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Old January 17th, 2002, 10:41 AM
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We have been surfing the net looking a various cruiselines. We have finally decided to cruise with Celebrity's Mellinium. My question is ... Is it better to book your cruise through a travel agent or, book directly online? Is there an advantage to booking online? What about cancelation insurance. Is it recommended? Being Canadian we do have medical insurance and our employer's additional medical insurance covers us for 40 days while we are abroad.

We were told if we book online directly with Celebrity they cannot offer us cancellation insurance because we are Canadian. Is this true, can we not make arrangements with Celebrity? This and anyother advice will be appreciated.
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Old January 17th, 2002, 04:15 PM
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Hi Pete,
I always book through a travel agent, either one I found on-line or local, they should always get the same prices as booking directly with the cruiseline. I find nice to be able to talk or e-mail a travel agent with any questions or concerns I may have, most will also check and see if there has been any price reductions.

As for insurance, not sure how it works in Canada, but I feel better having travel insurance, for the price, it gives me a good piece of mind. You have to consider if you do get injured and have to be airlifted to a hospital, most insurance companies don't cover that, and it could run into the thousands, so I'd rather be safe than sorry. Here are a few links to some independent company's that offer travel insurance:


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Old January 28th, 2002, 09:30 PM
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Hi...I am a travel agent so I am partital to booking with a travel agent. Travel agents can usually get better rates than if you book with the cruise line or at least the same. Don't ever pay brochure rates.

As far as insurance goes. I had some people that were from Spain and wanted to book a cruise through me. But since they were not U.S. citizens I couldn't get them insurance from the U.S.
I tried independent companies and you still had to be a U.S. citizen.
If you want to book with a U.S. travel agent and you want to get insurance you have to see if there is an independent insurance company in Canada that would just sell you insurance.
Travel agencies usually can sell just insurance without a cruise being booked. Thye should have insurance brochures.

I hope this helps.

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