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Mediterranean Cruise

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Mediterranean Cruise

We are booking a 22 day Mediterranean Cruise with Holland America. Very excited, but we are are complete novices to overseas travel. Leaving from Sydney. Would people suggest involving a travel agent for our first big trip? Like the idea of doing everything ourselves however we are a little anxious about transfers to from airports/hotels, booking flights, etc Thought security of having someone experienced making the arrangements would relieve a little of the stress.

Tony D

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1. Re: Mediterranean Cruise

Hi Tony

I'm afraid you've posted in the wrong forum. This is the Support Forum, which provides help in using this website and its features.

You could post your question in the Holiday Travel forum, but it would probably be better if it were a bit more specific.

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2. Re: Mediterranean Cruise

I suggest you post in Cruises forum

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g1-i10703-Cruise…

or http://www.cruisecritic.com/

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3. Re: Mediterranean Cruise

Anthony D

It is easy to get a TA involved but IME, many are just there to sell you a service and may not have experienced it themselves.

It is also easy to DYI which is something we have done increasingly for the past few years only when we can get it cheaper than a TA and also when it's not complicated, eg multi-flights / connections etc on the same day.

However if you are feeling stressed, you may be best getting a good TA involved ... do you have anyone in mind? I hope it is not FC as most of them are not great IME and IMO.

The key is good research so you can tell them what you want rather than the other way around

Whatever you do, make sure you get travel insurance that will cover you for cancellations (if you can find it), sickness, current / past illnesses / health issues, repatriation etc

The forums on TripAdvisor are full of useful information - see under the Top Questions area - and there are many very knowledgeable Destination Experts and regular contributors to each forum. Their advice can not only save you time and effort, but also $$.

There are a number of regulars on this forum who have cruised the Med so we should be able to help with questions you have re cruising and some of the ports.

Fire away !!

But first .. when are you planning to go ?

How long ?

Where do you need the transfers to / from ?

Edited: 24 February 2014, 07:36
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4. Re: Mediterranean Cruise

Thank you for your advice.

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5. Re: Mediterranean Cruise

For your first cruise I strongly recommend using a travel agent who specialises in Cruises.Such people exist in UK perhaps they do in Australia. Our first cruise was to the Med (on P&O Oceana) and we used a specialist TA.He was superb.He asked about our general likes and dislikes on holiday and discussed the options at length. I think our first meeting with him lasted nearly an hour.Once we joined the ship we would not have altered anything we had booked in advance.12 or 13 cruises later (all but one booked DIY) we still say our first was the best.

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6. Re: Mediterranean Cruise

In Australia we do have agencies that specialise in cruises, however some have names that may imply specialist cruising agency but are part of a larger chain ... eg Cruiseabout is part of the Flight Centre group.

I think a good reality check is to ask the agent if they have been on a cruise to where you want to go to, how many nights, which month and which ship ... and see what they say.

Some people get one or two cruises under the belt and suddenly they are experts on cruising. Let me tell you after quite a few years of cruising on different ships ... I'm still learning !

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