Luxury Cruise and Tour Specialist
Dinner on the beach at our private island
Some travelers are content just visiting the big tourist attractions, never straying too far from the well-beaten path of others. On the other hand, I really enjoy getting to know and understand all about a destination.
I have traveled extensively throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, Europe and SE Asia for the past 56 years. I've gone by boat, by plane, and by train. I was a Kennedy Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines fifty six years ago, and that sparked my travel interest. And, I keep going back to the Philippines and Asia. My explorations are fueled both by my love of history, my passion for learning about new cultures, my love of different foods and drink, and my love of music and dance. My skills are also enhanced by my broad training in cultural anthropology both here in the U.S. and in the Philippines.
These in-depth explorations have helped me become a better travel advisor and consultant. Each trip that I have taken and each destination that I have explored has taught me valuable information that I enjoy sharing with you. If you understand a culture before you leave on your trip, and the sites to visit and the best restaurants you are better able to immerse yourself and your family in the destination. The following are just a few of the countries that I am very familiar with:
- Israel and Jordan
- England, Ireland and Scotland and
- Cruising on the Rhine, the Danube, the Douro and the Yangtze
I have also been a travel advisor and agent since 1978. I am trained as a cultural specialist in Southeast Asia, Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii. And I have been a Certified Travel Consultant (CTC) since 1988.
I'm a past president of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in Michigan and served on the CTO international board. I'm a past president of SKAL International Detroit - an organization of travel agent leaders from across the state.
If you book with me, I will thoroughly research your destination so I can tell you about any new attractions that you should see and about any local restaurants that you must visit. And because I'm doing all the legwork, you will save valuable time before your trip, that you can spend doing more enjoyable things. And it's not only time that I will save you, I will also work hard to save you money wherever I can while planning your trip.
River cruising offers you an opportunity to see new parts of the world up close without packing and unpacking every day. I will help you get the best TOTAL cost and value for your trip. Often that very LOW advertised price is just the beginning -- because it isn't your TOTAL cost for a trip, because of deceptive advertising. The "low-cost" river cruise lines don't indicate that you have to pay tips, port charges, pay EXTRA for some restaurants, pay for liquor, the internet and tours. They nickel and dime you, once you are on board. In reality you often pay more for less. I can save you money here - and you still get all of the perks promised.
Ocean cruising offers you an opportunity to explore many different places without having to pack and unpack, since your ship is your destination. And today ships offer Broadway plays, often musicals, fabulous entertainment, great educational opportunities, different dining opportunities including many new and upscale restaurants and a chance to see the world. Kids love ocean cruising once they find the kids or teen clubs - and they have a vacation, while you also have a vacation. But in pricing again, like in river cruising, what you see as an advertised price often isn't the TOTAL price. Insurance may be overpriced, port charges hidden in the fine print as an add-on, that great airfare - is from New York, not most other cities, the 2-f0r-1 is a standard price during many months, the 1, 2, 3 or 4 freebies is often normal. Let me help you get the best value and the best deal for you, you and your wife, or your whole family - or as a reward for your employees.
Let me help you select the best value, including all costs - so that you get the best TOTAL deal whether its an all-inclusive tour or an all-inclusive cruise. That "low-cost" insurance many tours and cruises offer may not protect you as well as other policies. The international air may be inflated in the ad, and that half price may end up being just the normal price. Share their "best deal" with me. I can beat it or match it, and you get the added research and experience that I have.
And if its just a rental car, or a hotel - call me. I can here as well, get you the best prices and the largest discounts. My objective is to have you come back and buy many additional times from me - because you get the best value, the best prices and the best service.
Let me help you now - so you can treat your family and yourself now!
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