LISTEN: Carnival's Mike Julius, Cruise Savings and More on the TravelPulse Podcast

Travel expert Mark Murphy is all-new this week with another edition of the TravelPulse Podcast.

In episode 36, the TravelPulse founder is joined by Carnival’s Vice President of U.S. Field Sales, Mike Julius, to discuss a variety of topics, including National Travel Advisor Day, Carnival’s yearlong Why Use A Travel Advisor (WUATA) initiative, the cruise line’s “Most Trusted Travel Advisor” contest and the new Mardi Gras cruise ship set to debut next year.

“For those who have never been on a cruise before, there are so many choices and what a travel advisor brings to the table is they match each and every person up to the right experience for them. The worst thing someone can do is go online and buy the least expensive thing they see. A cheap vacation can become a very expensive mistake,” said Julius.

“This is why you should talk to a travel advisor who specializes in cruising and will talk to you as the client to figure out what your wants and needs are and match those with the perfect cruise vacation. This is the whole purpose behind WUATA.”

Murphy also provides his take on the latest headlines in travel—including new TSA screening equipment revealing too much—before sharing a helpful tip for travelers looking to save big on a cruise vacation.

“You can save 40 to 50 percent on your next cruise by letting the early adopters go on the latest and greatest while you go on the last latest and greatest, the new ship that came out two, four, five or even 10-15 years ago but has been refurbished and is up to the standards of the rest of the fleet,” said Murphy. “For the most part, you’re going to see the same itinerary. Just go compare prices. Better yet, get your travel agent to do that.”

Listen to episode 36 of “TravelPulse: The Intersection of Travel—Where Politics, Finance, and Travel Meet” in its entirety below:

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