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064: Should You Use A Cruise Agent?

Essential Cruise Tips

Release Date: 02/10/2015

Are The 5 Changes Princess Cruises Made Any Good? (Podcast) show art Are The 5 Changes Princess Cruises Made Any Good? (Podcast)

Essential Cruise Tips

Princess Cruises has made 5 big changes to the way they do things. I test out if the changes to cruising made by Princess Cruises work for us as cruise passengers - and made some important discoveries that anyone considering going on a cruise vacation with Princess Cruises should know - including the ships, Princess Medallion, muster drills, dining and fares

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I Try Out 7 Things SMART CRUISERS Say They Always Do! (podcast) show art I Try Out 7 Things SMART CRUISERS Say They Always Do! (podcast)

Essential Cruise Tips

There are 7 things that I have seen people I consider to be smart cruisers do every time they go on a cruise to ensure an unforgettable cruising vacation. I put these 7 smart cruise tips and tricks to the test on a cruise to see how they fare and stack up. Find out how I get on and what I recommend based on that.

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Cruising On British Cruise Lines Is Different. Here’s Why (podcast) show art Cruising On British Cruise Lines Is Different. Here’s Why (podcast)

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Why don't more international cruise passengers choose to cruise on British cruise lines? Why do most stick to American and European cruise lines? Cruise passengers can cruise pretty much anywhere in the world they want to on a British line, with the possible exception of Antarctica, and yet very few book on British cruise lines. I booked myself on a series of British cruise line cruises to find out why. This is what I found out....

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5 Things That Also Make No Sense On A Cruise Ship! (Podcast) show art 5 Things That Also Make No Sense On A Cruise Ship! (Podcast)

Essential Cruise Tips

Discover some more things seem to make no sense on a cruise ship, and the reason on why it has been done that way. I look at things I have seen on cruise ships that seem a bit off, and share what I found out about why things that don't seem to make sense on a ship do, when you know why. This is a follow to from my first video that looked at other things that do not make sense on a cruise ship

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Going On An Over-50s Cruise Taught Me 3 New Cruise Tricks (podcast) show art Going On An Over-50s Cruise Taught Me 3 New Cruise Tricks (podcast)

Essential Cruise Tips

I went on a cruise where you had to be over-50. This over-50s only cruise taught me three big lessons about cruising that I had not thought about before. Theses three tips are things every cruise passenger should do before they switch or try and new cruise lines, especially if from a cruise line that you really enjoy. If I had done these three things I may have made a very different decision before going on this Saga Cruise

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I Test Out If Viking Cruises Lives Up To All The Hype (podcast) show art I Test Out If Viking Cruises Lives Up To All The Hype (podcast)

Essential Cruise Tips

I review Viking Ocean Cruises and put the cruise line to the test to see what they offer, what they do different to other cruise lines - and to find out of Viking Ocean Cruise Lines are as good as their loyal fans say they are. I look at everything from the line, ships, facilities, cabins, service, and dining

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I Put Post-Covid Cruising To The ULTIMATE Test ! (podcast) show art I Put Post-Covid Cruising To The ULTIMATE Test ! (podcast)

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Can a Post-Covid Shutdown cruise be fun, or are you paying for a much reduced cruising experience and should you wait until things are fully back to normal? I have been on my first cruise (on Viking Venus) since the cruise shutdown and I test out against the 7things that make a cruise fun, enjoyable and relaxing if a post-covid cruise meets them. This is what I found out.

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Cruise Solo Without Paying For Two! How Do I Do It? (podcast) show art Cruise Solo Without Paying For Two! How Do I Do It? (podcast)

Essential Cruise Tips

Solo Cruising can be costly, as you often have to pay the same as two people. I explore how I cruise solo without paying too much. My solo cruise tips and tricks to cruise without breaking the bank.

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How To Meet The Most Interesting People On A Cruise (podcast) show art How To Meet The Most Interesting People On A Cruise (podcast)

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Who is the most interesting person I have met on a cruise ship? A Celebrity? One of the crew? The captain? Or someone else?

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You're Paying More Than You Need To For Cruises (Podcast) show art You're Paying More Than You Need To For Cruises (Podcast)

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You are almost certainly paying more for your cruise than others in the same grade of cabin in the same place on the ship. Cruise passengers often compare how much they paid for their cabin and cruise, and I will show you how to be the person that paid the least for the same. These are how I make sure that I never pay more than I should when I am on a cruise.

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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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