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How To Choose a Travel Agent?

To agent or not? That's the question many consumers ask. Travel agents perform a valuable service, often at no charge to you. They can take the hassle out of the travel arrangements. And it's always good to have a someone working for you if you're on the road and trouble develops with your arrangements.

But how do you find a good travel agent. Like anything else, there are good and bad apples. Many are very reputable, professional and filled with knowledge that can add value to your vacation experience. Others may not be what you need. And how do you find a cruise expert who knows the best ships for your vacation style and personality?

So we went to a well-known expert, Carol Eannarino, who helps you sort through the best practices for finding a good travel agent.
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Cruise Travel Insurance: Don't Sail without It!

When you leave for that cherished cruise vacation, you hope all will be perfect! And often it is. But sometimes flight delays, illness, a family emergency, lost luggage or even bad weather can be problematic. Things happen. If you haven't protected your cruise vacation investment with travel insurance, you might lose a lot of money and gain a ton of stress. Travel writer Carol Eannarino explains the "ins" and "outs."
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How NOT to Overspend on a Cruise!

Cruising is highly inclusive. Your cruise fare includes your accommodations, dining and onboard entertainment. And with affordable Caribbean pricing in all segments -- budget, moderate and luxury -- cruising from a southern U.S. port can be an affordable vacation choice in what's proving to be a tough economic year. But how do you retain the cruise value and not overspend? We give helpful tips for making your cruise a happy one budget-wise.
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Hurricane Season - To Cruise or Not to Cruise?

Some of the best Caribbean cruise deals are often available during the so-called summer and fall "Hurricane Season" in the south Atlantic and Caribbean regions.

But is your vacation at risk if the weather takes a bad turn? Making a decision to book during this period is clearly a personal choice.

MacNair Travel, an American Express travel agency, offers their own perspective on the topic. They've outlined helpful tips and intel that may help you in making a decision. Read on...
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Medical Facilities Help You Keep Ship Shape at Sea

When you’re enjoying a relaxing cruise vacation, the last place you want to go is the ship's medical clinic. Yet, it's good to know the cruise lines have quality medical facilities.

Marilyn Green, a well-known cruise reporter and editor, and Susan J. Young, SouthernCruising.com's (TM) editor, look at medical care at sea, what to expect when you need services, how to avoid the stomach flu and why travel insurance is important.
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