Karen Malone

Woodbury, Minnesota Travel Agent

Luxury Travel Expert with Worldwide Experience

I've traveled to five continents and over 35 countries to best provide my clients with first hand knowledge and insider tips on their worldwide travels. Call or email me to make an appointment and discover the benefits of working with me. It will be the best investment you make in your vacation.

My Travel Specialties

View of Parliament from the Danube

Luxury Ocean and River Cruising

Cruising is my passion. i have been on over 35 different cruises and I can share the pros and cons of each itinerary and ship to you. Whether your are new to cruising or have sailed as much as i have, ... Read more from my Luxury Ocean and River Cruising bio.

Cruise and Tour Specialist

Hi my name is Karen Malone and I have been a travel consultant since 1996. My interests are many but one of my first loves in traveling is cruising. I have been on more than 40 cruises all over the world ... Read more from my Cruise and Tour Specialist bio.
Famous Jumbo Restaurant in Hong Kong Harbor

South Pacific and Asia Experiences

One of my favorite parts of the world are Asia and the South Pacific.. I have been to the elephant camp in Thailand and watched the elephants paint original artwork. My travels through China gave me insight in the culture and ... Read more from my South Pacific and Asia Experiences bio.

Magic Kingdom Castle

Making Disney Dreams Come True

Whether it's a Disney cruise vacation, or an exotic trip with Adventures by Disney; let me be your guide to a magical experience. I've recently travel to Disney World and Disney Land to share the joys of these parks with my ... Read more from my Making Disney Dreams Come True bio.

The Famous Chain Bridgein Budapest

Europe for First Timers

Traveling through Europe can be complex but I am here to help. Together we will explore regional itineraries or panoramic overviews, that will bring into focus all that you want to see and do in Europe. Whether you want to experience ... Read more from my Europe for First Timers bio.

Island Hopping in Hawaii

Let me help you plan your Hawaiian Adventure! As Certified Hawaii Destination Specialist, I have traveled to Hawaii many times. In my travels, I have visited 4 of Hawaii’s islands, the Big Island, Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. Hawaii is a scenic, natural ... Read more from my Island Hopping in Hawaii bio.

My Travel Experiences

Aussie Adventure
Royal Clipper
Clipper Ship Sailing Spain to France

Finding the Pandas

During my stay in Beijing i did the typical tourist tours to the Great Wall, Forbidden Palace, and the Houtongs. But I had a free day and wanted to go to the Beijing zoo and see the pandas there. Being a Jersey girl born and bred, I ... Read more from my Finding the Pandas story.

My Reviews

9 of 16 people found this review helpful

Great trip!

Reviewed By Jane - Minneapolise, MN | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
We love working with Karen Malone. We use her for all of our travels. Recently we went to Costa Rica. We absolutely loved the trip and would recommend it to others. It is in the same time zone and a 4 hour flight from Minneapolis. It is very tropical and really feels that you are in a foreign country.

Our favorite trip was a tour to Nicaragua by bus. An experience of a lifetime seeing the lava from the top of a volcano.

Karen does a great job. I would recommend her to everyone!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thanks for the kind words Jane. I love working with your family too! I'm so glad you had a great time in Costa Rica. It's one of my favorite destinations as well.
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
8 of 15 people found this review helpful

Great working with Karen

Reviewed By John - Woodbury, MN | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
We've always had a great experience working with Karen. Her knowledge of the staggering number of cruise ships & options has been extremely helpful in planning our cruise vacations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thanks for the kind words John. It was my pleasure working with your family for that amazing wedding in St Thomas.
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO

Riverboat trip to remember forever!

Reviewed By Tom&Janet - North Oaks, MN | Traveled to Mississippi ~ USA
Karen is a very experienced traveler, so can provide 1st hand information. She is most helpful with all of the travel needs from trip booking to air travel and pre and post excursions. We have used Karen;s service for four riverboat trips and will be using her again in the near future. She is the BEST!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
1 of 2 people found this review helpful

See the World

Reviewed By Ron S. - Maplewood, Minnesota | Traveled to greece
Karen is the best!

Now that we have some time to travel, my wife and I have greatly enjoyed working with Karen. Once we have decided on a destination, Karen is a wizard at finding the best prices, the most discounts, and the most convenient airline connections. Need a guide to tour Pompeii? Not a problem. Stay an extra day in Athens? Not a problem. Find a connecting flight out of Sorrento? Not a problem. Karen is very knowledgeable, always friendly, always eager to help. She knows what she's doing!

Five stars, at least!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thank you so much Ron for the kind words. And i must say you and your friends are a dream to work with, i have fun planning your trips, as you always go to the neatest places.
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Alaska

Reviewed By Jeanne - IGH, MN | Traveled to Fairbanks ~ Alaska ~ USA
Very helpful, good attitude. She did a great job on our Alaska trip! I would
not hesitate to use Karen again or refer a friend to her. We had a wonderful
time with no worries, she had everything covered.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thanks for the kind words Jeanne. It was my pleasure to serve you and i'm so happy this was a great experience for you two. Karen
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
8 of 16 people found this review helpful

First European experience - Italy!

Reviewed By Kate C. - St. Paul, MN | Traveled to Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe
As inexperienced travelers, Karen knew the questions to ask us to tailor the right trip for us. She identified a tour to suit our destination and timing wishes. The Trafalgar tour was interesting & fun. The transportation from the Rome airport, during the intense Roman rush hours (considering that traffic rules seem to be suggestions rather than rules) was arranged a head of time by Karen. Thank goodness. This was a terrific stress reliever. And finally, the pre-trip discussion covering what to expect, when, how much to tip, ask for the bill, tips to navigate the trip, etc helped to makes use feel comfortable, well less confused, as we stepped into a new country. Great trip assisted by Karen guidance and coaching.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Kate I'm so glad I was able to make your European trip as hassle free as possible. It was my pleasure helping your family to make lasting memories of their adventure together. Thank you so much for those kind words, Karen
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
9 of 19 people found this review helpful

Trip of a lifetime

Reviewed By Jean - Woodbury, MN | Traveled to South America
Karen has always given us the best vacations wether a land vacation or a cruise, which she does an excellent job at. She makes sure my husband with special needs has all the help and everything else he requires. When an unexpected illness required us to cancel a cruise just one week before, she worked over and above to help us get money back from insurance. We truly respect her abilities as a travel agent and have recommended her many times. Would never consider a cruise without her.

South America, Caribbean, South Pacific, Alaska. Doesn't matter, because they were all perfectly planned and were never any problems or glitches. She always answere any questions we had.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Dear Jean and Don it is always my pleasure to help such nice folks as you. Thank you for the kind words and here's hoping there is another trip in your future. Karen
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
9 of 20 people found this review helpful

Retired and Traveling!

Reviewed By WBSB - Woodbury MN | Traveled to Europe
Karen has been very professional, helpful and eager to share information about all our vacation destinations. She makes sure all bases are covered and all travel documents are in order. She always answers all our questions and we seem to have a lot. I would encourage anyone to stop in and visit with her for any travel questions or ideas. Karen has helped us with Viking Cruises, Globus Bus tours and other trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thank you for your kind words Wayne. It is always my pleasure to work with you and your family. I encourage you to continue to ask questions. This helps me make sure your trip is exactly what you anticipated Karen.
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
12 of 26 people found this review helpful

Many Cruises

Reviewed By Bob & Kathy - St. Paul, MN | Traveled to South Pacific
She is a great travel agent! She knows the ins & outs of the various travel companies. We particularly appreciate her expertise in cruising. She goes the extra mile to make sure our trips are always excellent and trouble free.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words. I enjoy helping you travel the world for the past almost 20 years!
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
9 of 21 people found this review helpful

Cruise of a lifetime

Reviewed By Cruising Twosome - Woodbury, MN | Traveled to South America
Wonderful! Works hard to be sure we get all our special needs since Don has mobility problems. This includes wheelchairs at the airport and all destinations, finds us electric scooters to rent and special transport to and from airport. Keeps in touch very well and doesn't mind my stupid questions.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
I truly enjoy working with you and Don, an none of your questions are stupid! It is far better to ask before traveling than to not ask and be surprised while on your trip. Always ask, that's what I'm here for!
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
7 of 18 people found this review helpful

January vacation

Reviewed By kirby - Forest Lake, MN | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Karen was so wonderful with helping plan our destination wedding. She worked with a number of family members and friends, some who were not at all familiar with cruising, so Karen was able to answer questions and alleviate concerns about cruises. This trip would not have been planned as smoothly if it wasn't for Karen's help.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thank you so much Krista for your kind words. It was my pleasure helping you realize a destination wedding on a ship. Your group was a delight to work with and i appreciate your confidence in me.
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
11 of 26 people found this review helpful

The Birthday Cruise

Reviewed By Sally - Woodbury, MN | Traveled to Rhine Valley ~ Germany ~ Europe
Karen has been everywhere and has seen and done almost everything - at least it seems that way when we have questions about travel, whether already booked or still in the planning stages. She always has the answers to our questions and offers suggestions to personalize our trip to make it the best it can be. Available whenever I call and excited about where ever we travel, Karen is definitely an asset.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO
8 of 26 people found this review helpful

Baltic Cruise

Reviewed By John - Minneapolis, Minnesota | Traveled to Norway ~ Europe
Karen is very responsive. If there are problems she get right on it to correct the situation. She has suggestions based on her experience when we are unsure of exactly what we want to do.
She treats her customers well. She worked with a group of 3 couples who had different beginning plans of the trip and coordinated them together so they were able to meet and continue on into the cruise with each other
She has been very persistent when working with airlines and cruise ships in getting the right information, connections, flights and bookings.
She will always take the time to go over any material you would like to review. After everything is set and before your trip starts, she will review the whole travel set up.
By far she is better than any travel agent I've used before
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Was this review helpful to you? YES | NO