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Old 01-25-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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I am ready to book out first cruise. Just wondering how people book? What's best-online yourself, AAA, other online travel agent? Just wondering if there is an advantage as to one over another.
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I am ready to book out first cruise. Just wondering how people book? What's best-online yourself, AAA, other online travel agent? Just wondering if there is an advantage as to one over another.
DCL doesn't discount, so there's no $$$ advantage for one over the other. Tho some travel agents will give you an onboard credit, money to spend on the ship. Some people prefer to book for themselves, giving them control over their reservation. We use a travel agent, especially when new bookings open and the phones/web site are beyond busy. And we do enjoy that onboard credit.
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I am ready to book out first cruise. Just wondering how people book? What's best-online yourself, AAA, other online travel agent? Just wondering if there is an advantage as to one over another.
We get personalized service from a dedicated agent via phone or email, plus an onboard credit, at no extra cost through http://smallworldvacations.com.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:31 PM   #5
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Given your options, I use "other travel agent."

I checked out our local AAA office once--found the person behind the computer was just that. SHe knew nothing. She had never been to WDW or on a DCL ship. All she knew was what her computer said, despite the office having a sign proclaiming them to be Disney specialists.

There are lots of good agencies where the agent YOU will talk to has been on the ship (and not 13 years ago!), has been to Disney training, etc. Many give an onboard credit or other "thanks for booking with us" gift as well as their excellent service. There are also agencies that are not like that--shop carefully and evaluate both the agency and the agent. You're "buying" both! No personal experience = not for me.
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Another option mentioned here is Costco. While you do not get an on board credit, people have mentioned receiving a cash card AFTER the cruise is over for more than the on board credits other agencies offer, so if saving money is a priority over personalized service, this could be a good option.
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I just booked our first cruise last week and chose Small World Vacations. We go to WDW annually and I help friends book trips all the time but have no cruise experience so knew I wanted someone to help me out. Kathy has already been a wealth of knowledge and I love that she's only an email/phone call away.

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