Hi Louis, I also want to say I did not mean to discourage you. I have limited exposure as not being a full time cruise agent, and only with CCL. But I have never regretted my affiliaton with them. I book friends, family, co-workers, and an occaisional group. I usually make enough to pay for my cruise. It can be fun and rewarding in that context.
I know someone on here that is part of something like a franchise or consortium. PM me if you would like their contact info., they are really nice and helpful.
Also, if you would have put this up as a poll in the general chat section, I would not mind to see those results as well. It is interesting.
Best to you,