CULTURE: Should You Use a Travel Agent to Book Your Latin America and Caribbean Cruise?

Cruising Latin America and the Caribbean is a timeless travel bucket list item. But is a travel agent necessary to arranging this? Photo (c) 20 Minutos 2016Cruising Latin America and the Caribbean is a timeless travel bucket list item. But is a travel agent necessary to arranging this? Photo (c) 20 Minutos 2016

With Latin America and the Caribbean maintaining its spot as a top tourist destination for travelers worldwide, it is fundamental to further comprehending the multiple ways of fully embracing this unique locale. One popular mode of travel here is cruising its coasts. But is a travel agent necessary to arranging this?

So, you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and go on that cruise you’ve always wanted to take. Now comes the planning stage. In today’s internet age, you technically can plan the entire trip, from flights to shore excursions, online and do it yourself. So why would you hire a travel agent to do the work for you?

Here are 5 reasons you might want to consider it.

Logistics

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A cruise specialist will be able to address all of these concerns for you and help you find the right cruise for you. Photo (c) Diaspora Domincana 2016

It’s a travel agent’s job to know how to handle the logistics of planning a vacation.

They can help you to determine the best time of year to go, how to save money, the best cruise for your situation (if you’re disabled, for example, or travelling with kids), etc.

A cruise specialist will be able to address all of these concerns for you and help you find the right cruise for you.

Saving money

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A qualified cruise specialist can help you to find a cruise that is within your budget. Photo (c) Royal Caribbean 2016

Cruising is not as expensive as many people think – at least it doesn’t have to be.

A qualified cruise specialist can help you to find a cruise that is within your budget. They often have access to deals that the general public does not, which means they can save you money in ways you couldn’t otherwise access.

In addition, they can help you compare promotions from various cruise lines and see which one is the best option for you so you truly get the best deal.

A Great Resource

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A qualified cruise agent can help answer all of those questions for you and put your mind at ease so you can eagerly look forward to your vacation without those stresses weighing on your mind. Photo (c) Periodico AM 2017

If you’ve never cruised before, you probably have many questions and maybe even a few concerns.

A qualified cruise agent can help answer all of those questions for you and put your mind at ease so you can eagerly look forward to your vacation without those stresses weighing on your mind.

This is especially important when it comes to decoding the fine print of a cruise agreement.

Problem Solving

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It can be invaluable to have an experienced travel agent in your corner to advocate on your behalf to the cruise line. Photo (c) Cruise Critic 2017

Although it’s not nice to think about, sometimes things do go wrong leading up to your cruise, such as illness, death in the family, or some other unforeseen issues that may prevent you from going on your cruise as scheduled.

If that should happen, it can be invaluable to have an experienced travel agent in your corner to advocate on your behalf to the cruise line.

Paperwork

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From passports to visas to the US ESTA system (http://www.us-visa-esta.com/request.php), a qualified travel agent will be able to help you to determine the required documents based on your situation. Photo (c) Microbiology Bytes 2016

One of the biggest questions people have about cruise travel is what kind of travel documentation they will need to go on a cruise.

From passports to visas to the US ESTA system (http://www.us-visa-esta.com/request.php), a qualified travel agent will be able to help you to determine the required documents based on your situation.

This goes beyond identification, too. Some cruise lines, for example, prefer you to use certain credit cards for your onboard expenses (most cruise ships operate on a cashless system). You don’t want to show up at the port with the wrong documentation and be turned away! There’s nothing worse than not being able to take a vacation because you weren’t prepared.

The next time you are planning a vacation, it definitely pays to have a travel agent help you. You really have nothing to lose by using them. Contrary to what many people believe, the services of a travel agent are at no cost to you.