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Karen Malone

Woodbury, Minnesota Travel Agent
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Karen Malone

Woodbury, Minnesota Travel Agent
A Full-Service Travel Leaders Associate Agency
28 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Cruise and Tour Specialist

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 including river cruising and trans-Atlantic crossing. I hold two certificates with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), both the Accredited Cruise Counselor (ACC) and the Master Cruise Counselor (MCC). I have also completed the Princess Cruise Line and Cunard Cruise Line specialist programs achieving the rank of Commodore in both. Cruise lines I have sailed on include: Cunard, Princess, Celebrity, Holland America, Carnival, Norwegian, Regent, Orient, Viking River, Windstar Cruises, Majestic (American Queen). And on these lines I have enjoyed, the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America, Alaska, Mediterranean, Baltic, Amstel River and the mighty Mississippi to name a few. My interest in travel doesn’t stop there. I have traveled all over Europe and especially enjoyed rail travel from Paris to Venice. From Iceland to Italy and destinations in between, I can’t say there is a place I wouldn’t recommend! I have also traveled to all four major islands in Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Of all the beaches I have visited around the world I think Hawaii holds the prettiest. And of course, no passport is required! Another travel favorite would be Asia. My first trip to Singapore left me wanting more. I have since returned to Beijing and Hong Kong. Most recently I traveled to Bangkok and Chaing Mai. In Chaing Mai I had the opportunity to visit the elephant camp featured on Animal Planet and see the little elephant, Hang. She creates her own unguided art and has won international acclaim as an artist! For history, art, and value for your dollar, you can’t beat the Asian destinations. I entered this profession with a passion for travel and would enjoy being your personal travel fairy making your travel dreams come true!

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Master Cruise Counselor - CLIA

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My Reviews

Rating: 5 28 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Fantastic Mediterranean Cruise!

Reviewed By Happy Travelers - Mendota Heights, MN | Traveled to Mediterranean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Karen was fantastic to work with. She’s thorough, knowledgeable, a true professional, all while being very personable.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
It was my pleasure to help you and your family have a memorable experience. I look forward to working with you in the future. Thank you for the review! Karen
12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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A trip we will NEVER forget!

Reviewed By CynRae - Mendota Heights, MN | Traveled to Southeast Asia ~ East and Southeast Asia
Our trip to SouthEast Asia was a beautiful and memorable experience due to the time and effort that went into the planning by Karen Malone. She was incredibly helpful. Her professionalism and expertise is unsurpassed! Also, she’s just such a wonderful lady as well!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
I'm so glad you had such a great time Connie. I will keep my eye out for Moon Palace specials.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Karen Malone made our spring break terrific

Reviewed By M - Woodbury, MN | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Knowledgeable, enthusiastic, friendly, helpful.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
thank you for your review i really appreciated it! Karen
7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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First time using Karen.

Reviewed By Dan - MN | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Karen is my “go to” when it comes to travel.
Doesn’t matter if it’s connecting flights and ground transportation in Europe to a last minute vacation to Costa Rica, Karen has always come through.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thank you for those kind words Dan. I will always try and do my best for your family.
6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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The best history lesson

Reviewed By Sue - Mendota Heights, Minnesota | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Excellent, prompt follow-up, extremely helpful! Knowledgeable
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thank you for the kind words Sue, it is always my pleasure helping you plan your next adventure. Karen
7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Oh yeah! Best trip so far!!

Reviewed By Coco - Forest lake mn | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I first used Karen over 15 years ago. I haven't used a travel agent for over six years but when I needed one she was the only one I even considered always prompt with responses and helpful in me to determining the best vacation for my family
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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This was the BEST trip of our lives!

Reviewed By Anne - Woodbury, MN | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Karen was AMAZING!! She helped us with every step of the way as we planned our Disney trip. She gave us wonderful suggestions. We could not have done it without her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
It was my pleasure to help your family have an amazing time in Walt Disney World. I look forward to your next adventure. Regards, Karen
6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Cruise was a wonderful memory maker

Reviewed By Roxie - Cottage Grove,MN | Traveled to Roatan ~ Honduras ~ Central America
She helped with every part of our trip. Answered every concern. We felt so confident knowing that she was helping us
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thank you for the review Roxie. It was my pleasure helping your family make those memories. Karen
7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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First trip to Europe

Reviewed By John + Rose - La Quinta California | Traveled to Germany ~ Europe
Karen did a great job helping us through our first time in Europe. We were so amazed how everything went so smoothly. She answered all our questions while booking, made sure all of our wants were met. It allowed us to focus on the experience! Thank you.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thank you for those kind words John. I always try to remember my first experiences in Europe to help the new comers have a smooth trip. I'm so glad this worked out for you.
9 of 18 people found this review helpful
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Royal Clipper is awesome

Reviewed By Rich and Sue - Minneapolis | Traveled to Barbados ~ Caribbean
This was our first experience with a travel agent. Everything went fine. Karen was on top of things and helpful at the last minute when we decided to add insurance.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thanks Rich for the kind words. I look forward to helping you with your next great adventure on Star Clippers. Karen
6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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good trip

Reviewed By Myles - Woodbury,mn | Traveled to Quebec City ~ Quebec ~ Canada
great Karen knows her stuff and was very helpful with any questions or concerns we had.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thank you r the review it was my pleasure helping you have a successful cruise vacation.
8 of 17 people found this review helpful
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Fabulous trip

Reviewed By Marsha - Vadnais Hts MN | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
We were so lucky to find Karen as our travel agent. She has been a gift to work with from start to finish on our Alaska trip. Karen knows exactly what she is talking about and her follow through is stellar!!! We will be booking many more trips with Karen.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thank you so much Marsha for those kinds words! It was my pleasure to help you plan the trip to beautiful Alaska, one of my top ten destinations. I look forward to working with you in the future wherever your travels take you. Karen
11 of 23 people found this review helpful
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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
16 of 33 people found this review helpful
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Wonderful experience and beautiful Royalton

Reviewed By Muffin - Vadnais Hts, MN | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
We have worked with Karen on a few trips and absolutely LOVE working with her. She really knows and understands what you want. We will continue working with Karen. She is the best.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Malone responded:
Thanks so much for kind words. I really enjoy working with you and look forward to your next adventure
5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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More than I had expected

Reviewed By NA - South St Paul | Traveled to Pasadena ~ California ~ USA
She was very professional, and easy to talk to and gave us all the information we needed. When we had questions about our itinerery, she looked into it and got back to us right away. We would defiinetly go to her again when we travel
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
14 of 31 people found this review helpful
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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.
20 of 43 people found this review helpful
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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.
21 of 47 people found this review helpful
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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
20 of 45 people found this review helpful
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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.
14 of 34 people found this review helpful
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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
33 of 72 people found this review helpful
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A trip we won't ever forget!

Reviewed By Kricket - Oakdale, MN | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Karen was very knowledgeable about places to visit that fit within our budget. I had a lot of questions as did the group we were traveling with. Karen did a great job answering all our questions. Her experience helped us choose a destination and place to stay.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
9 of 25 people found this review helpful
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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.
21 of 49 people found this review helpful
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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
24 of 55 people found this review helpful
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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
12 of 33 people found this review helpful
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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!
20 of 49 people found this review helpful
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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!
21 of 56 people found this review helpful
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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
21 of 60 people found this review helpful
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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.
19 of 60 people found this review helpful
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