You are ready to buy a cruise, but, are not sure where is the best place to buy. Here is some helpful information that compares the advantages of major cruise retailers and gives some tips of what to look for.
Every travel retailer wants to sell you a cruise. You have plenty of options – local travel agencies, the Automobile Club, Sam's Club, Costco, the cruise lines themselves, "mega" online travel agencies (Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia and Priceline), and cruise-specialty websites like FunCruiseDeals.us. But, which is the best company to buy from?
There are three things about cruise retailing that may help with your decision about where to buy your cruise. They are:
1) Don't Pay A Service Fee
Any online cruise retailer who charges a service fee for booking a cruise is simply taking advantage of you. Why would you pay the same price for a cruise + a $19.95 service fee? Smart cruise shoppers know not to pay service fees.
2) All Cruise Retailers Have The Same Prices
All cruise retailers must advertise the same prices – that is a rule established by cruise lines themselves. There is no cruise retailer who "always has the lowest price" – meaning a price lower than everyone else. If you come across a retailer whose primary selling-point is that "they always have lower prices than the competition", that is cause for immediate concern. For more helpful advice, check out our articles on How To Be a Smart Cruise Shopper and Carnival Cruise Deal Secrets.
3) Work With A "Cruise Expert"
Ultimately, you will need to talk to someone from whom you buy your cruise. You will have questions and it is important that you get a correct answer. The best cruise experts work for the online cruise specialty retailers (FunCruiseDeals.us, Cruise.com, Cruises.com, and CruiseCheap.com). Their cruise consultants are truly cruise experts as cruises all they sell all day long. Most local travel agents tend to be "travel generalists". A travel generalist may be able to answer your question, but, probably not with the same degree of expertise and insight as a cruise specialist. Online travel agents (Orbitz, Priceline, Expedia and Travelocity) employ large call centers. Unfortunately, there are a number of agents in these call centers who have only basic cruise training, if any.
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