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Old 07-12-2007, 06:29 PM
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We had a 98 year old woman on the Liberty who started cruising on her 80th birthday - every year on her birthday week. The CD made a point of mentioning her whenever he saw her in the audience for something. Maybe she should be made an honorary MCC!
What about the lady from England that lives on cruise ships? What should she be?
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:53 PM
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CF, there are two of them living on ships now. One on Princess and on on Cunard. I have a gentleman who although he doesn't live full time, he might as well. I just booked his 83rd cruise. He at least goes home for a couple of weeks at a time in between. He's also not line loyal like the two ladies. About half are with RCCL or Celebrity but he books anything that looks interesting to him. Just an FYI, he said his all time favorite was new years eve in the orient.

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Old 07-12-2007, 07:58 PM
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Sandy, you mentioned home agents. The agency I work for used to have many. They changed the policy shortly before I came and said they would never again offer at home agent positions. I guess the old saying, "Never say Never..." is true. We bought a building and now don't have to rent space. Along with the new building came new issues, parking for 300 agents and other tenants of the building being a big one. They're re-considering home agents. They put out a list of criteria to be considered and I'm eligible. I have applied, I'd love to be able to work from home.

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Old 07-13-2007, 02:25 AM
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Neil, good luck with your application. I hope you can telecommute from now on.

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Old 07-13-2007, 07:06 AM
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Sandy I could'nt agree with you more on that statement. Also the "card mills" that teach the agents that they make more money selling the business to others then actually booking travel. I actually had a previous client that joined one of these business, sent emails out to a lot of my past cruisers that they could get a better deal hooking up with her if they purchased their own business then booking directly with an agent. Then these so called agents present themselves as agents. That is what irks me more then anything else.

What keeps my home business going is the education, staying on top of the travel news and knowing my product that I sell. I am a home-based agent - full time, and at times I have been known to put in 12-14 hour days. My clients will call me as late as 11 or 12 midnight just because they know that I will be here for them. I believe in the service aspect of this job.

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I don't book that many cruises as is not my main job.. I know you full timers have some feelings about that and is understandable.
I don't mind someone being a part-time travel agent. There was a time that home-based travel agents were thought of as "hobbyists" and non-professional, and happily, that has changed.

What bothers me are the "card mills" that sell travel agent credentials to folks who have no intention of being a travel seller, but who buy credentials because they're promised they can "travel like a travel agent" for free or discounted prices. I consider that shady on both the seller and buyers' part. I'm afraid the buyers are in for a shock, as travel agents don't usually travel for free, and discounts have been cut drastically or eliminated over the past years.

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I have been reading alot about those operations as well. They are cracking down on them.

Neil, I hope you get it. As someone that works from home some days in a different field, I suggest doing some research. I have read a few good articles about the do's and don'ts of working at home about distractions and setting up your workspace etc. Best of luck to you for getting approved, you could prolly take a cruise a year with the gas savings!
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Old 07-27-2007, 02:13 AM
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Has anyone done the Carnival University? Was just wondering what it was like. I have not yet.

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Has anyone done the Carnival University? Was just wondering what it was like. I have not yet.
Nope, I haven't done it.

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