glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

How do you book your cruise usually?

Do you usually use a travel professional, book directly through the cruise line or use an online service?  How happy are you with the price, service and help that you receive with your booking?  

Tags: Booking a cruise

37 Answers

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

I'm lucky if I even get off the ship before my next one is booked. But I do it through the line when I do book from home.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

I booked through a few websites, the cruise lines. Lately,we have been using Costco.

Ewoodspark
Contributor Level: Captain

I shop around between the actual Cruise line (NCL for us), and various cruise travel agents. Take the base price of NCL and then contact the agents asking what their best price can be. Usually manage to take up to £100 off the base price and then we have the security of letting the agent deal with any potential issues

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I usually book through the lines' webpage.

I did go through an agent on my last cruise -- he treated me well and provided some on-board benefits, however I felt (not justifiably so, though) that I had no control.

 

For now, I will continue booking directly with the lines.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I will check with the Cruise line and a couple of on line web sites.   I have used Vacations to go so often I have a cruise counselor there that I work with.  I also have assigned agents with Celebrity and Carnival that I have worked with. 

 

I still find it surprising that I can get a better deal with a web site then I can directly with the cruise line.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 

I have booked through Cosco several years ago and everything went well.  

 

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

We usually determine the voyage by #1 itinerary, #2 line and ship, #3 price. We generally have a ballpark idea where we want to go, so we sort out itinerary's that are similar and ones we like by using the websites of cruise lines, pertinent brochures and their special offerings. If we find a number of itineraries, with lines and on ships we like, that are comparable then we start looking at the price. I do that by referring to respective literature and talking to the cruise line agents. If the prices are close then we go back at decide which line and ship we go with. If the prices aren't close, we go with the best offer. Sometimes I put a little heat on to get a better deal.

We always book directly through the cruise line. We use an insurance broker for trip insurance, not the lines. Years ago you had no choice but to use an agent. Nothing against TAs, used to be in that game myself, however we had some not so good experiences that were the direct result of our agent's screw up. When they opened things up so we could book directly it was like a breath of fresh air. Since then, no middleman equates to no grief and stress particularly when we are on the other side of the globe and can't get in touch with the agency.           

dmblex8899
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I either book via the cruise line's website or my Carnival PVP. I really like talking to a live person, and I feel she knows the ship and recommends the best place on the ship to be.

Deejay43
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

We used Vacations To Go to book our first 3 cuises and still use their newsletters to see what is available for specific itineraries. We have found the midsize ships of HAL preferable so now we book directly with them. On two occasions we found a better deal being offered through an online travel agency after booking. In both instances HAL matched the TA's pricing and upgraded our cabin on one of them. 

dmblex8899
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I have tried looking at prices on a lot of other sites and compare them to Carnival, but I come up with the same price on EVERY site.  Am I doing something wrong or is it just the itinerary that I am looking at the there is no fluctuation in the price? 

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