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Old 02-21-2003, 04:45 PM
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My husband and I just returned from our first cruise. It was wonderful. We went on the Enchantment.

But I have a question:

* Is it less costly to book a cruise thru your TA or thru the cruise ship company? I have been reading all the letters and I'm so confused.

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My husband and I just returned from our first cruise. It was wonderful. We went on the Enchantment.

But I have a question:

* Is it less costly to book a cruise thru your TA or thru the cruise ship company? I have been reading all the letters and I'm so confused.

Please help
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Old 02-22-2003, 08:07 AM
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Most definitely use a travel agent. Direct cruise line bookings are processed by simple order takers. They have no vested interest in providing you with the lowest price, nor any kind of service. A good cruise travel agent has the knowledge and expertise to provide you with quality service, and will invest the time to find you the best price.
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Old 02-22-2003, 02:55 PM
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Hi Mikey,

a good travel agent usually is the best recommendation one can give. Of course the TA should be experienced when it comes to cruises, but if you e.g. visit a CLIA-certified travel agent, you're usually in very good hands!

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I second the last 2 comments. In addition, I would add that good price doesn't necessarily mean good value. A good cruise agent will work hard to find the best cruise value for you. What good is a cheap cruise if you end up hating the whole experience - especially if you could have enjoyed it on a different ship or cruise line?
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Old 02-25-2003, 11:57 AM
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Thank you for all your replies. I have been reading some other opinions and we were wondering if it was better to go directly through the cruise company.

Thanks again
 
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