Using a travel agent doesn't cost you a penny, and in some cases, a travel agent can help save you money by finding and accessing deals and promotional fares.
I'm a bit of a control freak myself. Handing my trip over to someone else isn't usually my M.O. But that's the great thing about booking with a travel agent: You can do as much or as little of the heavy lifting as you want. Your travel agent can even book the exact cabin you want!
And again, it's no cost to you - travel agent commissions
are paid by the cruise line.
Want to go on a Caribbean cruise in September? Tell your travel agent, and she'll give you some options. Know that you want to go on a specific sailing or take a trip on a particular cruise ship? Your travel agent can help you do that to. Most cruise lines will even allow you to transfer your booking to an agent within 60 days of purchase as long as you haven't made a final payment.
This article via Travel Market Report reports on a November 2016 study by the consumer research firm.
I really like the perspective in this article that travel agents are more accurately described by the term advisor.
Online booking sites like Expedia and Travelocity are basically travel agencies. When you book through these OTAs (online travel agencies), you rely on their call centers for help in a travel snafu. But...
When you use a travel agent, like me, that person is in your corner if something goes wrong - and you can call him or her directly to get help. As this USA Today article points out, that can be a big help.
Give it a try and book your next trip with a travel agent, whether it's me or someone else. You've got very little to lose and a lot to gain!