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064: Should You Use A Cruise Agent?

Essential Cruise Tips

Release Date: 02/10/2015

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Essential Cruise Tips

Where is the best place on a cruise ship to have your cabin? I’m changing the way I choose my cruise cabin after realising I had not properly factored in the best cruise deck to be on that can improved the experience and enjoyment of my trips. I’m not changing the basics I use to find a cabin, just adding to them as I’m now convinced there is a best place to be on cruise ship. There is a best deck and place along that deck too.....

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Essential Cruise Tips

I explore what it takes and costs to live (or retire) full-time on a cruise ship by looking at the people who have done it, and the options we have for living on a cruise ship permanently!

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You are about to discover 6 genuinely surprising cruise tips and cruise ship watch-outs I have been told about by talking to crew members on cruise ships

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There are a number of topics and issues that cruise lines do not want to talk about, or are reluctant to, with cruise passengers. I think these 7 things should be spoken about more, and so lift the lid on them and why lines are so coy discussing them usually

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When I started cruising, I made many mistakes and on every cruise I go on I see first-time cruisers still making those very same mistakes I did on their first cruising vacation. This list of the 7 most important things every first-time cruise passenger must know and what to do should help!

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I was tired of seeing cruising tips that don't understand and reflect the reality of cruise passengers like me in magazines, newspapers and online. They seem to think that cruise passengers like me fall into a narrow stereotype of what they think we should or are. So, these are the tips that I think are for cruise passengers like me - and work as I have proven them to be right for me and others like me

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I am often asked is Princess Cruises or Celebrity Cruises better? Both of these premium cruise lines are popular and attract similar cruise travellers, but which offers the better cruise experience, value, ships and on-board facilities. I have cruised with both again recently, and this is what I found and think.

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Should you use a cruise agent?

Booking a cruise is not the time to be your own travel agent. Anyone new to cruising should use a cruise-specialist agent. They help find the best cruise line to meet your tastes and choose the right cabin from among the different grades and types.

You often get better deals using an agent than going direct as they may offer extra discounts or benefits, like on-board credit. Cruise lines are different and many first-time cruisers do not enjoy their first trip by choosing the wrong cruise line.

For example if you like dressing up, then Cunard has more formal nights and is strict about people sticking to dress codes, even informal nights requires men to wear jackets. If you dislike having children around you then P&O offers some adult-only ships.  Carnival is informal and fun focused with lots of activities on deck and so ideal for people that like a party. Agents have the knowledge to navigate you through all the choices.

Cruise fares are complex and ships have dozens of cabin grades and permutations. You need an agent to help you through these to ensure you get what you need.


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