Re: cruiseshopping web site
- From: Mike <mike@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2005 13:19:45 GMT
Look, long story short. Your website is a storefront, wheter you want it to be that way or not. When you have a link that indcates a person can indeed pick a cruise and it doesn't work then it tells me to be very careful. A storefront that is not professional looking tells me all I need to know. And oh, BTW, the link still does not work and its a button that is quite visible. It simply does you no good leaving this.
John Sisker wrote:
Some of your comments about my Website do have merit. Admittedly, I do need to do some upgrading, especially in reference to the "Pick a Cruise" link, which I was not ware was not operational for some reason. Currently, my time has been devoted to upgrading some of my other Websites. However, the left-handed complements and down-right insults prove nothing more than you're totally missing the point of what this Website is suppose to be about.
If all you want to do is compare quickly, from one site to another, from one agency to another, obviously shopping from one price to another, then indeed do your so-called shopping elsewhere. It's obvious you did not even bother to read any of the material within our Website, for if you had, you would have easily understood our premise. We're not an on-line booking agency by design, as you apparently want for that quick reference and answer. All that does is simply promote the comparison of apples to oranges, while those just shopping think they are actually comparing apples to apples.
Our Website if for reference purposes only, for when we book a cruise for our clients, it is actually done through our affiliate, in order to get the best competitive prices. At our level, Ship-To-Shore Cruise Agency® is that "Mom & Pop" structure seemingly fading in their fast-paced world of only wanting quick answers and right now. Actually, that is not the clientele we seek; for we can either research and recommend for prospective clients, or offer our competitive price if they have already found what they think is the best price elsewhere. We only deal with prospective clients on a one-on-one and personal basis, purposely not seeking just sales volume, but loyal customers and thus repeat business.
For those just looking for quick and fast numbers, thinking they know how to compare, usually end up shopping based only on their limited awareness of this industry. Likewise, quick answers simply means prospective shoppers are just than, not serious or savvy buyers, and will drop one agency over another if they find what they think is $5 cheaper elsewhere. That is not the clientele we seek, for even if a cheaper price is found somewhere else later, we will match it. In order for us to attract the more serious vacationers who want and will honor our help and assistance, and not just those looking for quick answers based only on their limitations, we also charge a $25 per cabin cancellation fee. This keeps those that are not serious buyers, and those who think insults via newsgroups is somehow professional and the way to do business.
John Sisker www.shiptoshorecruise.com
I hate to be one to complain but I will anyway. I went to your site and looked around to see what you guys were all about. I gotta say that when a button on your site says "Pick a Cruise" and that link doesn't work, I'm done shopping on your site.
The site does not look professional when links do not work. Also, people want to compare and compare quickly these days. Not being able to "Pick a Cruise" just does not make sense. Remove that link if it does not work! If you're going to be on line then be on line but for God's sake, do it properly. Get a developer to develop a site complete with databases and scripts that work. A site that allows the user to compare quickly. Why would I give my money to a business with a poorly working website? That kind of thing makes me nervous.
I can hack a website together in 15 minutes that looks better than this - doesn't mean I know what I'm doing with respect to selling cruises.
"Mike" <mike@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:V61tf.147050$Ph4.4492467@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
John Sisker wrote:
Shop around, get their best offer, then try www.shiptoshorecruise.com before you make that final decision. Any agency can claim they have the lowest prices, and some actually do here and there, but usually just from selected cruise lines, ships and sailing dates. Read about how we operate, and why, then simply drop us an e-mail with the details, and we'll see what we can do. No guarantees, but it may certainly be worth a simple inquiry.
John Sisker Owner/Manager: Ship-To-Shore Cruise Agency® (affiliate of: Advantage Travel Partners) www.shiptoshorecruise.com jsisker@xxxxxxxxxxx (714) 536-3850
"J Bruinsma" <jjbruins@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:OHQsf.41717$XJ5.12193@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Has anyone ever booked a cruise through the web site cruiseshopping.com ? They have some good deals but I've never booked with them before and would like some feedback from someone who has. Just want to make sure they are legit.
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