A question we’re often asked is “why should I book with a travel agency instead of just calling the cruise lines directly.” It’s a fair question and one we’re always happy to answer. In fact, we wish everyone would ask because we think the answers are clear and compelling. You can read them in the following paragraphs, or just check out our video version–then you can decide for yourself where you’ll get the best cruise deals.
The first thing you should know is when you’re speaking to a cruise line’s telemarketing center, you can be sure of one thing–the only cruise they’ll ever recommend is theirs whether or not it’s the right fit for you. And all cruises are not created equal, but it’s the only option they can offer so you should ask if yourself if they can really be your objective advocate. Doubtful! A career travel planner has no restrictions on what they can recommend–the entire palette of over 200 ships throughout the world is available to them. Here at Cruise Deals, our first interest is learning what makes for a perfect vacation and once we know that we work on getting you the best deals on anything that floats. . . from discount cruises to the height of luxury cruising.
And that brings me to the second thing you should know before you call a cruise line directly, and it has to do with price. Cruise line advertising often implies that you’ll get the best price by buying direct. . . but that’s categorically false. What they don’t tell you is travel agencies have access to the very same rates, and in many cases an even better price. Whether you’re looking at contemporary lines like Royal Caribbean cruises and Carnival Cruises or seeking a premium cruise on lines like Celebrity and Holland America cruises, we will frequently be lower that the cruise lines’ current price. How? Here at Cruise Deals, we lock in a low rates early in the season through our volume selling commitments. Like the airlines, the cruise lines are always trying to raise the price of their tickets for increased profit—so while their price may be going up, our price remains low, and we’ll often have additional benefits such as stateroom upgrades, or onboard credit that you for goodies like spa treatments, beverages and shopping. Bottom line. . . you’ll never pay less by buying direct, but you could very easily pay more.
The third answer is that your time is valuable. Time is the one thing we never seem to have enough of, so calling several cruise lines to learn about their experience and get prices is time consuming. And forget about getting objective advice! Here at Cruise Deals, we’ll put each cruise into context for you and can get you all the prices you want with one call. We’ll also provide you with answers to questions to help you get the best cruise deals and others you might never think to ask! We want to help you make the most of your time and money.
Those are the three things we think you should know if you’ve ever wondered why you shouldn’t just book direct. Now, the decision is yours. We’d really like to earn your business at CruiseDeals.com, but even if you don’t choose us, we hope we’ve given you good reason to find a travel professional that will put your best interests first.