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Old 12-30-2005, 01:43 PM
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Hello all! My sisters and I are looking to go on a cruise in mid-May or later. I need to sit down and chat with a travel agent or someone with knowledge, as one sister is right outside of Vegas and in the Air Force, one siser is going to college in Northern Michigan, and I live in Vermont. So questions:
1. For an group consisting of a 21,22, and 25 year old...is there a cruise company that caters to a less formal gathering? I would enjoy dressing up for dinner, but would my thrift shop clothes be a problem for the rest of the cruise?
2. Any hints as to which companies offer military/Air Force discounts?
3. How does one book a room for 3? Seems so simple an idea, but everything (online) I find is priced at two in a room.
4. Should I go to a travel agent first, or have a good idea of what we want? I've never used a travel agent...I'm nervous using the online sites when we are all three coming from different places.

All comments appreciated...even on questions I don't know to ask!

Many thanks~Chloe
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Old 12-30-2005, 03:00 PM
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Carnival corporation (they are the largest Cruise Corporation they own Carnival, princess, Holland America, Cunard and more as do many Cruiseline offer Military Discounts.. BUT YOU HAVE TO ASK!!!

My suggestions would be for a less formal experience try Carnival or NCL... Maybe Royal Caribbean might be good for you guys too.

I would Google cruises lines and call them directly with your questions they are there to help.. You can always turn your booking over to a travel agent at later time if you needed help with your booking.

There is normally a little button on online sites that will let you add a 3rd person to the stateroom.
You may want to consider with all three of you traveling from different areas it may be best for you guys to fly into the departure city a day early so you all three can meet the night before at a hotel!

The most important thing I can suggest is ask a lot of questions ask the same questions twice when talking to another person (that way you hope you get the same answer). Dont be intimidated, and Booking Early provides the best price most of the time!

I wish you the best of luck…
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Old 12-30-2005, 03:28 PM
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Hi Chloe,

I agree that using a travel agent is a great idea. A good TA will be able to ensure that your reservations are linked although you are arriving from different cities. The TA can also help you find a ship that suits your tastes as closely as possible.

We travel three to a cabin, and the way it usually works is that the first two passengers pay the advertised price and the third in the same cabin pays a reduced rate.

In some cabins, the third passenger's bed is an upper berth (like a bunk bed), while in others it could be a pull-out sofa. This is another good reason to use a TA - particularly someone familiar with cruise ships.
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I agree that Carnival might be a good choice for your group and I would definitely suggest that you contact a reputable travel agent in your area (or an on-line cruise specialist) to handle the booking.

Tom
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Thank you for the advice! Look forward to experiencing what you all seem to enjoy so much...after a bunch of planning. ~chloe
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Chloe, be sure to let us know how it went.

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