Reading the posts above, this is EXACTLY what I had done; Seems like I had quoted just about every site on the net that I could get to come up w/ a price for my family of eight (two cabins). A lot of sites would not show me the discounted price for the third / fourth person online. But the ones that did, I compared.
Once I was ready to make the arrangements, I took the best deal and called my two local travel arrangements. BOTH could NOT beat the price. As much as I hated not buying it from her (losing the "face-to-face" and the repeat business that I was used to), I went ahead and called the toll-free numbers on the top three online quotes (NOTE, I only used the sites that seems to have to substance to them, like ORBITZ, etc.).
When I called ORBITZ, the price that they have online is not "real tijme". The actual "per person" price was actually fifty bucks higher each....
In the end, I purchased my eight cruises from www.ecruises.com
. And quite happily, they gave me an upgrade from the floor that I asked to book to two levels higher (same state room class though but the room per person is valued at $50 each more! So for me, that's a $400 value on the two state rooms for eight people!!!)...
I'm not sure why I received the upgrade, but I'm happy!!
Good luck with your cruise search. Perhaps you'll find someone there in the Louisville-area that will offer you the same or better price than the online companies.
Angela (and Bryan)