Old January 25th, 2016, 10:42 PM
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Old January 25th, 2016, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by bwdelamar View Post
Not sure where to begin

Give it a shot.

Ask a question or make a statement, we have a lot of ideas and opinions so we can help out with suggestions and make hopefully helpful comments.

Pleas post again, you have nothing to lose.

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Old February 19th, 2016, 09:18 AM
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I'm researching my first cruise in 7 years. What really helped was stopping by a travel agent (AAA Office) to discuss things. Really helpful to have someone you can just call up with a quick question should it come up.
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Old February 19th, 2016, 10:01 AM
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Welcome,and here's my two cents.....

First, decide where you want to go. Your next step is most important..speak to a cruise specialist, and do not book through the cruiseline. Let an expert walk you through all the particulars to show you, that planning is fun. Doing this,you can determine which cruise line is the right fit, to have an enjoyable vacation......toss some questions to us too, and we can give you our observations with our specific cruise experiences as well....have fun!

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Old February 19th, 2016, 01:38 PM
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Obviously, I'm prejudice on the matter, but I agree with Trip. First thing is to work with a Cruise Specialist. Keep in mind that most agents working for AAA are not even certified travel agents, let alone Cruise Specialists. So make sure to find one with alot of experience to offer. Their assistance can be invaluable, but if they start recommending, run the other way. When people recommend something it's because they think it's nice for them, but it may not be right for you. We're all different and what one person loves, another will hate. It's important for you to find the right cruise for you and not the right cruise for someone else. You need to take a look at all your options and find something that matches your needs, lifestyle, and budget. The good thing about cruising is that there's something out there for everyone and the fun part is trying them all until you find the right one for you.

As for ports, a Cruise Specialist will be able to let you know what there is to do in each port based on their personal experiences. They'll provide information to help you decide on where you'd like to go based on what you want to do; go the beach, go exploring, go shopping, etc.

It may seem overwhelming and it can be for those who try to do it all themselves. But the planning and researching is alot of fun as the anticipation enhances the excitement of trying something new.

Good luck on your selection and post any questions you have as there are alot of great people here with a huge amount of information to offer.

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Old February 19th, 2016, 08:16 PM
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I agree with Pete! We had a "travel agent" who refused to book us on NCL (she said she didn't like the line, but it's probably that she didn't make enough commission).

I found another Travel Agent (a Cruise Specialist) by calling the oldest, most familiar named travel company in our area. We've used her for years!

Keep in mind that your TA doesn't have to be in your area anymore. Our agent has customer's all over the country. Pete probably does, too !
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