I used cruisecompete to find the best rate on the HAL cruise we will be taking soon. I think it is definitely worth asking for a quote. YOu will get numerous replies and you will be surprised (I was) by the price differences for the same type cabin. It also beat the websites (Orbitz, travelocity,etc, etc, including the HAL website). This is a highly competitive business so why not find the best price. You are under no obligation to purchase from anyone, but be aware that popular cruises will fill up fast and rate quotes are not guaranteed.