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Pro's / Con's of using a Travel Agent

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Earl Bonovich, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Hutchinshouse

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    Correct.
     
  2. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    I usually try and stay in the crows nest. It's pretty calm up there...
     
  3. matt

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    Just remember that it's not about the size of the boat, it's the motion of the ocean.
     
  4. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    I don't have anything to add to the topic, but wanted to wish Earl a happy early 15th and happy anniversary today to Hutchinshouse. :)
     
  5. Hutchinshouse

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    Thx brother
     
  6. klang

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    Near...
    If you might be interested in little more intimate cruise, my wife and I have been going on Windstar the last couple years. Only a couple hundred passengers instead of many thousands.
     
  7. spartanstew

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    Probably not.

     
  8. hdtvfan0001

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    EB: Disney has a couple of nice family-oriented larger ships. You can still get a nice outside balcony....but yes...the middle of the ship has less "ship feel than the front or back.

    Then again...once you get a ship of a certain size...you have to remind yourself you're even on a ship most of the time. ;)

    Taking my own advice...we've booked a mid-ship balcony room for 1Q next year on this little boat...the later part of the video gives some size comparisons... :D

    [YOUTUBE]6PsWmDHJQO4[/YOUTUBE]
     
  9. hdtvfan0001

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  10. Phil T

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    I used a local travel agent to book a trip to Hawaii 5 years ago for my family of four. They were able to bundle the Air, Car and Condo and get the whole package cheeper then I could online. There were also pluses like getting our our seats together on the flight and getting a first floor condo on the beach. Since the agent knew the property owner, we got special treatment that made the trip special.

    I would use the same agent again. :)
     
  11. 4HiMarks

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    +1

    If you don't mind doing all your own research and don't care if you lose money when something goes wrong, by all means book it online yourself. My GF is a corporate travel manager with 30+ years in the business and I hear horror stories all the time.
     
  12. The Merg

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    @EB:

    Maybe we'll see ya on the boat... The wife and I are planning a family vacation on a Disney Cruise for next summer with all the grandparents. We also intend on doing about 4 days on the boat and 3 days at WDW.

    In our case, we'll probably use the TA that my in-laws use for their cruises as it will probably be easier to arrange with 3 or 4 rooms in the mix.

    - Merg

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  13. Earl Bonovich

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    We booked.... We are going for our Anniversary week, so the Oct 28th.
    We opted not to use a TA, just because there wasn't really an upside for us.
     
  14. The Merg

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    Well, we're going in July next year, so I guess I won't be able congratulate you in person...

    My wife and I renewed our vows for our 10th. We opted to do it alone at a Sandals in Jamaica. Now that was a fun time...

    - Merg
     
  15. smiddy

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    I didn't see your thread until now. You have already made your decision, so here's my put. We were looking for a Disney Cruise to bring the family on vacation. We looked at an agent and going directly from Disney's site and we opted to go directly with Disney. I also combined it with using airline miles I have with American Airlines. We are going in August. The kids are so psyched about it and everyone I've talked to about it who has gone before says it is a great vacation. This will be our first cruise. :)

    BTW, congratulations on your anniversary. :)
     
  16. RAD

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    It is!

    BTW, if you have questions about DLC here's a forum where you can get your answers, http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=9 .
     
  17. RAD

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    Earl, an FYI I found out about. Even if the DCL reservations are linked that doesn't automatically get you group at one dinner table. You need to request that to happen and still no promise you'll get it, only that your group will all have the same dining rotation.
     
  18. Hutchinshouse

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    OMG That is one big a** ship!
     
  19. Earl Bonovich

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    Saw that, and will be following up on that as soon as the bulk of our family and friends have made their reservations.... Most of us are not overly worried about though... given it is only 4 meals, and that some are already planning to skip the main meals and just eat off the other food options around the ship.
     
  20. Santana

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    My general rule of thumb: Traveling in the country - book yourself; traveling out of the country (including a cruise) - use a travel agent.

    Pros: tons of free research and information. A good travel agent will work tirelessly for you and it will usually cost you nothing but a small booking fee (if you book). Many times it will cost you nothing because travel agents make most of their money in kickbacks from the companies they book with.

    Cons: an agent may try to upsale you for larger kickbacks. This won't happen if you go to a reputable agent.

    My wife and I have been with the same travel agent for years and it has saved us a ton of headaches. I would always recommend a travel agent.
     

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