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Old April 12th, 2007, 03:59 PM
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We are first time crusiers-to-be and I've got the standard Carnival, RC and Princess books from the travel agent...

The Carnival ones seem REMARKABLY cheaper...but they also have a list price and a "super saver" price.

From my research, I think RC or Princess would be a good/better fit for us than Carnival but is it way more money or is there something I'm missing?

We're looking to cruise in July or August of 2008 so we're WAY ahead and most of the dates aren't even in the brochures yet. Is that an advantage? Can a travel agent book that far ahead?

Is it better to use a TA or book right through the cruise line?

Thanks in advance.....

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Old April 12th, 2007, 04:09 PM
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No question in my mind, you should get pricing from a number of travel agents. Even more important if this is your first cruise.

Keep in mind that summer sailings are often more expensive than other times of year because of families sailing.
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Old April 12th, 2007, 06:12 PM
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I highly suggest a TA especially for your first cruise. They can help you learn about some of the things that a first timer would not think to ask about. Mine got me a better airfare, and travel insurance rate than booking through the cruise line.

Determine where you want to go, and then research. This board has a lot a great info, and great people more than willing to help with your questions. Remember, no question is Silly, if you don't know the answer.

Watch for cruise bargains and upgrade opportunities too.

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Old April 12th, 2007, 08:06 PM
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Now see when I looked at all the cruise books, I thought RCCL was much cheaper than Carnival. Ofcourse like it was said, it depends on the time of year as well. I did find out that booking early is much better in the long run. For the same ship, departure date and cabin catagory we paid about $240 less than the price the they have listed now. Quite a jump in price since Feb.
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Old April 18th, 2007, 08:14 AM
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Thanks for all the feedback! I've got a TA working on it for me for now and we'll see how we go from there.

Thanks again,

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