Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The images of the capsized Costa Concordia off the Italian coast have held our attention for over a week. And you may be asking yourself, “Is cruising safe?”

The answer is yes.

Here’s a sampling of recent articles about cruise safety:

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Why should I use a travel agent to book a cruise?

Why should I use a travel agent to book a cruise?

In our do-it-yourself Internet world, it’s easy to think travel agents may as well go the way of gas station attendants and milkmen. Here are three reasons why you should get over the do-it-yourself mindset and go directly to a travel agent.

1) A travel agent can get you the best deal

 It’s a common misconception that the only way to get a great deal is by booking directly with the cruise line. Before booking directly with your cruise line of choice, get in touch with a travel agent. Often, they have access to unpublished deals and upgrades you can’t get on your own.

2) A travel agent has expertise

Have you ever looked at a cruise line’s website and felt overwhelmed by the choices? An agent can help you navigate the options. In addition to knowing the lingo (what’s an interior stateroom?) they also know the specifics of the different ships and cruise packages. Finally, agents can also educate you about ever-changing passport and visa requirements. No question is too obscure for a travel agent.

3) A travel agent is your consumer advocate

When you book a cruise, or any vacation, problems are likely the furthest thing from your mind. Unfortunately, they are also unavoidable. If your flight is delayed and you fear your ship will leave without you, your agent will do whatever possible to help. But if you booked it on your own, there will likely be multiple 1-800 numbers and robotic voices involved before you get a person on the line.

Good travel agents know relationships are the key. They want to give you a hassle-free planning experience so you can have a relaxing getaway. At Gripp Travel, we are committed to handling the details so you can have a great cruise experience. Contact Us

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year to the 5 people who have read my blog. More entries to follow.