So, you’ve decided to go on a cruise — perhaps your first venture on a vacation at sea — and you’re a little overwhelmed. You have to consider how much you’re willing to pay, whether to book an inexpensive inside cabin or splurge on a suite, and which cruise line and ship are right for you. Add dinner seating, shore excursions and cabin location to the list and planning a relaxing getaway suddenly seems like a second job.
In the age of the Internet, many people assume that online is the only way to book travel. But, as booking online can often be confusing, a travel expert with in depth knowledge of cruising may be easily just what you need. In fact, according to the Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) 2008 Cruise Market Profile Study, nearly 75 percent of cruise travelers book their cruises through travel agents. Simply better, at TCI, we have experts who have years of cruising experience around the world and we don’t charge you a penny over any market pricing.
So, it’s our cruise specialists — have been on board the ships and can really give you first-hand advice about different cruise options. We have done a great deal of research through familiarization trips and cruise-line seminars, so you don’t have to do the work yourself. Even better, we often have access to special discounts or perks — or know best where to find them — and as the cruise lines pay their incentives, you don’t pay more for our services and expertise.
If you’re used to booking travel independently, consider these reasons why you might want to make use of us to book your next holiday at sea or elsewhere.
CRUISING EXPERTS OFFERING HUNDREDS OF CHOICES
For your first cruise, you may need help in matching your lifestyle and budget with a cruise line and destination. Choosing a cruise is not the same as picking a hotel or flight, as there are many more options to consider.
For example, do you want to cruise close to home from ports like Mumbai, Goa or are you willing to fly to South East Asia like Bangkok or Singapore or want to go Europe for Mediterranean and Baltic Sailings? Would you be happier on a large ship — such as Royal Caribbean ‘s 154,407-ton, 3,634-passenger Freedom of the Seas — or on a smaller, more intimate ship — like Seabourn’s 10,000-ton, 208-passenger Seabourne Pride? Do you prefer a casual and lively vibe, as is found on Carnival cruise lines, or a more formal atmosphere, such as Silver Seas?
Remember, you won’t just be using the ship as a home base, like you do with a hotel; it will be your home, restaurant and entertainment venue for a week or more. The right ship and itinerary can make your vacation that much more enjoyable — and TCI can help you determine the best selection for your tastes. In addition, TCI can answer any questions or assuage any apprehensions you might have about taking a cruise for the first time.
ALL GREAT DEALS AT ONE PLACE
Contrary to what you might expect, TCI will actually be able to get you better deals than Internet retailers or even the cruise lines themselves. TCI has access to discounted group rates and exclusive cruise pricing that’s found with selected sellers only. In addition, We always gives you extra value on your booking, such as prepaid gratuities, a free bottle of Champagne or on board credit to sweeten the deal. And if the price of your cruise drops after you book, We will notice and refund you the difference in fare as we are known for our ethical business values.
NO EXTRA CHARGES OR HIDDEN EXPENSES FOR OUR SERVICES
You don’t have to worry about paying any thing extra for all that we will do for reasons we have previously explained.
COVERING ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR BOOKING FROM A TO Z
Once you’ve chosen your cruise and, with our help, matched your style with your vacation goals, you’ve got to book the trip. Again, it’s a bit more complex than you might think, but TCI will make the process go smoothly from securing the right cabin type and location to booking the dinner seating that will suit you and your party. We can also sort out travel insurance, if required, and will collect payment for the cruise (usually a deposit at the time of booking and the full amount 60 to 90 days before departure). In addition, we can help you with the rest of your travel plans, such as pre- or post-cruise stays, airfare, transfers and all your hassle free visas where ever needed.
SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOUR NEEDS
If you have special needs of any kind whether it’s help in arranging a wedding ceremony on board, ordering Jain meals or Veg Hindu meals, or dealing with accessibility issues – We as qualified experts and agents should be able to make the proper arrangements for you or advise you on how to handle the issue yourself.
A TEAM THAT CARES FOR CLIENTS
Booking with TCI gives your transaction a personal touch and an assurance of trust. You have a resource for asking questions and someone to contact if something goes wrong during your travels. But, your relationship with TCI doesn’t tend to end after one trip. You can choose to be our PCC member, where you get your own personal travel expert from our concierge desk that answers all queries for you.
Our cruise experts will get in touch with you for a free consultation or an email shortlisting a set of cruises with cost along with a vast choice whichever way you prefer based on your profile and your requirements like locations preference and budget etc.