Well, we continue the process of booking a cruise for February. So far we have tried to book our trip through a travel agent and at the same time have been seeing how well we can do on our own as I had previously written about here.
Mike made several calls to travel agents in his area near Greenville, South Carolina and I sent out emails to different travel agents throughout the country. Mike had more success than I did. I think it is safe to say that calling them on the phone will get you not only better service, but it will get you any service at all. I didn’t receive one email in return, so I completely struck out.
Mike had a few agents working up what they could come up with while checking out deals on his own. There was not one single perk, or cheaper deal offered that he couldn’t get on his own. It appeared that the only thing involving a travel agent did was add one more person and several more phone calls to the process.
I think the most disappointing part of the whole thing was that for a service that is one hundred percent dedicated to customer service, it felt like ordering at a McDonalds where they make you feel like you are inconveniencing them. We figured that just over a ten month advance in booking time would give us the most options available. From what I had seen on various Facebook groups, ten months to a year is the average amount of time people book their cruises out so we figured that would give us optimal amounts to choose from, needless to say, it did not.
Our last trip we booked just over four months in advance and even received cabin upgrades about a week before embarkation. Therefore we have decided and have booked our next cruise adventure on our own for next February to the western Caribbean aboard the Carnival Dream. The Dream is the second largest capacity ship in Carnival’s fleet not including the very recently commissioned Horizon which has yet to make its maiden voyage.
Our plan for upgrades and perks aside from what we have already received, which is minimal, is the same tactic they tell you to do in Vegas. If you want any perks or comps or upgrades, just ask. The worst that can happen is that they say no. So every couple months Mike will be checking in with Carnival to see if there is anything they can do for us on our trip. Like I said the worst they can say is no, so I suggest you try the same thing. So until next time thanks for stopping by and happy cruising.