Cruise Port Travel encourages everyone in Payson to keep his or her money in town.
When you buy from a local business, a portion of the price is spread around town, said Cruise Port Travel co-owner Carol Watts. The ripple effect from one purchase can touch many lives in a positive way.
Cruise Port Travel announced they would donate 20 percent of any new commissions to the Payson Humane Society (now known as the Humane Society of Central Arizona) building fund.
Watts said Cruise Port Travel buys locally whenever possible. They purchase office supplies, paper, ink cartridges from a local business, even if they could be found cheaper on the Internet.
“Many people think they can get a better deal if they book travel online. What some people do not understand is that you cannot get a cheaper price by booking a cruise or land vacation through the Internet,” Watts said. “All you do is send the commission directly back to the cruise company or some business that operates in cyberspace. There is no way Payson can benefit from that.”
“If we don’t get the commission, then we don’t go out to dinner, buy a bottle of wine, or perhaps flowers. That’s just an example of at least three businesses and their employees that lose out when people do not buy locally,” she said.
Carol and her husband Kelly recently returned from the re-inaugural sailing of Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas. The ship moved from the Caribbean to the West Coast in late February.
It is currently the largest ship to sail to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles. It features a five-story promenade in the middle of the ship and interior cabins that have a window overlooking the promenade. It also features an ice rink, mini golf course, ’50s style diner, full size basketball court and a rock-climbing wall.
Cruise Port Travel is a full service and fully accredited travel agency. When you book with them, the Humane Society and Payson in general benefit, Watts said.
Contact Cruise Port travel at (928) 472-7878.