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.
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