Posted April 21st, 2017, 09:50 PM
Hello, We are planning our 2nd cruise and have been looking at the offers on the many cruise programmes on TV. Is it a good idea to book a cruise this way? I have been browsing this board and cannot see any posts at all on this topic. Can anyone advise please?
I am sooo glad we are not exposed to such enticements!
Good idea to book this way? A few things to think about
1. Is the price fair and reasonable? Do a little bit of checking to see what price you would pay if booking directly with the cruise line, with the hotel in Vegas, and for your airline tickets. The do-it-yourself approach may save you a few pounds, but if only a few, then the convenience of having someone else do the arrangements may be worth it.
2. Is the company reputable? Or are they likely to take your deposit and abscond with your funds a few days before the supposed vacation? Ask for recommendations from satisfied customers, check with any agencies that track customer complaints against firms. (Better Business Bureau here in the U.S.)
3. Are you willing to let the luck of the draw determine what stateroom you are assigned, what seats you are assigned on the flights, etc? Or do you prefer to be in control? Being in control means do-it-yourself, along with the consequent extra work on your part. Will the satisfaction of making your own choices outweigh the "cost" of doing it yourself?
4. Do you mind traveling alone (or with family and/or spouse)? Or do you like the notion of being grouped together with random strangers who have nothing in common except a predilection to watch the same cruising shows that you watch? A good group to share your experiences during and after may be a good thing. Or not.