As Home Based Agents, we could not be happier with our decision to join the American Discount Cruises family. We don't use the term family loosely either. Owned and operated by family members, ADC welcomed us in as one of their own and made us feel welcome from the very beginning. Their professional, patient, thorough and caring management and support staffs are among the best we have ever had the pleasure of working within our nine years in this industry. ADC encompasses everything we were looking for in a new home for our business, and we are proud to be a small part of that.
While many options exist for Home Based Travel Agents (HBAs) in our industry, American Discount Cruises (ADC) offers HBAs the necessary business and technical support while at the same time offers a warm and friendly place to call home. As a seasoned agent, I prefer a balance between a close working relationship with the staff and my freedom as an independent contractor and ADC has shown that they honor such a partnership. In addition, ADC provides training and educational support to their HBAs regardless of their experience level.
I've known Marcy for at least 10 years. She was my right arm when I started my business. Marcy & her staff has always provided me with useful information, tips & most of all support. Thank you to all.
I have worked as a travel agent since October 1992. Until joining the staff of American Discount Cruises, I had never before experienced the kind of camaraderie, helpfulness and professionalism that I am now fortunate to enjoy at ADC. As an outside agent who comes into the office only occasionally, I am amazed by the welcome I receive when I walk through the door and by the expertise of Marcy, the other agents and the support staff who are always so willing to offer help when I need it. Marcy's travel summaries of her cruises and land trips provide invaluable information, especially when I'm asked to recommend places or ships I haven't had the pleasure of experiencing myself. I consider myself fortunate to be part of such a wonderful team.
I have been a home based agent for about 5 years now. American Discount Cruises is the second company I have been associated with. I can honestly say that I LOVE what I do and LOVE working with ADC! The pros of the company are many - the people, support, training, procedures, opportunities, high commissions, communication, etc. I truly feel that if I ever need assistance, or have a question, I have someone I can turn to. Amy and Marcy are wonderful and so supportive. They share ideas to develop your business, and are always ready, willing and able to provide their assistance. In all honesty, I can't think of one negative thing about this company! Working as a home based agent has been one of the best decisions I've made in my life. I had a background in banking, taxes and even had my own secretarial services business prior to going to cruise school. Nothing was ever as rewarding as this! It has afforded me the opportunity to travel more than I thought possible, make friends, spend more time with family, endless training opportunities, choosing my own hours and most of all - make money! I would say, for me, the only negative thing I can possibly think of about being a home based agent is that if no one else is home, I sometimes lose track of time and work a little longer than I usually would - usually doing training or "research" :). It is easy for me to do this, because I enjoy it so much.
I have been a teacher for 23 years and decided I wanted to start a second career to supplement my income. I always wanted to be a travel agent, but I went to college for an education degree and became a teacher. It is now 23 years later, and my interest in becoming a travel agent was still something that I wanted to do. It was not possible to leave my teaching job. I read information about the possibility of becoming a Home Based Outside agent through a host agency. So I started my search. I researched host agencies through Googling "travel host agency" and that is how I found American Discount Cruises & Travel. Marcy Hamed, owner of ADC contacted me and that is how it all began. My dream of many years became a reality. As someone with no real prior experience other than making my own travel arrangements I was a little hesitant to start a new career. I can say that I have been thoroughly impressed with this agency. I am with the agency a little over one year. The level of support and the training offered by ADC is outstanding. I also receive a lot of trade magazines, but find that I already know some of what is in them because ADC keeps me so well informed. As an independent contractor, and being new in an industry such as travel it is a huge help to receive so much information and training. We can all "book travel," but booking travel and "designing" vacations for someone is much more than "booking travel." In the beginning I felt a little overwhelmed with so much information, but I am now a lot more comfortable and manage the flow of information much better. I have a wonderful support team that is there for me whenever I need it. I am very grateful to be affiliated with ADC and never ever have felt left out in the cold. I trust their work ethic. I appreciate the hard work ADC puts in for all of us home based agents. I also appreciate being associated with a company with the reputation that ADC has. I am proud that I am affiliated with American Discount Cruises & Travel.
I've been in the travel industry for well over 39 years and have seen it all! My recent affiliation with American Discount Cruises is relatively new. However, I look forward to a long and productive relationship with what I perceive to be a most productive and professional environment at American Discount Cruises and Travel.
I have been a home-based agent for approximately 25 years and in that time I have experienced working with several host agencies. Recently I joined American Discount Cruises and my experience with them has been an extremely positive one. I have received as much support as I need and in addition, when I have a question, the answer is received in a very timely manner. I feel comfortable about stopping by the office at any time to get brochures or just to say hello and I will always be greeted in a very courteous manner. I hope to develop a lasting relationship with American Discount Cruises and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a host agency.