Booking your cruise

​When you book do you use a TA, the cruise line, or book it yourself?

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I always book it myself. Don't see the point doing it with a middle man

The cruise line. I have learned that they can "see" cabin availability that I cannot on line.

I book it myself online. I have used a PVP and a TA for the first three cruises, but once I got the hang of it, I would rather handle it myself.

I have three cabins booked for our family in July on the Splendor, and it's much easier for me to just put them all in my cruise manager and take care of everything rather than have to go through a third party.

I've used a TA for every cruise.

I either go to the cruise line or a TA web site that I use. I have found sometimes the TA web site has better prices or OBC that I would not get with the cruise line direct. So it depends who can get me the best deal.

I research using the computer, I speak with the cruise line agents and deal with my great TA.

I use every resource I can in order to get the best bang for my buck.

My wife makes the first move by looking at brochures. I then check it out on the lines website. If we like it, I book online. But follow up by calling a cruise line representative to fine tune it and make sure I didn't miss out on something. I have no doubt that TAs are helpful for quite a few travelers, but not for us. Years ago all the cruise lines and for that matter the coach tour outfits like COSMOS, all required their guests to use a TA. I used to be in the air travel game for years and had close affiliations with agencies. I never had a problem with them then and enjoyed working with that element of the industry.

However, after we began world travel, we had a number of real stressful problems not only on cruises but coach tours as well which were a direct result of errors and omissions on the part of an agent. There is nothing worse than to be in a travel predicament on the other side of the globe, in an opposite time zone, and have to try and get in touch with your agent, who happens to be out for the week, so their mess can be straightened out.

When the day finally came where all lines set up their current systems where we can deal directly with the cruise line it was like a breath of fresh air. Since then, no more grief or unexpected booking disasters. Maybe an agent could get me a better deal now and then but I doubt it and even so, elimination of the "middle man" is worth paying a little more as far as I'm concerned.

I have been asked by our family to come up with a group holiday package.... Is it any wonder why I was asked to look at a cruise?

Other members are looking it as well. But some of them are looking at resorts, and time shares etc.

We will see who wins.

Hope you win :) Here's my favorite argument for cruising vs land vacay: The nice thing about cruising is once you board the ship, you don't have to spend another dime if you don't choose to (we prepay gratuities so that expense is already taken care of). When we start buying meals, passes to attractions, etc., for eleven people, it doesn't take long for us to bust the budget on a land vacay.

Total number could be 34

Now, one of the main reasons I want something on a cruise is that if we do a land thing. My son and I will have to do all the cooking. And I want a holiday from that daily chore.


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