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Top 7 Reasons for Using a CLIA Travel Agent

As Australia takes part in its maiden Plan a Cruise Month, the cruise industry’s peak body has revealed the benefits of booking a cruise with a travel agent.

While many may be tempted to book a holiday independently, experts agree there are multiple benefits to seasoned travellers regularly using travel agents to access the best deals, promotions, advice and guarantees.

According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia, eight out of ten Australian and New Zealand travellers (80 per cent) use a travel agent to plan and book a cruise holiday.

“Just like you would use a certified mechanic to fix your car, it makes sense to use a certified travel expert to help plan your holiday, especially since you are investing your time and money to create memories that last a lifetime,” CLIA Australasia Commercial Director Brett Jardine said.

“Travel agents provide a personalised, customised holiday without the stress of planning every detail.  Particularly with a cruise, there are so many options today and each cruise brand has a different personality. A travel agent can make sure that they find the right ship and the right itinerary to suit any travel style.”

From ease of planning to tailoring a holiday for each client’s specific needs, travel agents assist both new-to-cruise travellers and the most seasoned cruisers. Planning the perfect cruise starts with finding a great travel agent. CLIA’s Agent Finder allows people to find a CLIA Certified Agent who specialises in cruise holidays.

Top 7 Reasons to use a CLIA Travel Agent When Planning a Cruise:

An Encyclopedia of Cruising: Travel agents are trained and certificated in general cruising as well as the products and destinations.  Travel agents have answers on everything from, “Which type of cruise ship is best for my family of four?” to “Will the chef know to prepare gluten-free entrees?”.

The Real Deal: Cruise agents plan and execute multiple cruise holidays every week so they typically have a finger on the pulse of the industry and are aware of the best deals and discounts. Some may even have access to cruise line discounts that aren’t available to consumers. Most importantly, there is no cost to the traveller to use a travel agent.

Saving More Than Just Money: In addition to finding the best rates, a travel agent can save clients another valuable resource: time. There is no need to spend hours researching the best deals or destinations. Travel agents are extremely knowledgeable, have the most up-to-date offers and information and do the legwork whether it’s finding the perfect cabin or planning excursions.

A Step Ahead: With a travel agent, travellers can often plan out their trip’s most miniscule details prior to boarding. Instead of waiting in line at the surf-simulator or having to rush to the ship spa to book an appointment, travellers who have used a travel agent can enjoy a nearly hands-free experience where the booking and details have arranged in advance.

The Right Resource: Travel agents are the best resource when it comes to trouble shooting unforeseen travel glitches, which can save time, stress and money. Whether it’s lost luggage, cancelled excursions or travel delays, an agent has the knowledge and tools to efficiently handle refunds and re-booking, leaving travellers free to enjoy their holiday.

 A Trip Tailored to YOU: Travel agents not only handle booking travel, but can help find the best cruise for every type of traveller.  A travel agent can create a perfect travel experience based on preferences, tastes and travel hopes. Keep in mind, a travel agent is always armed with the most current information on how to find the right ship, right itinerary, right cabin and right cabin location to guide cruisers in the right direction.

Up-to-Date Updates: Travel agents are privy to a cruise line’s updates in real time and know the fastest ways to get up-to-date information. This can range from new spa offerings to changes in the ship’s itinerary. This ensures that cruisers can take advantage of the latest onboard offerings or onshore excursions or plan for any last-minute concerns.

About Plan a Cruise Month

Plan a Cruise Month, created by Cruise Lines International Association, the world’s largest cruise industry association, celebrates cruise travel. Throughout October, CLIA encourages travellers to learn more about cruise vacations, as well as promote cruise-focused travel professionals as the best way to find, plan and book a cruise.

Call 08 9315 2222 or 1300 799 758 to learn more about out exciting deals.

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BlueSun Cruises Opens New Office

BlueSun does it again with another exciting first. On 01 October, 2016 BlueSun Cruises will open its first major office directly opposite Garden City in Ardross at 130 Riseley Street.

“It has been two years in the pipeline,” said founder and owner Kevin Bailey. “We are unquestionably one of the fastest growing companies in the cruise industry and likely to be the most significant cruise agency in Australia.”

“I wanted a small, boutique office that was both inviting and accessible to our clients. I didn’t want a giant, impersonal retail space stuffed with rows of brochures.”

The BlueSun Cruises office feels like a trendy home, soft music playing, coffee on the boil most days. It is definitely relaxed and buzzing with smiling faces.

If you want to book an appointment, feel free to call us now on 1300 799 758 or 08 9315 2222.

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BlueSun becomes top Kimberley Boat Cruise specialist in Australia

Money talks and when you’re the number on Kimberley boat cruise specialist in the country, people pay attention.

BlueSun Kimberley has just been recognised at the number one Kimberley boat cruise company out of all 120 Worldwide Cruise Centres in Australia, cementing its position as the future force of specialist cruising in Australia.

BlueSun not only has the largest number of Kimberley boat cruise options of any company in Australia, but it can also boast to having the most amount of sea hours working on Kimberley vessels. People love the fact that we not only promote the boats that we work with, but we also know them inside out and often as well as other crew members.

BlueSun has been instrumental in over 12 televison shows, from fishing to marine tourism. Our last promotional video was translated into 11 foreign languages and used by the Government to promote Australia.

If you need that little bit of expert advice, don’t waste  your time. Call BlueSun Kimberley on 08 9315 2222 or 1300 799 758. We have the best cruise fares and the biggest choice of cruises bar none and we’re available 7-days a week.

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