You don't NEED a travel advisor to book your cruise...but here's why you just might want to work with one.
In today's digital age, booking a cruise online has never been easier. You can search for cruise options, compare prices, and make reservations with just a few clicks. So, why would anyone bother booking through a travel agent? Well, hold on to your britches because there are some pretty darn good reasons. In this blog, we're going to explore the many advantages of booking your cruise with a travel agency that specializes in cruises.
Save time and money:
While booking a cruise online is a convenient option, choosing the right cruise may not be as straightforward as it seems. With countless cruise options available, finding the one that perfectly matches your preferences can be overwhelming. This is where a travel agent can save you a significant amount of time and stress.
Experienced travel agents take the time to understand your wishes, preferences, and requirements. We can then match you with the ideal cruise line, ship, itinerary, and cabin location. For example, we will make sure you understand the pros and cons of a specific cabin location – after all, you probably don't want to find yourself right above the ship's lively nightclub if you value a good night's sleep.
Because of our in-depth cruise line knowledge, we know which ships are due for refurbishments and which ones are fresh. Imagine investing a chunk of money into a cruise and realizing upon embarkation that it is not the vibe you were looking for at all. We can provide you with peace of mind, ensuring that your investment aligns with your expectations.
We understand that getting the best price and amenities on your cruise is a priority. When you book your cruise with a travel advisor, the worst case scenario is that you pay the same price as you would directly, but you get a whole other level of service.
If you book with a travel agency that specializes in cruises, you will likely pay less and/or get extra perks. We leverage our volume and relationships to get exclusive offers for our clients. We also have software to monitor prices in case you qualify for a lower rate after booking.
***Remember that commission is built into the price of the cruise, so you are paying for the service whether you receive it or not***
Customer support and assistance for cruisers:
Cruises are generally an easy and seamless way to travel, but let's just say something does go sideways. If you have an emergency or unforeseen issue and are stressed out, do you want to call a toll-free number, sit on hold, and then speak to a stranger who knows nothing about you or do you want to call me (or shoot me a quick email or text so that I can get to work on my end while you deal with what you need to on yours)?
Even for quick questions, would you rather sit on hold or send me a message?
And let's not forget that we have relationships that reach far beyond the call center reps at the cruise line. The best comparison I can think of is that it's similar to when you have status with an airline or cruise line and they give you that golden phone number for an extra level of service. Imagine the service they would give you if you booked over a million dollars in travel each year.
Well, we do. And you get the benefits of our status when you are booked with us. Our partnerships are your path to the best possible outcomes if you need help.
Personalized cruise planning services:
Many travelers are looking for more than just a cruise booking; they want a complete travel experience. This is especially true for cruises that depart from international ports or involve extensive itineraries. In such cases, a travel agency can provide a range of services to enhance your trip.
Need to book flights? We can tell you which cruise lines have excellent flight programs and which are terrible (and some of them are terrible).
Want to extend your trip with hotels and tours? Our custom cruise extension design service is for travelers that walk to their own beat. We recognize that nor all travelers are interested in cookie-cutter itineraries. But if you want to DIY your cruise extension, we offer some support for that, too.
Exploring ports of call during your cruise is a major part of the experience. If you are interested in private shore excursions, we work with several wonderful partners who can take your experience from good to exceptional, allowing you to enjoy exclusive experiences and in-depth exploration. The short time in port can make it seem impossible to enjoy an authentic, immersive experience, but you absolutely can if you book the right tour.
Group cruise booking benefits:
If you are traveling with a group, a travel advisor is your best friend. Coordinating a group trip can sometimes feel like herding kittens, but we have the experience and tools to make the process much smoother. We are your EASY button.
We'll create a dedicated group booking page with all of the information about the cruise including some FAQs and other vital information, as well as our contact info, so you are not stuck being the middle-man.
In summary, working with a travel agency that specializes in cruises provides you with a distinct advantage in multiple ways:
By taking advantage of these services, you can make your cruise experience even more enjoyable, ensuring that your journey is tailor-made to your preferences and expectations. So, before you click "book now" on a cruise website, consider the benefits of working with a dedicated travel advisor who can enhance your cruise adventure in ways you might not have imagined. Whether you're a first-time cruiser or a seasoned traveler, the value of our expertise and support is undeniable.