I do most of the legwork, pouring over the brochures,[ i'm sure i drool too ] and then call the travel agent, even doing this for the first cruise I booked..I have not ever booked through the cruiseline...Trip....
i usually look on the web site of the line I'm interested in, check the ads in the paper, call a few, then go to my ta who well accept any of the ads, quotes, etc at that price. It rally does pay to shop, shop, shop. before you buy.
I book with a TA, but usually know exactly what I want, all the way down to the cabin. So, I make it pretty easy on her.
Mary Lou Scanlon
NCL Pride of America April 24, 2010
NCL Epic February 12, 2011
RCCL Allure of the Seas - September 18, 2011
Celebrity Eclipse - February 11, 2012:
RCCL Navigator OTS - February 9, 2013
I booked the first two with a travel agent. The third one I booked while on board then transfered it immediately to the travel agent I was cruising with. Yes, I jumped to a different agent. If she gets so many cabins booked through her then she gets 1 ticket free and she passes on the savings to all of the people booked through her.
Costa Atlantica, 3/23/03
Jewel, 2/1/10, RCI cancelled our cruise, (insert sound of sobbing)
I book with a TA in my city. She has always beat any online price I have seen.
I do all my research first and choose my cruise week and cabin from the cruise brochures then I book with my TA.
She has a website where she shows all her prices, but she discounts even those prices. I fill out her form online form and email it back to her. She will always call me back that day or the next day to confirm everything.
After booking I get my invoice in the mail with my deposit and all the logistics of the cruise, then my final billing 90 days before and then my cruise documents show up about 3-4 weeks before the cruise.