Some of my baby boomer friends roll their eyes when I talk about cruises. They can’t comprehend my love of sailing on a ship from port to port. They think that there’s nothing to do on a cruise and that all the passengers are old. WRONG.
The secret to a successful cruise? Choosing the right one for you. How do you accomplish that? Find the right travel agent.
There’s a cruise for every taste. Are you looking for a large ship that’s a floating city with tons of activities? Maybe you’re an adventurer who’s willing to swap luxurious amenities for a small expedition ship’s encounter with nature. Or, perhaps you’re a sailor who wants to be pampered in luxury. Are you a bargain hunter? Is money no object? Will this be a romantic trip or is the enitre clan coming along?
A good travel agent is the key to finding the right cruise. I look for a travel agent who is:
- an expert on the type of cruise that I’m booking
- a high volume seller of the cruise line that I eventually choose
- an honest adviser willing to steer me away from making a big mistake
- a good listener who pays attention to my likes and dislikes
- a prompt and reliable communicator
- a “can do” attitude
- an accredited member of the travel profession
I’ll admit that it takes some time to develop this kind of relationship. But, I know it can happen because I’ve experienced it. When booking luxury cruise travel, I pick up the telephone and call Ngaire Keene of Keene Luxury Travel. I know she’ll help me make the right decision about itinerary, ship size, cabin choices, flight arrangements, pre-cruises and insurance. No, this isn’t a paid endorsement for Brown and Keene. Over the years, Ngaire has become my friend and I trust her. That’s the kind of relationship you should strive to build with your travel agent.
So, I’ve told you my favorite. Who do you use to book cruise travel? Here’s your chance to sing his or her praises. If you comment, be sure to list the type of cruise, cruise line and your travel agent’s name. These are my rules for posting a comment: No spammers. No travel agents. Only positive comments from cruisers about their travel agent experience. And, since I’m the boss here, I reserve the right to delete any offending comment.