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Lona Lee Thull

Superstition Mountain, Arizona Travel Agent

Friendly Cruises Inc, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

River, Luxury & Small Ship Cruise Travel Agent

In today’s world of instant online access to unlimited information on travel options, you might be wondering: why should I plan my cruise vacation with a travel professional?

The answer is simple. At my agency, we take the time to get to know you, understanding your approach to travel, what you like to see and do, and in what style. Then we match these factors with your budget, your schedule, and our insider connections with the top cruise lines.

I can save you time and money. My extensive knowledge of each individual ship and cruise line allows me to cut through the clutter and zero in on the vacation you really want.

I also have access to discounted, limited-time offers and exclusive benefits from cruise lines that you cannot obtain on your own.

Our travel professionals are here to answer your questions and design a vacation perfect for you. No web site or cell phone app can do it our personalized way.

It’s our job and our passion to know all the cruise options inside and out, along with their advantages and disadvantages. Our expertise and resources give you our insider advice when planning your next vacation.

We can customize every aspect of your cruise to match your individual needs and desires.

We'll be there when you need us. Sometimes the perfectly planned dream vacation hits a snag, like a missed plane connection, a desk clerk who can’t find your shore excursion reservation, or a medical emergency.

When you book with me, I'm your advocate and problem-solver. All you have to do is make one simple phone call and I'll handle the rest.

I want you to enjoy your journey and to see the world on the right cruise line for you. I'm ready to begin, are you?

Let me tell you about some of my own journeys around the globe. I've loved every minute of many special cruises, including:

  • A family reunion cruise on Royal Caribbean in the Mediterranean
  • A square dance cruise group on Princess Cruises from California to Hawaii
  • A duplicate bridge cruise group on Crystal Cruises
  • Friends and family group to Alaska on Regent Seven Seas Cruises,
  • Celebrity Cruises trip to the Galapagos for couples who wanted to check this destination off their bucket list
  • A ladies' spa getaway on the Haven by Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • A Princess cruise with a family reunion that did Egypt, the Holy Land and Eastern Mediterranean.

Oh, my, I must tell you about the river boat trips I've taken, too. I've explored China on Viking River Cruises, seen the glory of southern France on a Uniworld Boutique River boat, and discovered the Christmas Markets on AMA Waterways in Europe.

A river cruise in France to Normandy was such an historical and memorable voyage. The Amsterdam to Budapest river cruise was another wonderful way to see Europe. Cruising along the Volga River in Russia on a river boat offered a breathtaking view of the country.

The voyages in the USA I’ve experienced made me very proud of America. The Paddle Wheel boats on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers allowed me to see the “Heart of America” cruising down the river.

Then I was fascinated with small boat American Cruise Line taking me to Martha’s Vineyard, Boston, Nantucket, and more. I remember seeing my first “saw grass” on a small boat as I sailed the inland waterways of the southeast USA.

I love American cruises! While traveling along the Snake and Columbia River, I got to follow the historical locations of Lewis and Clark's expedition.

Don’t forget Disney trips! When I embarked on the Disney Cruis Line, Chip and Dale were there to greet me. I got tears in my eyes when Tinker Bell flew over and sprinkled her Fairy dust on us.

If you are a golf lover, take a golf cruise if you haven't already. I've taken some golf cruises, including one around Great Britain where we got to golf on the famous courses while in port. Cruisers could also attend a day of the British Open, as well.

Do all my travels sound exciting? I can plan similar ones just for you!

What They're Saying about Lona Lee Thull

November 1987- Present (27 + years) Top-performing Chief Executive Professional with significant history in the cruise travel industry. Chief strategist for developing methods that bring Friendly Cruises, Inc to high levels of success. Through use of savvy leadership skills, CEO, Lona Lee Thull, capitalizes on new growth opportunities in order to forge ahead to exceed goals. Since founding Friendly Cruises in 1987 Lona Lee Thull has been using her skilled professional talents and high-performance strengths to develop this cruise travel company into a successful entity while maintaining its quality reputation and continuing to offer meaningful benefits for long-term customers.

My Reviews

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

ALWAYS READY TO HELP

Reviewed By SPOONSEW - Mesa, AZ | Traveled to
I USUALLY LOOK UP THE CRUISE I WANT AND GET ALL THE COSTS, THEN GIVE TO LONA. SHE ALWAYS THINKS OF SOMETHING I'VE FORGOTTEN OR DIDN'T EVEN THINK OF. SHE KNOWS HER BUSINESS AND IS ALWAYS WILLING TO CHECK ON ITEMS FOR YOU. HAVE USED HER SINCE 2003 OR 2004 WHEN I STARTED MY SERIOUS CRUISING. SHE KNOWS HOW TO TALK TO THE CRUISE LINES AND KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR.
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My exclusive cruise advisor for over 15 years!

Reviewed By Sandra - Colorado | Traveled to
Lona Lee Thull has been personally booking our cruises for over 15 years, and I wouldn't consider booking a cruise without her! She is incredibly responsive, very knowledgeable, and brings a personal touch to every conversation. Lona has experienced so many different cruise lines and ships, and always asks for my input after each cruise to increase her knowledge of every ship and destination. I can't imagine booking a cruise with anyone else, she is that good!
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The best!

Reviewed By Lori and John - Denver, CO | Traveled to
Lona and Friendly Cruises has been planning cruises for us for almost 20 years. She is the best and is why we always go back!
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Everything she recommended was perfect!

Reviewed By Barb - Chicago, IL | Traveled to
All we had to do was tell Lona what we wanted and she went to work and offered us great choices. It was a trip of a lifetime, without any stress or worries since she had everything in place for us. I have recommended her to 2 friends.
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group party cruise

Reviewed By Pat - Apache Junction, Az. | Traveled to
Lona Lee has been more than helpful, she had made arrangements for 2 of our square dance cruise in 2010 we had a group of just under a 100 and in 2013 we had a group around 60. I had many requests and needs for the groups, she met every one of them and even surprise us with extras. Friendly with everyone, helping them to get the best deals for them. I do trust in her abilities, believing she can make anyone's travels fun and exciting. Her knowledge and the time she spends on all those details, that is what makes the difference in your vacation and travels.
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She is always available and willing and able to help!

Reviewed By Vonnie - Arizona | Traveled to
My husband and I have done a couple of trips with Lona and are now planning another. She has also given us some very helpful advice for trips we were doing on our own. She is always attentive and so pleasant to work with. We would highly recommend her professional help to anyone.
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Lona is exceptinally entusiastic

Reviewed By Lyn - Meswa AZ | Traveled to
WE have used Lona as a cruise advisor for seventeen years. She has always done an outstanding job.
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She is always there when we need her.

Reviewed By Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - Boulder, Colorado | Traveled to
Lona never makes mistakes and is always there for us when we call with problems (such as airline strikes) from any place in the world. Mary and I consider her to not only be the best of the best but also a very good friend. We highly recommend her services (as we have many times to others).
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She did all the planning! No stress for us.

Reviewed By Mary (excellent reviews) - Phoenix, AZ | Traveled to
My husband and I have been on 4 of Lona Thull's trips. We had the time of our lives on all of them. If we hadn't known Lona, we would never have researched these trips on our own and thus, we would never have gone! What a gift she has given us. We have always been extremely satisfied!
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A Wealth of Knowledge

Reviewed By Lane - Edgeley, ND | Traveled to
Lona Lee really did a great job matching what we wanted out of our experience with the cruise company and package that was just right for us! She has cruised extensively and really knows her stuff!!
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So dependable-- ALWAYS!

Reviewed By KSP - Phoexix, AZ> | Traveled to
Lona will do her very best to get you a good crusie, and a good room on the ship[, plus the best prices. She has good info on other items, i.e. off shore tours, private tour guides..etc. She has taken some of the cruises B/4 so she is in the know.WE always know we are in good hands.
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We had a great trip

Reviewed By Dick - Gold Canyon, Az. | Traveled to
Everything worked out great on our river cruise. Lona did a great job.
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Lona's knowledge and experience in cruising makes the decision making so easy!

Reviewed By The Madej's - Boston | Traveled to
Thank you for your help in planning our family reunion. Coordinating 35 people from 2 Countries and 7 different cities made traveling easy and we felt well taken care of. Love Friendly Cruises!
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Lona took care of every detail and followed up to make sure our trip was perfect

Reviewed By Duckman - Superstition Mountain, AZ | Traveled to
Lona helped us plan a group trip to Alaska - 6 day land tour and then a 7-day cruise. We had 19 people and she made sure everyone was having a wonderful time. She joined us on the cruise segment even though she had been to Alaska many times. Great service!!!
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She's the greatest!!

Reviewed By MK - Wyoming | Traveled to
Lona has planned several trips for our family. Her professional manner and her ability to get things done is amazing. She is truly one terrific travel professional!!
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She gave us confidence that all details were handled.

Reviewed By tripper - Colorado | Traveled to
Lona Lee is a competent, reliable, dependable and trustworthy consultant and agent. We know and feel so secure in our travels when she has planned our holiday.
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Interesting itineraries, and excellent service.

Reviewed By The Thode - Gold Canyon, AZ | Traveled to
We have made trips arranged by Lona Lee three times, with one yet to come. Each time she has extensively researched the options, to make sure we have the most interesting and most accommodating trip for our area of interest. We also seem to always get a better deal than the brochures advertise (either a price reduction or additional perks) which is good. I would highly recommend Lona Lee to be you travel agent!
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I've used Lona many times....

Reviewed By Marilee - Lakewood, CO | Traveled to
I originally used Lona for a cruise vacation - which is her speciality - but I most recently used her to book a three week trip to Italy and the Netherlands (not a cruise). It was a complicated trip, but she made it easy for us, and really listened to our wants and needs to make sure we got the right tour for us. I will be booking a similar trip to Costa Rica with her soon!
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