With all of the resources available on the Internet, one might pose the question ‘why should you use a travel agent to plan a cruise?’ There are more reasons than you may think.
You may book a cruise every once in a while, but travel agents are experts in their field. Booking travel is not simply their job, it is their passion. They have strong relationships with the cruise lines, which will ensure that you get the best available rate and any perks that might be being offered at that time. They attend seminars, travel events and network with other agents and agencies to get the latest information that is not available to the general public. What this means for the traveler is that you will be saving time and money.
Travel agents are experts in helping travelers get where they need and want to go and in helping to create possibilities most people never would have dreamed were possible. They can check multiple providers, multiple destinations and multiple time frames. Travel agents will listen to the customers’ needs, wants and desires and put together a perfect fitting trip. Just imagine if you wanted to check all Caribbean cruises that departed in March. You would need to contact all of the major cruise lines for rates for at least four departures for the month. You would need to make more than ten separate calls to do that. Who has the time for that? A travel agent can do it all for you in a matter of minutes.
Travel agents also offer that personal touch to your travel planning experience. They offer help and advice that a website cannot provide. You can spend hours on the Internet putting together your own trip. And once you are done, it would be hard to find help if you should encounter a problem. On the other hand, a travel agent is someone you have an ongoing relationship with, like a personal concierge. Travel agents take pride in fitting a customer with the right vacation.
A good travel agent will be there for you from the very beginning and even after you return from your trip. They will help you find the best cruise ship that fits your needs, as not all cruise ships offer the same amenities. A travel agent will help you with the best stateroom selection. For example, they know not to put you in a stateroom under the night club or pool deck. Travel agents will keep a watch on pricing for you, and if a reduction in price does occur they will work with the cruise line to have them honor the lower fare. Travel agents will assist with your online check in and always be there to answer any questions. And, most importantly, a travel agent will be there for you in the event that something unexpected occurs while you are on your trip. In a world where automation seems to be taking over, it is nice to have that human touch, which travel agents certainly do provide.
There are plenty of travel agents to choose from. Do your research; find one that specializes in the trip type you are looking for. Remember that it is important to feel comfortable and trust the agent you are dealing with. Be up front with the agent and let them know what you are looking for and the level of service you need. This will help ensure a lasting relationship!