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#5 Posted : Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:06:36 AM
I know Tauck HQ has put a lot of effort into the Australian connection in the past year, going so far as to embed one of their staff into that unmentionable Sydney connection for 6 weeks or so. I can only assume that international agency agreements are very mysterious and that they last a long time! I can't imagine anyone who's had any dealings with those who shan't be named would ever do so, knowingly and willingly, again. Of course, it works both ways. Tauck are dealing with many more in-bound tourists than they used to and I'm sure it must be very helpful to have a local agent to co-ordinate the American bubble that provides a very fleeting peek at Australia. And further, if local knowledge can encourage Tauck to take pictures of naive foreigners manhandling marsupials out of their brochures, I'm all for it. I would much rather they cuddle a Sarcophilus harrisii. But that's another story and evolution takes time.
Like you, I've seen the ads on SBS for that other travel company who deal in European river boat trips. I gave up checking them out when I couldn't find the cost of a single occupancy cabin, commensurate with a Tauck cabin on a similar trip. All too hard to find a bottom line price when you have to add deck surcharge after this & that surcharge and still not find that illusive single, all inclusive price. Could I find the details of land accommodation? Hotel supplements? Of course I couldn't. Not even the promise of unlimited grog can dispel the vision of a boatload of ageing kontiki frequent flyers. I know. I'm being unnecessarily harsh. But the other tour crowd just just can't match Tauck's value for money. Or frankly, their class.
It was much easier to make phone contact with Tauck on the free phone number when you just had to get up early or stay up late to coincide with NY time. Of course, you have to contend the States being behind us, so that bright, weekend idea, and Monday morning call from Australia to the States will go on deaf ears … because it's still Sunday. Still, I guess I'll stick with the Tauckres addy I have and/or the phone. If I make myself a little hamper, maybe I can get up early enough to make the call!
Have fun on your trips. And let me know if you find out what a Tauck shrill is. Maybe that's something a bogan would know about?
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