I've had numerous TA's over the years and all of them were very good.
Decided to post on Cruise Bazaar and see what happens. Got several replies but only one replied concerning percent certificates off I was holding with the pricing to reflect the adjusted fare.
Not only that, this TA came back a couple of months later with an e-mail commenting there was a price reduction and got the lower cruise fare.
TA's are busy and can not watch everything that comes about concerning the cruise lines. So it does pay to research and keep up with the fares yourself. Well I found there was a seniors promotion (no cracks, yes I'm a senior) and called the TA. This TA got on the phone to the cruise line and called me back and got the new fare at a very substantial reduction.
Sorry to say I can not here on CM tell the agency, but I can applaude the name; Bonnie..
Does Bargain Finder work, I think so.
Now the question, does your TA work for you?
Summit May 9, 2003
Post Edited (02-18-03 14:31)
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What a nice thought Y2...Too often we are ready to criticize and too seldom eager to praise. Very seldon do we hear about the Travel Agents that are ready to go that one step further and who make you fell like they are actually there to help make your vacation a little better.
I have been using the same travel agent for the past nine years ( Alyssa) and after I do a lot of researching on line and get the best price I can she always comes through with a lower price. She also gets any reductions that come through.
Just back from our very first cruise, part of a group rate. Imagine our surprise when we opened our cabin door for the first time on our first cruise and found a Bon Voyage gift of Champagne from our TA, Minna--her name, not the agency. But that wasn't the end of it.
Later after all the heady excitement of our first sailing, our first shipboard dinner, and countless other firsts out on deck, every cabin in the group also received a Bon Voyage gift of assorted chocolates. Is that typical of all TAs, or is it just Minna? I don't have enough cruise experience to know. I will in the future, I know.