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Old 02-05-2011, 11:52 AM
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Jim C. Jim C. is offline
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I agree that word of mouth and referrals is the best way to pick a TA. I used to book all my own via a Carnival PVP. The PVP was great but never seemed to be 100% on my side. Meaning that if there was a price reduction I had to find it, if there was a better choice of cabins, then I would have to suggest it. I am sure with the volume of bookings they handle its not practical to give the service level one would expect from a personal TA. I'm not saying NOT to book directly with a cruise line, as it does work for people. But I changed over to a TA recommended here and have not looked back. They offer the same prices as the cruise line AND I feel they are looking out for me.

I would avoid the big "discount" booking companies. They may offer a great deal but if something arises, once they have that booking, they have no reason to be helpful after that.
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