Reasons You Should Never Book a Cruise Through a Travel Agent

The once-booming travel agent industry has seen more than its share of changes in recent decades. The ease of online travel booking sites and companies like Uber and Airbnb are steadily cutting into travel agents’ profits. Nonetheless, the industry is still alive and well, with many people opting to allow another human (rather than a website) to help them with travel plans.

There are always pros and cons to booking online versus booking through a travel agent. And since every situation is different, you’ll always have to decide what you’re most comfortable with. However, when it comes to cruises, you’re probably better off booking them on your own. Find out why, ahead.

The case for travel agencies

Family with travel agent

Family with travel agent Be wary of booking a cruise through a travel agency. | Comstock/iStock/Getty Images

Make no mistake about it: We’re not against travel agencies in general. The industry has persevered despite all its changes, and that’s very respectable. But if you’re looking at cruises specifically, there are a few good reasons why booking online or directly from the cruise line will be in your best interests.

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