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We had originally planned a simple road trip to Maine for our honeymoon, but I just came across cruises out of Baltimore or New York up to Maine and Canada, which would fulfill my want to see New England and take a cruise! But, this would be the first cruise for my fiance and I, and while I know all about planning road trips, when it comes to finding the best deal on cruises, I’m a beginner.
Does anyone have any tips or advice? I’ve never used a travel agent before and assume they charge fees on top of the price of the cruise?? Any help is appreciated!
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(Most) travel agents do not charge any fees and they can help with free honeymoon upgrades.
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Our travel agent was free. The reason is because they can get a highly discounted rate, add some to it and that is how they make their money. It’s almost always still a way better rate then you can find on your own or that the actual cruise line will offer you.
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Ditto, ditto, ditto.
I’m on http://www.cruisecritic.com and it’s awesome! They have boards just like these, as well as reviews which are fantastic.
I’ve never been charged a fee to work with a travel agent. And if you’re a AAA member, they tend to have pretty good travel agents.
I’m a huge travel planner, I’ve planned trips all over the world, but cruises is one of things I always use a travel agent for. They get better deals AND upgrades over the direct-to-company websites. (And you can confirm this yourself, get a quote from a travel agent, then look up internet prices for the same cruise.)
Travel agents can also make sure all companies you book with know it’s your honeymoon which sometimes leads to perks.
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@kimberlyr22: Ours doesn’t charge anything extra. Every travel website I went to was the exact same price as the travel agent gave us. She handled everything from special requests at the hotel. And verifying that we got all then honeymoon perks we could. Neither Fiance or I have been out of the country or flown so it really was the best idea. If you have never been on a cruise before I think you should go with a travel agent. but definitely still read all the reviews on all the cruises online!!
AAA has screwed up at least 4 different trips my family has been on so we ONLY use them for roadside assistance and things like that- nothing to do with travel.
Travel agents really are helpful, even if it’s just their opinion-it doesn’t hurt to talk to them 🙂