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!
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Fantastic Mediterranean Cruise!
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
A trip we will NEVER forget!
I'm so glad you had such a great time Connie. I will keep my eye out for Moon Palace specials.
Karen Malone made our spring break terrific
thank you for your review i really appreciated it! Karen
Cruise was a wonderful memory maker
Thank you for the review Roxie. It was my pleasure helping your family make those memories. Karen
Oh yeah! Best trip so far!!
Royal Clipper is awesome
Thanks Rich for the kind words. I look forward to helping you with your next great adventure on Star Clippers. Karen
The best history lesson
Thank you for the kind words Sue, it is always my pleasure helping you plan your next adventure. Karen
This was the BEST trip of our lives!
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
First time using Karen.
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.
Thank you for those kind words Dan. I will always try and do my best for your family.
not hesitate to use Karen again or refer a friend to her. We had a wonderful
time with no worries, she had everything covered.
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
Wonderful experience and beautiful Royalton
Thanks so much for kind words. I really enjoy working with you and look forward to your next adventure
Thank you r the review it was my pleasure helping you have a successful cruise vacation.
More than I had expected
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
First trip to Europe
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.
Great working with Karen
Thanks for the kind words John. It was my pleasure working with your family for that amazing wedding in St Thomas.
Trip of a lifetime
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.
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
Riverboat trip to remember forever!
Retired and Traveling!
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.
A trip we won't ever forget!
See the World
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!
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.
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!
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.
First European experience - Italy!
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
The Birthday Cruise
Cruise of a lifetime
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!
Thank you so much for your kind words. I enjoy helping you travel the world for the past almost 20 years!
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
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.