3 Reasons to Book Your Next Cruise with a Travel Agent
There’s no doubt that the surge of online travel booking services has broadened the horizons of many Americans. The ability to not only research and review destinations and regions, but also book flights and hotels have sparked a wanderlust that’s fueling the travel economy. When it comes to personal travel and leisure, the options and information available can often become an overwhelming and stressful barrier to planning a relaxing and enjoyable vacation – especially if you’ll be investing large amounts of money into booking a luxury getaway.
Cruise vacationers in particular overwhelmingly leverage the expertise of a travel professional with 75% of cruisers choosing to book through a travel agent according to Cruise Lines International Association. Unlike with other types of travel, selecting the right cruise line and ship is a crucial decision when booking a cruise because the onboard experience becomes a major part of the overall vacation, compared with spending one or two nights in a hotel room or resort. There’s more at stake when choosing a cruise – once you’re onboard, there’s no turning back!
Along with the increasing availability of travel information and booking services on the Internet, there’s been a boom in growth of more traditional brick-and-mortar travel locations. While it might sound like a blast from the past, but physical travel agencies, like the Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Frisco,continue to thrive and grow. As experts in booking highly personalized and tailored travel experiences, travel agents provide a unique benefit for vacation planners.
Save Time and Money
With 65 new ocean ships debuting between now and 2020, the exciting options for cruisers to choose from has never been greater. Although more selection means a greater chance of finding exactly what you want, the sheer volume of options can quickly become overwhelming.
Cutting out the middle man and booking cruises on your own may seem like the most time and cost efficient way to travel, but working with a travel consultant adds a much greater value to your vacation. Not only are travel agents able to secure the best possible rates, but they eliminate the stress that comes along with vacation planning and research. With carefully curated knowledge of the cruise itinerary destinations and packages, travel agents are in themselves an interactive research tool. Because Consultants do the majority of the leg work in the booking process, they absorb the expense of guess work and research, and are able to guide you through a personal vacation building experience by asking a few simple questions and speaking with you.
At Expedia CruiseShipCenters for example, local Vacation Consultants are able to provide clients every cruise option from contemporary to luxury, ocean and river – all at Expedia prices. Access to the greater Expedia network gives local agents access to massive buying power, often earning clients exclusive extras like bonus onboard cash credits, stateroom upgrades, reduced deposits and more! Working with a travel agent that’s associated with a big brand gives you access to the best of both worlds: Exceptional pricing and extras, as well as the peace of mind you get when booking a highly personalized itinerary through an expert you trust.
Take the Guesswork Out of Planning
Travel agents bring highly specialized knowledge and resources to the table when planning a vacation. Agents often specialize in specific destinations or products they’re passionate about and have visited many times. They’re personal experiences and recommendations can have a huge impact on what your vacation will be like. At Expedia CruiseShipCenters, our Vacation Consultants are of course passionate cruisers who have been through in-depth training to become a certified Vacation Consultant. As navigators of spectacular vacation experiences, they’re not just booking travel, they’re crafting personalized travel experiences that are unique to each and every customer’s needs.
A good travel agent’s true expertise will show in the types of questions they ask a client to get to the heart of what kind of vacation they’re looking for. The best travel agents do a lot of listening before they make any recommendations.
Benefit From an Ongoing Relationship
Working with a travel agent brings back the human component of sales that is few and far between in this day and age. Just like your hairdresser or your neighborhood butcher, it’s reassuring to buy from someone who understands your needs and expectations without having to explain them. At Expedia CruiseShipCenters, our Vacation Consultants to get to know their customers and build a relationship where they can provide them with the best service for their needs. No matter where you inquire from, you’ll always be connected back to the same agent.
From detailed itineraries that keep track of your time from embarkation to debarkation, a good travel agent will ensure you have all the information you need to enjoy a worry-free trip. Plus, in the event that something doesn’t go as planned during your vacation, you’ll know exactly who to call to resolve the issue immediately.
As travel is considered a highly prized purchase by most consumers – they want to know they’re booking a trip that is right for them, at the best possible price. Our Vacation Consultants at Expedia CruiseShipCenters take pride in making dream vacations come true for travelers in their community and the retail space provided by our franchise model allows them to connect with clients on a more personal level. Our customers return with photos and stories to share with their Consultant who can’t wait to hear all about how it all went. A website simply can’t offer that kind of experience.
If you’d like more information on booking a vacation, or setting up an exploratory conversation with a travel agent, the Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Frisco is looking forward to helping you make your next vacation truly spectacular. Visit us online at www.cruiseshipcenters.com/frisco or in store at 5570 FM 423 Suite 100 (next door to Tom Thumb) Frisco TX 75034. You can also call (469) 294-8900 to speak to one of our vacation experts today!