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Old January 19th, 2016, 08:14 PM
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We are going to follow your advice, and consult a cruise specialist before booking our anniversary cruise. We had two people in mind, but just found out they both retired. How can we find a reputable cruise specialist close to home?
There are many good agents online, you don't have to limit yourself to just local ones.
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Yes, I'm obviously prejudice on the matter. But that aside, I do agree with others; you really don't have to limit yourself to someone local. You really want to find someone who will work with you and is interested in what you want. There are alot of travel agents out there who sell cruises, but are not cruise specialists. So just make sure you ask alot of questions; find out how long they've been in the business, how many cruises have they been on, how many cruise lines have they sailed with, how many clients they have, etc. Check out their website; is it full of useful information, is it professional, etc.

As with any other profession (mechanic, doctor, accountant, etc), it's important to find someone you feel comfortable with and can trust. Don't feel like you are limited in your choice and make sure to find someone who has alot of experience in dealing with cruises and who's been to alot of the ports you're interested in so they can help answer questions about what to see and do. And lastly, ask if they charge anything for their services. If they do, find someone else; there are alot of good cruise specialists who do not charge anything for their expertise and services.

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We are going to follow your advice, and consult a cruise specialist before booking our anniversary cruise. We had two people in mind, but just found out they both retired. How can we find a reputable cruise specialist close to home?

We use a TA located on Long Island .We just booked our 4th.cruise with them .
We used to have a great TA in Brooklyn but he retired.We then used a Travel agency that has many offices in Manhattan but we were not impressed by them.
We were recommended to many TA's but none have been as good as the company we use now.
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I am starting my research venture for a cruise to be taken in Jan/Feb 2017. I believe in being as educated as possible and I have the technology and motivation to research what I want to know. How many hours a week I will research is to be determined. I will definitely do it in the evenings while relaxing on the couch...and if able I will do a little research at work. After all part of my job is market research...so technically I "could" say I am working...ish.

While I will do my due diligence to get a descent price for my trip...price won't be a limiting factor. My main concern when researching is to learn the process. Tips and advice from others to me is a vital part of any new adventure. The ins and outs based on the experiences of others...basically I love ratings and reviews as well as I love to hear how others would do things if they had it to do again...or if they got the good info and would like to pay it forward.
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I made the mistake of doing NO research for my first cruise! The first day was a disaster. The result of my errors is this list of tips. Thankfully things improved and I now love cruising.
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We want to thank you all for the tips that you have given to us and all the tips that appear in this thread. We have decided to work with a cruise specialist for our "big" anniversary cruise next year. However as luck would have it, we are able to go on a much shorter and inexpensive cruise while in Florida later this year. We will be using that cruise as our initial cruise to iron out our short falls and make our rookie mistakes. We will be using your tips especially the ones to get acquainted with the ships fittings on that cruise. I (John) am deathly afraid of getting sea sick while on a cruise and will be using Dramamine and the pressure point wrist bands. Hopefully all goes well on this "little" cruise and then we can begin the process of booking our anniversary cruise. Thanks again all, you have helped us so much
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As with your research on cruises, I suggest doing your research on seasickness.

Personally, I don't suggest products such as dramamine because they can have adverse affects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, etc. Same thing with those patches - only those are by prescription. Different strokes for different folks, but many people have had great results taking ginger pills - that's why they recommend ginger ale to expectant mothers to help alleviate morning sickness.

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John, do you get carsick? If not, you probably won't get seasick on the ship. (Going on a small boat on an excursion is a whole other thing !) The wristband's are okay, but I wouldn't take any kind of drug until I was sure I needed it! Even non-drowsy drugs can make you groggy. I agree that ginger is a good thing to take with you, just in case. Also, I've heard that green apples (from the buffet) will help.

Also, please don't judge all cruising by a very short cruise. The three and four day cruise's are generally "party" cruise's. Things are very different on seven day and longer cruise's.
Have a great time on both cruise's!
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Before my first cruise last year, I spent so much time researching that I felt like I knew more than some people who had gone on multiple cruises. And you know what? I'm pretty sure I was right. Because what you said is true, there are people who spend zero time researching. Which I feel is a shame, because there is a wealth of knowledge available at your finger tips thanks to the internet.
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