Virtuoso advisors plan cruises for clients daily and know the industry’s ins and outs. In short: You’ll have a more enjoyable vacation.

Here are five reasons why using one will give you a better vacation.

1. Options you don’t know about.

Say you want to cruise to Alaska. “The 2018 season is already heavily booked,” says Harrison, Arkansas-based advisor Linda Allen-Speer. “We’re recommending 2019 sailings to clients for better cabins and options, when lines such as Viking and Cunard will introduce new ships and itineraries in the area.” Advisors can also recommend itineraries beyond traditional cruises, like adventure or culinary-focused cruises.

2. Helpful reminders.

Is your passport going to expire while you’re out of the country? Do you need a visa? What about restaurant reservations or food allergies? A great advisor will help you with these reminders. “We send a to-do checklist 120 days before you leave,” says Allen-Speer. Your advisor can pre-reserve your shore excursions and dinner reservations and alert ship staff of special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, and retirements for special treatment once you’re on board.

3. Access to Virtuoso Voyages.

Virtuoso Voyages allows advisors to offer their clients exclusive experiences and amenities on many different cruise lines and thousands of itineraries. Among the benefits: Virtuoso Hosted Voyages, where an onboard host organizes private cocktail receptions, exclusive Virtuoso shore events and excursions (think VIP tours, concerts and performances, a private car and driver, and more), and festive luncheons with local cuisine and wines.

For example, Regent Seven Seas offers more than 100 Virtuoso Voyages, where guests receive the benefits of a trained host, exclusive receptions, and either an exclusive shore side event or a shipboard credit. Travelers on other Virtuoso Voyage sailings (like Crystal Cruises) can expect benefits such as waived surcharges for specialty restaurants onboard, spa credits, and more.

4. Help in the air.

If you book a cruise on your own, you often have to deal with flights and transfers separately. Why not leave this hassle to someone else? Says Allen-Speer, “We can assist with purchasing air tickets and can also manage cancellations and schedule changes during the trip if needed.”

5. Intel on new offerings and destinations.

Maybe you know that you want to cruise the Danube or Amazon, or that you prefer Mediterranean destinations over the Caribbean. Virtuoso advisors can tell you about the latest ships sailing to specific destinations, new port calls, and new excursions. For example, “Need a dining waitlist cleared? We have relationships with people on board,” says Allen-Speer. “We also always check for new promotions to see if we can save you money or add amenities.”

The Crystal Symphony cruising in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises.

Top photo: Courtesy of Crystal Cruises.