I know this question is asked frequently, but Id still like some fresh perspectives. Im just getting ready to book a 7-day cruise in March 2005 and am trying to determine if I should use a travel agency this time or book it myself, as I have in the past. Ill be going with DW, DD11, DS7, DM and DF, so well need two cabins; preferably connected or adjacent. I plan to book my own airfare with FF miles regardless. The plusses of a travel agency are that the prices are a few hundred dollars better (I know I need to include insurance, transfers, etc. in the comparison) and with AAA you also get free soda mugs. I know I need to be as detailed as possible in outlining my requests and preferences, but I would like the TA to add at least some value beyond saving me money. Id hope that theyd be of assistance with getting the right cabin set up, for example. Historically, however, Ive had less than stellar experiences with travel agencies in that Ive had to tell them exactly what to do and how to do it so that things didnt get screwed up. I guess my fear is that if I go with a TA Ill wind up doing all of the hard work anyway, plus I wont be able to deal directly with DCL to resolve any issues that may come up. In fact, Ill be stuck working with the TA that created the problems in the first place! Maybe Ive just been stuck with inexperienced, lazy or stupid TAs in the past, but Ill only have one shot at finding a good one this time. Ive even had bad luck with TAs that were recommended by friends and acquaintances! So, with all of the vast experience of the DCL DIS crew at my disposal, what are your opinions? Has a TA been helpful for you? Is the $ savings worth it? Am I just a control freak who needs to get over some personal issues? What?