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October 17, 2005
EIGHT REASONS WHY TRAVEL AGENTS MAKE CRUISE PLANNING SMOOTH SAILING
Cruise Compete travel agents provide a wealth of valuable services:
1. Cutting through the clutter - For many travelers, sifting through and
making sense of countless cruises offers triggers information overload and
frustration. Travel agents do this everyday, in addition to receiving
valuable client feedback on cruises to pass on. Tap into this expertise!
2. Providing competitive intelligence - No cruise line is going to promote
its competitors' offerings or prices, but a travel agent will help you
evaluate what sailing makes most sense for you. Agents compare ships,
sailings and prices each day. Use their competitive intelligence to your
advantage when planning your cruise vacation.
3. Staying abreast of the latest promotions - To fill ships, cruise lines
promote special offers on specific sailings each week. Travel agents have
current promotional information at their fingertips and know who to call for
4. Understanding the fine print - Deciphering the details on a cruise
contract can be challenging for even the brightest of cruise vacationers.
Let a travel agent explain cancellation penalties, restrictions and other
minute details to you in everyday terms, possibly saving headaches and grief
5. Providing off-ship recommendations - Exploring ports-of-call is half the
fun of cruising. Rather than simply guess at where to eat, shop and visit
while on land, tap into the knowledge and experience of your travel agent.
They may have visited the same locale or have insights from other clients on
the places to go and see in port.
6. Securing value-added amenities - It's the little things - a great land
excursion, incredible spa treatment or a favorite bottle of wine - that can
make a cruise truly special. Travel agents can easily add these custom
touches to your vacation. Just ask.
7. Leveraging their clout - Travel agents, especially large cruise
aggregators that book cabins in volume, have much more buying power than the
typical consumer. Whether it is an airline seat, hotel room, or cabin on a
seemingly sold out ship, leverage your agent's clout to assure a great
8. Solving problems - Despite the best planning, if something does go wrong
on your cruise, there is no better advocate for the consumer than a trusted
travel agent. If a claim is legitimate, the agent knows whom to contact to
make the situation right.
Remember, if you are interested in what our agents have to offer, Cruise
Compete Agents are just a phone call away, offering the valuable human