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082: Using Foreign Cruise Agent To Save Money

Essential Cruise Tips

Release Date: 05/19/2015

BIG USA CRUISE UPDATE : Not The News You Were  Hoping for ? show art BIG USA CRUISE UPDATE : Not The News You Were Hoping for ?

Essential Cruise Tips

In this USA cruise update I look at the current situation of the cruise suspension in the USA and when the cruising shutdown is likely to be listed. I update and review the situation and outlook for cruising in and out of the USA in my latest video. Although some positive developments, mostly probably not news and updates you looking forward to. Will cruises start sailing again from mid-September? What is the status of the discussion between the CDC and cruise lines? Is there good or bad news

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Cruise Bans Lifted : 8 Places You CAN Cruise Right Now show art Cruise Bans Lifted : 8 Places You CAN Cruise Right Now

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There are 8 places around the world that you can now cruise to as the cruising suspensions and bans are lifted. These include USA, Europe, Asia and some exotic islands. I explore the 8 places the cruising suspension has started to lift and look at your cruise options right now.

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7 EU GUIDELINES FOR CRUISING To Resume You May Not Like show art 7 EU GUIDELINES FOR CRUISING To Resume You May Not Like

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In a major cruise update, the European Union issued a 49-page document with guidelines for cruise lines for restarting cruising across Europe. This comprehensive set of cruising guidelines was developed with input from CLIA (Cruise Line Association) and over 30 Cruise lines executives. I discuss 7 areas of note that I think cruise passengers may have some issues with, including travellers over 65, itinerary proposals, screening, masks, dining, social distancing, pool, hot tubs and more

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What Are Cruise Ships Doing During The Shutdown ? show art What Are Cruise Ships Doing During The Shutdown ?

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I look at the 5 things that cruise ships are actually are doing during the cruise suspension to date It has been 6 months since the cruise suspension took place, what are the almost 300 cruise ships actuially doing and where are they?

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How To Stay Well On A Cruise. Avoid Cruise Ship Illness Outbreaks show art How To Stay Well On A Cruise. Avoid Cruise Ship Illness Outbreaks

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How can you stay well on a cruise and cruise ship, and make sure (or at least give yourself the best chance) of avoiding any cruise ship illness outbreaks? Although unusual, and with lower overall chance than on land, when a virus illness like norovirus, influenza or more recently coronavirus breaks out it gets a lot of publicity and attention.

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8 Ways Your Job Could Unlock Cheaper Cruise Fares! show art 8 Ways Your Job Could Unlock Cheaper Cruise Fares!

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Your job, or the industry you work in, could mean you can cruise for less. Many cruise lines offer fare discounts or extra benefits, like on-board credit, for a wide range of jobs and industries. Your could be saving a lot of money on your cruises. I talk about the 8 main jobs and industries where you could get cheaper cruise fares, the cruise lines to focus on for each and 4 key tips on how to get discounts based on your job.

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Cruise Line Loyalty: Pros and Cons Of Being Loyal To A Cruise Line? show art Cruise Line Loyalty: Pros and Cons Of Being Loyal To A Cruise Line?

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What are the pros and cons of staying loyal to a cruise line? I explore the best and worst things to being cruise line loyal. Most cruise lines have a cruise loyalty program where you can build up tours and benefits based on the number of nights you cruise with them. But, is it really worth building up status on a cruise line, or are the perks and loyalty benefits not worth it? I explore the 2 worst things and the 6 best things, where the downsides could out-weight the upsides.

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8 Big Cruise Downsides, And How To Deal With Them show art 8 Big Cruise Downsides, And How To Deal With Them

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What are the downsides of cruising? The worst things and negatives of a cruise vacation? I explore the issues that cruising causes and the challenges, hassles or issues that cruise passengers face - and how to best deal with them. Not everything about cruising is bad, of course

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Should you Do Cruise Line Excursions? Yes or No? show art Should you Do Cruise Line Excursions? Yes or No?

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I look at the Pros and Cons of cruise line excursions, and look at the best reasons for booking and doing your port tours with the cruise line, and the reasons for not doing excursions with the cruise lines. Many travellers use cruise line tours as it is convenient and easy, and they like the guarantee that the ship will not depart until all of their tours are back, even if running late.

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European Versus Mekong River Cruises. Just How Different Are They? show art European Versus Mekong River Cruises. Just How Different Are They?

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Just how different is a European River cruise and a Mekong River cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia? I take a look at the key similarities and differences and the things that surprised me as I had expected them to be very different but were not. A Europe river cruise and Mekong river cruise are great travel and cruising experiences and this will help you understand what to expect from both.

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Using Foreign Cruise Agents To Save Money

I always recommend using a cruise specialist agent when booking a cruise, as they can guide you on the right line, cabin and find the best fare for your needs. However, you may find that the best fare comes from an agent in a different country to the one you live in.

I have met and corresponded with many cruisers who have got better prices by using a foreign travel agent. Although prices are managed globally in most cases by the lines, there are many occasions when people I know have saved hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars on the price of a cruise. It seems to be mostly on longer cruises such as world cruise segments or extended voyages.

You may not have to use an agent in your local market when getting quotes and making a booking. If you are looking at a longer trip, going on an expensive cruise or travelling in a luxury suite, why not get estimates from agents in other markets? First check if they are able to do a booking for you, my own agent in the United Kingdom has been able to make bookings for people in United States, Canada and Australia and save them money.

If you want to try this out contact my agent at gocruisewithjane.co.uk as one option