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Karl Kuenzel

Houston, Texas Travel Agent
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Karl Kuenzel

Karl Kuenzel

Houston, Texas Travel Agent
Enticing Excursions LLC, an independent agent with Nexion, LLC, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency
Years of Experience: 5
13 Reviews | 92% Recommended
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World Traveler Specializing in Cruises and Tours

I am an experienced world traveler who has been around the world twice, lived, studied, and worked abroad on six of the seven continents for nearly 40 years. I enjoy history and take tours as often as possible. Historic sites, museums, castles and cathedrals are among my favorites. I specialize in luxury ocean cruises and escorted tours. Let me put my expertise to work for you. I do the research, planning, and arranging so that you can avoid all the hassle and have a relaxing and enjoyable vacation. Looking forward to talking with you.

My Travel Specialties

Luxury Cruise Travel Specialist

Cruising in Glacier Bay Alaska
How would you like a hassle-free vacation? After an initial interview, Karl does all the planning and research for you so that you can have a memorable and enjoyable vacation. Wouldn’t you like to book your vacation experience with someone who has expertise?... Read more from my Luxury Cruise Travel Specialist bio.

Certified Alaska Specialist

Athabascan Princess in Ceremonial Garb
You can see Alaska in pictures. You can see Alaska in videos. But to fully grasp the magnificence of Alaska, you must visit it and walk on it. Many people take an inexpensive, quick, round-trip cruise to the Inland Passage. They maybe see... Read more from my Certified Alaska Specialist bio.

Food-Lover Cruising

Chef's Table Dinner
One of the reasons that I enjoy cruising is that it provides me access to Michelin quality chef-prepared food that I ordinarily would have to travel to a large city to access. I can prepare and eat a good meal at home.... Read more from my Food-Lover Cruising bio.

Escorted Tours Travel Expert

Assyrian Gate in the British Museum
The last time I was in the British Museum, I can remember visiting the antiquities, parts of the same ancient cultures we studied when we were in school. Near us was a couple who were trying to figure out the importance... Read more from my Escorted Tours Travel Expert bio.

Accessible Travel Expert

Using a Rollator on a Cruise Ship
15% of the world's population experiences some sort of disability. The number of people with mobility issues increases with the age of the individual. Oh, to be young and physically active again. In my early years I was a high school and... Read more from my Accessible Travel Expert bio.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Book with Confidence
Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
Trusted Travel Advisor
CCC
CCC CLIA
Certified Alaska Specialist
Certified Travel Advisor - The Travel Institute
Certified Cruise Counselor - CLIA
Certified Cruise Specialist
CTA
CTA The Travel Institute
CTA
Verified Travel Advisor - ASTA
VTA
VTA ASTA
Alaska Speciality
Certified Alaska Specialist
VTA
Certified Advisor Oceania Cruises
Certified Celebrity Expert

My Travel Stories

Alaska Range from McKinley Lodge
Whale Watching is Full of Anticipation
Aialik Glacier Kenai Fjords Nat'l Park
Alaskan Moose in Denali Nat'l Park
Accessible Travel
Food On Luxury Cruise
Chef during Galley Tour
Chef's Table

Old Town Tallinn & Rakvere

It was a step back into the past with this trip to the capital of Estonia and the old medieval fortress.

Rakvere is a 14th century castle, which is located approx 1,5hr drive from Tallinn. It was built by the warrior monks of the Livonian Order in 1346. It is a steep climb up a... Read more from my Old Town Tallinn & Rakvere story.

Visiting the Home of My Ancestors

One of the highlights of my travels has been visiting the home of my ancestors in Germany -- some came from the north (near Berlin) others came from the south (near Munchen/Munich).

What a thrill to get off the ship in the port of Rostock and travel about 145 miles to reach the capital... Read more from my Visiting the Home of My Ancestors story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 13 Reviews | 92% Recommended

Dedicated Professional

Reviewed By Heather G - Cuenca, Ecuador | Traveled to Ecuador ~ South America
Karl is super smart, super organised and super experienced. He is also dedicated to making sure his clients get the best treatment possible while traveling.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Alluring vacation

Reviewed By Lee - Houston TX | Traveled to Caribbean
Karl was up-to-date on everything, including Covid regulations and accessible options for our cruise on Allure of the Seas. He secured an early boarding time for us and assisted us in booking shore excursions. The trip was very relaxing and I didn't have to worry about a thing as he coordinated all the details with me. He was aware of our needs for assistance and booked an accessible balcony for us. That room had better facilities than any I've seen. Thanks for your help, Karl, in planning this vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Our Cruise Was an Enjoyable, Memorable Experience!

Reviewed By EdwinK - Sun City, Texas | Traveled to Chilean Fjords ~ Chile ~ South America
Karl listened when I explained what kind of vacation we wanted to have. He thoroughly researched and presented us with a couple of options. We selected the one we wanted and Karl did the rest -- planning, organizing, and arranging everything for our cruise as well as our pre- and post- cruise stays. He is great! He did everything for us. Karl has traveled in South America and previously took the same cruise we did. Our vacation was well worth the the cost! Much better than I could have done on my own. I am already talking with him about our next trip.
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What a cruise!

Reviewed By Happy Traveler - Houston, Tx | Traveled to Buenos Aires ~ Argentina ~ South America
I have been working with Karl for several years now. He has researched options and provided the best value for the price on cruises I have taken. He is a dedicated travel agent, willing to consider multiple options to give his clients the best experience. Since he has experience traveling, he has many suggestions that helped me make my decisions. He has never let me down.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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Enjoyable Cruise Because of Karl's Recommendation

Reviewed By Edwin K - Sun City, Texas | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
I have a mobility issue and did not think that I could travel. How fortunate I was to learn that Karl has knowledge of and experience with mobility issues. I recently returned from a cruise on which Karl helped me rent a mobility scooter. Because of the scooter, my cruise was most enjoyable! Thanks Karl
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Are We Glad We Booked Our CruiseTour with Karl

Reviewed By PK - Taylor, TX | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
I was talking with a coworker last week. We both went on a cruisetour in Alaska this summer. I booked through Karl. My coworker booked with one of those online travel sites. My coworker traveled on one of those big ships with waterslides. They spent a few hours in a couple of ports in the Inside Passage, arrived in Seward, got on a bus, spent a night in Anchorage, got back on the bus the next day and rode up to Fairbanks. They spent two nights in Fairbanks and then flew back home. Karl told me that my family could take one of those less expensive cruisetours so that we could say that we had visited Alaska. Or, we could let him arrange a tour for us. We got to meet with native Alaskans, learn about the Athabascan people including their traditions, dances, and totem poles; learn about the Gold Rush and rode the Great Pass train; saw glaciers, whales, eagles, moose, and bears; stayed two nights at Mt. McKinley and two nights at Denali; saw a Gold Dredge, and learned culture in Fairbanks.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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A Travel Agent Who Gives Us What WE want

Reviewed By HK - West Allis, WI | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Karl did everything well
He interviewed us to determine what we were looking for and what basic itinerary we wanted
He arranged everything we needed for our trip, all we had to do was pack and get to the airport
Karl even arranged a complimentary dinner for us on the ship
His recommendations for shore excursions were spot on
We are looking at booking our next cruise through Karl.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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We saw Margerie Glacier, Denali, and wildlife

Reviewed By Lee - Houston TX | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Karl has been my go-to agent since he started his business at Enticing Excursions. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and up-to-date with his advice. He interviewed me to see what experience would be best and booked an Inside Passage cruise with visits to Glacier Bay and College Fjord as well as the Skagway train and other shore excursions. The best part was the enormous amount of wildlife on our land portion - and seeing Denali multiple times. Karl was excited to assist me with the booking and helpful in all circumstances - even when we had to rebook air and hotels due to an unexpected change in plans. Before the trip, he very strongly recommended that I should get trip insurance and I'm so glad he did. He was there for me all the way.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Enchanted vacation

Reviewed By Lee - Houston TX | Traveled to Caribbean
Karl was on top of things - searching for the best, most economical opportunity to sail on the beautiful, new Enchanted Princess. He planned the trip to coordinate with other activities on our agenda and kept in touch with us prior to the trip as well as following up afterwards to make sure we had a good time. Importantly, he kept us up to date on all the Covid requirements. I look forward to working with Karl because he is the best, most engaged agent I have ever had.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karl Kuenzel responded:
It was a pleasure working with you. Looking forward to helping you with your future vacation plans.
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Southern Caribbean

Reviewed By Ed - Indian Harbour Beach, Florida | Traveled to South Andros ~ Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Excellent service and follow_up
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Enchanting cruise on Enchanted Princess

Reviewed By Lee - Houston Tx | Traveled to Caribbean
Karl carefully researched and provided the most appropriate options for my cruising experience. I'm older, don't like a lot of noisy "music", like to eat, etc. So he interviewed me and used that information to plan my trip , calculating costs and interests and matching that with the cruises available as well as my budget. It was a late season cruise - no hurricanes - and we had smooth sailing all the way. Enchanted Princess was lovely and we were welcomed in all the ports that she visited. Karl advised me about Covid restrictions for each location - much easier when coming on a cruise ship than when you fly into one of these islands! He checked with me regularly to make sure everything was on schedule, my flights and hotels were appropriately booked, and that I was content with the choices I had made. He followed up with me after the cruise to make sure all had gone as planned and offered his services for my next cruise. I will be delighted to use him again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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From Fairbanks to Kenai Peninsula - what a trip!

Reviewed By Lee - Houston | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Karl had booked a cruise on the Grand Princess for me and then found that we could connect with a cruisetour that started in Fairbanks the day after disembarking the Grand. I said "YES" - Why go to the trouble of traveling to Alaska and not see any of the interior? He set me up with a great deal on the Majestic Princess. But, before we got to the Majestic, I was to do a tour of Alaska. Disembarking the Grand Princess, transferring to Anchorage through the Whittier Tunnel and Turn Again Arm was amazing but just a foretaste of what was to come. I boarded a flight to Fairbanks, for the land tour portion of my reservation. Oh, the sights and sounds. Karl had recommended that I book the Connoisseur Tour so I could see all of the Princess Lodges and experience more of Alaska than other tours. Excellent advice. Sadly, I didn't get to experience the Majestic as I was forced to quarantine in Anchorage (Covid-related), but Karl stood by to help me change all my plans and reservations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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I went "North to Alaska" - a new adventure for me

Reviewed By Lee - Houston | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Karl has been most patient with me as I worked to coordinate my future cruise credits with my future cruise yearnings. I wanted to see Alaska, yes, but was it possible this year? He booked the best price possible for me and made it a most enjoyable journey. Throughout the planning, he consulted me. He even offered me a lower price if I was willing to forgo all the perks that were included in the deal. By calculating the savings and benefits of the higher priced deal, I could clearly see the value in purchasing the same cruise but with perks and benefits. It was wonderful working with Karl. He can explain things very clearly and precisely. Our trip was great!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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My Travel Experience

Places I’ve personally traveled to or destinations I’ve booked for my clients.

Customer Testimonials

Cruising in the Aftermath of a Pandemic

Karl is great at handling all these challenges to your travel plans.

Provided by Karen K Georgetown, TX

The Best Thing I Ever Did Was Take A World Cruise

The best thing I ever did was take a world cruise. Visiting all those countries. Seeing all those ports. Talking with the local people and experiencing the things of their every day lives is beyond words to describe these. Yes, it is a big chunk of time, and it does cost more than a shorter cruise, but it was well worth it, and I am hoping to do so again. You meet new people, who become your friends. You see the exotic -- kamoto dragons, the haka dance and the traditions of the Maori people, the tallest buildings in the world, whales, and canals. This is a once in a life-time experience that I will always treasure and never get tired of talking about. What about you? Let Karl arrange your world tour for you as he did for me.

Provided by Orly, T, Mukwonago, WI

Fears Gone Cruising Is The Best!

I did not want to go on our first cruise. I tried to get Mr. Mills to book an all-inclusive resort instead, but we had a special deal for Royal Caribbean. I was so nervous, and was sure I was going to be miserably anxious and overwhelmed the entire time. I came out of that experience not only happy we went, but absolutely in love with cruising. In my opinion, it is the best vacation someone with an anxiety condition can take, because there’s so much preparation that is done to make sure you have a good time.

Provided by Haley M, Miami, FL