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The Ultimate Guide to Booking Your Dream Ocean, River, or Expedition Cruise

February 8, 2024
- By Edge of Wonder Travels Unlimited

Considering a cruise, but not sure of the best way to select (let alone book!) your next water-based itinerary? No wonder. There are a ton of options out there and – let’s face it – internet searches these days can be…well, daunting, to say the least!

Welcome to Edge of Wonder Travels Unlimited, where our utmost aim is to create an extraordinary journey for you, leaving no remarkable experience unexplored and provide you with the information and tools you need to make informed decisions when you want to strike out and explore more of this beautiful world we live in.

Here, we will delve into why we recommend working with a travel agency is ideal when it comes to selecting a cruise and shed light on the myriad benefits it entails. So, get ready to embark on this insightful voyage with us!

Why Book Your Cruise With a Travel Agent?

The 70% Factor:

Let’s start with the 70% Factor. Did you know that 70% of river and ocean cruise travelers book their cruises through a travel agent? This statistic may surprise you, but it emphasizes the value that a trusted expert travel advisor can bring to your trip. When you book with us, you can benefit from our experience and industry knowledge, ensuring you have an unforgettable cruise experience.

Knowledge and Collaboration:

When you book directly with a cruise line, you may speak with a representative who lacks first-hand experience with the specific cruise you’re considering. In contrast, our team at Edge of Wonder Travels Unlimited has sailed with various cruise lines and gathered first-hand reports from our clients. We can provide valuable insights, insider tips, and recommendations based on our extensive knowledge. You can trust us to answer your questions and guide you towards the perfect cruise experience.

Same Price, Expert Advice:

Contrary to popular belief, the price of an ocean or river cruise is the same whether you book it yourself or through a travel agency. So why do it yourself? By choosing to work with us, you gain access to expert advice and personalized recommendations. We understand the intricacies of different cruise lines, destinations, and itineraries, and can help you make the best choices based on your preferences and travel style.

Unadvertised Private Sales:

Travel agencies have access to exclusive unadvertised private sales offered by cruise lines. Since a significant portion of bookings come through travel agencies, cruise lines use this channel to quickly fill their inventories with special offers. As the leading Viking Travel Advisors in Virtuoso and ranked second in the world, our clients benefit from our industry clout and gain access to these private sales, resulting in incredible savings and added perks.

Consortium Clout:

The best travel agencies usually align with a luxury travel consortium which also helps us all serve our clients better. For example, Edge of Wonder Travels Unlimited is a proud member of the Travel Leaders Network, the largest seller of luxury travel, cruises, river cruises, and tours in the travel agency industry. Our membership provides us with significant buying power, which we pass along to our clients. By booking with us, you can enjoy exclusive benefits such as shipboard credits, private sales, and access to our Distinctive Voyages cruise society, which offers exclusive events and experiences.

Advocacy and Support:

While problems are rare with modern cruise lines, having a travel agency as your advocate can prove invaluable when unexpected issues arise. With our industry connections and influence, we can swiftly address any problems that may occur during your journey, ensuring your peace of mind and a swift resolution.

Time Savings and Expert Recommendations:

Choosing the right cruise from the multitude of options available can be overwhelming and time-consuming. As your travel advisors, we take the time to understand your travel style and preferences, enabling us to recommend suitable cruises that you may not have discovered on your own. By relying on our expertise and industry connections, you save countless hours of research and gain confidence in your cruise selection.

At the end of the day, embarking on any kind of cruise can be a daunting endeavor, but with the right travel partner, it transforms into a seamless and fulfilling journey. Our unwavering dedication to providing personalized service, offering exclusive perks, and leveraging our extensive industry knowledge is what we strive for to truly set us apart. So if you think we could be of help, we warmly encourage you to submit a request online to discover the incredible possibilities that await you. Rest assured, there is absolutely no obligation to discuss our services. We are genuinely thrilled at the opportunity to earn your trust and welcome you as one of our esteemed clients. Take the first step and submit a travel quote request using the Get Started button to begin crafting your dream cruise itinerary!

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