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Carol Terhune

Seattle, Washington Travel Agent
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Carol Terhune

Seattle, Washington Travel Agent
Cruise Specialists, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
Years of Experience: 25+
51 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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River Cruise Expert

Viking ship on the Seine, courtesy Carol Terhune
Viking ship on the Seine, courtesy Carol Terhune

River cruises are a carefree and luxurious way to explore the world, visit new destinations or return to them and have a more immersive experience. I can’t say enough good things about river cruising, and I really encourage anyone who has an interest in Europe to try a river cruise on the Rhine or Danube as your first river cruise. There are also many options for cruising rivers in France, Portugal, Russia, that it’s worth taking a second, third or many more river cruises to enjoy this wonderful mode of travel! Other parts of the world are also ideal for river cruising: the Yangtze in China, the Amazon in Peru, the Chobe in Botswana, the Po in Italy, the Nile in Egypt, and of course, right here in our own backyard on the Mississippi or through the Pacific Northwest.

I’ve personally river cruised on these cruise lines and these rivers:

  • Paris & the Heart of Normandy, along the Seine River, with Viking River Cruises
  • The Rhine River with Ama Waterways
  • The Yangtze with Viking River Cruises 

FRANCE WITH VIKING RIVER CRUISES

On the Viking River Cruise on the Seine, we started in Paris, cruised to Giverny to see the setting that inspired Claude Monet, and walked the hallowed ground at Normandy. Visiting Normandy’s American Military Cemetery and the beaches that were the turning point of World War II was something I’ll never forget. It was so helpful to have knowledgeable Viking tour guides along to provide insight and perspective.

THE RHINE WITH AMA WATERWAYS

On the AmaWaterways Cruise on the Rhine, I went through these countries:

  • The Netherlands
  • Germany
  • France
  • Switzerland 

This cruise offered the perfect slice of life in Europe. Grand cities such as Cologne and Amsterdam, timeless traditions in Rüdesheim, and UNESCO-listed treasures — such as the many castles that dot the scenic landscapes throughout this region. A favorite memory of mine on this river cruise was the day several of us enjoyed a complimentary, guided bicycle tour. The tour guide kept it at an easy pace and entertained us with so many stories as we stopped periodically along the way. There was nothing like ducking into a couple of quaint watering holes for a beverage alongside the locals!  

CHINA RIVER CRUISES

I have also cruised China with Viking River Cruises. A river cruise in China offers you a wide range of experiences, from its rich history to cutting-edge cities and absolutely stunning landscapes that will take your breath away. If you are curious about going to China but reluctant due to language barriers or the simple wonder of the unknown, then a river cruise is the perfect option. I personally experienced stepping off the airplane, being greeted by a Viking representative, staying in western-style hotels and of course, the river cruise experience itself.

For my trip, we flew into Beijing and toured the city before a flight to Xian to see the magnificent Terra Cotta Warriors. Then another flight to Chonqing for a several-night cruise along the Yangtze. The Three Gorges area is a breathtaking and massive region of forest-covered mountains, sheer cliffs and cascading waterfalls that many people don’t realize exist of when they first think China, but it is one of my lasting impressions and I would love to personally arrange your trip there! Finishing up our trip, we arrived in Shanghai and enjoyed highlights of the Bund, the city’s rich history and heritage, and much more, before flying home.

COMPARING RIVER CRUISE LINES

Most travelers have heard of Viking and they are definitely the most popular river cruise line out there. With their dozens of ships, a free shore tour in every port, the excellent cuisine and the elegant Scandinavian design, Viking has mastered the art of river cruising. AmaWaterways is a more boutique river cruise line – family owned, and another excellent option. The founders of AmaWaterways have decades of experience in the travel industry and helped pioneer tourism along the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. AmaWaterways provides exquisite dining, a variety of complimentary shore tours in each port — including a variety of paces. If you are a late riser, there are even options for you to sleep in a bit, relax with your coffee and breakfast on deck, and then still participate in a great tour!

As you can see, river cruising is a key element of what I do. I look forward to answering any questions you may have and helping you choose the river cruise that suits your preferences.   

My Reviews

Rating: 5 51 Reviews | 100% Recommended

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Reviewed By Kolby - Salem | Traveled to Danube
Always Excellent
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Wake of vikings

Reviewed By Jeri - Guilford | Traveled to Trans-Atlantic
Excellent as usual
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West Coast Crystal Cruise

Reviewed By Luigina - Scottsdale | Traveled to Mexico
Always a pleasure!
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CT

Reviewed By Courtney - Chicago | Traveled to South Pacific
Great to work with.
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Hawaii/Eurodam

Reviewed By Irene - Saint Petersburg, FL | Traveled to Hawaii
Carol was very helpful
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Reviewed By Pieter - Seattle | Traveled to Europe
Carol is an excellent agent
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Crystal Cruise on St. Lawerence Seaway

Reviewed By Thomas - Aurora, CO | Traveled to Canada
Carol is a Gem always helpful
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Reviewed By Ralph - Beverly Hills, CA | Traveled to South Pacific
flawless she is very competent
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Great service

Reviewed By Mark - Bremerton, WA | Traveled to Alaska
She is pleasant and easy to work with.
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Good Job

Reviewed By Paul - Palm Desert, CA | Traveled to Mediterranean
Great. She is very helpful and responsive.
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Great Job

Reviewed By Steven - Jupiter, FL | Traveled to Europe
She is easy to work with and very thorough
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Hard to please

Reviewed By Mary - Burbank | Traveled to Caribbean
Did not offer any changes that improved trip
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Longtime customer

Reviewed By Gaylon - The Villages, FL | Traveled to Europe
Always good and follows up on my many questions
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Regent Cruise

Reviewed By Sharon - Carlsbad | Traveled to World Cruise
All cruise documents came in on time and correct
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Carol

Reviewed By Terry - Pasadena | Traveled to South Pacific
We would not have another person. She is great!!!!
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Iceland/Norway cruise

Reviewed By Jeffrey - Pompano Beach | Traveled to Iceland
As with our other trips, she had everything taken care of.
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QMary 2 roundtrip crossing

Reviewed By Madelynne - Vancouver, BC | Traveled to Trans-Atlantic
As always it was good to know she has our back on any trip
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great experiences in penguin seeking

Reviewed By Linda - Ganiesville, GA | Traveled to Antartica
Carol is helpful, on top of things, and pleasant to work with.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Saint Lawrence

Reviewed By Michael - Centenial | Traveled to Canada
She is easy to work with. Has a nice personal touch. Approachable.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Carol Terhune

Reviewed By Keith - Houston | Traveled to Alaska
Carol is a very efficient agent . It was a pleasure dealing with her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Cruise Review

Reviewed By Francis - Brooklynn | Traveled to Canada
Carol is informed, professional and efficient...pleasure to work with.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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World cruise

Reviewed By Reintje - Columbus, OH | Traveled to World Cruise
Carol was always available to talk to me and answer all of my questions
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Miami 2019

Reviewed By Penelope - Sarasota | Traveled to Caribbean
Carol has been outstanding in supporting us for our many cruise vacations
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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My Oceania cruise

Reviewed By Brandan - Noblesville | Traveled to Mediterranean
Carol always follows up on any particulars that I have on any cruise we have taken
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Working with Carol

Reviewed By John - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Panama Canal
Always great detailed and very satisfied with all 4 cruises I have taken this year!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Reviewed By Mary Ann - Schaumburg | Traveled to Europe
Excellent working relationship. Everything on time. She coordinates well with cruise lines.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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cruise

Reviewed By Whitney - San Diego | Traveled to Alaska
ALWAYS fantastic -- we have had her help for years on MANY cruises -- again -- ALWAYS fantastic
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Very Helpful

Reviewed By Margaret - Saint Cloud | Traveled to Canada
Carol was very helpful in getting or trip planned and finding the best packages for us to book under.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great trip

Reviewed By Jacqueline - San Francisco, CA | Traveled to Canada
I love working with Carol. She stays in touch with me, so I know wat if any changes to my plans are necessary.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Excellent Advisor

Reviewed By Blair - Montgomery, AL | Traveled to Rhine River
Carol is very responsive and watches out for our travel interests and needs. Works extremely well even remotely!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Recent Cruise to Hawaii

Reviewed By Lori - West Lake, OH | Traveled to Hawaii
Carol is the consummate travel agent always professional, through, and precise when helping us plan our cruises.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Good agent

Reviewed By Kathleen - Sonoma, CA | Traveled to Caribbean
Carol always gets answers quickly. She’s efficient in answering emails and processes bookings right away. Sry happy working with her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great job once again

Reviewed By George - Palo Alto | Traveled to Europe
Carol is a terrific agent. She is quick, knowledgeable,prompt. Always a joy to work with and I k ow everything will be taken care of.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Paradise

Reviewed By Danielle - Savannah | Traveled to Tahiti
Carol Terhune always returns our calls promptly, and is most helpful. We were very pleased with the perks provided by Cruise Specialists.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Wonderful trip/excellent support & planning

Reviewed By Jacob - Cleveland | Traveled to Mediterranean
Carol is great to work with. She makes sure I remember every link in the chain--so I get to and from and also that all works well on-board.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great

Reviewed By Stephanie - Mill Creek | Traveled to Caribbean
We worked as a group with Carol. This was a first time cruise for me, so we had a lot of questions. She was very patient and answered all of our questions.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Excellent service

Reviewed By Marjorie - Manchester Ct | Traveled to World Cruise
Carol was excellent. She helped me with every concern I had. She even found one of your employees to help me with a private tour. I would recommend her to friends.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Many years working with Carol

Reviewed By Alton - Miami Shores | Traveled to Europe
Carol has been my travel agent for 10 or more years. She is proactive, has a good idea of what I am looking for, and responds appropriately to my requests for info.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Working with Carol

Reviewed By Stanley - Los Osos | Traveled to Danube
Carol is always very attentive and keeps me informed and takes care of all the little issues. I have been working with her for 8 years now and consider her one of the best.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great Agent

Reviewed By Cynthia - Tampa, FL | Traveled to Japan
Carol has provided incredible support and guidance for all our travel needs! Her recommendation of a private tour to Hiroshima was spot-ion to what we love to do on cruises!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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travel agent

Reviewed By Stephen - Carlsbad, CA | Traveled to Europe
Unbelievably wonderful. Carol is on top of everything related to our cruises. Excellent getting answers to all our questions. She is thorough and responsive. She is the BEST!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Totally Professional

Reviewed By Diane - Palm Springs | Traveled to Greece
Carol is very knowledgeable about the cruise line especially air and land arrangements. Very timely response to any question and a real pleasure to work with for all details.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Quick, Thorough, and Accurate

Reviewed By Emery - Columbus, OH | Traveled to World Cruise
Carol is doing really well in booking our cruises, finding us the best room, and reading the small print. We book very far in advance when cruises are just surfacing. She sometimes has the tell the cruise line what is in their own policy!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Recent cruise

Reviewed By David - Sarasota, FL | Traveled to Mediterranean
Always great working with Carol. She has helped plan several cruises for us. Keeps us informed particularly any possible or real changes in scheduling, insurance etc. She is available and always gets back to me via email and phone. Enjoy working with her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Outstanding trip

Reviewed By Stella Ann - Venice, FL | Traveled to Europe
Carol took our idea and plans and efficiently implemented them. She is easy to communicate with and would always responded within minutes. Here contacts with the cruise company always produced accurate information. We continue to rely on Carol as our travel professional
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Very responsive and effecient

Reviewed By Loren - Seattle | Traveled to Scandinavia
Carol has been our travel consultant for many cruises. She is easy to contact and has all of the answers. If she is not available, she ensures some other consultant is available to help us out. No waiting and wondering if we got lost in the shuffle. We really like Cruise Specialists.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Viking Rhine River Cruise

Reviewed By Yukihiko - Tucson | Traveled to Rhine River
Carol was recommended by a friend and was a pleasure to work with. We looked at lots of cruise options in a short time and she found us the Viking Rhine River Cruise that met all of our date and location goals. She was pleasantly persistent in getting us to fill out everything we needed on time.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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My first adventure through Carol.

Reviewed By Bobbie - Charleston | Traveled to Scandinavia
I have already recommended Carol to friends of mine who will be cruising to the Baltic. Carol always returned calls and answered all questions. She suggested a new hotel which enamoured me. It was really very nice. She was completely knowledgeable on most every question i had. If she did not have the answer at hand, it was forthcoming.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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The Best Travel Agent

Reviewed By Gabriel - Vancouver | Traveled to Mediterranean
Carol, is wonderful to work with. She is interested in our travels. What is really nice is that she happily investigates other possibilities of cruising for us, even if we don’t end up make that choice that she has investigated. She knows my cruises and which ones we need to pay off. She accommodates us even we when we are traveling. She is the 3rd and definitely the best agent we have had with CS.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great Asia Cruise on Celebrity

Reviewed By Rita - Everett, WA | Traveled to Japan
We've booked several cruises on different lines with Carol, and she has always done a wonderful job in getting the best for us and our dollar. She helps with cruise information, cabin selection, dining time, perks, and travel insurance. Cruise Specialists will also send a lot of travel information, and send email reminders. Everything is clear and easily understandable. We have absolutely no problems when we deal with our personal friend and agent, Carol. We've already discussed our next European river cruise, which we plan for the fall.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Our Agent Carol!

Reviewed By Charles - Texas | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
Carol keeps us informed from the first day when we ask about a cruise, on through the booking, insurance and the entire process. She touches base with us while on-board as well. We have been her clients for years and so very much enjoy working with her. She is family!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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