How do cruises choose travel agents?

How do cruises choose travel agents?

Question the agents on cruising trends or up-and-coming destinations, and ask them to explain the differences between cruise lines. Find out how many cruises they’ve taken that year and with which lines they’ve personally cruised. The more knowledgeable an agent is, the better advice you’ll get.

What percentage of cruises are sold by travel agents?

All October long, we have been celebrating Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) #ChooseCruise campaign to share the experiences and perks of taking a cruise vacation. This month, CLIA shared that over 70 percent of cruisers use a travel agent to book their cruise vacations.

How much is a travel agent for a cruise?

While the bulk of a travel agent’s income comes from commissions paid by the cruise lines, most travel agents also charge a small service fee ($15 to $30) for their time and effort, though not all do.

How do Travel agents get paid?

Travel agents make money by a salary if they work for big travel agencies. Travel agencies may also pay their employees an additional commission or extra pay, based on how much business the travel agent books.

Who is most likely to go on a cruise?

although the 6-to-8-day cruise is most popular across age cohorts (especially for Boomers), younger cruisers (Millennials and Gen Xers) are more likely to choose shorter cruises (5 days or less), and Traditionalists are more likely to choose longer cruises (9 days or more).

Is the cruise industry growing?

Cruise Tourism is becoming an increasingly popular ‘leisure choice’ worldwide. The global cruise industry generates an estimated $38 billion a year in passenger expenditure and is the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry. Cruise tourism has experienced an important expansion over the past twenty years.

How to find a good cruise travel agent?

Choosing a Cruise. For your first cruise,you might need help in matching your lifestyle and budget with a cruise line and destination.

  • Shopping for Great Deals.
  • Booking the Trip.
  • Special Requirements.
  • Establishing Relationships.
  • How much do travel agents make on a cruise?

    Travel agents are paid a commission by the cruise line, which comes out of the cruise line’s bottom line, and not charged to you. When you book a cruise, make changes, re-price and cancel a cruise, these are all activities that the agency provides for no charge.

    What are some good cruise line travel agents?

    A local travel agency storefront

  • A large online booking website
  • Independent travel agents (who may work for cruise agency franchises)
  • Should I use a travel agent to book a cruise?

    You should book your cruise with a travel agent if you’re a first time cruiser, have a lot of special requests or want to get the best deals. At Cruise Critic, we tend to think that most people should use a travel agent for the best experience.