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Why book your cruise vacation through a cruise travel agent?

Posted: 1/5/2024

Author: Amelie de Moreau

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Internet has revolutionized the way we travel, providing easy access to a wealth of relevant information for our exploration projects. In this context, one might legitimately wonder if it is still necessary to turn to a travel agent.

At Ifyoucruise, however, we firmly believe that human contact, understanding the client, open conversation about preferences, and above all, the unparalleled expertise of an agent who has explored destinations, cannot be replaced by a simple computer. Furthermore, have you considered problem resolution? When you find yourself stranded at the airport with a canceled flight, unfortunately, neither ChatGPT nor Google will be able to find a solution quickly. The same holds true if your cabin or excursions do not meet your expectations.

Lastly, it is important to emphasize that our expertise, monitoring, and advice services are offered free of charge, and the rates will be the same as if you booked directly. So why take the risk of booking directly? With Ifyoucruise, you are guaranteed a tailor-made journey, accompanied by constant support throughout your adventure.

Reason 1: Choice and Knowledge

At Ifyoucruise, we work with more than 25 different cruise lines. We are familiar with our cruise companies, itineraries, ports of call, the atmospheres on the ships, and the demographics targeted by each cruise line. If you explain your goals, your family, your budget, and the main features you're looking for, we can advise you best to make your cruise a total success.

Our goal is not to sell you a cruise but to propose YOUR cruise, the one that meets all your criteria.

Our advice is objective and impartial; we have no interest in suggesting one company over another. When you contact a cruise company to book your trip, it's unlikely they will recommend another company, even if it better meets your criteria and preferences.

Each to their own profession; you're probably very professional and conscientious in your field, so let us do ours in the same manner.

Reason 2: We have Access to the Best Deals

As travel agents specialised in cruise, we have a commercial relationship with cruise lines, so it is very common for us to have access to promotions and deals that you cannot access online! In any case, our offer will NEVER be more expensive than if you book directly with the cruise line. On the contrary, in most cases, we will be cheaper, or we will offer you additional little bonuses (are you thinking of the bottle of champagne or the box of pralines waiting for you in your cabin?).

Don't forget that we do not apply agency fees; we are commissioned by cruise companies directly! Our expertise and service, therefore, do not cost you an extra pound! Finally, if you are already enrolled in a loyalty program with a cruise line, you don't need to worry. At the time of booking, your reservations are added in such a way that you do not lose your status.

Reason 3: Care and simplicity

Do you want to extend your cruise to enjoy a beautiful white sandy beach or go shopping in New York? Are you a group of friends or do you have a large family?

We have the ability to tailor-make a trip just for you. We can modify or add numerous elements to your cruise. If you book your cruise directly, it's highly likely that the operator won't offer you as much flexibility because, unfortunately, they can't provide tailor-made options to all their clients.

Our network is not limited to cruise lines; we collaborate with many hotels, transfer companies, airlines, etc. We can offer you flights from regional airports, extend your stay, and organize transfers between different places!

Moreover, in most cases, we have often tested the hotels we propose to you, and it may even be that we provide you with the direct contacts of a taxi that we used a few weeks earlier!

Reason 4: What if Everything doesn’t Go as Planned?

We naturally hope that your vacation goes smoothly, but unfortunately, this is not always the case.

While we can’t perform miracles, our industry and field expertise enable us to provide support and find solutions more efficiently than if you were handling things on your own. We maintain privileged contacts with airlines, transport companies, etc. Our extensive network will enable us to find a solution promptly and saving you both time and money.

Reason 5: Cruise Is Not So Simple!

Booking a cruise is not simply about reserving an all-inclusive hotel. It's not just a matter of finding the itinerary and the company; you also need to choose the type of cabin, its location (port or starboard, near or far from the elevators, etc.), select packages that meet your needs, and don't forget about managing flights with stops and choosing a hotel near or far from the ports for your stay before or after the cruise.

We attend numerous conferences each year, visit ships, and on average, we travel on cruises every two months. Believe me, we know what we're talking about!

Reason 6: Our Availability and Human Contact

We have chosen to opt for an online service for several reasons.

It allows us to have extended working hours and be available when YOU are available.
We don't have the gift of ubiquity yet (although we would like to!), so it is impossible for us to visit ships, ports of call, hotels, attend conferences, and be present in our agency at the same time. However, rest assured we are equipped to work remotely (laptop, second portable screen, etc., our suitcases are often quite heavy!), and we remain available to advise and assist you.
Even though we believe in the power of the internet, we think that
personal relationships and human contact are essential. That is why you can't book your cruise holidays online; we want to know you, understand your expectations to make sure your choice ticks all the boxes!

Reason 7: Our Legal and Professional Obligations

As a recognized and licensed travel agent, we have legal obligations to you (advisory and follow-up obligations). The law, therefore, requires us to protect your money, protect you in the event of the operator's bankruptcy, but also to defend your interests with the operator if your expectations are not met.

Finally, we must also provide you with all relevant information for your trip (baggage weight, flight schedules, necessary visas, etc.), and in general, we go beyond our legal obligations to make sure your trip goes smoothly!

Convinced by a cruise vacation? You know you want a cruise, but don’t know which cruise line is right for you? You don’t want to spend hours on different websites trying to find the best deal? Let us do our job and
contact us or send us an email: or by phone: 020 4576 2793. If you want to stay updated about our last tips, deals and promotions: follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Subscribe to our newsletter!

Article Tags: Cruise, Booking, Travel Agent,

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