CLIA – Cruise Lines International Association, shared that over 70 percent of cruisers use a travel agent to book their cruise vacations. Why is that percentage so high? Here are four reasons why cruisers love working with travel agents.
Why Use a Travel Agent for a Cruise?
1. THERE’S A CRUISE FOR EVERYONE, BUT WHICH ONE?
Google is an amazing tool, but it provides results based on just a few words or a phrase. A search for “Caribbean cruise” turns up 124 million results, which is enough to overwhelm any traveler. When searching for the right cruise, travelers soon discover the diverse range of itineraries and ships offered by cruise lines. Add to that the variety in sailing lengths, the different amenities on board each ship, and the range of costs and suddenly finding the right cruise seems even more intimidating.
Travel agents can ask their clients questions to find the right cruise line, the right ship, and the right destination.
2. THE SERVICE IS PERSONALIZED.
Every cruiser has a different reason for loving to cruise. Some are drawn to the convenience of seeing many of their dream destinations in one trip. Others enjoy on-board activities, dining, and entertainment that make cruising one of the most exciting ways to travel between locations. Cruising also offers something for all ages, so the whole family can find fun and relaxation on the same vacation.
Travel agents know that all clients are different, and their value really comes into play by being able to craft the perfect getaway for each client. By booking excursions in ports-of-call, help with adding pre- or post-stays, and schedule airfare to and from the port you will have their perfect vacation. As a travel agent, the personalized service we offer clients helps you create memories that you will cherish for the rest of your lives, which is a reward in itself!
3. USING A TRAVEL AGENT SKIPS THE STRESS.
What time will the ship leave? How long does it take to get from the airport to the port? How do you read a deck plan? What is the difference between an ocean view cabin and a veranda cabin? What is a berth? Do I need a passport?
The list of questions that go with booking a cruise, especially for new cruisers, can be long.
Fortunately, as your travel agent, I have the answers! I can find you an ideally located cabin, away from the late-night theater and close to your favorite onboard restaurant. I will help you plan their arrival and departure time using industry information and my firsthand experiences. I can walk you through the ins and outs of cruising and can answer the questions you have even before you ask them.
4. TRAVEL AGENTS ADD VALUE, NOT DOLLARS.
A travel agents’ goal is to help their clients get the most out of their cruise. One way we achieve this is through agent-only incentives and specials that are not offered to consumers booking directly.
Through my knowledge and connections, I can also help clients should something pop up, like a missed flight connection or an overbooked hotel. So, not only can I find you a great value, but I act as a safety net for your vacation.
Are you ready to head for the vacation of a lifetime on the high seas. Enjoy the excitement of a cruise with the destination of your choice, with a long list of exotic and historic destinations we will help you find your next enchanted cruise!
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