travel agency for Alaskan cruise?

Old Jan 6th, 2008, 02:43 PM
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travel agency for Alaskan cruise?

Do you see an advantage to using a travel agency for booking an Alaskan cruise vs. booking with the cruise line or an online site?
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Old Jan 6th, 2008, 03:49 PM
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What cruise line are you looking at?
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Old Jan 6th, 2008, 04:56 PM
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If you can do your own research to choose a cruise, go with the agency with the best deal.

Try http://www.CruiseCompete.com

You pick your cruise, then agents compete to offer you the best deal.

Happy cruising!
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Old Jan 6th, 2008, 08:07 PM
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NCL or Royal Caribbean. Thanks for your input!
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RCCL does not allow agents to discount the price - so the price most likely will be the same from agent to agent. Though, they do allow agents to offer incentives such as free insurance, etc....

I am not sure if NCL allows agents to discount. Holland America, Princess and Carnival still allow agents to give you a discount.

I would probably recommend Cruise Compete to give you a good range of prices for the lines that discount. Before you pick an agency, do some research on the internet to see if there have been any problems.
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I went on an Alaska cruise this past August with Holland America Line. Once I narrowed down our dates, I priced the cruise with every method I could think of online, direct to cruise line and with travel agency (AAA). VacationsToGo.com had everyone beat. We got an outside suite for the price others were charging for a standard cabin. Had a wonderful cruise - would recommend both HAL and Vacations To Go!
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NCL allows travel agents to discount their prices so you'll be better off booking with good TA. And Vacations to Go sells at full cruise lines price.
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RCL and Celebrity do allow their top agencies to offer onboard credits up to 10% of the commissionable amount of the cruise. As this is as good as cash, it can make a big difference where you book--shop around.
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