Let me share how I came to be a client of my current agent.
In the mid-1990s when I started cruising, the internet was still largely undeveloped and online services such as Compuserve were popular. I ran into my first cruise agent on Compuserve's travel forum. She coincidentally was in Huntsville, and just minutes away. She also knew my fellow staffer here, Sandy. But that agent got out of the business and I found another agent on Compuserve, who was great too. But she was already semi-retired and when she decided to get out of the biz she recommended another agent to me, who she thought very highly of. That was all the endorsement I needed and I have been with that last agent for over 10 years. And now I'll probably start working for her on an associate basis!