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Old 09-28-2008, 01:25 PM
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Sorry cruise boy. Have to disagree with you that local travel agents are more expensive. Finding a good agent is the key. There may be occasions an agent is higher. (most likely because the others are rebating against the rules). Then there might be times an agent is lower. So you come out even. But where the others can't compete is the service and knowledge a travel agent can provide. That alone can be worth it's weight in gold. Agents will be your advocate every step of the process before, during, and after the cruise. By using an agent you can talk to the same person every time you have a question. Agents can save you time and money in their recommendations of a cruise line, ship, excursions, providing information on what to do, and what not to do. They will have the updated information on passports, visas, security and safety issues. Agents can package together your air, pre-hotel, transfers, and save you money. They can advise you on which hotels to use, and why one location could save you money over another. The agents do this as a profession on a daily basis. They have all the insight that an individual may not even consider. Using an agent can save you money in the long run.