About Vacations to Go

If you’ve ever had a sudden, irresistible urge to pack your bags, drive to the nearest port, hop on a cruise ship, and sail to some far off, exotic location, Vacations to Go claims that they’re “America’s clearinghouse for discount cruises,” and that they can help you save up to 82% on last-minute cruises from nearly all cruise companies, destinations, and ports of departure.

But does Vacations to Go really make the process as easy as they claim? And do they really offer some of the best deals around? Let’s drop anchor and see what the facts have to say.

Quick Facts About Vacations to Go

Vacations to Go claims to be a bonded and fully accredited travel agency that can help you save up to 82% on last-minute cruises. In fact, the company is ranked as one of the largest online travel agencies in the U.S. with more than 700 employees, and has helped more than 4 million customers find a great deal on their next cruise.

According to the Vacations to Go website, they offer last-minute deals from every cruise line in the world, which can be accessed in one of three ways on their website:

  • 90-Day Ticker – A list of last-minute cruise deals that depart in 90 days or less.
  • Find a bargain Tool – Allows you to book cruises in advance, while still gaining valuable early bird discounts, two-for-one deals, and cut-rate promotions.
  • Manual Search – Allows you to search for cruises based on date, region, cruise lines and ships, length, port of departure, and destination. You can also search based on discount type (e.g. 55+, military, law enforcement, teacher, and more).

However you find your cruise on the Vacations to Go website, the company claims that the average availability is less than 7 days, although some listings sell out in a matter of hours. Because of this, if you find a deal you like, you may want to book as soon as possible.

In addition to searching on their website, Vacations to Go also provides a weekly e-newsletter that outlines some of their most recent cruise deals.

Vacations to Go Pricing & Refund Policy

In order to search for cruise deals on the Vacations to Go website, you’ll be required to sign up by entering your first and last names, email address, and country. Registration is completely free of charge.

Due to the variety of cruises listed by Vacations to Go, prices can vary greatly, as well as refund policies. In general though, you’ll be required to submit a down payment of anywhere between $100 and $1,000 (depending on the cruise line) when your initially book your trip, and then to pay the remaining balance anywhere between 45 and 120 days prior to departure. Since Vacations to Go specializes in last-minute cruise deals that will usually sail within this time period, in many instances you may be required to submit full payment immediately after booking.

If you need to cancel your cruise prior to departure, refund policies will vary by company, although the closer you get to your sail date, the less money (if any) you’ll receive as a refund. If necessary, your Vacations to Go counselor will be able to provide additional information by calling 800-338-4962.

What Do Other Consumers Have to Say About Vacations to Go?

Vacations to Go has been in business since 1984 (online since 1999), and is based out of Houston, TX. The company holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, although they do have nearly 50 closed complaints over the past three years. Most of these appear to reference poor customer service, misunderstandings about the booking process, and undisclosed fees. With this said, it appears that Vacations to Go responds quickly to complaints in an effort to resolve them.

Outside of the BBB, Vacations to Go customer reviews appear to be mostly negative, with the most common complaints citing high pressure/bait and switch sales tactics, agents who are unresponsive to customer’s emails, unlisted additional charges/fees, and booking mistakes.

What’s the Bottom Line About Vacations to Go?

So what’s the deal with Vacations to Go? Should you book your next cruise through them? The answer is: it depends.

First, you should keep in mind that Vacations to Go is a sales-driven company. Employees are typically paid on a commission-only basis where they’re given leads, and then expected to close a certain number of sales in an effort to meet their quotas. This means that the company can help you find great cruise deals, but their Travel Counselors appear to be more focused on making their next sale than they are about providing solid customer service. This could be the primary cause behind many of the customer complaints we encountered that cited high pressure/bait and switch sales tactics, and poor follow-up communication.

Next, if you’re prepared to do a little legwork, we read numerous customer reviews claiming that you can often find many of the same (or even better) deals through other travel sites like Kayak.

Finally, keep in mind that since your cruise is booked through Vacations to Go (and not through the cruise line directly), if any mistakes occur that impact your trip, you’ll typically need to resolve them through Vacations to Go, which might present a problem considering their reputation for poor customer service. Also, because Vacations to Go is a large sales-based organization, you shouldn’t expect to have your hand held throughout the process. In other words, while they may be able to help you locate great cruise deals, it doesn’t appear that they provide much support beyond this.

Have you booked a cruise through Vacations to Go? If so, tell us about your experience by writing a review!

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Average Customer Rating: 2.9
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  • Vacations to Go is irresponsible

    After booking with Vacations to Go, I was excited for our cruise. I had a few questions, and once they got all the money for the cruise, you could no longer get a hold of the agent who originally seemed so helpful. Also, she failed to tell me of a promo that the cruise-line was offering that would have saved me $1000 by offering a free ultimate beverage package with my two bookings. I seemed like the only one walking around on the cruise who hadn't gotten that deal. When I came home and took up the issue with management, of course they refused to refund me the money.

    I don't want that to happen to others, so I advise everyone now to search out their own deals, and do their own bookings. The same deals are online with other travel sites.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • A complaint about Vacations to GO

    • By Nalin,
    • London, England,
    • Oct 29, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    We booked a family holiday for 31st of December, 2016 with Vacations to Go with Costa cruises. However, my holiday turned into a nightmare, I was kept on hold for hours, my calls were not returned, and when they were, it was 4am in the morning due to the time difference.

    They quoted a different price and charged a different price and when I challenged them, they refused to refund and blamed everything on the exchange rates.

    The vice president and Megan Peters are dishonest and misrepresented what the company portrays. They told me to complain to Mr. Alan Fox as he is the sole owner of the company Vacations to Go and their CRO.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Awful!

    They care less once they have you booked. The salesperson disappears, and you can't reach any managers. It is just a case of "making the sale and moving on!"

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Bad experience with Vacations to Go. AVOID THEM!

    • By Steven O.,
    • Arizona,
    • Jun 15, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Terrible experience. They only want your money. I have used them in the past and was satisfied. Because I had no issues. However, I booked a resort with them in Puerta Vallarta Crown, and it was horrible. I checked out after one night for fear of catching a disease. I complained to VTG and so far they won't even communicate with me. Its been two months so far. AVOID THEM at all cost! There are many other and better options out there.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Bad company!

    • By Carol D.,
    • Laguna Woods, CA,
    • Aug 17, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    We inquired and booked a 14-day Caribbean Cruise. We needed some questions answered when my husband became ill and needed to get some help with buying insurance, as we were told we could go on the cruise by the doctor. We also asked for the cancelation policy since we had not been told that, just in case something went wrong. We come to learn that we had not been told the cancelation policy at all which seemed odd. We wanted to purchase insurance and go on the cruise since it was just minor surgery, and he even had the doctors okay the cruise, but we could not get assistance with insurance from our counselor at Vacations To Go.

    Maria Gomez was our counselor and it was like she was speaking a different language, the language of "I don't want to do any work and I just want to collect my commission." She would not answer emails, and she would not assist with information. She would not return phone calls and keep in mind, we were spending thousands of dollars for an upgraded cabin on a 14-day cruise! Upon speaking with a supervisor, after a week of trying to get help from our counselor, and a day before the final payment, I feel that we could have worked things out, but if we had a week or so to work with and had a "counselor" that was willing to help get the job done. I was ignored for so long and the time was up. We canceled and lost our deposit of over $350.00. Be very careful and ask questions about anything you are not positive about with Vacations To Go. They treated us badly.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Don't promise their agreements

    • By Ron G.,
    • West Jeff, OH,
    • Aug 21, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    They do not honor what is in the itinerary. You pay for a trip of a lifetime, and they do not get to see what you expected. Holland America is the same way, neither would honor the agreement I paid for. I will never use either of them again.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • The nonexistent cabin

    • By Mike K.,
    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
    • Oct 10, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I found an ocean view cabin on their site at a good price. The cabin information was fine. Then, I tried to book it! Ha!

    Well, the cabin advertised was actually an obstructed view. You got to look at a lifeboat. If you really want to see the water, that would be no problem, but the price was more than doubled.

    So, there was not one cabin with an ocean view at the price advertised.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Misleading agent

    • By Adnan W.,
    • Cypress, TX,
    • Nov 1, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Our first-time experience buying a cruise vacation package. The agent at Vacations To Go mislead us in believing this was an all-inclusive deal. Two weeks after we made the payment, we got a notice in the email basically asking for almost $500 in service charges...for services which have not been delivered yet. I called to complain and was told that it is "standard" practice on all cruises and the agent should have told you. "The cruise line will bill you even more if you decide to pay at the end of your cruise. There is nothing we can do." They just lost any possibility of future business. I will take this to the cruise line but if you ask me, not a very wise business decision by the management.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Great until something goes wrong

    • By Michael P.,
    • Denmark,
    • Sep 9, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    We have booked with Vacations To Go several times. Mainly because of the great prices, and the quick response from the sales agent we have been using - we always book at the same agent.

    We have been very satisfied up til our most recent cruise.

    When we boarded the ship we suddenly had a different cabin then the one booked and confirmed by Vacations To Go in all our documents.

    We made it very clear when we booked, that a cabin close to my mother-in-law was very important, since it was her first cruise and she is an elderly lady that needs a lot of help.

    Instead of cabins next to each other, we got a cabin at the other end of the ship. We were told that the ship was sold out, so we had to stay in our "new" cabin.

    Later on, we learned that several of the people we met on the ship had been upgraded at no charge - and they didn't even ask for it...Why didn't they even try to help us, solving this issue?

    We talked to the Vacations To Go manager, and he would arrange a compensation, and get back to us.

    We haven't heard from him again, and he does not respond to our emails. Our sales agent responded once, but is silent now, when we write him.

    We are very disappointed, since we have always been telling people to use Vacations To Go.

    This might be the last time we use them I'm sorry to say.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Bait and switch contract

    • By David W.,
    • Florida,
    • Jan 21, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I advised the Vacations to Go sales agent to give me her best quote in writing and my daughter and I will make a decision in 30 minutes because we had shopped for two days.

    I received the quote and accepted the deal. My daughter and I both paid our down payments. We told the other companies we had a better deal and we went with Vacations to Go.

    Thirty minutes later I received the final contract from the agent and she thanked me. I then noticed the tax had more than doubled causing a $250.00 increase so I emailed her.

    She responded to me that it was too bad, take it or leave it, and that MSC cruise line made the mistake.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • CSA insurance is a scam!

    • By Stephen Runyard,
    • Green Mountain Falls, CO,
    • May 12, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Vacations to Go is alright as a travel agency, but they sell CSA insurance known for leaving you when a claim is filed. Until they represent an honest travel insurance company, book elsewhere!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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