When it comes to booking, you have a ton of flexibility: book in person, over the phone or online with a travel agent, through your cruise line of choice or via a third-party vendor like Expedia or Travelocity. With online commerce gaining more traction than ever, we wondered just how many cruisers make their travel arrangements in cyberspace.
What we asked: Would you book a cruise online?
What they said: A whopping 52 percent said they usually or always do. Another 19 percent said they haven’t yet, but they’d be willing to. A further 25 percent said they book elsewhere, and the remaining 4 percent weren’t sure.
What it all means: Given that Cruise Critic is an online-only medium, it stands to reason that many of the folks voting in the poll would be open to perusing online cruise deals and feel comfortable making cruise purchases on the Web. While some people on our Facebook page agree, there are lots of varying opinions floating around. The majority, however, say they prefer to book through agents.
“I just go through my TA,” says Stuart Twiddy. “Let her handle all the headache.”
Ed Slomka tells us he likes the personal touch provided by an agent. “We do not believe in checking boxes and filling in lines as booking a cruise. Talking about preferences and selecting choices seems more exciting.”
“If you book with an agent you have the back-up and support of the agent,” Lesley Taylor points out. “Best to find online and then get the agent to book it.”
Janet Hay says, “Most of the time I book through the cruiseline. I want to do my own research and watch for deals. Times I have used a TA they’ve never found it cheaper and I found it a hassle.”
“I booked online…much cheaper price than any other ways that I researched,” says Dawn Hopkins Panagos.
“I normally do not. That being said I recently did book my first cruise online,” adds Merri Matsil Nannarone. “I got a great price and I feel like I control my own destiny since I made the booking.”
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