February 8, 2008, Newsletter Issue #29: (44) Research and Compare Cruise Prices with Online Cruise Specialists

Tip of the Week

All travel agencies book cruises, but cruise specialists often have access to more specials and amenities than a general travel agency. Examples of perks includes: prepaid gratuities, complimentary shore excursions and shipboard credits. Some of the leading online cruise specialists recommended by frequent cruisers include:

Cruise Brokers (www.cruisebrokers.com) - one of oldest online cruise agencies Cruise.com (ww.cruise.com) - claims to be the largest cruise specialist Website. Cruise Marketplace (www.cruisemarketplace.com) - named to Arthur Frommer's “New World of Travel” list as one of nations best cruise specialists. Cruise Center (www.cruisecenter.com) - boasts over 10,000 discounted cruises. Cruise Deals (www.cruisedeals.com) - owned by Carlson Travel Corp. Also, check out Cruise Compete (www.cruisecompete.com). This Website is a reverse auction site. You choose cruises you are interested in from drop-down menus and many of the above agencies bid for your business. There is no obligation to purchase and it is a great way to compare cruise prices and perks.

Heads Up: When shopping for a cruise or any travel on the Internet; look for a customer service toll-free number. No number? Look elsewhere. It is important to talk directly with agency representatives when there are questions or problems.

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