On our previous Celebrity cruise I was reliably informed that the cruise was significantly cheaper when booked in the US compared with using a UK agent. It was cheaper to fly trans-atlantic to Venice, than from London in fact. Has anyone any helpfull suggestions?
Yes, I believe it might be a lot cheaper because of the weak dollar. It is very easy to book with a U.S. agent as long as you have a credit card. They will ship the cruise documents to you. When it comes to air, however, you will probably have to make your own arrangements since most US agents don't regularly book intra-continent flights.
As far as cheaper to fly from NY than London, and you would be exhausted. I would guess you are looking at about $1200 to go London - NYC - Venice. How much is it to go London - Venice.
We are from the UK and booked our next Celebrity cruise while we were visiting friends in the US. I asked the travel agent to check with Celebrity to make sure the it was OK to do this and they said it was but they can't mail the tickets to us in the UK which wasn't a problem as our American friends can pick them up for us before the cruise as we are cruising with them otherwise my friend could have mailed them to us.
We booked our own flights to Miami. We saved about £400 altogether on the UK travel agents price. In fact we could have saved more if I had been able to find a cheaper flight. The American travel agents don't charge credit card fees and if you cancel before the final payment is due you get your deposit back, unlike here in the UK, and of course with the good exchange rate its definitely worth looking into.