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Old December 20th, 2006, 11:52 AM
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On my last cruise, I booked directly with the cruiseline over the phone. It was $10 more than the online site that I had found to be the lowest price. I've seen comments of people saying that travel agents can discount off the list price. Is this actual 'in-person' travel agencies, on line sites, or agents from the actual cruise line?

I am probably looking at Princess or Carnival, but not 100% certain at this time.

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You can no longer find "the best price" simply by surfing the TA web sites.

With changes to cruise line policiies, they are not allowed to advertise prices below cruise line prices.... other than group space.


To get an agent's actual BEST price now requires a phone call or e mail inquiry.
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I always book with a good cruise travel agent, always will.
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I looked at several online travel sites and the price was the same as the one right on the Carnival site. Then when I went to book, the online travel site was going to charge me an extra $20 per person for their "conveinience charge" Needless to say, I called carnival and saved some money. Also got a great upgrade!
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Donna,
Online TA or In-Person TA?

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Old December 21st, 2006, 01:51 PM
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I looked at several online travel sites and the price was the same as the one right on the Carnival site. Then when I went to book, the online travel site was going to charge me an extra $20 per person for their "conveinience charge" Needless to say, I called carnival and saved some money. Also got a great upgrade!
The cruise line's have set the policy NOT ALLOWING online advertising of prices below their own.

If you surf the net these days, that's what you're going to find

They force advertising to APPEAR as though everyone charges the same as the cruise line, so why not book direct.. it really is FALSE advertising. [b]Many agents are willing to discount something from their commissions to lower the price below what the cruise lines are selling it to you for.[/b]

However, they are not ALLOWED To advertise that price. To get an agencies BEST price now requires a phone call or e mail.


And for the few lines which allow NO discounting at all by agents, the agents can still make up with shipboard credits, and onther onboard perks!
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Hi Alas,
She's a travel agent that does a lot of work for Cruisemates, have never met her, so I guess, it would be on-line. I've booked Cruisemates cruises with her and other ones as well.
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Hi Alas,,,
I also use the same agent Donna is refering to,,,have used her for years and am very pleased with what she has done for me. IE what Kuki is saying,,,, She advertises here on Crusemates or if you want to send me a pm I'll give you her info.
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we always use a travel agent we have a real good one this is the only why to do it
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I always book with a human being face to face. technology has a way of dehumanizing us, so I will utilize a travel agency until they go extinct.
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We've done two cruises and booked both times through the 1 800 number. First was Celebrity Zenith NYC to Bermuda. Second was Carnival Fascination from Miami to Nassau. I prefer doing it this way. Some people swear by their travel agents. You will find what suits you best. I don't like booking online without someone to talk to because we always have questions. Both cruiselines we've used had agents that could answer direct questions about the ship, itineraries and shore excursions. If it's $10 more to book using the 1 800 number compared to doing it online, then so be it. That's not too much considering I like to know what I'm getting for my money.
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