Self booking Vs Using a Travel Agent

Hello fellow cruise addicts. I turn to you once again for your guidance advise and a general poll. How many of you use and/or find it easier using a travel agent compared to yourself booking all the parts of the cruise?

I'm exploring my next cruise and my head started spinning once I started to look into the different flights, hotels and planning and price comparisons to figure out which is the best bang for our buck. Just curious how many use a travel agent. Although I have cruised before, each time, someone else has done all the planning, and I was along for the ride. My props to you self planners....

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I've only cruised with Norwegian, and I call my cruise consultant to book my cruises. For hotels and flights, I book directly with the hotel or airline. I got burned pretty bad the last time I tried to book a flight on a third party web site, so never again for me. I find that I get the best prices and hotel rooms by booking direct with the hotel. Cancellations can be a royal pain if you don't book direct. For me, half the fun is in the planning. and if there's any problem, it's easier to not have to go through a third party to resolve it.

I usually do my own research, bookings and maintenance of all my travel. I enjoy the experience of it all. I understand that some people don't have the time or patience to do all of that and that's ok. That's where a TA would come in handy for them. Whatever you feel most comfortable with, do that.

I generally research the cruise I want, find an available cabin, and then call or email my agent to do the actual booking. It costs the same (or cheaper if the agent has access to a special discount), the agent ensures that any future discounts (price drops) get applied, and allows the agent to get paid a bit out of the cruise line's pocket.

Admittedly, not all agents will go out of their way to ensure you get the best deal, but there are still many out there who do care about their customers.

Thanks Amy!!Happy

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