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Julie Keown

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Travel Agent
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Julie Keown

Julie Keown

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Travel Agent
A Full-Service Travel Leaders Associate Agency
Years of Experience: 25+
45 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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WITH A PHD LEVEL OF CRUISE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

With over 35 + years in the travel industry, I have been on over 40 cruises including Hawaiian cruises, Panama Canal, Caribbean, Mexican and Central America. I have planned thousands of cruises all over the world. Making many dreams a reality.

My Travel Specialties

Royal Caribbean Connoisseur at your Service

I have been enjoying Royal Caribbean Cruises as both a passenger and an agent for more years than I'd like to admit.   I have been there, done that, seen that and sold that, ergo: CONNOISSEUR!!!  Royal Caribbean Cruises has something for everyone....young,... Read more from my Royal Caribbean Connoisseur at your Service bio.

Celebrity Cruises Aficionado

When I cruise on a Celebrity ship, I am treated like the celebrity I aspired to be.  Elegant dining, luxurious spas, personal service and accommodations fit for royalty.  -Celebrity Cruises now offer all-inclusive cruising.  No big drink bill at the end... Read more from my Celebrity Cruises Aficionado bio.

With a PhD level of Cruise Travel experience

"Come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me."  Let me help you plan the perfect cruise while you pack your sandals and suntan oil.   With 35+ years of experience in the travel/cruise industry, Cruising is one of my favorite experiences.... Read more from my With a PhD level of Cruise Travel experience bio.

Cruise Hawaiian Islands-Paradise in your backyard!

Aloha!! Why choose which island to go to. Why not see most of the Hawaiian islands in 7 days. Once you step off the cruise ship in paradise, you will enjoy breathtaking sunsets, pristine beaches and beautiful warm weather.  As a... Read more from my Cruise Hawaiian Islands-Paradise in your backyard! bio.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Registry
Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Book with Confidence
Celebrity Learning Certification
Kauai Specialist
Royal Caribbean Expert Plus Agent
Celebrity Cruises Five Star Agent
O'ahu Specialist
Maui Specialist
Virgin Voyage Specialist
Island of Hawaii Specialist
Viking River Cruise Specialist

My Travel Stories

Mariner of the Seas
Mariner of the Seas 2019

My Reviews

Rating: 5 45 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Trip of a life time!

Reviewed By tim - Detroit Michigan | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
I found Julie to be responsive to my request. Julie seemed to understand what I wanted and was quick to get the information to me. The tour that was decided on was the best.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
29 of 46 people found this review helpful
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Great trip

Reviewed By Natasha - New York, NY | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Very helpful!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
30 of 48 people found this review helpful
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Best Family Vacations

Reviewed By Montowski Family - Commerce Twp | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
She’s Great! She finds the best family vacations for my family!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
25 of 39 people found this review helpful
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It will happen in September.

Reviewed By Sweetie - Detroit, Michigan | Traveled to Dubai ~ United Arab Emirates ~ Middle East
It’s been approximately that we traveled with friends was already had been booking with Julie for so years. I was very pleased and I’m still trusting every bit of my travel with her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
27 of 44 people found this review helpful
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Cruising is the way to Go!

Reviewed By Sherry - Bloomfield Hills | Traveled to Denmark ~ Europe
Julie has helped us with many travel arrangements. She does a wonderful thorough job! Very easy to work with her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
30 of 51 people found this review helpful
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Cruises only for Twenty plus years!

Reviewed By Mary - Troy, Michigan | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea

Cruises Only for Twenty Years!
Planning a vacation with Julie who is an expert in her field will guarantee a stressless trip from beginning to end. Julie knows how to get you the best value while getting you the best room, the best ship, the best flight, and even travel to and from the airport. We would always choose Julie because time and time again she is a knowledgable and if she isn't certain she researches and gets back to you ASAP. Very professional and she cares about her clients. We would not think go going on a vacation without first consulting Julie. Large vacation or small we are alway treated as a valued client. Thank you Julie and staff. Sincerely, Marc and Mary
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
31 of 53 people found this review helpful
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The best family vacation!

Reviewed By Dajana - Phoenix, AZ | Traveled to Bermuda ~ Caribbean
Julie has been awesome and goes above and beyond for her clients. This is our 2nd year working with Julie and we will continue working with her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
27 of 45 people found this review helpful
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Punta Cana x 2

Reviewed By Amy - Troy, MI | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Working with Julie to plan back-to-back spring break trips for our high school seniors was a great experience. With the first, Julie took care of everything - making it a worry free vacation. With the second, although the trip never happened (COVID-19), Julie still took care of everything - managing all of the cancellations and refunds and making an unfortunate situation less stressful.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
24 of 41 people found this review helpful
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Best trip was to 10 years ago we had a group of 7

Reviewed By L moore - DETROIT | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
I have been working with Julie for over 10yrs, very dependable, never had a problem that was unsolvable.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
33 of 59 people found this review helpful
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The Best Trip Ever has to be all 3 cruises

Reviewed By Janet - Livonia, Michigan | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
I started utilizing Julie's services for work-related travel for my boss due to the close proximity of her office to ours (back when paper tickets were necessary). I then started utilizing Julie for personal travel and have referred her to my friends at the office (who also utilize her for work-related travel).

She has provided A#1 service for both work-related travel (last minute hotel changes, finding hotels when it appears that the city is entirely sold out, helping with rebooking flights at the last minute, etc.) and for my personal travel (coordinating a cruise for my entire family including the airfares with 3 adjoining cabins). We have booked a total of 3 cruises (2 Caribbean and 1 Alaskan) through Julie and all 3 have been wonderful and went forward without any glitches! (including having a pack-n-play in our daughter's cabin for our granddaughter).

I have had nothing but good experiences with Julie.

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Twenty years of Julie

Reviewed By Oldies, but goodies! - Bloomfield Hills, MI | Traveled to Caribbean
Julie has been planning our trips for over twenty years. Family Caribbean, European, cruises, South American, South Africa and river cruises---Julie has done it all! Even though earthquakes in Chile and New Zealand. However, this form only allows for one destination! Of the more than 50 trips, 20 have been in the Caribbean.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
31 of 55 people found this review helpful
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Great Couples Retreat!

Reviewed By Mark - Troy | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
I have used Julie's travel expertise for several years. She is very knowledgeable and provides great service. She offers excellent destination suggestions with details to help you make informed choices. She has also assisted us when the unexpected interruption occurs while traveling which is a great relief to know she is a phone call away! I highly recommend using her as your travel resource. Our recent experience was a couples retreat to Punta Cana in Mar 2020.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
28 of 50 people found this review helpful
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Awesomesauce!!!!

Reviewed By Chellie - Commerce, Michigan | Traveled to Grand Cayman ~ Cayman Islands ~ Caribbean
It was smooth sailing thanks to Julie. You Rock!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
25 of 44 people found this review helpful
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Costa Rica - Best Trip Ever

Reviewed By Amy - Troy, MI | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
Julie helped us plan a fabulous family trip for eight to Costa Rica. She arranged flights, accommodations, excursions - everything. With three families travelling, we were often slow to make decisions, but Julie took it all in stride and made it one of the best trips ever!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
23 of 41 people found this review helpful
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Easy to book and everything was as promised

Reviewed By Michelle - Michigan | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
She was very patient and answered every question in a timely manner. She was honest and made great recommendations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
27 of 49 people found this review helpful
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Australia was awesome

Reviewed By marlyn - west bloomfield MI | Traveled to Australia ~ Australia & New Zealand
We had a great experience working with Julie
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
31 of 57 people found this review helpful
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Julie is amazing

Reviewed By Y&Y - bloomfield hills, mi | Traveled to North Carolina ~ USA
Julie is simply amazing!
Whether it is corporate business or personal travel, Julie always provides prompt attention and options (time & cost) for consideration.

HANDLED is the best way to describe having Julie Itkis as our agent!

Sincerely,

Roger Young
Young & Young Architects
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
26 of 47 people found this review helpful
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Holiday Cruise

Reviewed By Mom - MICHIGAN | Traveled to Cozumel ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Julie always responded to all my emails promptly and answered all questions significant or not.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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greatest trip ever

Reviewed By carymak - bloomfield hills | Traveled to Grand Cayman ~ Cayman Islands ~ Caribbean
excellent
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great Trip!

Reviewed By Carrie - Rochester Hills, MI | Traveled to Hawaii Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Julie is very easy to work with. She is very accommodating and helpful with any question I had. She is my go-to gal when my travel plans are challenging.

She gave me different packages with different Hotels, Booked a pkg with Delta to reduce costs, which I would not have considered. Helped us find a Go San Francisco card to our tourism needs (which was very cool, by the way).

Everything she put together worked very well for us.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
27 of 51 people found this review helpful
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One of the best trips that we have taken!

Reviewed By Patti - Waterford, MI | Traveled to Ixtapa ~ Guerrero ~ Mexico
Julie is always willing to get the best deal and offering other possibilites
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Amazing Trip!!

Reviewed By EP - Berkley, MI | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Julie is amazing! So helpful and efficient! Answered questions immediately and worked with us to get us exactly what we wanted! We had the best time!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Absolutely Wonderful

Reviewed By Despin - Warren, MI | Traveled to St. Lucia Island ~ St. Lucia ~ Caribbean
Very Pleasing. Always helpful. Checked on our flight plans as we left during snowy conditions. Arranged everything for us just as I had planned. Made planning for our vacation very simple.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
27 of 52 people found this review helpful
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Best Travel Agent Hands Down

Reviewed By Tanya - Detroit | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
I have been working with Julie for over 12years, best travel agent ever!!! My friends and Family also work with Julie, we love her, she's like family
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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3rd time's the charm(postponed twice due to covid)

Reviewed By GSB - Trafalgar, Indiana | Traveled to Caribbean
Julie's the best!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Amazing, relaxing, wonderful trip to paradise.

Reviewed By R R - Cleveland, OH | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
We had so many questions throughout the planning process for our trip and she was wonderful in answering each of them.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Julie planned a family cruise for 10 of us to the

Reviewed By KEK - Rochester Hills MI | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Julie Itkis has been a total joy to work with over the years. We have done many trips and she has always provided the best guidance and service, above and beyond our expectations. We highly recommend her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
27 of 53 people found this review helpful
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Smooth Sailing Experience

Reviewed By Chicago Gal - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Nashville ~ Tennessee ~ USA
Julie was great! We needed to travel with twenty people that were departing all at different times. Julie put together all of the itineraries quickly and without a glitch. She was effectively communicative throughout the entire process. Highly recommend!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Do you want your needs met???

Reviewed By Just Cocoa - Detroit, Mi | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
My husband and I have been working with Julie since 2016. Julie has always went above and beyond to make sure our needs were met. Which is why we keep coming back to her. All we have to do is show up. Everything else is handled, from our flights, private transfers and any other accommodations we may need. We live in a time where we don’t know what tomorrow may bring. With that being said… BOOK THE TRIP WITH JULIE!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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This was our honeymoon and it was wonderful.

Reviewed By Cordell Crawford - Detroit, Michigan | Traveled to Montego Bay ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Very professional and thoughtful.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great Cruise

Reviewed By Paul - Clarkston, MI | Traveled to Caribbean
Very thorough and responsive. Proactive on communications from NCL
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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The best honeymoon anyone could ask for!

Reviewed By Brittany - Farmington Hills, MI | Traveled to Virgin Islands ~ Caribbean
Julie is absolutely amazing! She helped my husband and I plan our honeymoon to the Virgin Islands. She helped us with every single step and was always available! She even had great ideas that we took her up on. She made our first experience with a travel agent beyond great! She made sure we had everything we needed and was able to help us work around the schedule of our special needs son. I no longer travel unless I have spoken with Julie first. She is remarkable at her job! She takes all the stresses of traveling away! She made sure we had the best of everything! I couldn’t ask for a better agent!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Ms. Keown is the best travel agent one can have.

Reviewed By Frequent traveller. - Washington, DC. | Traveled to Caribbean
Ms. Keown is heads and shoulders better than a;; travel agents I have worked with during the past several decades. This is so for the following reasons:

1. She provided me and my family with factual information that was essential for us to make our choice as to which cruise to take.

2. She proactively kept us informed of the potential issues that Covid could create that might affect our travel. That information was not in any online site I could find, and was invaluable.

3. She answered our occasional emailed questions promptly and authoritatively. She really knew what she was talking about.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Wedding vacation

Reviewed By Brandon Thompson - Clinton Township, MI | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
It’s always a pleasure working with Julie. She’s always honest and always has the best prices/recommendations. Julie is always responds with urgency weather it’s a question or when we are ready to book a new trip. Will always recommend Julie to every one!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Fun with my Girls with Julie's Guidance

Reviewed By Sheryl - West Bloomfield, Michigan | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Julie is so professional and gave her honest opinions. She dealt with a lot with questions from four of us and dealing with arranging flights from three different places.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great Customer Service

Reviewed By Bonnie - Auburn Hills, MI | Traveled to Mexico ~ Mexico
Julie was very responsive. She linked all of the necessary documents Needed for easy access with the iternary.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Trip of a lifetime

Reviewed By Larry - West Bloomfield, Michigan | Traveled to Europe
I have worked with Julie for many years. She has helped our family book multiple cruises, and was instrumental in helping us plan our Europe cruise/trip. Her suggestions for hotels, restaurants, and day trips were perfect.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Amazing experience!

Reviewed By Deanna - Oak Park, MI | Traveled to Cozumel ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Julie was great! She walked me through every step of the way
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
21 of 43 people found this review helpful
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Trip of a lifetime!

Reviewed By Sheel - Novi, MI | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
My family has trusted Julie with many of our big vacations over the last several years. The places we have gone were new to us and we did not know the area or where to stay. Every property we were booked at was in a great location and was a fantastic hotel/Resort/villa. Julie helps us by doing the research and taking care of the details I don’t have time to do. And we have never had a problem anywhere we have went.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
26 of 53 people found this review helpful
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She makes me look good every year

Reviewed By Barry - Southfield, Michigan | Traveled to Las Vegas ~ Nevada ~ USA
I have been personally using Julie for a decade or more. She primarily works with me regarding a group trip every year and has done a masterful job dealing with a group of lawyers who travel, and they are not easy to satisfy. She does just that however.
I have used her for simple feedback and assistance personally as well. She is easy to reach, talk to, and follows through on everything needed to make things right.
Using her services and those of The World of Travel is a necessity in dealing with the myriad of potential problems that can arise trying to plan your travel needs yourself. This is easier. Much easier.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
30 of 61 people found this review helpful
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Great get away

Reviewed By Travel Snob - Commerce, MI | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Friendly service. Quick response time. Well informed
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
33 of 67 people found this review helpful
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Such a great trip

Reviewed By Fran4 - West bloomfield, Michigan | Traveled to Israel ~ Middle East
Julie is a fantastic agent. She is professional and friendly and is always looking for the best deals, keeping in mind what we are looking for.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Surprisingly Good

Reviewed By Marcy - Garden City, MI | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Julie is very responsive and tries hard to give you multiple options. She follows up and does her best to make sure you're completely satisfied.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
24 of 54 people found this review helpful
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Great Service

Reviewed By Ellen P - Troy, MI | Traveled to Caribbean
Julie has been assisting me with planning trips for years and she is a wealth of knowledge about different destinations and resort options.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
67 of 140 people found this review helpful
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Belize and Quatemala

Reviewed By Donut - Bloomfield Hills | Traveled to Moscow ~ Russia ~ Russia & Northwest Asia
I know Julie for at least 13 years. Julie helped our family with air and train tickets in the US and in Europe, hotels, show and museum tickets, you name it. Julie is on my speed dial . I always seek her help to arrange flights for my relatives from Russia . She is responsible, knowledgable, friendly and highly professional.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
39 of 86 people found this review helpful
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