Jump to content

sjde

Members
  • Content Count

    1,345
  • Joined

About sjde

  • Rank
    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Denver, CO
  • Interests
    Painting, hiking, photography , travel, reading

Recent Profile Visitors

789 profile views
  1. That sounds like a great solution. I wouldn’t care about time of day so much as day to day.
  2. I hadn’t realized that some won’t let you transfer it over. Thanks!
  3. "What benefit would it be to us to transfer this booking ?' is how I've decided to put it. :) I'm thinking you can't do this on the bidding sites, but only with a local or online individual TA?
  4. I'm getting my trips mixed up! The Alaska cruise next year is the one I've been looking for a TA for and talking to several. It's the AMA Christmas markets river cruise we already booked ourselves and I am thinking of transferring it if I find a good TA. But the 2nd (local) TA I spoke to for Alaska just told me the same as the first -$50 SBC per cabin (There are 4 cabins and I was expecting about $250 each). She did add something else, very vague-that when it's time to sail she adds to her guest's shipboard account some as well as a thank you for booking with her.
  5. Nope, it's a family Alaska cruise on Princess. 11 people , 4 cabins.
  6. Yes, I did ask this question within another post but don't recall much response, unless I wasn't getting notifications for some reason. I have not heard of them covering gratuities before-I've just heard of SBC, cash cards, maybe shore excursuion(s) or specialty dining. I just asked the local TA if she would be able to offer any SBC and she responded $50 per cabin (we have 4 cabins). Gratuities would be $1117! If I tell a TA we have a booking to transfer it seems a bit crass to ask what she will do for us. Or do i just transfer it and wait and see/hope?
  7. Flatbush Flyer- I believe Grand Circle Cruise Line pays/uses no TSs and that is one way they keep their prices down. They also do no marketing except to past cruisers.
  8. It seems odd that a TA would get paid for a booking that they didn't even do. But i suppose they do take over after that.
  9. What would be the reason(s) to transfer over a river cruise booking that we made directly with the cruise line to a travel agent? I’ve been reading on here that others do that. And do you have 30 days to do it , 60 days? TIA!
  10. Not what I pay her but the cruise price that she gave me.
  11. Thanks for the insight NantahalCruiser and Hlitner. I guess I'm just disappointed. Someone elsewhere said generally, in his experience, TAs give excellent service or a great deal but not both. Since I'm used to doing it on my own , and usually find pretty good deals, I was hoping for service, since we were planning a world cruise, something we'd never done before. Then, planning another shorter cruise, I was hoping for a deal, but not only was her price $1000 more than online, she offered no OBC either. She was very responsive-i have to give her that!
  12. Maybe this one I'm dealing with now will give excellent service, but not only was there no OBC offered, her price was $1000 higher than what I can get by booking myself.
  13. Someone on another thread criticized online TAs because many were newbies or part time. Personally I wouldn't care if they were part time. I am surprised to be getting quotes from TAs that don't offer any perks like on board credit. And this was a local TA who specializes in cruises , not an online TA. We are planning several trips and none have impressed me so far (messing up the date or itinerary I asked for, quoting me higher than what I can get by doing it myself-2 of them- , not seeming very knowledgeable, not answering back on my initial query, etc). I may j
  14. Someone on another thread criticized online TAs because many were newbies or part time. Personally I wouldn't care if they were part time. I am surprised to be getting quotes from TAs that don't offer any perks like on board credit. And this was a local TA who specializes in cruises , not an online TA. This is for an ocean cruise this time, not a river cruise.
  15. What is meant by a “ full service” TA? As opposed to what?
×
×
  • Create New...