PERRINPOST.COM
Travel tips from Condé Nast Traveler magazine's Wendy Perrin.
CODE OF ETHICS
Freebies forbidden here! You can trust me because I accept no discounts or payments from any travel company. Learn more.
GET IN TOUCH
Questions: Ask Wendy
Email: wperrin@cntraveler.com
Twitter: wendyperrin
UPDATES ON TWITTER
RECENT COMMENTS
ARCHIVES
FAVORITE TRAVEL TOOLS
SITES WORTH SEEING
Alltop
Boarding Area
BootsnAll Today
Ciao Bambino
The Cranky Flier
The Cruise Log
The Daily Traveler
Delicious Baby
Don's Place
Ed Perkins (Smarter Travel)
Family TravelLogue
Flyertalk
Freakonomics
The Gate
Going Places
Peter Greenberg
High Anxiety
Hotel Hotsheet
Itineraries on Portfolio.com
Joe Sent Me
Johnny Jet
Killing Batteries
Lonely Planet Travel Blog
The Middle Seat
Middle Seat Terminal
Nerd's Eye View
One Mile at a Time
Rick Seaney
Rick Steves
Seat2B
ShipCritic Blog
Soul Travelers 3
Today in the Sky
Travel Deals
Travel Savvy Mom
Treehugger
Upgrade: Travel Better
Viator Travel Blog
View From the Wing
WorldHum
TOPICS COVERED

« UsingMiles.com Claims to Solve a Longtime Problem for Frequent Fliers | Main | A Hotel Loyalty Program for Travelers Who Hate Chain Hotels »

November 16, 2010

A New Tool for Booking Your Cruise Online

CruiseLabs.com

As someone who has taken 15 cruises—some booked online, others through travel agents who are savvy cruise specialists—I've always recommended that travelers book their cruise through the right human being. Why? An excellent cruise agent who has sailed several times on the ships and itineraries you're considering, and who has tight relationships with the cruise line CEOs, can provide not only invaluable expertise to help you maximize your time onboard and onshore but also value-added perks such as free upgrades and onboard credits.

So imagine how intrigued I was to hear today, at the PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit, that there's a new cruise booking engine out from a company called Cruise Labs. They claim that their site can answer all those complicated cruise questions that other booking sites don't—say, which cabin will suit your specific needs best, which dinner seating to choose, which travel insurance policy to buy. Apparently the site even lays out the pros and cons of each cabin, almost like a SeatGuru for staterooms. "It's like having a professional cruise consultant at every stage of the process," said CruiseLabs CEO David Tossell. 

I'm skeptical. Do you think a Web site can provide the same insider knowledge and added value that a superlative cruise specialist can?  Is there a cruise booking site that you've used with great success? Have any readers actually booked through one of these sites powered by CruiseLabs?  I'd love to hear your feedback. 

And if you're thinking of booking a cruise, be sure to read this first.

Comments

click to post a comment >