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Old July 3rd, 2015, 02:06 AM
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Default How come only cruises.com is letting me book for 5 people

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Ok.. so clearly first time cruiser here. My sister is visiting from abroad and I want to take her on a cruise from Florida to the Bahamas. Our party will include, me, DH, our 2 kids (aged 1 and 3) and my sister. I almost gave up the idea of a cruise because everyone charges based on double occupancy and it was coming out to be too expensive to pay so much for my sister's cabin. However, cruises.com is the only website that's letting me book one stateroom for all 5 of us. I'm really on a small budget for the cruise and it looks like I'm getting a 5-day Bahamas cruise from FL for about $1800 in October.. I'm really surprised at how cheap this is.. considering that all other quotes from other places were about $2500 at least. Am I missing something? I'm also wondering if anyone knows any other online sites that will let me book for 5 people.. expedia/travelocity etc. always show up as "no cabins found" when I enter the people in our party.

Also, I see a lot of people on this forum saying to book with an agent.. how do I go about finding an agent? I was considering calling cruises.com and talking to their agent.. is that a good idea?

And while I'm at it, can I also ask if a 5-day cruise with small kids is too much and I should go for something longer?

Thank you so much!
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Old July 3rd, 2015, 04:49 AM
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I would book with an agent, especially for a first cruise. You would have someone to answer all your questions to. One thing you can do on your own, is go to the cruise line's web site and look up the ship, then look for cabins that do hold 5 people...

IMHO, having an agent book your cruise, is the only way to go.

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Old July 3rd, 2015, 09:21 AM
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Right, you can use the web to do some initial research but a travel agent can be very helpful and won't cost you a penny.

Not all cabins hold four so you need to be careful there. Some ships have family suites that might be able to put you all together.

You could do something creative like book hubby and the kids into one cabin and you and sis into the other, then just shuffle around on board.

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Old July 3rd, 2015, 10:35 AM
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Try cruisecompete.com it let's you work with many agents with one submission. Also agents tend to know the specials going on and sometimes cruises will have a kids sail free promo so you would only pay for 3...might make a big difference.
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Obviously, I'm prejudice on the matter, but I agree with Donna. Best thing to do is to book with an agent, preferably a Cruise Specialist, as they can be the most helpful. Booking online will basically leave you dealing on your own with not alot of help as their 'agents' are almost always not certified travel agents - they just sell stuff.

As for the cabins for 5, many times the cruise lines don't show these cabins available as they require a deposit to book. An agent can get information often not available online, so it's not a surprise when online sites do not show these cabins are available or not.

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Most cabins are made for a max of four, so most families of five get a nicer cabin for the parents and put three kids in an inside cabin. They won't be in there much anyway. You can usually arrange to have the cabins across the hall from each other.

5 days is enough to get your feet wet (pun intended) nd see if you like cruising, but most people opt for 7 days at least. If you are going to go to all the trouble of packing/flying etc. you might as well make the most of it.
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Old July 9th, 2015, 12:03 PM
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Agree with the other comments here. We only work with UK cruise specialists[/URL] but basically it is because most cabins will not fit 5 people but obviously that depends on cruise line. Five in a cabin will probably be a bit of a squeeze but would work out the cheapest.

There really are so many possibilities that speaking to a cruise agency on the phone really is the way forward.

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Old July 13th, 2015, 03:49 AM
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Originally Posted by green_rd View Post

You could do something creative like book hubby and the kids into one cabin and you and sis into the other, then just shuffle around on board.

That would be much better than to put five people in one cabin.

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