Look, I totally get it! You want the best price and are willing to search and search and search to get that. I truly understand, I am quite the frugal person too. I'll drive 5-10 minutes further on the highway to find gas that's 20 cents cheaper. But...when it comes to travel, perhaps we should think about it a little bit further.
If one was to google "cheap travel" you'd find that there's roughly 5.7 million hits. Yikes! This will give you tons of options...and if you research it long enough, you may discover that price difference that made it worth your while, but I doubt so. How much is your own time worth?
We know that price almost always equals quality. And most times those items that are the cheapest made...are usually the most poorly manufactured and don't tend to last very long. Have you ever flown one of those "super cheap" airlines...Well, I did last year and ask me how that went (I'll give you a hint...NOT Well)! The airlines didn't wow me one bit and we had the worst service I'd seen in a long time. We won't be flying with them again, trust me!
Do you call your doctor, dentist, surgeon, or financial advisor for the cheapest rates? I am guessing you did not, because you were probably thinking that you get what you pay for! Travel is no different.
Your next vacation will not be inexpensive. You'll likely spend more than you did last year. Your doctor deals with the most difficult times of your life (and he/she's worth it). Your travel professional (me) would be dealing with the most memorable and best moments of your life (and I'm worth it). Don't you want these vacation memories to be special?
Did you know that those "rock bottom" cheaper travel sites we all see on TV are controlled by about 3 major companies? This means the cheapest price is universal. We all have the same prices, the same cheap deals and the same products to sell. The difference is a professional who is able to steer you clear of those "cheap hotels" that wouldn't be suitable for their own worst enemy. One who isn't motivated by commissions to get the sale, at any cost necessary. It's a numbers game for these internet sites.
If we were to focus strictly on hotel rooms alone for our example, perhaps this will make sense, so bear with me. Let's say you booked your best "deal" at a Hotel in Asheville, NC. Did you know that most hotels actually overbook (like the airlines do)? Whose reservation do you think they would fail to honor first, a travel professional (who has loyal, consistent clientele) or a website? They know your loyalty would be with the next cheap hotel night stay on the internet, instead of coming back again.
Did you know we let our hotels know when our clients are arriving and ask that our clients be treated extra special? We had a client a couple weeks ago get a free upgrade to a Luxury Suite, just because we called the hotel management staff in advance, just to let them know our valued client was coming and we also asked for any special perks or VIP benefits for our clients.
In closing, lets consider these facts about 'cheap hotels':
We wish you safe travels, when you're looking for quality and best pricing, consider a travel professional, like Escape Destinations Travel.
Princess Cays- Bahamas
By Jen Campbell of Escape Destinations Travel
Last week, we had the privilege of being able to visit beautiful Princess Cays, Bahamas! We had a wonderful time there and I can’t wait to go back.
Once you tender over to the island, take our advice and proceed to the RIGHT off the tender (don’t follow the crowds). The area off to the right that looks roped off is NOT for exclusive guests or for private functions…
SURPRISE- It’s not…so this meant not many people decided to venture over to this side. It was super quiet and felt like a true island oasis. Plus, you have all the lounge chairs, cabanas, restrooms, drinks and food right there too, so there’s no fighting the huge crowds.
After spending the day on this side of the island and floating around on a chair float with a cold drink in our hand, I am already making plans to head back here soon.
But…shhh…keep this as our little secret, don’t let the word get out about this private island oasis!
Would you like to book your next Carnival Cruise and head to their private island, Princess Cays Bahamas? Well then give us a call at 910.379.4033 We’d be happy to assist you with your cruise plans, and we never charge a fee for our services, when you book with us!!
Carnival Ecstasy Review
Overall I have a very positive review of Carnival Ecstasy! The ship was fairly easy to navigate, the staff was pleasant and the newer amenities were nice (Guy’s Burger Joint and the Blue Iguana Cantina). Coming off of Carnival Vista in December, I was afraid this MUCH Smaller ship would disappoint. Even though the ship showed signs of much wear and tear over the years, the staff more than made up for this fact in the level of service, friendliness and overall hospitality. We had a great 5 day Bahamian Cruise on board Carnival Ecstasy.
The Positives- While older, the ship was organized, our room was pleasant (albeit not many power outlets), the food in the dining room was delicious each and every evening, and the entertainment was pretty good. We enjoyed the Punchliner Comedy Club shows and tried to get to nearly every one we could. One night, after the Punchliner Comedy Club, we went to the Night Club…but it honestly wasn’t our style at all, so we left after about 30 minutes. The Serenity area (ages 21 and older) was always super quiet and nice, it even had 2 hot tubs (but we didn’t partake). The cushions (we noticed) were more plush in this area. The Serenity was our favorite area to hang-out, relax and get some sun! Overall, we preferred the dining room over the “buffet” whenever possible. You simply MUST try the breakfast burrito at the Cantina! Guy’s Burger Joint was a great, new renovation to this ship’s offerings.
The Negatives- Unfortunately our "Your Time Dining” was atrocious. Each night once we checked in with the staff, we were given a pager and had to wait, and wait and wait….it was not convenient. We even tried eating at different times, to see if it was just “popular times” were busy. I spoke to the staff and voiced our frustrations with having to wait each time, so the very next time they tried to speed up our wait. Having done the “Your Time Dining” once before (on board Carnival Vista), I know it works and is very efficient on other Carnival Ships. There was only one pool on the ship (and on sea days it was packed). Many of the elevators were broken (one we nearly got stuck in) but using the stairs was our preferred method of traveling. The buffet always seemed to be packed and the lines were seemingly constant…this got old quickly. Sometimes we just grabbed stuff and went, to avoid the terrible congestion. I honestly preferred Guy’s Burger Joint and the Burrito’s at the Cantina as far as quick foods.
Sending many clients on this ship previously, I can now personally vouch for this ship and offer my own personal pluses. I love that this ship leaves out of Charleston, which is super convenient for us being in the Southeast. Would I venture onto Carnival Ecstasy again in the near future, absolutely!
I must say that I cannot wait until Carnival Sunshine makes her debut in Charleston, she is STILL my most favorite Carnival Ship of All. She is slated to arrive late May of 2019! I hope to be on board soon thereafter.
If you need assistance booking your Carnival Cruise, without any additional cost to you, give us a call at Escape Destinations Travel- 910.379.4033.
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