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#1
NY
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Joined Jan 2012
It is totally fine to read these reviews and get ideas just keep in mind One is NOT BETTER THAN THE OTHER not really. The reason they are different is like comparing Lobster to Sea Legs not every one likes Lobster just because it's expensive.
They are different for a reason
Cost yes you get what you pay for However some of the less expensive lines have better tasting food it may be served with out linen tablecloths or you get prestigious service and attention like a king but if your 30 the entertainment will put you to sleep.
A Travel Agent is your friend and helps you understand the differences and we are paid by the cruise line it does not cost you extra.


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So basically your post is a plug for booking with a travel agent, which you are, even though you didn't include your website (which would have got your thread pulled...). EM
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#3
Las Vegas
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Originally posted by Essiesmom
So basically your post is a plug for booking with a travel agent, which you are, even though you didn't include your website (which would have got your thread pulled...). EM
I checked out their profile. They definitely run a travel blog. Notice the use of the phrase "we are paid by the cruise line" in their post.

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#4
Tarzana (San Fernando Valley), CA
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Joined May 2000
Originally posted by Essiesmom
So basically your post is a plug for booking with a travel agent, which you are, even though you didn't include your website (which would have got your thread pulled...). EM



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#5
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Lack of command of proper grammar and cohesive sentence structure in their post would turn me away from using their services anyway. Not a very professional image and not a good "plug" IMO. And BTW, we use a TA - the same one for about 20 years.
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#6
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I do recommend using a Travel Agent for a cruise.

With that said, just like all professionals some are better then others.

So my recommendation is not to find just anyone who claims to be an agent. I think it is important to interview agents after getting recommendation from those who you know and respect such as work colleagues and friends and family. I also think it is important to get someone who thinks of you as an individual and one who is very experienced with the cruise line products that you are considering. And by experience I mean someone who has sailed on the cruise lines because and knows how to get things done on your behalf.

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#7
Massachusetts
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Joined Feb 2017
I think this post is helpful because I didn't know that travel agents were paid by the cruise lines.

I'm also not at all turned off by any grammar, or lack-thereof, on an online forum.

Thanks for the tip!


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#8
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Joined Jul 2000
MrsDeee, they are paid by the cruise lines similar as other companies pay sales people.

While they are an employee of the cruse line in many ways they are the sales force of many cruise lines without having to be paid benefits that a full time employee is paid.

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#11
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Joined Feb 2007
Would also add, per Host Mike's comments, OP has provided a link to their "blog" in other posts. This link takes you to their webpage where they are selling their TA services.
#12
Washington State
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Joined Dec 2005
I also recommend using travel agents. It is important, however, that the TA be experienced booking cruises - specifically with the cruise line that you are interested in.

If the TS (Thread Starter) has a link to some TA website, report it to CC. Otherwise, it seems that they have every right to post (and I'm not a TA).
#13
NY
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Always interesting when people complain about grammar and spelling within posts. I guess you have more time on your hands than I.


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#14
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Typos and other errors in an ad are much more significant than in a post. This was an ad for services. It gives people an idea of the quality they can expect from the provider.
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Originally posted by expatbride
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#16
Connecticut
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Originally posted by flowers12155
Always interesting when people complain about grammar and spelling within posts. I guess you have more time on your hands than I.


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I did not notice any comments on the (atrocious) grammar and spelling -- but did on the lack of coherence.
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