Is it best to book a cruise through a travel agent?

Unless you�re a very experienced cruiser, or are lucky enough to find a fantastic fare on one of the travel mega-sites, a Travel Agent is usually your best bet. Be sure you get an agent who specializes in cruises. He or she will be able to book groups and negeotiate better discounts for you. Many larger Travel Agencies specializing in cruises now rebate some of their Travel Agent commissions to the consumer, although technically that's supposed to be a no-no. Most of them do a very large volume in cruises, and maintain 800#s and websites of their own. One word of caution: never let a travel agent, or anyone else, talk you into a cruise that's not right for you, just because the fare is low. If you have your heart set on going to the Bahamas, you are NOT going to be happy with an Alaskan cruise! It's usually better to develop a good working relationship with a Travel Agent, even if you end up paying $10 or $20 more.