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Ted Blank

Stillwater, Minnesota Travel Agent
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Ted Blank

Stillwater, Minnesota Travel Agent
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25 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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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!

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
Certified ASTA Travel Agent

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My Reviews

Rating: 5 25 Reviews | 100% Recommended

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!
51 of 68 people found this review helpful
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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!
26 of 38 people found this review helpful
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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!
25 of 39 people found this review helpful
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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!
26 of 42 people found this review helpful
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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!
16 of 25 people found this review helpful
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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
18 of 29 people found this review helpful
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Awesome trip!!

Reviewed By Jan and Chris - Forest Lake, MN | Traveled to Caribbean
Ted was very great to work with, he is very knowledgeable with excursions. Walked us through the entire process, answered all our questions promptly.
It was nice because I have never booked a cruise before and he took care of everything. Will definitely use Ted again for our travel plans again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
I enjoyed working with you, and am so glad you enjoyed your cruise!
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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An amazing scenic and gastronomic experience

Reviewed By Tim&Nan - Edina, MN | Traveled to Basel ~ Switzerland ~ Europe
I’d give him more stars if it was possible. Ted has the unusual combination of being detail oriented as well as an easy going unflappable personality. The best travel pro we have worked with in years! On our AmaWatwrways cruise from Amsterdam to Basel Switzerland everything was about as perfect as possible. We had a wonderful cruise manager who ensured everyone had an amazing experience! And the food was like eating in a five star restaurant every night.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to work with you, and I'm grateful that you enjoyed the river cruise as well as the Swiss adventure!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Great Adventure Down Under

Reviewed By Karen - Fergus Falls | Traveled to New Zealand ~ Australia & New Zealand
Ted was very responsive to our requests for a trip to New Zealand and Australia that included 8 flights, a car rental, and numerous hotels. The itinerary packet we received from Ted before we left was comprehensive and invaluable to make our adventure run smoothly. Everything went off without a hitch which is unusual with a complicated trip so far away from home. New Zealand is stunningly beautiful and our Australian visit included adventurous scuba diving and a home visit in the Outback. Ted helped us make it happen.
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 glad you had such a great time!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Dream vacation

Reviewed By Dee - River Falls, Wisconsin | Traveled to Europe
After a couple of brief conversations, Ted planned the perfect vacation for us. He was always friendly and very attentive to any questions we had. There was not one thing we would have changed about our trip.
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 glad that you found Portugal to be so delightful!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Great family trip

Reviewed By Rosie - HUGO | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Very professional and listens to what my needs are.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to work with you!
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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Awesome River Cruise!

Reviewed By Kathy L - Hugo MN | Traveled to Rhine River ~ On the River ~ At Sea
Ted took care of everything, from start to finish. We had a lot of extra details involved when planning this trip and Ted handled all with ease, expertise and a bit of humor along the way. He made all of us feel that we would always be in good hands. We will definitely use him in the future.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to work with you, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the river cruise!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Trip exceeded my high expectations.

Reviewed By Karel - Rochester MN | Traveled to Germany ~ Europe
It exceeded my expectations, Ted was very visible, helpful at every turn and assured all of us had what we needed or wanted. He was both helpful and compassionate with an elderly member of our group and saw to extra services that were needed without having to be asked.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
I'm glad you enjoyed the river cruise, it was a pleasure for me to make it a reality!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Ted planned our 90day honeymoon trip down under.

Reviewed By Ken - Forest Lake, Mn | Traveled to Australia ~ Australia & New Zealand
Teds attention to detail, selection of hotels, etc reflected his experience & knowledge.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to work with you, and I look forward to helping you with your next adventure!
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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!
9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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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!
11 of 20 people found this review helpful
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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!
38 of 74 people found this review helpful
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Showing the Rhein River at its best.

Reviewed By Elizabeth and Jim Foley - Roseville, Minnesota | Traveled to Amsterdam ~ Netherlands ~ Europe
Ted led this trip from Saint Paul and back. He provided help and guidance beyond the call of a 'good' guide. Jim Foley
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to help you plan this trip, and join you as the cruise host. I'm glad you both had a great time!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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!
9 of 17 people found this review helpful
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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!
10 of 19 people found this review helpful
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Amazing First Visit to Italy

Reviewed By Craig - Minnesota | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
We knew which areas we wanted to visit. Beyond that, Ted planned our entire trip. Everything was fantastic.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a delight to work with you, and I’m glad your trip was unforgettable!
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The art and history of Paris and the Rhone River!

Reviewed By Douglas - Gig Harbor, WA | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
Ted was very patient with us first-time European travelers. He listened carefully, and put together a fantastic agenda covering everything we hoped!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
I'm glad I was able to help you combine Paris with a river cruise on the Rhone River!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Southern France

Reviewed By Terry - Carmel, IN | Traveled to France ~ Europe
Calm, knowledgeable, and very helpful.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
I’m glad I was able to help you plan a great trip to France and Spain!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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!
17 of 40 people found this review helpful
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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
25 of 63 people found this review helpful
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