I decided to switch lines when the former P&O Princess Cruises Plc. (now Carnival Plc.) voted to merge operations with Carnival Corporation, though, and discovered that my travel agent beat the best fare that I could get on Celebrity's web site by a substantial amount. Celebrity apparently offers promotional fares only through travel agents, as my travel agent had several promotional fares that were not available on direct bookings.

I usually book my flights directly on line because I do enough flying to qualify as a premium tier frequent flier -- which brings a bunch of perks -- if I concentrate my flying on one airline. By booking on my own flights, I avoid the cruise line's extra charges for the difference in air fare plus the custom booking fee. Additionally, I usually book my flights well before the cruise lines book flights and thus get the cheaper air fares than may be available when the cruise lines do their air bookings.

My last cruise (in the South Pacific) involved several complications because I decided to book my own hotel stays both before (on Moorea) and after (on Tahiti) the cruise, plus I had to book flights on a foreign airline to get credit on my preferred airline through an alliance partnership -- and that's where my travel agent really shined. She booked the flights on the foreign airline between Los Angeles and Pepeete in addition to the cruise, I booked the hotels and the connecting domestic flights between my home and Los Angeles, and she pulled the whole package together so everything worked smoothly. She's worth her weight in platinum -- and then some!

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This question was one that led me to "become" a travel agent.

After much research on my own and all the different prices and fees that each and every different source used and charged, which I thought was insane in my opinion...

So what did I do... I "became an agent"

It's no easy task and not something that anyone should do on a whim... I've lost a litte more of the few precious hairs I have left and I swear my ear is developing some sort of cauliflower thing similiar to what wrestlers get from being on the phone so much but... in the long run, I think it is and will be worth it.

That being said... now, even though I have direct access to most of the lines and have booked with nearly all the large ones... there are times when someone asks me to get them a price and I can't even begin to touch the big guys (Cru-con, expedia, 800cruises, etc...) but there are other times when Yes, I can beat them and sometimes by quite a bit depending on sailing and cabin...

BUT... I can always do better than what the cruise line will offer you, Mr/Mrs John/Jean Public and it will normally be at least 5% better and probably more, again, depending on cabin and sailing can range from 5 to 25% better...
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I do my homework, check out the prices on the net and then call my Travel Agent, who specializes in cruises. She always beats the price of any internet price I see.

As a matter of fact she quoted quoted me a 10-night Celebrity So. Carib cruise for 12/12/03 lower than when I first got my quote from her which was just a week before. I expected it to go up not down and was very happy and booked it immediately.

I email her what I'm looking for (cabin, deck etc.) and then ask her what price is it going for. She always calls or emails me back the same day. I've recommended her to many of my friends and they, too, said she gave them a great price.

I'll continue using her for my cruises.

PS I book my air travel myself through the airlines directly. I've never used a TA for that.

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Kuki,

I can't believe you said what you did!

In today's market, it is extremely hard to earn a living in the travel industry. We have been slammed by world events and many of us who own or manage agencies actually earn BELOW minimum wage! In all of the many years I have been in the industry, I have never seen prices this low before and the lower the prices, the lower the profit not only for the cruise lines, but the travel agents as well.

Would you go into a shoe store and ask the shoe sales person to take a cut in their income so you could pinch a penny a little tighter? What would you tell someone who asked you to take a cut in your pay? I bet you and others reading this would tell the person asking you to take a cut in pay, to take a flying leap, wouldn't you?

You are correct about one thing. I don't want the business of anyone who would rather see my business or another travel agency go under because they are too cheap to pay a fair price! Don't be surprised if you don't see more and more travel agents with this attitude as well! We too can collect unemployment! It is certainly better than working for free!
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Kuki,

You are really incorrect about the info you gave out regarding commissions. First of all, commission starts at 10% and as of late, you would be hard pressed to find very many of your neighborhood travel agencies hitting on 15% commission. And, it is not a percentage of the whole cruise. For example, you have two people sailing a four night cruise. No airfare, just straight cruise. The cruise portion of the pricing is at $140.00 per person. The agency is at 10%. This is a couple that calls several times a day who constantly change their minds about category, sailing date, etc. Agent has worked for two weeks to get this couple booked. Total of sale - a whopping $28.00. So, the agent has worked with this couple a total of 8 hours. Earnings are $3.50 an hour! Greedy agent!
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HI GANG!!

Sorry that I lost track of this thread.

Rick...I AM NOT A TA!!...I am an ocean liner historian and I just happen to know some really ''GREAT TAs".

Norm explained it very well...A GREAT TA will know all the answers and angles. My TA, Bill Henderson, can tell you exactly what to expect in any situation that you can possibly throw at him. He will also give you the best price on a cruise and here is why:

Travel agents work on a % basis. If they don't book a lot they can get up to 10% off the "rack rate" that you would normally be quoted from the cruise line if you called them directly. TAs like my friend, Bill, are selling over $1 million $ per year and get up to 16% of the ''rack rate''.

A ''GREAT TA'' will be able to get you a really nice discount and apply your Captain's Club coupons as well. The only way these prices can be beaten is through a block booking consortium or a group booking with a flat rate $ charge by the agent. You have to be careful with these because they can get screwwed up by the agent if the agent is not a 'GREAT TA''.

The perks don't come as cloth bags, etc. They come in the form of upgrades, reduced air fares, open bar coktail parties or special shore excursions...especially if you get on a group special with your ''GREAT TA''.

Be careful of price quotes that are lower than 15% off the ''rack rate''. Many online companies have been giving inapproriate discounts, like booking younger people at senior rates, which can result in embarrassing and costly moments at embarkation.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!! and make inquiries to some of the people who are posting on these boards. The most common mistake that pax make is to try and find a TA in the town they live in. The chances are very slim that you will find someone who is booking over 1 million $$ per year in your own town. You can book with a ''GREAT TA'' anywhere in the good old USA and simply use your computer and fax machine or the US Mail.

Good luck and happy hunting.

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Am I wrong in thinking that TA's were "being slammed" prior to the recent world events that have affected travel? I am not so sure that TA's profit has declined over the years because of "world events"...maybe it has more to do with technology and travel cost declining because of the economy. I wish no profession bad luck but I do realize that throughout history, certain skills fade out due to new technology and people aquiring the ability to do it for themselves. That said, I think TA's will be around for a long time ...however, I don't think they will make the same amount of money as they did before. It is wrong to compare TA's to a (your example) shoe salesman....Cruising is a luxury whereas wearing shoes in most states (lol) is a necessity. Don't get me wrong, I hope you have a long and prosperous run but never get the idea that the public can not do without you. I have probably said this badly and for that I am sorry....remember I am a retired MArine ...lol, Happry Cruising to all....NO better vacation on Earth!

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I have learned to do my own research. On our first cruise, naieve as I was, I did have the sense to ask the travel agent about upgrades and suggestions. Needless to say, after saying to her that we were first time cruisers, she neither made no suggestions and did not tell me to ask for a category guarantee. If I were a travel agent, I would have said to a first time cruiser, who books a flight with the cruise line, to leave the day before in case there are delays. This agent knew that we were leaving on a flight to Puerto Rico the day of the cruise. We barely made it to the ship!
After this experience, this agent lost our business and potential business based on recommendations to our friends. Word of mouth is the best advertising. If you use a travel agent; use one based on recommendations of family and friends.
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Well.. I am not a travel agent... I am a wholesale tour operator... travel agents, airlines, cruiselines and retail tour operators are my clients.

Everyone associated in the travel industry is making less money than they did 10 years ago... 7 years ago.. 5 years ago.. and since 9/11. Not just here in the US, but worldwide.
I can't begin to tell you how much "bad paper" we hold right now in our accounting department because of clients who filed bankruptcy. Clients who in a period of 3 months following 9/11 went from being amongst the biggest in their fields.... to dust in the wind.
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Rick,

Travel agents still get very generous commissions on cruise bookings. The airlines dropped the commissions on airline tickets a couple years ago, so most travel agencies now have a service charge ($25 to $35 per ticket) -- but they waive it if the flights are in conjunction with a cruise or a vacation at a resort.

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Author: Janelle (pcp01002119pcs.ladson01.sc.comcast.net)
Date: 08-03-03 19:49

Kuki,

I can't believe you said what you did!

In today's market, it is extremely hard to earn a living in the travel industry. We have been slammed by world events and many of us who own or manage agencies actually earn BELOW minimum wage! In all of the many years I have been in the industry, I have never seen prices this low before and the lower the prices, the lower the profit not only for the cruise lines, but the travel agents as well.

Would you go into a shoe store and ask the shoe sales person to take a cut in their income so you could pinch a penny a little tighter? What would you tell someone who asked you to take a cut in your pay? I bet you and others reading this would tell the person asking you to take a cut in pay, to take a flying leap, wouldn't you?


Janelle,

I agree, the travel industry is a tough business. In fact I'm sure many agents put up with it for the '"perks" as much as for the potential earnings.

BUT.. every business is a tough business! I don't know of many easy ones. I've been in the hospitality industry for 27 years.
If all the bars around my location are charging considerably less for their food and drinks than I am, I am forced to compete. I have to match price, or give the customers a good reason to chose my spot over a competitor.
We all buy our product for the same price. However, the larger volume clients gain an advantage with greater support from the suppliers. Not unlike the cruise industry.

In the end the customer decideds who survives and who doesn't. It's a jungle out there... and not just for TAs <G>

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Old August 5th, 2003, 09:07 PM
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First to address Norm.

"Travel agents still get very generous commissions on cruise bookings."

Not true at all. As I stated, many small travel agencies get 10% of the cruise portion of the booking only! Most cruise lines do not go above 15% commission and that is with quite a bit of volume. Yes, we do get 5% on a PORTION of the air.

Kuki,

There are not a heck of a lot of perks left in the industry. Most of us stay in the travel industry because we really and truly love this business!

The travel industry was hit so hard over the last two years that thousands of agencies have gone out of business. Many more are barely existing right now and doing so only on those loans they have been forced to take out. Many owners work another job as well now too, but they refuse to give up the business because they love it so.

My business is growing, but it is only doing so because I specialize. I offer "extra" service. I have clients who refuse to travel unless I personally see to their vacation plans because of the extra detail and care I take with them. I offer honesty to them as well. But there is one thing I do that is different than the agents you all talk about here....I send those folks away who want me to give up my hard earned money.

I do not expect anyone to work for free on my account and I will not do it for someone else. If you cannot afford the cruise, look for one you can.
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Old August 7th, 2003, 01:58 PM
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Kuki--

I would love to have that list of travel agents. I've used several, but have not found anyone I consider great. Hubby & I want to book on Celebrity in Feb 2004. Thanks! --Marti
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