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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 details.

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 later on.

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 vacation.

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 touch.

 
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