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Old March 25th, 2004, 04:26 PM
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Default How do you book your cruise?

Just wondering how everyone books their cruises? How many book through travel agents? How many book directly thru cruise line? And how many book on discount cruise sites? Just curious......
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Old March 25th, 2004, 04:39 PM
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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....
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Old March 25th, 2004, 04:47 PM
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I go on-line to check prices for comparison and then go through a TA. I've found that the best prices I could get were made with TAs who responded to my add in Cruise Bazaar.

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Old March 25th, 2004, 05:26 PM
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I have used yahoo travel, expedia and cruise-n-more ( found via cruisecompete).
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Old March 25th, 2004, 06:01 PM
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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.
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Old March 25th, 2004, 07:04 PM
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We've always gone through a local travel agent who we've used for years. Then a couple of years ago, we went thru a TA in Phoenix and then for this cruise, one in Boston.

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Old March 25th, 2004, 07:15 PM
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I sneak into Mrs. Kuki's purse, get her credit card, and then call anyone I can to book before she wakes up.

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Old March 26th, 2004, 05:24 AM
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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.

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Old March 26th, 2004, 07:45 AM
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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.

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Old March 26th, 2004, 08:45 PM
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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.
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