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steandbee 03-22-2006 02:49 PM

We booked a cruise on Valor in May. Is it cheaper to book through the cruise line or an online site? {expedia}

Rodney 03-23-2006 08:00 AM

Remember, Expedia and such charge a fee for booking you, so why not go direct? I booked directly with Carnival after I first checked with Expedia to see what the "advertised" rate was. I have used travel agents in the past, but I prefer to "do it myself" and ask for discounts. I think they will give you any if you are eligible...just ask. By the way, did you use expedia, and did they charge you a booking fee?

Heidi528 03-23-2006 08:28 AM

Please don't laugh at me... I actually purchased my last cruise through WalMarts' online site. I'm serious. I found my best price, and they gave me $100 off that. In fact, it was $100 off what the cruise line itself offered me. I have no idea why. I have use TA's and the cruise lines. A Costa cruise cost me less booking directly through Costa than it would have through any of the online "discount" sites.

Rodney 03-23-2006 08:36 AM

Way to go Heidi! You knocked a home run! http://images8.fotki.com/v154/photos...33/wave-vi.gif

Heidi528 03-23-2006 08:39 AM

LOL! But I feel so...cheap!

arckac 03-23-2006 08:39 AM

I shop at cruise compete and usually end up with cruise value center as they usually offer me the best deals out there.

steandbee 03-23-2006 06:58 PM

Well.....Thanks for all the info. For some reason Expedia didnt charge me a booking fee.We booked in october for this cruise and have not seen a better price since. Ill try the WAL-MART idea next time. LOL... Thanks all...


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