If I am booking a major location and staying in a top-notch hotel, I use a TA.
For overnight stay in a motel I use online booking or the hotel website.
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!
I usually just check prices for various hotels on their websites, and then book through the hotels website after I have made a choice. Once when we were staying in super expensive Vancouver and Victoria hotels, I found lower prices on some sort of web hotel booking site and used that to save a little, but you have to be careful with those due to usually no cancellation clauses to get the best prices.
I would never bother with a TA. I always feel like no one cares more than me where I stay or for how much, so I just do it myself.
Trip, if you book thru hotwire; does this website not list hotels? I just went there and it shows the area where I am looking and says there are 3 or 4 hotels available. Do you find out your hotel after you book?
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I have only booked with them in Lauderdale, where I know the area pretty well. I just did a dummy request,and I see the site operates different then the last time I used it, which was 2012. I stayed at the Hyatt Pier 66. When I booked, I didnt find out the hotel till the booking and payment was complete,
If you book along the A1A corridor, right by the port. The Rennaisance,Pier 66. Hyatt Place, Embassy Suites are all nice places. I always selected 4 star downtown, and ended up in this area, which is exactly where I wanted to stay. A quick taxi ride and you are at the port and airport.
I stayed at all the hotels I mentioned except Embassy Suites,and all were good. The price I saw listed tor Pier 66 on Priceline at $119.00 is a good price, for that hotel. I stayed there in the beginning of my cruising, and it was $74.00 a night..lol
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