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Ted Blank

Stillwater, Minnesota Travel Agent

Luxury Cruise Guru

Cunard's Luxurious Queen Elizabeth in Europe
Cunard's Luxurious Queen Elizabeth in Europe

The world is calling you to discover it.  From the remotest undiscovered corners, rich with hidden secrets and natural treasures, to a rediscovery of destinations you thought you knew, full of unique twists and rewards, luxury cruises offer discerning travelers like you both authentic discoveries and the simplest of pleasures.  Combining the best for both the adventurous soul and the discerning palate, your luxury cruise guarantees exclusive access, limitless options, and the surprising moments of a lifetime that transform a vacation from the routine to the life changing.

Every luxury cruise is different, and some are better suited to your interests and preferences than others.  While the internet is full of popularity contests, self-appointed experts, and paid puff pieces masquerading as reviews, I bring a different perspective to luxury cruising.  As a veteran of over twenty ocean and river cruises worldwide, on a wide variety of cruise lines, I can help you sift through the clutter and choose the right cruise for you – not for someone else.  I’m also a skilled value interpreter, assisting you with sorting through the overwhelming array of promotions in the marketplace, to ensure that you not only choose the right cruise, but receive good value for your cruise dollar.

Are you interested in enjoying refined, personalized service while you travel?  A plethora of the right inclusions, outstanding cuisine, and the best itineraries – including smaller, off-the-beaten path destinations with authentic experiences around every corner?   Looking to combine an ocean cruise with a river cruise for a true destination immersion, or to plan pre- and post-cruise land arrangements that rival the quality of your cruise?  Contact me to schedule a complimentary planning consultation, and we’ll get started choosing the right option for you!

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You'll Feel Special on a Cunard Luxury Cruise

If you’ve spent some time investigating cruises, you’ll quickly discover that the word “luxury” is perhaps the most overused word in the travel industry.  I’ve yet to find a somewhat upscale cruise line that doesn’t define itself as a luxury brand, yet, luxury is such a subjective term that it’s almost ... Read more from my You'll Feel Special on a Cunard Luxury Cruise story.

In Queen Victoria's Footsteps

Britain’s Queen Victoria, who died in 1901, exerts a powerful influence on the world’s imagination and historical consciousness today.  She lent her name to the Victorian Era, has been the subject of recent movies like Victoria and Abdul (starring one of my favorite actresses, Dame Judi Dench), and is still celebrated ... Read more from my In Queen Victoria's Footsteps story.

Two Days in St. Petersburg, Russia

A luxury cruise is a great way to discover the beauty and history of Europe’s Baltic Sea region.  I recently had the opportunity to cruise the Baltic Sea on Cunard’s luxurious Queen Elizabeth, visiting a variety of ports in seven countries during my two-week cruise.  By far, the highlight was the ... Read more from my Two Days in St. Petersburg, Russia story.

Luxury Cruise Review: Cunard's Queen Elizabeth

I recently returned from a two week European cruise on Cunard's luxury liner Queen Elizabeth.  In this blog post, I'll cover a few of the highlights that made this cruise one of my top travel experiences.

First, the Queen Elizabeth far exceeded my expectations when it came to food.  The world gourmet ... Read more from my Luxury Cruise Review: Cunard's Queen Elizabeth story.

Is a World Cruise for Me?

Does the idea of circling the globe for four months on a luxury cruise ship sound like your idea of the journey of a lifetime?  For many travelers, myself included, a world cruise is a definite must-do on life’s bucket list.  For others, though, the idea of a world cruise can ... Read more from my Is a World Cruise for Me? story.

What's New at Sea?

Cruising is one of the most popular types of vacations for Americans. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, over 12 million Americans have cruised during the last decade. Some cruise lines boast a repeat factor of over 90 percent, meaning that once guests have traveled with them, they come back ... Read more from my What's New at Sea? story.

My Reviews

36 of 49 people found this review helpful

Un-Belizeable Vacation!

Reviewed By Jenny V. - Forest Lake, MN | Traveled to Belize ~ Central America
Ted listened to what we wanted in a vacation and gave us a few options to choose from with different price points to meet our needs.

Our trip and itinerary was laid out perfectly . Everything went smooth and we had a very relaxing get away without any worries. Ted thought of everything. The resorts were fabulous, our excursions were personal - no big crowds and our experience was priceless.

As a seasoned traveler himself, Ted knows the ins and outs of how to get an exceptional vacation that is worth every penny.

I am a believer that you get what you pay for and I will not take another vacation without Ted's assistance.

If you are planning a vacation, contact Ted. You will be glad you did!

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip, and I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time!
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19 of 27 people found this review helpful

Great trip

Reviewed By Alex - Forest lake mn | Traveled to Seattle ~ Washington ~ USA
Ted did a great job with our trip. He went above and beyond with his help and tips. I won't use anyone else. Alex
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
I was happy to help, and am glad you had a great trip!
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17 of 26 people found this review helpful

The Trip of a Lifetime, that Exceeded our Expectat

Reviewed By Don and Sheila - Forest Lake MN | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
Our trip was amazing. Ted planned everything and it all worked perfectly and with little stress, as we were alone in Normandy with a rental car. Ted gave us a list of places that we could visit and we hit as many as we could. Normandy area is emotional, beautiful and the villages were charming. The places we stayed were fabulous, food was amazing. In Paris the same thing and Ted had given us direction on places to try to see. The Finesse Barge on the Burgundy Canal that Ted steered us to, was out of this world. We made fast friends with the crew, were treated like royalty, ate delicious food prepared by an extraordinary chef, and saw amazing country side and villages - along with delightful tours. They gave Don a wonderful birthday party, both at lunch and on the barge. Our hotels were over the moon delightful, and Paris was the most delightful city I have ever seen. It really was a dream come true for us.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a delight helping you put together this trip, and I’m so pleased you enjoyed it so much!
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18 of 29 people found this review helpful

Amazing Greece and 4 day Agean Cruise

Reviewed By Jeanne and Bob - North Branch MN | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Ted is very knowledgeable, energetic, fun to talk with and great at communicating with his clients. He always has ideas for what to see and do where we are traveling. He is always making sure we have what we need to have the best trip possible. I highly recommend Ted and have already booked another trip through him (we just came back two weeks ago from Greece). When my husband experienced a fall in Greece, Ted responded to my text immediately and called our travel insurance people to notify them. I was grateful for his assistance and are glad we booked with a travel agent as savvy and on top of things as is Ted.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It is a pleasure to work with you!
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8 of 11 people found this review helpful

A Well-Planned Trip

Reviewed By Kay - St. Paul, Minnesota | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Ted helped my family of four squeeze in as much as possible on a 8-day trip to Italy to attend a wedding. Before the festivities, we wanted to do as much as we could. Can we do Rome and Florence in 3 1/2 days and still have fun? Yes! Can we throw in Pompeii, a foodie tour, and a day of rest? Yes! Ted gave us an itinerary that was easy to traverse but packed with fun, hooked us up with a couple of great guides, and gave us good advice on catching a red-eye flight out of Naples. Everything went according to plan. When the time comes to travel abroad again, we will ask Ted for guidance.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip, and I'm so glad that you enjoyed yourselves!
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9 of 15 people found this review helpful

Trip of a Lifetime That Exceeded our Expectations!

Reviewed By Sheila and Don - Forest Lake MN | Traveled to Normandy ~ France ~ Europe
Ted was patient, yet thorough and gently aggressive to get the trip planned, which is something we needed
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Amazing First Trip To Europe

Reviewed By Carol T. - Chaska, MN | Traveled to Europe
Ted was very thorough in scheduling our two week trip, one week with Viking Cruise ship and the rest we added trips to other countries. We had never been to Europe before but with the expertise of Ted Blank, we had a safe, comfortable and awesome vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a delight to work with you and help make sure you had such a great trip!
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Amazing Mediterranean tour!

Reviewed By Karl - Saint Paul, MN | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Ted planned a trip of a lifetime for my family to visit Europe. We had an amazing time and everything went flawlessly. Thanks, Ted!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to work with all of you, and I'm glad you found the trip - and your first cruise - so enjoyable!
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

So much fun we didn't want to come home!

Reviewed By Rebecca - Ft Collins, CO | Traveled to Europe
Ted was always proactive and on top of everything. He willingly and ably met our every travel request finding us great hotels, transfers, rail tickets, guides and air fares.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a delight to work with you, and I look forward to helping with your next voyage!
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30 of 60 people found this review helpful

Ted made our trip happen!

Reviewed By Kayla - Lindstrom, MN | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
We were referred to Ted through friends. Initially, I was nervous to reach out to Ted because I've never worked with a travel agent before. He was easy to reach and very friendly. He made our fears of traveling disappear! He met with us several times to go over details and help us plan our time in each country or city that we would be in! He made our trip that we dreamed about, a reality! Btw we traveled all of Ireland and Northern Ireland, London and Paris!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure working with you, and I look forward to helping you plan your next overseas trip!
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

A great trip!

Reviewed By Al & Marilynn - Fort Collins, Colorado | Traveled to Scotland ~ Europe
Ted put a very successful trip together for us even though the itinerary we gave him to work with was quite challenging, as we wanted to mix a trans-Atlantic crossing with land travel and to visit specific places which were often in remote locations. Besides that, Ted demonstrated great skill in selecting accommodations. Every place we stayed in was charming and unique -- and some were so special we want to go back! Ted is the "go to" guy!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
I enjoyed the opportunity to work with you, and look forward to planning your next adventure!
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9 of 25 people found this review helpful

Trip of a life time!!

Reviewed By Andrea - Forest Lake, MN | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
He was very kind, professional and helpful with all our questions! We are already thinking of our next trip and will definitely use Ted again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
I'm so glad that you enjoyed your special trip, and look forward to working together again in the future!
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17 of 50 people found this review helpful

Yah Man!

Reviewed By Dale & Lee - Marine on St.Croix, MN | Traveled to Negril ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
We told Ted where we have travelled in the past, what we like, and that sunny relaxation was a requirement. He offered us several choices in Jamaica, in different parts of the country, and at a variety of costs within our budget range. This preview made it easy on us! We had just a few questions and Ted took care of everything. He made sure we received all of our pre-trip info and gave us some tips for our journey. Not a single hitch in the plan and one of the best vacations we have had in years. If you are looking for an agent whose knows of what he speaks from first hand experience and is willing to tailor-make your vacation, call Ted Blank!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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