(Closed) Did your travel agent score you a better deal on your cruise?

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
14 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

just went on a cruise, just for a spring break trip with the family. My husband and I did all the booking on our own, its super easy and takes minutes if you know where you want to go and the dates. Seriously, super easy and walks you through step by step and you can even choose which cabin you want exactly. My parents used a TA and it cost them like $200 pp more then what we paid because fees and everything else. we got all the same perks!  rooms were same area and floor too. so save some money and do it yourself!

Post # 5
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We got a quote from our TA and then checked expedia. Expedia was cheaper. She matched the pricing however and then did all the work for us 🙂

Post # 7
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We booked our cruise through a TA. She quoted us the same price for our balcony cabin as the travel websites, but after we booked through her, she got us upgraded 10 categories so we ended up with the biggest balcony suite when we paid for the lowest level. She also arranged all of our airport transfers and shore excursious through local companies who cost a lot less than booking through the cruise and we didn’t have to ATV with a bunch of 60 year olds!

I will never book travel without an agent again.

P.S. Travel agents typically get paid by the airline/cruise/hotel, so it should not cost you any more to use one than booking yourself.

Post # 8
736 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was curious about this also. I have a friend whose mom is a travel agent and I was thinking about contacting her. I was thinking booking online would be the best(cheapest), but maybe it is better to contact a travel agent.

Post # 10
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

I suggest you also list your cruise at http://www.cruisecompete.com where travel agents will send you their best offers. My last several cruises were booked this way, because no one could beat the prices I got

Post # 11
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I have a TA who works for Sandals. All their TAs are basically paid to sign you up for the resort. So no extra perks, just the normal things you get at Sandals. I was concerned that we would have to pay her, but we didn’t because she basically gets paid by having clients book at Sandals. Woohoo! She also happened to be a high school friend of my FI’s… small world!

Post # 12
2462 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

hubs got the best deal for our most recent vacation just by calling the cruise line directly and working with them. he was also able to get our own private dinner table by telling them it was our honeymoon (which was a little white lie…) and my birthday (which was true). you def don’t want them to seat you with random other people on your honeymoon–make sure to tell them it is, and you might also get freebies–we got a special champagne toast and cake one night 😉

Post # 14
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Definitely try calling them directly.  They have to pay travel agents a commission (usually no less than 10%) to their IATA number, which is what identifies travel agents.

By calling direct, tell them the deal your TA offered you and be specific in the cabins/category and any extras that were included. 

Let them know it’s your honeymoon and anything else important – health issues or what have you.

Depending on their occupancy right now, they may offer you extra goodies for free but should at the very least match that pricing or beat it.

They pay a fee to expedia and the like, as well, though many of them have an allotment contract they have to offer – many of them will still rather book directly with you.

Good luck! 

Post # 15
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@kybride: thank you for this!!! we are planning a group Alaskan cruise for next summer, and this site is going to help so much 🙂

Post # 16
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@finnaroo: agreed, we did the same thing on our honeymoon. I booked directly through the cruise line, and we were able to get a discounted upgrade, our own table, and a free bottle of champagne, plus on board credit cuz we were past cruisers and we missed the early bird discount by 1 freaking day

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