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Christina Schlegel

Arlington, Virginia Travel Agent
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Christina Schlegel

Christina Schlegel

Arlington, Virginia Travel Agent
An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Albertville, MN,
24 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Luxury Cruise and Custom Travel Specialist

I love creating memorable ocean and river cruise journeys for couples, multigenerational families, and groups who rely on my expertly planned travel itineraries.

My invitation: experience the perfect balance of destination exploration and relaxation on your cruise journey. You want to delve into a new destination or rediscover a favorite one, but you also want to come back from your travels feeling recharged, refreshed, and reconnected. A well-planned ocean cruise or river cruise delivers just that, maximizing your precious time together.  

Some of my favorite travel destinations include: 

  • Mediterranean
  • Caribbean
  • Pacific and Polynesia
  • Europe - especially Italy, Germany, France, Czech Republic
  • Hawaii

I partner with top cruise lines like Ama Waterways, Avalon, Azamara, Celebrity, Crystal, Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Regent, Scenic, Seabourn, Silversea, Viking, Windstar, Uncruise, and Uniworld, and know which cruises are best for your travel style and goals. I will match you with the perfect cruise line every time.

I simplify the entire planning, booking, and travel process for you by researching and preparing your travel so you can have an unforgettable journey. I take great care in ensuring you receive the best value, specialized service, and an exceptional travel experience from start to finish.  

With the experience of traveling to more than 35 countries around the world and living in five countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and England), I use my travel expertise and connections with travel partners to create moments of a lifetime tailored just to you. I excel at taking care of all the travel details for a smooth journey and extra peace of mind.  

My process is simple:

  • We connect: We chat on a complimentary consultation call to talk about your travel style and the vacation you're dreaming of. 
  • Let the planning begin: Once you take care of the planning fee and complete a short questionnaire, I craft your customized travel itinerary. You’ll receive a preliminary itinerary to review, and we’ll work together to refine it until you just can’t wait to sail away.   
  • Booking made easy: Sit back and relax while I take care of all the booking details for you. You’ll receive your booking and travel itinerary information in an easy-to-review format, and you'll even get an itinerary app for easy access during travel. About two weeks before you travel, you will also receive your personal Bluetail Travel Folio by mail.
  • You set sail: Embark on your journey of destination discovery, creating travel memories to last a lifetime! 

So whether you’re dreaming of exploring ancient temples while drifting down the Mekong, discovering the romance of Europe by ocean or river, or getting up close to waddling penguins on an expeditionary cruise…I am here to help you make the most out of your vacation time so you can enjoy a truly memorable journey, stress-free.

Ready to embark on an unforgettable cruise voyage that brings you closer together? Click the “Email Me” link so we can set up a time to chat about where in the world you want to explore next!

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
Certified Luxury Travel Specialist
Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Oceania Specialist
Ama Waterways Specialist
Silversea Specialist
Paul Gauguin Pearls Program Graduate
Viking Master River Cruise Expert

My Travel Stories

Travel makes you happy. Especially in Bora Bora!
Tahiti Travel Album: Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea

Family Travel Adventures in Taiwan

This spring break, my family and I made the bold decision to travel from DC to Taiwan for a nine-day whirlwind trip. We braved the 12-hour time difference and 18 hours of travel time each way, hoping our two boys would get some sleep on the plane and adjust to the radical ... Read more from my Family Travel Adventures in Taiwan story.

Pineapples and Sharks in Tahiti

That first night, our small group of six women flew in from four different states to convene in the echo-filled international terminal at Los Angeles: everyone was so excited to finally begin our Ladies' Escape to Tahiti group trip! The minute we boarded the brand-new Air Tahiti Nui Dreamliner, awash in turquoise decor and soothing lighting, ... Read more from my Pineapples and Sharks in Tahiti story.

14-Day Mediterranean Cruise

I’ll never forget the precious time spent reconnecting with my husband during our cruise journey in the southern Mediterranean.

We were stationed with the Air Force in Europe at the time: the workdays were long, and our together time always seemed too short. So when the opportunity presented itself to sail on ... Read more from my 14-Day Mediterranean Cruise story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 24 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Amazing trip of a lifetime!

Reviewed By Michelle - Falls Church VA | Traveled to Tahiti ~ French Polynesia ~ South Pacific
What a wonderful and total amazing EXPERIENCE that Christina Schlegel with Bluetail Travel set up for me!! From start to finish every part of this once in a lifetime trip was taken care of by Christina, she provided an incredible itinerary and location information before the trip, extras during the trip and was always available to help and answer any questions! In a busy and stressful time it is so wonderful to have Christina Schlegel of Bluetail Travel take care of everything at the best price, best and current information, and best stress free travel for vacations of a lifetime! Looking forward to our next vacation planned by Bluetail Travel!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Honeymoon Beyond Our Expectations

Reviewed By Steph Cavanaugh - Fayetteville, North Carolina | Traveled to Quebec ~ Canada
We were provided every document we might need for travel. I felt safe the whole time. I never worried about anything. We were in a five star hotel at the base of the mountain. There were hot baths outside where they served you wine as you soaked or swam. You could roast marshmallows by fireside every night. There was also ice-skating, tubing, and an early bird ski pass included. We went dog sledding as a side excursion. It was the most interactive of the dogsled excursions. We got lots of time interacting with the dogs. The town was charming and had several cute restaurants, shops, and a convenience store. Overall it was an excellent experience. We will cherish the memories we made for the rest of our lives.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Bucket List Trip/Trip of a Lifetime

Reviewed By Karin - Columbia MD | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Christine was extremely professional/ helpful in booking our recent family cruise to Greece. She secured the best possible rates for us and provided very thorough travel information that ultimately made for a very smooth and enjoyable trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Wonderful Trip!

Reviewed By Danno - Murphy, NC | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
Christina was outstanding! She answered all our questions and kept us informed throughout the booking process and months/weeks/days leading up to our trip. We couldn't have asked for any better service than we received from Christina.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Christina Schlegel responded:
Thank you for your kind words, Danno! I loved planning your river cruise in France, and seeing all your beautiful travel photos! Happy Travels Always, Christina
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Trip of a lifetime

Reviewed By Patti - Springfield,Virginia | Traveled to Tahiti ~ French Polynesia ~ South Pacific
Very professional and willing to go that extra mile to make sure you are happy with her services.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Great trip to Belize

Reviewed By Barbara - Arlington, VA | Traveled to Belize ~ Central America
I really enjoyed working with Christina. She helped put together a last-minute holiday trip for our family to Belize. She was professional, responsive, and attentive to our requests. She worked to coordinate flights from different parts of the US. Her travel suggestions were spot-on! We were able to take several wonderful day excursions, both on the reef, and into the jungle. We would definitely consult with her in the future, especially for group travel.!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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Alaskan Cruise. What more can i say! Picturesque!

Reviewed By P - brookline, ma | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Christina was so helpful and very attentive to our needs. Really made our trip one of a kind. She is top notch. Extremely kind and very professional and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!!! Thanks Christina. You made our trip an experience we will never forget.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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unforgettable cruise

Reviewed By venna family - Brookline, MA | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
ms schlegel was thoroughly organized in making the arrangements for the group of 7 in the family.
she attended meticulously to the myriad details needed to accommodate small children and adults of different ages and needs.

she kept us abreast of the trip details from the preparations to after the trip and kept us well-informed.
christina was readily available for our queries and concerns

most courteous and efficient throughout the process of the cruise trip.

her advice and guidance were most helpful for us , first time cruise travelers
cant ask for anything more
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Fantastic family cruise to Greek Isles via Venice

Reviewed By Happy with Greece trip! - Columbia, MD | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Very professional, timely in response, and available to talk even during "off hours" as needed. We had an issue with one of our excursions where the boat arrived late and we missed the event. Christina followed up promptly after our trip and was able to help resolve which was much appreciated.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Wonderful family trip!

Reviewed By Sherry - Chesapeake, VA | Traveled to Germany ~ Europe
Christina took the time to understand what kind of vacation we wanted and she was even willing to revise the plan until we were completely happy. The accommodations she chose for us were great and so were the pre-booked tours. She also offered some great suggestions for authentic local things to do in each city that we would never have discovered ourselves. I would definitely plan another trip through Christina!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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First Time Cruisers

Reviewed By Barb - Middletown, MD | Traveled to Bermuda ~ Caribbean
Christina was very attentive to our needs. She sent timely communications that kept us informed of our responsibilities for bookings and check-in. She knows all the ins and outs of cruise travel and was very willing to share her expertise with us. She offered great recommendations for excursions and helpful travel tips. Christina was courteous and professional at all times. It was a pleasure working with her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Mom’s first cruise

Reviewed By RC - Sterling. VA | Traveled to Bermuda ~ Caribbean
Christina is great! She’s knowledgeable. Responsive., and she treats you very special.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Super Adventure!

Reviewed By Tim - Arlington, VA | Traveled to Bermuda ~ Caribbean
She is detail oriented, extremely helpful and always cheerful.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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A true personal touch

Reviewed By Matt - Crownsville, MD | Traveled to Bermuda ~ Caribbean
Christina went beyond simply booking a great vacation for us; she added personal touches at every turn to make our trip truly memorable. If you want a vacation package, you can talk to any agent. If you want to be taken care of, call Christina!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Best vacation EVER!

Reviewed By Chuck - Springfield, VA | Traveled to Bermuda ~ Caribbean
Extraordinarily gifted travel agent whose professionalism is only exceeded by her knowledge and caring.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Montreux Jazz Festival

Reviewed By Dr. D. Walker - Jessup, Maryland | Traveled to Switzerland ~ Europe
We found Christina extremely responsive. She made every effort to accommodate our wishes. She provided excellent suggestions and tips to ensure that we had a worry-free, enjoyable vacation. Christina's attention to detail and transparency in terms of pricing and expectations were greatly appreciated. She provided detail instructions and directed us to events/sites that we would have never have thought to visit, which further enhanced our overall experience.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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First Cruise

Reviewed By Dan R - Middletown, MD | Traveled to Bermuda ~ Caribbean
Christina did a wonderful job of setting up our first ever cruise. She patiently answered our every question, anticipating them even before we had them. Super thoughtful, great attention to detail, and everything was done with sincere care to ensure that we had a great experience- and we did! We absolutely loved the cruise from start to finish.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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First Cruise

Reviewed By Brian C - Alexandria, VA | Traveled to Bermuda ~ Caribbean
Travel made easy! We already have booked another cruise! Christina saved us money, time, and aggravation versus doing it all ourselves. She exceeded all expectations. Let Christina handle everything, you’ll be happy you did!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Cruise to Cuba!

Reviewed By Erin - Charleston, SC | Traveled to Havana ~ Cuba ~ Caribbean
We really enjoyed working with Christina at Bluetail. She took the stress out of planning a vacation that would have taken us weeks to coordinate. As first time cruisers, we relied on Christina’s expert advice and had an amazing trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Awesome vacation experience!!

Reviewed By MichelleB - Arlington, VA | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Working with Christina was a phenomenal experience! She planned the perfect Mexican getaway for our family and was there to support us every step of the process. Christina helped ensure that everything went smoothly durung the entire trip and it was so comforting to know that had we encountered any problems, she would have solved them immediately! Our vacation was perfect down to the tiniest details and it was all thanks to Christina! We will definitely be using Christina to plan/book all of our future trips!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Excellent Travel Agency!

Reviewed By RS - Arlington, VA | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Christina Schlegel (Bluetail Travel) is an excellent travel agent. We have worked with her to arrange several family vacations. Her assessment of what we are looking for on our vacations is spot on. She is knowledgeable, professional, diligent, and pays great attention to details. We plan to book all of our future travel (domestic and international) through her. I highly recommend Bluetail Travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Our Balkan Peninsula Tour

Reviewed By G - Louisiana | Traveled to Croatia ~ Europe
Christina was very thorough and helpful.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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HONEYMOON OF OUR DREAMS!!

Reviewed By Julian - Alexandria, Virginia | Traveled to St. Lucia ~ Caribbean
My experience was Great. Christina put together a honeymoon for my wife and I and it was the trip of our dreams. I couldn't have done this without her expertise in travel and vacation planning.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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A Great Vacation Experience

Reviewed By Dan - Charleston SC | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
We had a great experience working with Christina. She was very receptive to our requests, and she was very prompt working with us on our short notice vacation. She gave us multiple options within our price range and vacation desires. She made sure everything we would need for a smooth and successful trip was included in our package, but gave us options for splurging and making our trip even better, all at our discretion.

All questions we had for her were quickly and thoroughly replied to, leaving nothing uncertain or questionable. It was a pleasure working with Christina on our vacation and we look forward to doing it again sometime soon.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Customer Testimonials

Creating Family Memories: Caribbean Disney Cruise

Dear Christina, We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful Disney Cruise you arranged for us and our family. Pre-cruise documentation you sent was comprehensive and very helpful. You selected excellent staterooms for us. Disney's food, service and entertainment were truly outstanding. Our grandkids had a good time and we had a wonderful time with them. Now we have life-long treasured memories to cherish.

Provided by N. Shah, Phoenix, AZ

European Cruise and Land Vacation

Thanks so much Christina. We really appreciate all of your help planning our upcoming vacation. You have done a great job of finding the itinerary that will work best for all of us traveling to Europe this summer. You've been very responsive and patient with all of our questions. Your advice and knowledge have really helped to plan a great family trip.

Provided by Katie M., Alexandria, VA