Use a travel agent to book a cruise
You’ll actually get better value through travel agents who specialize in cruises. They often receive advance notice of unadvertised deals you won’t find on the Web. “Agents can get you a lot of extras, like onboard credit for purchases and free shore excursions and drinks,” says Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of cruisecritic.com. To find an agent, browse T+L’s A-List of specialists at TravelandLeisure.com/awards.