Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > Cruise Lines > Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  
Search

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 03-07-2010, 10:00 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1
Default
Hello All-
I'm interested in booking a RC cruise and was wondering who to book it thru. Does AAA do a good job or should I go directly thru the RC website?
Thanks
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-07-2010, 12:00 PM
Dave's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,795
Default
Welcome to cruise-chat.

Why not use a travel agent who specializes in cruises? That's what I do. An agent doesn't cost you any more than if you booked direct with the cruise line, plus an agent may have blocked out group space which can actually offer you savings and some perks that are not available if you book directly.
__________________
Dave
Editor, CruiseReviews.com
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-07-2010, 12:26 PM
f-mattox's Avatar  
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Posts: 4,740
Default
I've used AAA several times for cruises that involved more than just booking a cabin and was very pleased with them.
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 03-07-2010, 04:41 PM
Jim1012's Avatar  
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Wonder Lake, Illinois
Posts: 479
Default
And we've always booked driectly with the cruise line via the phone-all options work well, as long as you're booking a cruise!
Have fun planning!
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 03-08-2010, 06:32 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 86
Default
If you own a computer and get internet there isn't a travel agent on the planet thas has anything over you doing it yourself except a few coupons for discounts.

Book it yourself and have control and authority to speak for yourself if something goes wrong.
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 03-08-2010, 08:07 AM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 6,022
Default
Detroit Mark,
If that were true, then cruise boards such as this one would not exist. I'm sorry if you've had a bad experience with a Travel agent. But people have bad experiences with any profession. Realtors, Doctors, Lawyers, Mechanics, etc. It doesn't mean you should then do it yourself. Just because someone has a computer doesn't make them a travel agent. No more than having a first aid kit makes you a Doctor. Travel agents have a wealth of knowledge about cruising. They keep up to date on all travel related matters. That means passport requirements, Visas, State Department warnings, and even quirky rules of Canada that may prevent you from entering the country. Travel agents know the different cruise lines and which ones will be better fits for different clients. They know which ships, itineraries, and length of cruises are best for certain people.

Most people that book on the internet look at price only and "cheap" is not always better. A cruise lines reservation agents goal is to make a sale and get you booked as quickly as possible. They aren't going to explain in depth the answers to all the questions. And they certainly aren't going to tell you if one ship is the wrong choice for you, or even if their cruise line is a wrong choice for you.

As for something going wrong, a travel agent is your best advocate.
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 03-08-2010, 08:16 AM
Jim C.'s Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: DFW, Texas
Posts: 5,113
Default
Quote:
Originally posted by Detroit Mark:
...
Book it yourself and have control and authority to speak for yourself if something goes wrong.
Not sure if that is a solid bit of advice. You'll have a lot less "control and authority" over something going wrong than a TA would. I have booked many cruises for myself but lately have been booking via a travel agent. If something DOES go wrong with the booking they know who to call and how to get tot he correct people to help correct things. Ever try to get a PVP to help you change something or fix something on a booking? Unless you have a very experienced PVP, they are not very helpful and sometimes you can get the big run around.

Case in point- a mis-applied final payment. If you are flying solo, you will most likely lose your booking if you forget to pay your final payment or something goes wrong with the credit card etc... the cruise line will more likely work with a TA agent to correct the payment issue than a person booking it on their own.

My travel agent knows me and my preferred cruises, the types of cabins I prefer, where I prefer to cruise out of etc... with RCCLs cruise planners, you get a random agent every time you call them. There is no personalized service.

If you were paying extra for a TA I could back you on this, but for no extra cost to you, why wouldn't you use a travel agent?
__________________
================================================== ==========
Carnival Cruise Lines:
Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,
Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise, Magic 1/14, Freedom x 2 6/14

NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007, Celebrity Silhouette 2013
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 03-08-2010, 08:17 AM
Jim C.'s Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: DFW, Texas
Posts: 5,113
Default
oops.. Cruise Fanatic and my post must have been written at the same time ...
__________________
================================================== ==========
Carnival Cruise Lines:
Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,
Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise, Magic 1/14, Freedom x 2 6/14

NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007, Celebrity Silhouette 2013
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 03-08-2010, 09:07 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 86
Default
Quote:
Just because someone has a computer doesn't make them a travel agent. No more than having a first aid kit makes you a Doctor. ...


You did NOT just compare buying vacation tickets with replacing a heart valve in someone's chest.

  #10 (permalink)  
Old 03-08-2010, 09:39 AM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 6,022
Default
Please don't take the analogy so literal. It's a point to make people realize there's more involved than what appears on the surface. For some people their vacations are something they save a long time. That shouldn't be taken lightly by playing on the computer. Enough said.
 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
general james22 Carnival Cruise Line 12 01-10-2009 07:44 PM
general questions annj52 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 10 05-18-2008 08:29 AM
Miracle on October 29/06 and general questions? TravelBugTrish Carnival Cruise Line 2 10-05-2006 07:43 PM
General Questions About Cruises BigWill Carnival Cruise Line 4 02-08-2006 05:42 AM
GENERAL QUESTIONS.. teddy General Cruise Chat 8 02-13-2003 04:17 AM


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
 

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:02 AM.

Contact Us - Terms of Use - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2