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Booking direct - Lindblad or NatGeo? Or using Amex?

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Is there a particular reason why I'd use a travel agent for Antarctica? The few I've contacted say there are no discounts for Lindblad, except Amex Travel which are giving me a measly $300 after sailing (I've gotten more off a 14 night Celebrity cruise). The economy group airfare isn't of interest to me which is what NatGeo is offering for direct bookings. Only tonight I saw that Expeditions dot com (for Lindblad) they also talk about covering the "bar tab and crew gratuities". But I thought these were all inclusive expeditions?


Thanks for advice!

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I've only ever booked directly with Lindblad, so can't offer any other advice on that front.  I have always found them very helpful and easy to deal with, though.  But yes, all the Lindblad cruises down to Antarctica include the bar tabs and gratuities, it won't matter who you book through.

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I have booked three times through Lindblad and been very satisfied. The most recent two have been included bar and tips and most of theirs seem to be that way now. Never booked through Nat Geo

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