Will be cruising on our second cruise in May on the Carnival Destiny to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, Nassau. Looking forward to it. Well, this new travel agent I used to book our trip saved us $500.00 from the first quote we rec'd from the last travel agency we used for our first trip about 5 years ago. Well, with that said, I want to give her a little "THANK YOU" gift of some kind. Thinking about putting some flowers in a vase and a little card. Will give this to her when we pay off our trip.
I was looking for something more creative but not too expensive. Just something to show our appreciation for her hard work getting us a better deal.
Your thoughts?? Oh, please comment on the cruise ship, shore excursions, itinerary, etc. both good and bad if you like as well.
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Destiny was my first ship so I have a soft spot for her. The ship is large. I think by the end of my of my 7 day cruise, I still had not been in all of the lounges and public rooms. I was on the Empress deck with a balcony. The cabin was spacious and I had no complains at all. It didn't take me long to figure out how to get around her. The crew was very friendly and the food was excellent. I would spend sea days on one of the lounge chairs in the shade under where the steps are to go to the upper deck. This was actually very nice since I could hear the music just fine and it wasn't blasting at me. Just a few short steps to the pool.
I'm more then happy to answer any questions you might have.
In regards to the gift, I think your flower suggestion is very nice.
Life is too short to let the ship of your dreams sail without you.
Carnival Destiny Feb. 2006
Carnival Fascination Feb. 2007
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Feb. 2008 The DTW & MsBJ tour
Carnival Valor MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2009
Carnival Glory MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2010
Carnival Dream MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2011
I always try to send a post card while on the cruise to brighten up his cube or desk.
CCL Inspiration 09
RCCL Explorer of the Seas Eastern 09
CCL Miracle Southern '08
RCCL Enchantment of the Seas Western '07
PCL Caribbean Princess Eastern '05
RCCL Explorer of the Seas Western '05
RCCL Explorer of the Seas Eastern '04
CCL Destiny Southern '01
CCL Sensation Eastern '94
CCL Ecstacy Western '92
CCL Jubilee Eastern '90
As a person in sales the greatest gift to give would be referrals. If you truly appreciate what she has done tell everyone and send them to her. I know I thrive on referrals. Also a gift card to a restaurant is alays nice. Welcome aboard.
Monarch of the Seas 3-92
Celebrity Century 7-96
Dawn Princess 2-97
Enchantment of the Seas 11-98
Rhapsody of the Seas 8-99
CCL Inspiration 8-08, 8-11
CCL Valor 1-09
CCL Glory 11-09
I don't have a travel agent (we do all our own bookings via the internet) but I did give someone a cruise-related gift once. Last year I won a cruise in a contest in a mall. The winning ticket came from a store I frequent to have jigsaw puzzles laminated. The owner expressed interest in a puzzle I did of the Caribbean (bought in St. Thomas), so on the cruise I won, I bought another puzzle in St. Thomas and gave it to her as a thank-you.
She loved it!
P.S. I agree with Mike, the best "thank-you" you can give is a referral!
The best gift you can give is to book another cruise. Referring friends and family to the agent is also a wonderful gift to give.
I agree with that 100% . I allways recommend my TA to friends and relatives. And of course I book more cruises and other vacations with her.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
Independence of the Seas 12/29/2013 Top-notch!
Of course the referrals are a given - that is their bread and butter after all. However, a nice little thank you gift brighten anyone's day. The flowers, restaurant certificate etc. will surely be appreciated. When we made the final payment on our last cruise, I found a very nice coffee mug at the office supply store for $10. It was very nice with a world map design and some sort of travel saying around the rim. I thought it would look nice on her desk for coffee or even pencils.
Maybe you could ask her co-workers what she drinks, and pick up a bottle of duty free alcohol from the ship or one of the ports. You can also purchase a "cruise" style picture frame on the ship for her desk.
Been there - done that:
2005 Holiday, Sensation, Conquest,
2006 Conquest, Celebration, Holiday,
2007 Freedom Grand Med, Holiday
2008 Fantasy & Sensation,
2009 Fantasy, Holiday & Dream Grand Med
2010 Fantasy and B2B Elation
2011 Monarch of the Seas
2012 Booked - Breeze from Barcelona 12 days