Saturday, December 10, 2011

Why You Should Book Your Cruise With a Travel Agent

In our do-it-yourself Internet world, it's easy to think travel agents may as well go the way of gas station attendants and milkmen. However, they have access to information and bargains that most travelers can't get on their own. Here are three reasons why you should get over the do-it-yourself mindset and go directly to a professional the next time you want to book a cruise vacation.

1) Access to the best deals.

It's a common misconception that the only way to get a great deal on a cruise vacation is to book directly with the cruise line. Before booking directly with your cruise line of choice, get in touch with a travel agent. Often, they have access to unpublished deals and upgrades you can't get on your own.

2) You won't have to worry about details, no matter how obscure.

Have you ever looked at a cruise line's website and felt overwhelmed by the wide array of choices? An agent can help you navigate the options and help you identify exactly what you want. In addition to knowing the lingo (what's an interior stateroom, anyway?) they also know the specifics of the different ships and cruise packages. There are also shore excursions to choose, and since time in each port is limited, you want to make sure you visit the sights you most want to see. Finally, agents can also educate you about ever-changing passport and visa requirements. No question is too obscure for a travel agent.

3) If something goes wrong...

The economy might be slowly rebounding, but consumers still want to get the best value for their money. When you book a cruise, or any vacation, problems are likely the furthest thing from your mind.

Unfortunately, they are also unavoidable. If your flight is delayed and you fear your ship will leave without you, your agent will do whatever possible to help. But if you booked it on your own, there will likely be multiple 1-800 numbers and robotic voices involved before you get a person on the line. Your travel agent is also your consumer advocate, available in a crisis to help you out.

Good travel agents know relationships are the key. They want to give you a hassle-free planning experience so you can have a relaxing getaway. Travel agents are committed to handling the details so you can have a great cruise experience. Your travel agent will efficiently and expertly use your input to create a fabulous cruising experience.

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