Salem, Illinois Travel Agent
Experience counts, trust an agent who has traveled
Some people call me the Cruise Lady. Recently someone asked me how many cruises I had been on; I couldn't answer. It's well over a hundred and I've cruised on all the major cruise lines. My first cruise was in 1973 on the Carnival Mardi Gras. My husband retired as an officer on Norwegian Cruise Lines, and in addition to other cruises, I cruised with him several times a year. What an unimaginable evolution the cruise industry has experienced! I could never have predicted the growth and options of cruise ships now available.
How do you find the cruise that's best for you? The best explanation I've heard is that cruise ships are like cars, there are makes and models for every person and every budget. Matching the traveler to the ship, itinerary and vacation cost is the key. If you are looking only at the price, I'm not your girl; but if you want an honest comparison, it is to your advantage to work with someone who knows the options and can get the best available special offer on a legitimately published price.
My own personal travel: I was most surprised by Peru as a destination; like most travelers, we were enticed by Machu Picchu but the country is much more. My husband is Norwegian and there isn't a more beautiful country on the planet than Norway, it's Alaskan beauty on steroids. We are well traveled around the globe from Europe to the Far East. To me, a great travel agent must have first-hand knowledge of the challenges of travel and have visited a variety of destinations worldwide.
All-inclusive vacations: where you select a resort and prepay one price that includes your resort, meals, entertainment and drinks. To me, there isn't much more relaxing for those who want a pampered beach vacation than a Sandals holiday; we were recently at Sandals St. Lucian Grande Resort and Spa and it was fabulous! As a Sandals Specialist, I've visited most of their resorts and have my favorites, call and we can discuss their unique and common traits.
Family: with children and grandchildren in the US, England and Norway our personal travel takes us around the globe. Although I'm not the one for a backpackers holiday, I am experienced in planning detailed international vacations from first class to luxury arrangements. I welcome the opportunity to work with travelers who have a realistic expectation and enjoy experiencing the world and it's many cultures.
Beware of discounters. If agents feel they must discount their commission to earn your business, they don't think much of their knowledge and ability. Our agency doesn't discount and if we charge a planning or service fee it is quite reasonable. Call to compare, I'm confident that personal knowledge and personal service will win out.
Lastly, my first employer's favorite saying was that "if you want things to be like they are at home, stay home. If you want to experience the world, let me help." I look forward to the helping you with your next travel experience.
Jeannell and Mike Charman on the Norwegian Escape
In my spare time I am a community advocate. I served as the first President of our local Main Street Salem program. I am a Past President of the Salem Lions Club, currently club Secretary, and so very proud of the work of our Lions Club and Lions International. I was honored with the Business Person of the Year Award by our local Chamber of Commerce and Salem Foundation. Through the years I have served on many private, business and government committies and welcome the opportunity to effect positive growth and change. It is my belief that through positive encouragement and communication our lives, our communities and our world can be a better place for us all.