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alexandra cruiser 11-09-2011 01:54 PM

Any TA s out there to answer question re
direct market travel cruises? Got a brochure from Vantage travel,,and they don t use TA s,,,just "direct market"...Is this safe to book,,prices somewhat less but is it worth the hassle,,

Looked them up on BBB,,but said "no rating" as business being updated...

Is this just to avoid paying commision,,or what?

LHT28 11-09-2011 08:21 PM

They make more profit by not paying commissions & can handle all the dealings with the client directly
There seem to be many people that travel with them
Some people answered you on the other website

alexandra cruiser 11-10-2011 05:33 AM

Yes,,but needed TA opinion re safety of booking
and other cruisers only mentioned their experience...think I ll pass on this company,,,may save money,,but if things go wrong,,only myself to blame...some mentioned 20 call wait and other a hassle with heads up CR readers...really CHECK a new company for details BEFORE you book.Will stick to ones I can book thru TA and not worry.

Sandy 11-10-2011 10:21 AM

Alexandra, please keep in mind that travel agents are not allowed to identify themselves as such on this board. I know of a couple of couples who book with Vantage a lot and have not had any problems. However, working with a travel agent has the advantages you have listed, namely they're there to advise and counsel both before and after the trip. Since that has a lot of value, too, the decision about which way to go is subjective.

LHT28 11-10-2011 08:26 PM

Some tour companies & cruise lines book directly with the clients
It does not make them good or bad
If you need the security of having a TA handle things for you then that is a personal choice
There are good & bad TA's as well ;)

Make sure you have trip insurance to cover you in all eventualities

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