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Mary Shaw

Cincinnati, Ohio Travel Agent
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Mary Shaw

Mary Shaw

Cincinnati, Ohio Travel Agent
A Full-Service Travel Leaders Associate Agency
Years of Experience: 25+
25 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Mary Shaw

I specialize in arranging custom luxury travel to Australia, New Zealand, and Europe and in matching clients with world-class, all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. I’ve been a travel agent in Cincinnati, OH since 1979, so I have a depth of knowledge that enables me to provide the superb experiences my clients are seeking.

Not all Caribbean resorts are created alike. I have visited and sent clients to many all-inclusives, so I’m extremely knowledgeable about the quality of accommodations and service that exist in the various locations. I help clients find resorts that provide superlative accommodations and cater to their particular needs and interests—whether that is simply relaxing on gorgeous beaches, hiking to Mayan Ruins, or swimming with dolphins.  These properties range from family-friendly to adult only, all offering upscale, adult-oriented activities, truly sumptuous dining, full-service spas, and gorgeous furnishings and décor.

I’ve planned countless custom vacations to Europe and Australia/New Zealand. One of my favorites was an Australian tour that included both highlights and exclusive, lesser-known gems. My clients spent time in the exciting cosmopolitan city of Sydney, explored the Outback near Ayers Rock, and snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef.  They also trekked through interior rainforests and stayed on some truly special islands off the coast, where they were treated to spacious, pristine private beaches and luxe accommodations.  

Another fabulous custom trip I created was a Paris/Italy combination. Spending two nights in Paris, my clients took a hop-on-hop-off tour of the city and ate dinner at the Eiffel Tower restaurant, later viewing the lights of the city from the top. They flew to Naples and were picked up by a driver/guide, who gave them a private tour of Pompeii and then took them to Positano, where they stayed at a hotel with beautiful, Moorish architecture that was set into the cliffs overlooking the sea. They were given a private tour of Capri, including the famed Blue Grotto, and then moved on to a secluded villa in Tuscany, where they visited wine estates and participated in cooking classes. They raved about the scenery of the area, with its gently rolling hills, lush vineyards, and quaint villages. Their trip ended in Rome, with a night at a luxury boutique hotel that was within walking distance of the Pantheon; their room even had a gorgeous view of the ancient landmark! 

My many years in the travel industry give me a level of expertise that allows me to put together a myriad of little details to create a custom experience that not only meets your expectations—it far surpasses them!  

I love to travel, so I’ve been to many of the places where I send my clients; and I’ve probably experienced just about every kind of problem you could possible encounter while traveling.  Clients say that they appreciate the calm confidence I display when they are having difficulty and my ability to quickly and efficiently help them deal with situations like lost luggage and missed connections.  

Knowing how it feels to be in the customers’ shoes makes me want to go above and beyond when planning your vacation. I strive for perfection in all the arrangements—perfection from your point of view, not from mine. I’m extremely meticulous, and I genuinely care about my clients’ experience; down to the last detail I want it to be everything you want it to be—and more. I want you to be excited about your travel the entire time. And I treat your money like it’s my own; so you will be able to relax and enjoy your vacation because you know that you’re getting the best value for your money—whether your budget is $500 or $50,000. 

One of the biggest assets I have to offer clients is my ability to listen. When I ask a question that makes you pause, I don’t jump in; I wait for you to process it and formulate a thoughtful answer. Asking the right questions and listening to your answers allows me to hear information that is crucial to planning your ideal vacation. Another quality that helps me plan your best vacation is my ability to make you feel comfortable—whether I’m speaking with you on the phone or in person. I know that when I’m going to spend a lot of money on a particular item, I’m nervous, which might prohibit clients from relaxing enough to really articulate their needs and wants regarding a vacation. So I really try to make you feel comfortable by proving myself worthy of your trust. 

In our world today, careers are ever changing and no one stays in the same place. But I’ve been doing this job since 1979, and I love it. I’m good at my job; I really value people’s opinions of me after they deal with me. I want them to have a good experience, start to finish.  For me, it’s not a one-time vacation or a one-time contact; I want to establish a relationship with the people I serve.

My Areas of Expertise

SUPPLIER PARTNERS

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Sandals Specialist
Globus Specialist
Caribbean destination specialist

My Reviews

Rating: 5 25 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Hassle free travel

Reviewed By Rocky - Fort Thomas, Kentucky | Traveled to Denver ~ Colorado ~ USA
Always on the ball and on top of things. She is very professional and we can always count on her. A pleasure to work with.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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Richard B Dusterberg

Reviewed By Dick - Cincinnati, ohio | Traveled to Florida ~ USA
Mary is always efficient and gracious, a pleasure to work with.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Best travel agent I have ever worked with!

Reviewed By Mande - Mount Orab, Ohio | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
She is absolutely amazing and has been so great to work with!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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only business travel

Reviewed By multi-miler - Cincinnati OH | Traveled to Orange County ~ California ~ USA
Mary is the best! Always helpful and efficient.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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A 'Bucket List' Trip of a Lifetime!

Reviewed By Chuck - Springboro, OH | Traveled to Iceland ~ Europe
Mary is a true professional with a vast knowledge of every aspect in travel management. I have worked with Mary on both a professional and personal level which she has always exceeded my expectations.

Mary is great at listening to your every need for your upcoming trip while erasing all of the stress by executing every detail. I highly recommend Mary for your next trip and have trusted Prestige Travel for many years!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Viking Cruises and cruise/drive excursions.

Reviewed By Ed and Elaine - Mason, Ohio | Traveled to Europe
Mary has provided excellent service from initial planning options to full implementation of our travel plans. She has demonstrated exceptional professionalism in all of our interactions.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Internation Travel

Reviewed By Corporate Traveler - Fairfield, Ohio | Traveled to Sao Paulo ~ Brazil ~ South America
Mary is always very pleasant to work with and she is always quick to respond with multiple travel itinerary options that match up to my requested dates and times. She really excels at handling our Company's international travel needs.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Vacations in Paradise

Reviewed By LISA - BETHEL Ohio | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Mary always listens to what we want and provides it 100%. Our vacations have been fabulous!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Perfect vacations booked through mary! Everytime!

Reviewed By Evie - Sabina ohio | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Mary is awesome she has done every all-inclusive vacation we have ever booked from our honeymoon to our 12th anniversary she answers every question we ever have and, we ask a lot ! she calls the resort ahead of time if we have any concerns. She helps us with every detail so we're prepared for our trips Mary is absolute best we refer her to all of our friends!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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All trips are excellent

Reviewed By N/a - Many | Traveled to USA
Mary is a outstanding, caring and knowledgeable agent. We have been using her for years and have never been disappointed. She either knows the answer to your question or she finds the answer to make our vacation perfect. Highly recommend her for all travel plans. She is the best!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Business travel

Reviewed By Marc - Newton Centre, MA | Traveled to Boston ~ Massachusetts ~ USA
Simply put, Mary completely understands what I am requesting and she ALWAYS gets the job done flawlessly, quickly, and efficiently. Cannot praise her enough. Mary is in Cincinnati: I live in Boston. I have worked with Mary for >5 years and have never actually met her face-to-face, yet have a close and effective working relationship with her. Enough said?
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Alaska

Reviewed By tpowers - Cincinnati, Ohio | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Mary is knowledgeable, detail oriented and does a great job for us.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Best trips ever!!

Reviewed By Trip of a lifetime - Westport CT | Traveled to Machu Picchu ~ Peru ~ South America
It is such a treat working with Mary. She listens to everything you tell her about what kind of trip you want and she delivers trips of a lifetime!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Best Trip Agent Ever !!

Reviewed By Jake - Wilmington Ohio | Traveled to Mexico
Mary has been a fantastic agent. We were well taken care of with your travel arrangements, accommodations and every aspect of your trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Ongoing Relationship

Reviewed By John B - Ohio | Traveled to Europe
I have been working with Mary for almost 20 years. Her ideas and service have been excellent and she is a pleasure to work with on my business and personal travel needs.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Always finds locations that are new and exciting

Reviewed By JJ - CINCINNATI | Traveled to Carriacou ~ St. Vincent & the Grenadines ~ Caribbean
Mary does am excellent job of finding vacations that fit our needs and budget. Her reviews are accurate and timely
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Great winter getaway

Reviewed By Janet H. - Cincinnati | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
We can’t say enough about Mary Shaw as our travel consultant. Mary is great to work with has helped plan numerous vacations for us. She responds promptly, is very professional and is always available. I would definitely recommend Mary for your vacation planning needs!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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We are going somewhere new

Reviewed By Paul - Florence, KY | Traveled to Ukraine ~ Europe
Excellent experiences. She has booked many trips . The hotels she finds are worth the trip themselves. Always provides local contact numbers.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Excellent travel agent

Reviewed By Laura C. - Cincinnati, Ohio | Traveled to Turks and Caicos Islands ~ Caribbean
Mary Shaw is a great asset when you're planning a trip -- she's pleasant, helpful and easy to work with. We've partnered with her many times to coordinate romantic trips and family vacations over the years, and we've always been very happy with the planning experience AND the results!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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GREAT MEMORIES!!

Reviewed By Time Traveler - Newport, Kentucky | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
My wife and I have traveled over the last 10-years with Mary handling the many details that go into planning an enjoyable and rewarding trip experience. From Danube & Rhine River Cruises, tours of Yosemite and Southwest National Parks, to Paris & Rome, the memories have been spectacular. She has been insightful with her suggestions and mindful of our particular interests. This attention to details, along with the patience to field the many questions we would ask during the planning of a trip made us feel very comfortable working with Mary. Our plan is to continue to travel and Mary will be who we call to plan those trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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Business

Reviewed By Maywic - Cincinnati | Traveled to New York (La Guardia) ~ New York ~ USA
Mary is an exceptional travel agent, i have worked with her for nearly 6 years now and I honestly could not do my job without her, she knows exactly what we need for our business and goes above and beyond to assist us.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Trip of a lifetime!!

Reviewed By Forever Grateful - Cincinnati, OH | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
I have been working with Mary for 35+ years and she has always done an amazing job. Very thorough and reliable.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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Mary is very easy to work with

Reviewed By Walt - Ripley, Ohio | Traveled to Japan ~ East and Southeast Asia
Last trip was a flight to Japan - in the past Mary has booked many overseas flights and several vacations including hotels, trains, etc. and have never had a single problem
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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An amazing trip!

Reviewed By Dee - Cincinnati, OH | Traveled to Europe
We have worked with Mary for years with both corporate and pleasure travel. She is always just a phone call away for any question or issue.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Easiest Trip We Ever Took!

Reviewed By Jane - Cincinnati | Traveled to Eastern Europe ~ Europe
Mary has assisted us on several trips including one to Eastern Europe as well as for friends to which we have recommended her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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