Christine Rakes

Raleigh, North Carolina Travel Agent

An independent agent with Cruises & Tours, Unlimited in Jacksonville, FL, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

River & Luxury Cruise, All Inclusive, Honeymoon

I am passionate about 'living fun' and making memories that last a lifetime!  I love assisting clients and living vicariously through each one I help enjoy a dream vacation. My mission is to broaden horizons, strengthen relationships and increase happiness through travel. I believe in the benefits of travel and want to share in the joy it brings others!

I travel 4+ times per year to stay up to date on the latest river & luxury cruise, land tour, all-inclusive resort and honeymoon/destination wedding options. My personal favorites are in the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Hawaii and Europe.  Combined Land & Sea itineraries are especially great!  A few days strolling the cobblestone streets in France before hopping on a luxurious river or Mediterranean cruise, is truly the best of both worlds!! I keep my expertise sharp to ensure my clients are always getting the best experience and value.

My knowledge of itineraries and resorts to pass on to you is extensive.

  • River Cruising
  • Tall Ship, Yacht and Small Ship Luxury Cruising
  • Adventure, Escorted, & Hosted Land Tours
  • All Inclusive & Luxury Resorts
  • Best Options for Honeymoons, Destination Weddings and Incentive Groups

I provide unbiased industry knowledge based on formal training and my own personal, peers' and clients' experiences.  You receive personal professional accessible service that allows you to have a fabulous time without any hassle, on your well-earned vacation.

If you are looking to plan a honeymoon, celebrate a special occasion or participate in your favorite activity in a new location, I am here and happy to assist you.

For reviews go to my website or weddingwire storefront http://totalexperiencetravel.com/reviews.html

For More Reviews Visit Website or Wedding Wire

Christine was such an incredible help in our honeymoon planning, asking all kinds of great questions to understand what it was that we were looking for in this trip. She is incredibly responsive, friendly, positive, and professional. And I enjoy following her adventures on social media- they give me great ideas! I would definitely recommend her services to other couples.

For reviews go to my website and wedding wire storefront http://totalexperiencetravel.com/reviews.html

My Reviews

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Working with her is a pleasure.

Reviewed By Laura & David - Raleigh, NC | Traveled to
Chris is a true professional and I would recommend her to any of my friends. She was very helpful and made planning the cruise much easier for us.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Special trip to Costa Rica

Reviewed By jasper - durham NC | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
Chris has a wealth of experience and can put together that "special" trip. She is very efficient and easy to work with.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Why to use a travel agent.

Reviewed By Joe - Raleigh NC | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
very professional, was able to book us everything we requested and more. Very pleased with booking experience..
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

So hospitable!

Reviewed By The Burkes - New York, NY | Traveled to
Chris was so kind and hospitable and was able to talk us through everything step by step! She made everything extremely easy!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Merry Christmas Trip to Jamaica

Reviewed By Mitchell Family Christmas Present - Raleigh, NC | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
We couldn't make a decision on where to go between Christmas and New Year's. By the time we agreed on what to do, most resorts were full. Chris was able to find 2 rooms for our party of 6. We wanted to go somewhere that could be personally recommended. Chris was able to do that for us on top of all the time and effort she saved us.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Christine Rakes responded:
Glad I could help and I'm very excited for you!
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 year anniversary

Reviewed By NC to Mexico - Raleigh, NC | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I had a great experience. Chris provided me with great suggestions and helped us decide on the best resort for the type of vacation we were looking for.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 5 people found this review helpful

Punta Cana

Reviewed By SAL - yonkers,ny | Traveled to
Great job Chris thank you for all your help.Will book all my vacations with you from here on in.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Christine Rakes responded:
Thanks Sal! I enjoyed working with you and your group!
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2 of 5 people found this review helpful

Christine is very knowledgeable

Reviewed By Lisa - Wake Forest NC | Traveled to
Chris knew all about the trip and what the excursions were about. I would definitely book again through Christine.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 5 people found this review helpful

Honeymoon trip

Reviewed By Paul - Raleigh, NC | Traveled to
Christine was extremely knowledgeable about each of the resorts we were considering for our honeymoon. Her recommendations were key in figuring out which resort would offer everything we were looking for. Christine's responsiveness in answering all of our questions showed her dedication and willingness to really make sure we had everything covered before we made our decision. I would highly recommend using Christine!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Booking our trip was a breeze!

Reviewed By Lorraine - Wake Forest, NC | Traveled to
Chris knows her stuff! She was extremely helpful and patient while we tried to decide where we wanted to go. Having booked online a number of times, this was by far so much easier...and the cost was the same! Looking forward to Punta Cana in January!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Working with Christine Means the Vacation Starts EARLY

Reviewed By Elaine - Raleigh, NC | Traveled to
I am very pleased with the service Christine provided in planning my Disney vacation. I know she will be with me every step of the way. It was a real pleasure to get all the details taken care of without having to do any of the research myself! I am really looking forward to this trip and I feel like in some ways the vacation has already started because Christine is taking such good care of us and our diverse needs!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Chris takes a lot of guesswork out out planning a vacation

Reviewed By Gwen - Raleigh, NC | Traveled to
I didn't realize how stressful trying to figure out where to go on a tropical vacation would be! Chris gave several suggestions, including the costs, so that we could narrow down the locations and make our choice.....not to say that I was easy on Chris! I probably worried her to death with all my emails/questions but she always friendly and responded promptly and professionally. Looking forward to this trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Chris ensured we had the perfect vacation!

Reviewed By Mandy - Raleigh, NC | Traveled to
Chris provided several options for our vacation and helped us select the best scenario for our family. She took care of all the planning! She was very responsive and promptly answered all our questions. We loved Punta Cana and didn't want to leave!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Thank you Chris for helping to ensure our family had a fabulous vacation!

Reviewed By Mandy - Raleigh, NC | Traveled to
Chris provided several vacation options for our consideration and was great at helping us select the perfect vacation for our family. She took care of all the reservations so we did not have to worry about anything leading up to the trip. She was very organized and promptly answered all of our questions. We had such a great time in Punta Cana. We did not want to leave!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Took the stress out of the planning!

Reviewed By Dnor124 - Raleigh/Durham | Traveled to
We are first time cruisers with no idea where to start. Chris took the reins and all we had to do was say yes or no. She answered all of our questions and was very prompt at returning any correspondence. Going through a travel agent was the best decision we made!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Group vacation

Reviewed By Lori - Raleigh, NC | Traveled to
Chris did a great job planning our group vacation too Jamaica! very pleased
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Excellent Vacation Planner

Reviewed By Mark H - Raleigh, NC | Traveled to
She made the trip hassle free to plan. Just had to tell her the dates and what area of the world we wanted to see and she handled the rest. Look forward to a great getaway!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Offered lots of helpful information

Reviewed By Amy - Raleigh nc | Traveled to
Chris was very helpful in all aspects of planning our trip. From being patient while we made a decision to following up with every detail in order to make each decision easier.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Saved me $$ on my trip!

Reviewed By April and John - Raleigh, NC | Traveled to
When I told Chris the type of vacation my husband and I wanted to take, she immediately made me aware of discounts and special offerings at the Sandals resorts. Luckily for us, she was already aware of these specials without her having to do a lot of additional research first, because the specials were ending the next day. We would have missed out if we had waited...which saved us a lot of money and gave us some free stuff too!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 5 people found this review helpful

She made planning a trip super easy

Reviewed By Kim - Raleigh,nc | Traveled to
We had a great trip. Everything was perfect. Thanks Chris
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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