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​Are you tired of your usual land vacations? Have you thought about trying a cruise for the first time? Great! All you need to do is make a reservation and put a deposit down. While you might think it is best to browse thru the cruise line website, find a cruise you like and then call their reservation line or start booking online. But how can you be so sure that you’re getting the best value for your money?

What if there’s another option to get the best cruise deals? Or better yet, the best cruise value!

Here’s a tip – book thru a travel agent. And here are some reasons why:

1. GET A CHEAPER CABIN RATE

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​Most cruise lines offer their lowest prices on their website. But have you ever noticed that some travel agents offer cheaper cabin rates even though the cruise lines do not have ongoing promotions? Fret not, it’s not a scam. Preferred travel agents are sometimes given access to exclusive, non-advertised rates by cruise ships which allow them to offer discounted cabin rates to their customers. These unadvertised rates help the cruise lines fill their ships without upsetting your fellow guests who have booked at a higher fare.  Typically these fares are bare-bones and don’t include any extras. Also, these low fares are not usually available during special holidays and last-minute bookings.

2.ENJOY OTHER PERKS & FREEBIES

​To stand out from the competition, all travel agents aim to make their travel packages as attractive as possible. And since most travel agents cannot legally publish prices lower than what the cruise lines offer, they resort to the next appealing incentive – travel perks!

Here are two popular travel perks you can possibly get when you book with a preferred travel agent:

  • Onboard Credit. This is the currency onboard. This credit is loaded into your onboard ship account which you can use to purchase goods in shops or to pay for specialty restaurant up-charges. You can also use this to buy souvenir items, beverages and shore excursions.
  • Prepaid Gratuities. Expect great services once you are sailing. However, most of the time, you will be required to pay daily gratuities for such services – sometimes amounting up to $18+ dollars a day per person! With free prepaid gratuities offered by your travel agent, you can save over $100 per person for a 8 day / 7 night cruise trip.

3. SCORE THE BEST DEAL

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​Want to get the best deal when booking your next cruise trip? Here’s a hack you can do – find a cruise line promotion you like and then book the cruise through your travel agent. Then you can get both the cruise line’s promotion AND the travel agent’s perks. Just be patient and watch out for these special promos and be ready to book once you came across an awesome deal. Or better yet, have your travel agent watch for you. That’s what we do!

BONUS: Tips to get more savings through your travel agent

  • Sign up on a travel agent website/newsletter so you are always updated with their special promotions.
  • Book through a seasoned travel agent. They are more often than not ‘preferred agents’ of cruise lines and get special discounts and promotions.
  • Compare before you select. Be proactive in calling several travel agents and find one you are comfortable with.
  • Don’t be shy to ask for special discounts and freebies. But also be sure to ask about what’s the best value. For many guests, the cheapest price is not the BEST deal or value.

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So how to choose the right vacation for you?

Picking the right vacation is a decision with many variables: which hotel, cruise line or tour company is right for you, which destinations interest you, what are the demographics of fellow travelers, what are the service standards, what activities are available, and most importantly exactly what do you desire from the experience. We want you to make an informed, intelligent buying decision where you get the best value for your money! We work with our clients to ensure the vacation or cruise they choose is right for them and those traveling with them.

The world awaits you and we look forward to assisting you in choosing the exact right adventure on the waters or land for you and your companions!

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